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Wewak to Darwin - Total Solar Eclipse

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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This 15-day extraordinary adventure on board the Coral Discoverer takes you to some of the most remote and hardly visited areas in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, with the highlights being the rare chance to experience a total solar eclipse in northern Indonesia on 9 March 2016. Adventurers and nature lovers certainly enjoy getting close to some of the most incredible wilderness on the planet: observe the colorful Bird of Paradise, snorkel in the Raja Ampat region and see some of the world’s most pristine and wildlife-rich coral reefs, discover traditional markets on Indonesia’s Spice Islands, and visit villages that have only become exposed to the modern world recently. An amazing, genuine and moving experience!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Wewak, Papua New Guinea
Day 2 : Jayapura, West Papua, Indonesia
Day 3 : Padaidori Islands
Day 4 : Mansinan Island
Day 5 : Groot Fam and Paradise Island
Day 6 : Solar Eclipse near Pulau Jiew
Day 7 : Wayag Island and Raja Ampat
Day 8 : Pulau Gam and Kaibui Bay
Day 9 : Hidden Bay
Day 10 : Misool Islands and Sunset Barbeque
Day 11 : Mesemta and Pelee
Day 12 : Banda and Spice Islands
Day 13 : Spice Islands
Day 14 : Crossing the Timor Sea
Day 15 : Disembark in Darwin

Highlights

  • Snorkel in Raja Ampat and see some of the world’s most pristine reefs
  • Experience a total solar eclipse in Northern Indonesia
  • Observe the colorful Bird of Paradise and rich wildlife
  • Explore some of the most incredible wilderness on the planet

Ship

Coral Discoverer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Clownfish spotted on snorkeling trip Colourful children of Papua New Guinea Access the shore aboard the specially designed expedition vessel Xplorer Local children taking a swim Manta ray during on a snorkeling trip.

Day 1 Embark in Wewak, Papua New Guinea

Today board the Coral Discoverer in the city port of Wewak and commence your adventure in the afternoon. Capital of the West Sepik province, Wewak is a picturesque port city that used to be Japan’s major airbase during WWII.

Day 2 Jayapura, West Papua, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your ship crosses into West Papua waters overnight to reach the busy town of Jayapura. Visit Lake Sentani, the location of General Douglas MacArthur’s main base during WWII and home to villagers renowned for their unique artifacts and bark paintings.

Day 3 Padaidori Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore the Padaido Islands located in the south-east of Biak and famous for their gorgeous white-sand beaches and colorful coral reefs. This afternoon enjoy some water-based activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking and explore the islands’ wildlife-rich rainforests.

Day 4 Mansinan Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board the Explorer and head to the island of Mansinan for more opportunities to snorkel and scuba dive near spectacular WWII wrecks just off the island’s shores. Enjoy an informative afternoon talk about Raja Ampat on board the vessel, one of your destinations in the next few days.

Day 5 Groot Fam and Paradise Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your destination today is the island of Fam and its traditional fishing village. Later in the day, reach the archipelago of Raja Ampat, also known as the Paradise Islands: the abundance of plankton in the area makes it feeding grounds for the giant manta rays. Have the opportunity to swim with these magnificent marine creatures.

Day 6 Solar Eclipse near Pulau Jiew

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, wake up near Pulau Jiew which is the eclipse center line. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience as you join an expert Guest astronomer on the sun deck and watch this magical natural phenomenon. Later in the day continue on to Wayag Island, part of the Raja Ampat archipelago.

Day 7 Wayag Island and Raja Ampat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Wayag Island, known as one of the Raja Ampat region’s ‘Four Kings’. Head for the white sand beach and breathtaking maze of limestone karst islands for some water-based activities. The most adventurous have the option to climb Pindito Peak for some amazing vistas of the island’s lagoon.

Day 8 Pulau Gam and Kaibui Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today cruise the Dampier Straits, named after the famous explorer William Dampier. Join a local Papuan guide before embarking on a walk through rainforest to reach the Sawingrai village. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the South Seas Pearl Farm.

Day 9 Hidden Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Onboard the Explorer, travel along the narrow channel that leads to Hidden Bay on Gam Island. Enjoy some free time to kayak, take a glass-bottom boat tour of the coral reefs, or follow your expedition team on a nature guided walk. Later in the afternoon sail towards your viewing spot for tomorrow morning's total eclipse and join the guest astronomer for an informative talk.

Day 10 Misool Islands and Sunset Barbeque

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today reach the Misool Islands, another one of the ‘Four Kings’ of the Raja Ampat region. The islands feature breathtaking scenery, stunning diving and snorkeling sites, and palm-fringed white sand beaches. Take a nature-guided walk on Wagmab Island and also take a tour of the surrounding waters, home to the pygmy seahorse and the most gorgeous and colorful coral gardens. In the evening join the Captain on the sun deck for a sunset barbecue.

Day 11 Mesemta and Pelee

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board the Explorer and travel to the island of Mesemta for more exploration and exciting bird-watching. Continue on to the island of Pelee for great snorkeling and scuba diving excursions.

Day 12 Banda and Spice Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Reach the Banda Sea, ready to explore the Spice Islands. These small islands were at the center of the Spice Island trade network, attracting traders from almost 2,000 years ago. As the ship sails closer to the shores of Banda Island, spot the Gunung Api Volcano in the distance and witness oarsmen in the famous Kora Kora canoes gliding through the waters. In the afternoon explore Fort Belgica, built in 1611 during Dutch colonization. At sunset, you are joined by the locals and their traditional dance and music performances as you enjoy a glass of champagne at the fort.

Day 13 Spice Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today have a chance to take in the colors and aromas of the islands. Spend some free time to explore the towns, rich with Dutch colonialism heritage. Visit the museum, the Governor’s Mansion, and stroll through the spice markets. In the afternoon, depart the Spice Islands and start sailing toward Darwin.

Day 14 Crossing the Timor Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As your ship crosses the Timor Sea, enjoy your day at leisure on board. In the evening you are invited to join the Captain and his crew for farewell drinks and dinner.

Day 15 Disembark in Darwin

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Darwin in the morning and dock at Darwin’s Fort Hill wharf for the end of your adventure.

Coral Discoverer

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Coral Discoverer Main Category B Stateroom
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Main Deck B
Main Deck, 17.5-18.5 sqm, with either junior king or twin bedding.
Oceanic Discoverer's Main Deck Category A.
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Main Deck A
Main Deck, 18 sqm, with either junior king or twin bedding.
Oceanic Discoverer's Promenade Deck Category B.
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Promenade Deck B
Promenade Deck, 14-16 sqm, junior king bedding.
Oceanic Discoverer's Promenade Deck Category A.
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Promenade Deck A
Promenade Deck, 16-17.5 sqm, junior king bedding.
Coral Discoverer Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
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Bridge Deck
Bridge Deck, 17-18 sqm, junior king or twin bedding.

Notes

Solo Travelers:
A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “twin share” program. Book a cabin at the posted fare and the Coral 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.

Please note:
This itinerary requires a deposit of $2,700 with final payment due 100 days prior to departure by bank transfer or check.

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

Included

  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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