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Small boat cruising is relatively new in Australia but it's a great way to reach remote destinations. This summer cruise in Tasmania took us to Port Davey in the South Western wilderness where believe it or not we got a fine suntan. We saw the beautiful and incredibly rare orange bellied parrot as well as seals, wallabies, pademelons, dolphins, back half of a whip snake, mutton bird rookeries, .... lots of other beautiful and interesting bird life. Other highlights were Maria Island and beautiful beaches on the Freycinet Peninsula. Scenery was magnificent. Bouquets: Comfortable boat with good facilities (avoid the fancy top deck cabins if you get seasick - and even if you don't get seasick, it gets very rocky up there!) Food was abundant and generally good although too many rich sauces. Fabulous seafood the first night - dozens and dozens of oysters! Wonderful guides and information program; great excursions with different levels of magnificent hikes available. Brickbats: ridiculously expensive internet. Poor facilities on disembarkation in Hobart - there was nowhere to store luggage unless you took a 2 1/2 hour trip to the airport on a shuttle bus (20 mins by taxi).

A novel way to see remote Tasmania

Coral Expeditions II Cruise Review by Miriam Faine

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Small boat cruising is relatively new in Australia but it's a great way to reach remote destinations. This summer cruise in Tasmania took us to Port Davey in the South Western wilderness where believe it or not we got a fine suntan. We saw the beautiful and incredibly rare orange bellied parrot as well as seals, wallabies, pademelons, dolphins, back half of a whip snake, mutton bird rookeries, .... lots of other beautiful and interesting bird life. Other highlights were Maria Island and beautiful beaches on the Freycinet Peninsula. Scenery was magnificent.

Bouquets: Comfortable boat with good facilities (avoid the fancy top deck cabins if you get seasick - and even if you don't get seasick, it gets very rocky up there!)

Food was abundant and generally good although too many rich sauces. Fabulous seafood the first night - dozens and dozens of oysters!

Wonderful guides and information program; great excursions with different levels of magnificent hikes available.

Brickbats: ridiculously expensive internet.

Poor facilities on disembarkation in Hobart - there was nowhere to store luggage unless you took a 2 1/2 hour trip to the airport on a shuttle bus (20 mins by taxi).
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