Embark in Cairns, AustraliaAfter boarding Oceanic Discoverer at 2:00pm for a 3:00pm departure leave Cairns on the start of your Papua New Guinea adventure. Take the opportunity to explore your new home for the next 12 days. Enjoy an evening sunset drink before sitting down to the first of many delicious dinners.
Osprey ReefLocated 100 kilometers off the Queensland coast, visits to Osprey Reef are rare. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel and SCUBA dive in the protected lagoon at the heart of the reef and enjoy glass bottom boat tours for spectacular views of a myriad of colorful marine life.
At SeaHaving passed through the Great Barrier Reef continue northeast towards the China Strait. Enjoy the facilities and get to know your traveling companions. This evening, join the Captain, his crew and new-found friends at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.
AlotauEnjoy waking up to the scenery of the China Strait as you approach your first Papua New Guinea landfall – Alotau. Experienced Guest Lecturers will interpret the traditional welcome dances prior to leading you on a tour of historic Alotau.
Trobriands and KitavaHistorically known as the ‘Islands of Love’ the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional culture largely unspoilt by outside influence. Witness traditional Trobriand dance performed by the colorfully costumed locals.
Dobu and Fergusson IslandsBe greeted by a flotilla of canoes as you approach the Dobu anchorage. Guest Lecturers will share with you the history of the Kula Ring where Dobu Island was a pivotal link between the north and south Kula trade routes. Meet the local primary school children who will welcome you with a traditional dance performance. Join Expedition Staff on an expedition to the Dei Dei Hot Springs where the landowner shares the mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs.
Tufi FjordsToday enjoy a true highlight as you 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 your expedition ship cruises close to the towering cliffs before boarding Xplorer to travel ashore to meet the friendly locals. Then, enjoy the opportunity to discover the region’s numerous white sandy beaches, take a leisurely swim and snorkel over spectacular fringing reefs.
Lababia - Wildlife Management AreaAwaken 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 Expedition Staff and local guides, walk the David Suzuki trail through the prehistoric rainforest. With luck you may see some of the prolific birdlife resident here including hornbills, parrots, palm cockatoos and the iconic Raggiana Bird of Paradise.
The Idyllic Island of TuamTuam, in the Siassi group of islands, offers 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.
Historic MadangThe historic town of Madang sits on a peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands. Famed for its diving, the waters surrounding Madang offer excellent visibility and many WWII wrecks to explore. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, diving and a harbor exploration.
The Mighty Sepik RiverSure to be a highlight, this morning enter the mouth of the mighty Sepik River – one of the world’s great river systems. Over the next two days Oceanic Discoverer will cruise approximately 100 kilometers upriver to the middle Sepik region, which is renowned for its unique artifacts. Visit the remote villages of Angoram and Bien where the local Sepik people are amongst the greatest primitive artists on earth and each village has its own distinct style. Enjoy the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings. Anchor this evening in the river whilst overhead hundreds of flying foxes stream through the sky.
Sepik River and Volcanic Manam IslandAn early morning start offers a great opportunity for bird watching. Join the Expedition Staff to identify Spotted Blue-eyed Cockatoos, Wagtails, Great Egret, Little Egret, Great Billed Heron, the enormous Blyth’s Hornbill and others as your ship cruises back down river. On farewelling the Sepik pass the active volcano on Manam Island and enjoy the sunset.
WewakEarly this morning arrive in the picturesque port city of Wewak, where it is time to farewell fellow guests, the Captain and his crew at the conclusion of your remarkable South Pacific adventure.