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Depuch Island

Distance Travelled: 437 NM
Steaming Time: 39.5 Hours

After a relaxing day at sea and activities including specialist guest lectures, the Coral Adventurer will arrive into Depuch Island. Often referred to as the "Uluru At Sea", this dolerite structure rises from the deep turquoise ocean, presenting a unique 530 ft high dome island unlike any of the surrounding low-lying sandy islands in the archipelago. The rock's iron oxide coating gives the island a deep reddish-brown colour. From the distance, the Island has a deceptive regular and even smooth contour despite the whole island consisting of a jumbled mass of great angular blocks of dolerite.

But this unique island terrain isn't the only attraction of this island. The islands boulders are covered in thousands of Aboriginal engravings and rock art. These rare historic engravings depict an array of scenes and motifs, holding great artistic, anthropological, scientific and cultural value.

The H.M.S. Beagle led by Captain Wickham was the second ship reported to explore the island. Landing in 1842, the crew left their mark with an engraving naming the vessel in the rock which remains today. These inscriptions are important today because they clearly show how little weathered the engravings of 177 years have become and thus by comparison give some measure of the age of the Aboriginal carvings.

Traditional custodians: Warmalana people

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For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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