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Papua New Guinea

13 Day Sample Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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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 Coral Discoverer. Board in Cairns for an outstanding 13-day expedition to Rabaul and discover for yourself the outstanding cultures and scenic beauty of rarely-discovered Papua New Guinea.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Cairns
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Alotau
Day 4 : Dobu | Fergusson Islands
Day 5 : Trobriands | Kuiawa
Day 6 : Maclaren Harbour | Tufi Fjords
Day 7 : Buna and Sanananda
Day 8 : Fly Islands | Lababia
Day 9 : Dregerhafen | Tuam
Day 10 : Historic Madang
Day 11 : Sepik River | Volcanic Manam Island
Day 12 : Garove Island
Day 13 : Disembark in Rabaul

Highlights

  • Witness a traditional Trobriand dance performed by costumed locals
  • Explore the rarely-visited Tufi Fjords, the only fjords in Papua New Guinea
  • Enjoy water activities in some of the best of Fly Island's coral reefs
  • Cruise the Sepik region, renowned for its unique artifacts

Ship

Coral Discoverer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Locals greeting the zodiac Access the shore aboard the specially designed expedition vessel Xplorer A day ashore remote islands Colourful children of Papua New Guinea Diving in Papua New Guinea

Day 1 Embark in Cairns

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After boarding Coral Discoverer at 10:00 am for a departure at 11:00 am, leave Cairns on the start of your great adventure. Take the opportunity to explore your new 'home' for the next thirteen days. Enjoy an evening sunset drink before sitting down to the first of many delicious meals.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Having passed through the Great Barrier Reef, cruise northeast towards the China Strait. Enjoy the facilities and get to know your traveling companions. This evening, join Guest Lecturers for a presentation on Papua New Guinea ahead of your arrival in Alotau.

Day 3 Alotau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy waking up to the scenery of China Strait as the ship approaches the first Papua New Guinea landfall - Alotau. Experienced Guest Lecturers interpret the traditional welcome dances prior to leading a tour of historical Alotau. Reboarding Coral Discoverer, cruise Milne Bay and see the World War II military history of this region before the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Drinks.

Day 4 Dobu | Fergusson Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. After lunch, 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 5 Trobriands | Kuiawa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Historically known as the 'Islands of Love', the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional culture largely unspoiled by outside influence. On the island of Kuiawa witness traditional Trobriand dance performed by the colorfully costumed locals, then sail to Kitava to meet the local villagers.

Day 6 Maclaren Harbour | Tufi Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Local guides paddle you on traditional canoes at Maclaren Harbour to their village in the rainforest. Be welcomed with traditional dances and garden markets. Later, 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 7 Buna and Sanananda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Learn about the Battle of Buna, some of the fiercest fighting during the final stages of WWII. Walk through the jungle to honor the past at the World War II monument and stopover at Sanananda to visit the War Museum. Later, meet the local people of the Girewo village.

Day 8 Fly Islands | Lababia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awaken early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island, which has some of the best coral reefs in all of Papua New Guinea to discover through snorkeling, SCUBA diving, glass bottom boat tours, and kayaking. Visit the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in PNG - the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area.

Day 9 Dregerhafen | Tuam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Dregerhafen, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. Head ashore to Tuam in the Siassi group of islands, which offer a mix of both mainland and Bismarck Archipelago cultures. Peruse prized trinkets and decorations which 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 10 Historic Madang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Madang, which sits on the peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for its diving, with excellent visibility and many World War II wrecks. Discover the town, including the markets where there is the opportunity to purchase a large selection of artifacts from the Sepik region.

Day 11 Sepik River | Volcanic Manam Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enter the mouth of the mighty Sepik River – one of the world’s great river systems, and cruise well up into the middle Sepik region, renowned for its unique artifacts. Visit the remote village of Bien where the locals are amongst the greatest primitive artists on earth and take the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings. On departure from the great Sepik, pass the active volcano on Manam Island and enjoy the sunset.

Day 12 Garove Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Garove Island, the largest in the Witu group and view the flooded caldera, opened to the sea through a narrow breach. Learn about the traditional village lifestyle which still exists on subsistence principles, and take the opportunity to swim from the ergonomic ship platform.

Day 13 Disembark in Rabaul

  • 1 Breakfast
Enter magnificent Simpson Harbor early in the morning, passing the striking islands known as the Beehives. Arrive in Rabaul at 8:00am, 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.

Coral Discoverer

Per person starting at
$8,040
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.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximize your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

On most departures a direct charter flight is available directly from Rabaul to Cairns at the conclusion of the cruise. Please inquire for more details.


Cruise fare includes:
  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • All meals
  • House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour soft drinks, tea, and barista-style coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine, and national parks
  • Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel, zodiacs, glass-bottom boat and kayaks
  • Touring as described in each itinerary
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities
Cruise fare excludes:
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Included

  • 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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