CruiseCoral Expeditions invites passengers to channel their inner explorers in its new Small Islands of Japan and the Philippines series of voyages setting off in 2023.

Off the beaten sea: Cruising to Japan and Philippines' remote islands

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Each Coral Expedition ship is designed to take guests to remote locations that large cruise ships cannot access.
Each Coral Expedition ship is designed to take guests to remote locations that large cruise ships cannot access. Photo Credit: Coral Expeditions

Australian cruise line, Coral Expeditions, will be launching a new series of voyages to the small islands of Japan and the Philippines, with a maiden sailing set for September 2023.

Part of Coral Expeditions' "Small Islands of the World" series, these expeditions will continue the company's aim of immersive, environmentally sensitive visits to remote islands focused on nature and culture.

The fleet currently consists of three purpose-built blue water expedition ships — the 72-guest Coral Discoverer and the 120-guest flagships Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer.

With each ship featuring shallow drafts, multiple Zodiacs, and signature 'Xplorer' safari boats launched from a hydraulic platform, guests can expect daily village visits, river expeditions or beach landings, along with expedition experts.

Coral Adventurer is scheduled to sail from Guam on the series' inaugural expedition on September 2023. These voyages will explore island chains of the Japanese Ryukyu, Ogasawara and Izu archipelagos, as well as diverse sites, such as Taiwan's Taroko Gorge National Park, a 19th-century lighthouse on Palaui Island and the site of General McArthur's WWII beach landing in Tacloban, the Philippines.

"These islands are a mix of ancient traditions, unique landscapes and rare wildlife, and an area we have long sought to explore," said commercial director Jeff Gillies.

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