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Papua New Guinea, Yap & Palau

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Odyssey (ZE)
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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Brisbane, Australia / Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Day 2 : Port Moresby / Embark Odyssey
Day 3 : Halioea Island, Suau Islands
Day 4 : Kitava and Narutu Islands, Trobriand Islands
Day 5 : Iwa Island, Marshall Bennett Islands
Day 6 : Rabaul, East New Britain Island
Day 7 : Tingwon Islands
Day 8 : Tsoi Islands
Day 9 : Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Day 10 : Satawal Island, Yap State, FSM
Day 11 : Ifalik Atoll
Day 12 : Sorol Island
Day 13 : Ngulu Atoll
Day 14 : Koror, Republic of Palau / Disembark

Ship

Odyssey (ZE)

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • South Pacific
  • Brisbane
  • East New Britain
  • Ifalik Atoll
  • Iwa Island
  • Kitava Island
  • Koror
  • Marshall Bennett Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Ngulu Atoll
  • Palau
  • Port Moresby
  • Rabaul
  • Satawal Island
  • Sorol Island
  • Suau Islands
  • Tingwon Islands
  • Tsoi Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Experience the mystical South Pacific cultures Numerous snorkel opportunities Stroll along perfect white sand beaches as you explore the islands of the South Pacific Secluded white sand beach Sail turquoise seas to remote islands of the South Pacific

Day 1 Brisbane, Australia / Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Arrive in Brisbane and connect with your independent flight to Port Moresby. Gather at your included hotel for a welcome dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Port Moresby / Embark Odyssey

After a morning at leisure and lunch at the hotel, enjoy a city tour, visiting the National Museum which exhibits one of the finest collections of primitive art in the world, including Sepik River carvings. You may also view, and purchase, fine-quality carvings and handicrafts at PNG Arts. This afternoon embark the Odyssey.

Day 3 Halioea Island, Suau Islands

Enjoy a relaxing morning on board and attend informative lectures on the culture and natural history of the region. After lunch board Zodiacs to visit Halioea where you are warmly welcomed by dancers, local children, and fishermen in lakatois, small sailing canoes. Unique gravesites line the shore of the island; traditionally the dead were buried standing up, with their heads poking out of the ground and covered by clay pots. Later, enjoy your first opportunity to snorkel or dive in the warm waters of the Coral Sea.

Day 4 Kitava and Narutu Islands, Trobriand Islands

The Trobriands are legendary for their yam cults, Kula Ring of trading, and overwhelming friendliness toward visitors. Go ashore on Kitava and visit the tidy village lined with fragrant frangipani trees. Dancers greet you with performances that are among the best of the South Pacific. Spend the afternoon at the nearby idyllic island of Narutu, with superb opportunities for snorkeling, diving, swimming, as well as beachcombing from the palm-lined, white-sand beach. Join naturalists for a hike where you may spot flying foxes, helmeted friarbirds, and channel-billed cuckoos.

Day 5 Iwa Island, Marshall Bennett Islands

Approaching Iwa’s beach, watch for traditional Kula Ring trading canoes and local fishermen in small outriggers. Ascend carved steps up a limestone cliff to a plateau for a tour through Iwa’s three small villages: Oporo, Okaito, and Obomatu.

Day 6 Rabaul, East New Britain Island

Six cone-shaped volcanoes, some of which are still active, ring Rabaul’s dramatic flooded-caldera harbor. Visit the bubbling hot springs and take in magnificent views from Observatory Ridge. And, learn about the island’s WWII history—Rabaul was a Japanese stronghold under Admiral Yamamoto. Tonight attend an astonishing performance of the Baining tribe’s fire dance. Tribe members in huge, magnificently crafted masks, leap and dance over crackling, red-hot coals in a centuries-old ritual to honor the local deity-spirits.

