Coral Expeditions I

Conceived by the affable and experienced Captain Tony Briggs, Coral Expeditions I (formerly Coral Princess) has earned a fine reputation sailing the tropical waters of Australia’s northern coastlines. The vessel is a 35-metre catamaran that is fully equipped to accommodate up to 42 passengers and good-size crew. She also features a special excursion craft, The Explorer, which is boarded from deck level.

Coral Expeditions I undertook a $1 million refurbishment in 2012, to provide additional comfort and install two new engines to provide improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions. 


Ship Features

  • 'Open Bridge' policy
  • Purpose-built landing craft, the Explorer, accessed at deck level
  • Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs
  • Spacious decks with sun lounges
  • All cabins feature ensuites and outside windows
  • Bar and dining room
  • Lounge and presentation room
  • Wireless internet available
  • Comprehensive reference library
  • Highly experienced expedition guides and crew
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Laundry service available
  • Passengers: 42
  • Cabins: 21
  • Decks: 4
  • Refurbished: 2012
  • Length: 35 metres
  • Draft: 2.5 metres
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Voltage: Australian, 3-pin plug


Coral Expeditions I features four categories of en-suite cabins and staterooms, with the choice of double or twin bed options. Each cabin features an outside window or porthole for spectacular views of the Kimberley Coast and modern décor. All cabins are serviced daily and feature luxurious toiletries.

Deluxe Stateroom

Private Bathroom

Our spacious Deluxe Staterooms are located on the top decks and offer brilliant natural light with picture windows for optimal viewing opportunities. A choice of double or twin beds is available.

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Upper Stateroom

Private Bathroom

Light and airy, our Upper Deck Staterooms are located on a dedicated accommodation deck, offering a quiet environment with easy access to the Bridge, sun deck and dining room. 

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Private Bathroom

Located on Deck C our Staterooms are close to the dining room and our excursion boat boarding platform. All Staterooms are available in your choice of double or twin bed configurations.

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Private Bathroom

Smaller yet comfortable, all but two of our Cabins are located on the lower deck, downstairs from the launch platform and dining room. Each feature a porthole and twin configuration only. 

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Coral Expeditions I deck plan

Ship Life


Meals are all served in the free-seating dining room, with our chef producing simple hearty meals prepared from freshly sourced produce. Breakfast and lunch are usually served buffet style, while dinner is plated for a more personalised dining experience. 

On-board Entertainment

Most of the entertainment happens on shore when we’re out on excursions, or on the deck as you enjoy the spectacular scenery. We’ll enjoy Captain’s drinks on our large viewing deck and enjoy the sunset as it drops over the Indian Ocean.

Excursion Crafts

Coral Expeditions I is particularly well equipped for shore excursions with Zodiacs and a purpose-built landing craft, The Explorer, designed specifically for exploring the shallow, tidal and often narrow waterways of the Kimberley.

The Explorer is boarded from Deck C via the ship’s hydraulic platform that gently lowers the craft into the water, avoiding the need to climb up and down a gangway. The Explorer has comfortable seating for all passengers and guides, ensuring no one misses out on the region’s highlights.

Observation Decks

The decks are the perfect place to take in the colourful views of the Kimberley’s rugged coastline. The main sun deck features sun lounges for a relaxed viewing experience, whilst each level has outside deck access to enjoy viewing opportunities in every direction.

Communal Areas

Coral Expeditions I features a small convivial bar section for socialising and the lecture lounge doubles as a relaxing space to enjoy the view in air-conditioned comfort, read a book or enjoy the odd movie night. The Sun Deck is another great place to relax and take in the Kimberley’s panoramic views. You are also welcome on the Bridge with our Captain to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

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