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

    Alotau - Embark

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

    Day 2

      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 3

        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 4

          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 5

            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 6

              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 7

                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 8

                  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 9

                    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 10

                      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 11

                        Rabaul

                        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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                        Please note: Fares are based off of current exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. Please contact us for current rates.
                        * Itinerary operates in reverse.
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                        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
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                        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.

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                        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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