Coral Expeditions has introduced new voyage to Macquarie Island which sits halfway between Tasmania and Antarctica, at latitude 55 degrees.
Coral Adventurer will cast off from Bluff – on New Zealand’s South Island – on a 12-night adventure exploring the World Heritage Islands of the Australian and New Zealand sub-Antarctic before disembarking guests in the convenient port of Melbourne. The one-off expedition departs on 31 January 2024.
Guests will get up close to desolate islands that are the last landfall before Antarctica. The journey will include the Snares Islands, the Auckland Islands of Enderby Island and Carnley Harbour, Campbell Island’s Perseverance Harbour and the World Heritage sanctuary of Macquarie Island.
Expedition highlights include:
- Walking the rocky shorelines of Auckland and Campbell islands among one of the few humans to set foot ashore
- Observing King and Royal penguin colonies at Lusitania Bay
- Enjoying guided walks on Macquarie Island with Park Rangers and encountering rare flora including fields of mega herbs, mosses and lichens
- Learning about the history and heritage of early explorers and settlers in these remote regions
- Viewing the “world’s loneliest tree” – a Sitka Spruce – which is more than 200 km from the next closest tree on Auckland Island
On the voyage, expert guest lecturers will present talks and provide commentary on highlights of the destinations and their rare flora and fauna.
Jeff Gillies, Coral Expeditions Commercial Director says the visit to Macquarie Island is the “jewel in the crown” of the journey.
“It is a true sub-Antarctic trip that gives our guests a taste of the unique topography, rugged wildlife and lonely history of the southern islands,” Giles says.
“We already operate in New Zealand and Tasmania. We like to go deeper into our destinations and this sub-Antarctic voyage is a natural progression of our explorations of the Southern Ocean. We expect it to be popular amongst our loyal clientele who are eager for new destinations in our portfolio.”
For more details on the itinerary, click here.