Coral Expeditions, will be the first to sail some of Tasmania’s most remote coastlines when it launches 7-night Hobart to Hobart cruises on 16 November 2015.
Denis McDowall, an Expedition Leader with 22 years of experience at Coral Expeditions, will lead shore excursions on the first set of departures in November. Of this new itinerary he said, “Our cruises tend to bring out a sense of adventure in our guests and our Tasmania itinerary is designed to do the same, amidst some new landscapes.”
The Expedition team will be lead by Denis and include a Guest Lecturer and an expert local Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Discovery Ranger. Guests will embark on an active adventure on both water and land, with opportunities to kayak secluded bays and bush walk in 5 national parks and 2 World Heritage Areas.
The highlight of this itinerary will be 2 days exploring the pristine region of Port Davey, a 17,000ha World Heritage Listed site that is one of the most unique marine reserves in the world. Accessible only by boat, small aircraft or 7–day walk, Port Davey is characterised by the remarkable array of marine life that exists under its dark tannin-stained water.
This adventure itinerary also includes hiking the start of the South Coast Track at Cockle Bay on Day 2, an early-morning walk to a scenic lookout over Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, and exploring the rarely-visited Maria Island, including its UNESCO-listed historic town of Darlington, all on Day 6.
On Day 7, the cruise will present another side to the Port Arthur Historic Site on a ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour, exclusive to Coral Expeditions guests. The site’s resident archaeologist will guide guests through buildings and exhibits not normally open to the public before enjoying drinks and canapes in the beautiful surrounds of Port Arthur’s Asylum building.
Coral Expeditions’ General Manager, Mark Fifield said, “Staying true to our pioneering history, we’re thrilled that this is the first cruise of its kind in Tasmania. We have brought our extensive in-house knowledge of the conditions in Tasmania, as well as newly forged relationships with local produce suppliers and vineyards to design a great trip for our guests.”
Australian-flagged and crewed small ship Coral Expeditions I features comfortable accommodations for 46 guests. A standout feature of this ship is the excursion tender Explorer. Cradled on a hydraulic lift at the stern of the ship, guests can board Explorer straight from the ship’s deck.
Pricing from AU$3990 per person, inclusive of all meals, shore excursions, Captain’s welcome, farewell drinks, ports and Parks fees.