Mysterious Papua New Guinea is, in the truest sense, one of the last great wilderness areas on Earth and there is simply no better way to experience these magical and rarely visited lands than aboard the state-of-the-art small ship Oceanic Discoverer. Board in Cairns for an outstanding 12-night expedition to Rabaul and discover for yourself the outstanding cultures and scenic beauty of rarely discovered Papua New Guinea.

Day 1

    Embark in Cairns

    After boarding Oceanic Discoverer at 10:00am for a departure at 11:00am, leave Cairns on the start of your great adventure. Take the opportunity to explore your new 'home' for the next thirteen days. Enjoy an evening sunset drink before sitting down to the first of many delicious meals.

    Day 2

      At Sea

      Having passed through the Great Barrier Reef, cruise northeast towards the China Strait. Enjoy the facilities and get to know your traveling companions. This evening, join your Guest Lecturer for a presentation on Papua New Guinea.

      Day 3


        Enjoy waking up to the scenery of the China Strait as you approach your first Papua New Guinea landfall - Alotau. Your experienced Guest Lecturers will interpret the traditional welcome dances prior to leading you on a tour of historical Alotau.

        Day 4

          Trobriands & Kitava

          Historically known as the 'Islands of Love' the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional culture largely unspoilt by outside influence. Witness traditional Trobriand dances.

          Day 5

            Dobu & Fergusson Islands

            You will be greeted by a flotilla of canoes while approaching the Dobu anchorage. Your Guest Lecturer will share with you the history of the Kula Ring where Dobu Island was a pivotal link between the Kula trade routes. The local primary school children welcome you with a traditional dance. After lunch, join your Expedition Leader on an excursion to the Dei Dei Hot Springs where the landowner shares the mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs.

            Day 6

              Tufi Fjords

              Today discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited Tufi Fjords. Similar to Nordic fjords and featuring 25 individual canyons with sheer basalt cliffs, these are the only fjords in Papua New Guinea and offer a wealth of sightseeing opportunities. Soak up the spectacular views as you cruise close to the towering cliffs before boarding Xplorer to travel ashore to meet the friendly locals. Then, enjoy a leisurely swim and snorkel over spectacular fringing reefs.

              Day 7

                Lababia - Wildlife Management Area

                Awaken early and travel ashore to the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in PNG - the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area. In the company of your Guest Lecturers and local guides, walk the David Suzuki trail through the prehistoric rainforest. With luck, you may see some of the prolific birdlife here including hornbills, parrots, palm cockatoos and the iconic Raggiana Bird of Paradise.

                Day 8

                  Idyllic Islands of Tuam & Tami

                  In the morning visit Tami Islands, which are known for their distinctive carvings and ceremonial masks. The afternoon brings you to Tuam offering a mix of both mainland and Bismark Archipelago cultures. Their prized trinkets and decorations include dog's teeth, spondyllus shells and wonderful balsa wood and sago bark headdresses. Enjoy the welcome dances and village hospitality.

                  Day 9

                    Historic Madang

                    Madang sits on a peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for its diving, with excellent visibility and many WWII wrecks to explore. Discover the town and enjoy the opportunity to purchase a large selection of artifacts from the Sepik region. Enjoy diving, snorkelling, swimming and a harbor exploration.

                    Day 10

                      Sepik River & Volcanic Manam Island

                      Sure to be a highlight, this morning enter the mouth of the mighty Sepik River - one of the world's great river systems. Only with Oceanic Discoverer will you cruise well into the Sepik region, renowned for its unique artifacts. Visit the remote village of Bien where the locals are amongst the greatest primitive artists on earth. Enjoy the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings. On farewelling the Sepik, pass the active volcano on Manam Island and enjoy the sunset.

                      Day 11

                        Crown Island

                        Join your Expedition Leader and Guest Lecturers aboard Xplorer and head ashore on this uninhabited island. Known as a turtle nesting ground and home of the giant lizard explore the beaches of this seldom visited island. Spend time relaxing or snorkelling in the beautiful clear waters.

                        Day 12

                          Witu Islands & Kimbe Bay

                          With the support of local guides, your Expedition Leader will lead you on an exploration of the region. Kimbe Bay has one of the world's richest and most diverse coral reef systems, home to over 860 different species of tropical fish and in excess of 400 different varieties of coral. Here you will experience genuine island friendliness and hospitality.

                          Day 13


                            Enter magnificent Simpson Harbor early in the morning, passing the striking islands known as the Beehives. Your arrival in Rabaul at 8:00am marks the end of your voyage of exploration and adventure. If time permits, you may wish to explore the 'ghost town' of Rabaul that lies under volcanic ash deposited when Mt Tuvurvur erupted in 1994.
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                            A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “twin share” program. Book a cabin at the posted fare and the Oceanic Discoverer will attempt to match you with another solo traveler of the same gender. If not possible, enjoy the sole use of the cabin at the twin share price.

                            Important Fare Information:
                            Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian or New Zealand Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.
                            This itinerary is an indication of the destinations visited and activities on offer. Whilst every effort will be made to follow this itinerary the Oceanic Discoverer reserves the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather, tidal conditions and any other reason whatsoever.

                            Cruise fare includes:
                            Accommodation charges on board, services of expedtion staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activites; group transfers during the cruise; all meals; 24 hour tea/coffee station; landing fees.

                            Cruise fare excludes:
                            Pre and Post flights and transfers; personal items such as telephone, facsimile charges, laundry, bar charges, travel insurance.

                            On most departures a direct charter flight is available directly from Rabaul to Cairns at the conclusion of the cruise. Please inquire for more details.

                            Important Fare Information:
                            Cruise fare is posted based off of current exchange rates with the Australian Dollar. Please contact us for current rates.

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                            69-30 days55% cruise fare
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