Papua New Guinea Cruise

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. Embark in Alotau for an outstanding 10-night South Pacific expedition to Rabaul and discover for yourself the outstanding cultures and scenic beauty of rarely discovered Papua New Guinea.

Day 1

  • Lunch, Dinner

Alotau - Embark

Boarding commences at 2:00 pm for a 3:00 pm departure. Cruise Milne Bay, settle in, and explore Oceanic Discoverer before joining the Captain and his crew at the Captain's Welcome Cocktails.

Day 2

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trobriands & Kitava

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

Day 3

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dobu & Fergusson Islands

A flotilla of canoes greets the ship while approaching the Dobu anchorage. A Guest Lecturer shares the history of the Kula Ring where Dobu Island was a pivotal link between the north and south Kula trade routes. Local primary school children perform a traditional dance. Join the 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 4

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tufi Fjords

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 while cruising 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 5

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Guest Lecturers and local guides, walk the David Suzuki trail through the prehistoric rainforest. With luck, see some of the prolific bird life here including hornbills, parrots, palm cockatoos and the iconic Raggiana Bird of Paradise.

Day 6

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Idyllic Islands of Tuam & Tami

Tuam and Tami, in the Siassi group of islands, offer a mix of both mainland and Bismarck Archipelago cultures. Their prized trinkets and decorations include dog’s teeth, spondyllus shells and wonderful balsa wood and sago bark headdresses. Witness the locals perform their traditional welcome dances and savor the warm village hospitality.

Day 7

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, snorkeling, swimming and a harbor exploration.

Day 8

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sepik River & Volcanic Manam Island

Sure to be a highlight, enter the mouth of the mighty Sepik River - one of the world's great river systems. Only with Oceanic Discoverer 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 departing the Sepik, pass the active volcano on Manam Island and enjoy the sunset.

Day 9

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crown Island

Join the 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 snorkeling in the beautiful clear waters.

Day 10

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Witu Islands & Kimbe Bay

With the support of local guides, the Expedition Leader leads 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. Experience genuine island friendliness and hospitality while welcomed by a flotilla of outrigger canoes. In the evening, join new-found friends and staff at the Captain’s Farewell Cocktails.

Day 11

  • Breakfast

Rabaul

Enter magnificent Simpson Harbor early in the morning, passing the striking islands known as the Beehives. Arrive in Rabaul at 8:00 am, marking the end of the voyage of exploration and adventure. If time permits, explore the 'ghost town' of Rabaul that lies under volcanic ash deposited when Mt Tuvurvur erupted in 1994.
 Main Deck BMain Deck APromenade Deck BPromenade Deck ABridge Deck
2015-Mar-09*$8,275$8,550$8,920$9,195$9,655
* Itinerary operates in reverse.
2015-Nov-09$8,460$8,735$9,100$9,380$9,745
2015-Nov-19*$8,460$8,735$9,100$9,380$9,745
* Itinerary operates in reverse.
Solo Travelers:
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 expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities; 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.

Important Fare Information:
Cruise fare is posted based off of current exchange rates with the Australian Dollar. Please contact us for current rates.
Places
South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Dobu Island, Fergusson Island, Kitava Island, Rabaul, Alotau, Trobriand Islands, Tuam Island, Tami Island, Madang, Sepik River, Manam, Crown Island, Witu Islands, Kimbe Bay, Buna, Gona, Cape Gloucester
Contact Us
First Name
Last Name
Email
Phone
What's Your Adventure?