Day 7 Tingwon Islands

Completely encircled by an oblong reef, few passenger vessels are able to visit this small group of islands. Land on a sandy beach this afternoon and meet the 350 inhabitants of charming Tingwon—a picture-perfect village—and enjoy their hospitality and dances. After your visit snorkel or dive along the islets’ surrounding reef.

Day 8 Tsoi Islands

Villagers warmly welcome you ashore with a cultural performance and dances accompanied by a superb local choir. Sample traditional foods, then take a walk around the island’s perimeter to find orchids, butterflies, skinks, and birds along the way. On Tsoi Lik search for megapodes nesting along the sandy beach. After lunch your lecture series continues as you cruise toward Micronesia.

Day 9 Cruising the Pacific Ocean

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as lecturers enlighten you on the natural and cultural wonders that lie ahead.

Day 10 Satawal Island, Yap State, FSM

This afternoon village maidens greet you and present a traditional welcome dance adorned in lava-lava skirts. Meet the men of Satawal, who still navigate their outrigger canoes without instruments, steering by the sun, stars, and swells.

Day 11 Ifalik Atoll

This classic, tiny circular atoll represents the most authentic aspects of Micronesia’s traditional state, Yap. The chiefs are intent upon maintaining cultural integrity—motor-powered boats are banned within the lagoon, as are televisions in the village. After lyrical dances by grass-skirted women, you are free to wander and admire the island handicrafts, or perhaps visit one of the traditional thatched-roofed houses set under shady trees. In the afternoon choose to snorkel, dive, sail in one of the handsome large canoes, or go birding with your ornithologist.

Day 12 Sorol Island

An idyllic, uninhabited island, Sorol offers shady groves of coconut palms bordering a crystal-clear lagoon. This afternoon explore the sandy beaches for nesting sooty terns and white-tailed tropicbirds, or slip into the warm waters for a snorkel or dive excursion.

Day 13 Ngulu Atoll

Ngulu is a large, stunning atoll, its ring-shaped lagoon bordered by tiny islets with swaying palm trees and beaches that offer a nesting ground to sea turtles. Go ashore to meet with the chief and the small number of villagers living on Ngulu Island. Afterwards visit the nearby palm-clad sandy islets for nature walks, birding, snorkeling, and diving.

Day 14 Koror, Republic of Palau / Disembark

Lush, dense jungle covers these stunning islands, while underwater coral “jungles” boast more than 1,400 species of brilliantly-hued tropical fish. This morning take a leisurely hike to world-famous Jellyfish Lake for an extraordinary snorkeling experience. After centuries of biological isolation and subsequent evolution, the melon-sized jellyfish that live here have lost their ability to sting. The afternoon is free to explore Koror, visit the Belau National Museum and the Coral Reef Center, or do a bit of souvenir shopping. After your final dinner on board disembark for a late evening transfer to the airport for your independent overnight flight home.

Odyssey (ZE)

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Cabin Cat 1
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Category 1/ A-Deck
A Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area, portholes. Approx. 185 sqft
Cabin Cat 2, 3
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Category 2/ Main
Forward Main Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 175 sqft
Cabin Cat 2, 3
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Category 3/ Main
Main Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 175 sqft
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Category 4/ Lido
Lido Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 175 sqft
Cabin Cat 5
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Category 5/ Bridge
Bridge Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 230 sqft
Cabin Cat 6
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Category 6/ Balcony Suite
Bridge Deck, Outside Suite with private veranda. Approx. 230 sqft
Owners Suite
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Owners Suite
Bridge Deck, Outside Suite with separate bedroom and private veranda. Approx. 310 sqft

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
-Cabins are available for single occupancy between 1.6-1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.

Inclusions:
All gratuities; accommodations in hotels and on board the Odyssey as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals; all group meals on land; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; $50,000 of medical expense coverage and $75,000 in emergency evacuation insurance.

Exclusions
All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; baggage/trip cancellation insurance; scuba diving fees and equipment where required; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
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