Guests to spend Christmas Day with King on December voyage to Raja Ampat

Coral Expeditions surprise guests on its 12-night Spice Islands and Raja Ampat cruise, departing 21 December 2019, with an unforgettable experience of Christmas lunch with the King of Saparua.

Having established close personal ties with the island of Saparua on recent expeditions, Coral Expeditions have been welcomed back by the King to share lunch and festivities with the village this Christmas. Master of the fleet Gary Wilson extended a special invitation for the King and his family to join the guests for a special celebration whilst visiting during our maiden voyage.

Mark Fifield and wife with King Saparua onboard Coral Adventurer
Mark Fifield and wife with King Saparua onboard Coral Adventurer

On this 12-night sailing onboard the company’s newest vessel, Coral Adventurer, guests will enter the ancient trade routes of the legendary Spice Islands, retracing the travels of early explorers.

Secrets of ancient kingdoms built on nutmeg and cloves will be unveiled to Coral Expeditions’ guests as guest lecturers speak about these most treasured and valued commodities of the time. Spices like nutmeg, mace and clove have attracted traders for over 3,000 years to the tiny islands of the Banda archipelago.

“This is a richly rewarding voyage through lands steeped in history and culture of global significance,” says Jeff Gillies, Commercial Director of Coral Expeditions. “Combining scenery of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant sea life and fascinating communities, we are truly fortunate to offer these unique and enriching experiences to our guests.”

Gillies continues: “We enjoy and respect the relationships we have built in communities in the Indonesian islands and look to build on the lasting friendships we’ve been able to make over the past years.”

Joining the expedition will be historian, author and geologist, Ian Burnet, who brings over thirty years of experience in the region. Along the way, he will present and provide knowledge and reveal the most beguiling personality traits and idiosyncrasies of historical figures who shaped the region’s past.

Another key highlight of the voyage is a 3-day exploration of Raja Ampat, the “Four Kings of the East” archipelago. A picturesque seascape and a snorkellers dream, Raja Ampat’s pristine and brightly coloured reef systems are home to 75% of the world’s identified coral and fish species. On land, trek Mount Pindito for breathtaking aerial views of Wayag’s gumdrop islands and limestone cliffs on pristine turquoise waters.

Marine and wildlife enthusiasts can seek out the world’s largest schools of whale sharks in the protected Marine Park of Cenderawasih Bay. Depending on nature’s timing, guests may be able to swim with these gentle giants.

Coral Expedition guests and King Saparua onboard Coral Adventurer
Coral Expedition guests and King Saparua onboard Coral Adventurer

The Spice Islands and Raja Ampat 12-night expeditions depart 21 December 2019 (Darwin to Biak); or vice versa departing 2 January 2020 (Biak to Darwin). Prices start at $12,240 per person twin share.

A limited special offer of No Sole Supplement is available for these voyages. Charter flight option is offered to all passengers.

For more information, please contact Reservations on 1800 079 545 or visit