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Papua New Guinea

11 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. 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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Alotau - Embark
Day 2 : Trobriands & Kitava
Day 3 : Dobu & Fergusson Islands
Day 4 : Tufi Fjords
Day 5 : Lababia - Wildlife Management Area
Day 6 : Idyllic Islands of Tuam & Tami
Day 7 : Historic Madang
Day 8 : Sepik River & Volcanic Manam Island
Day 9 : Crown Island
Day 10 : Witu Islands & Kimbe Bay
Day 11 : Rabaul

Highlights

  • Local school children perform a traditional dance
  • Discover Tufi Fjords, the only fjords in Papua New Guinea.
  • Witness island locals perform their traditional welcome dances
  • Snorkel in some of the most pristine waters in the South Pacific

Ship

Coral Discoverer

Places Visited

  • Papua New Guinea
  • South Pacific
  • Alotau
  • Buna
  • Cape Gloucester
  • Crown Island
  • Dobu Island
  • East New Britain
  • Fergusson Island
  • Gona
  • Kimbe Bay
  • Kitava Island
  • Madang
  • Manam
  • Port Moresby
  • Rabaul
  • Sepik River
  • Tami Island
  • Trobriand Islands
  • Tuam Island
  • Witu Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colourful children of Papua New Guinea Locals greeting the zodiac Diving in Papua New Guinea A day ashore remote islands Explore on of the world\'s great rivers the mighty Sepik

Day 1 Alotau - Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Boarding commences at 2:00 pm for a 3:00 pm departure. Cruise Milne Bay, settle in, and explore Coral Discoverer before joining the Captain and his crew at the Captain's Welcome Cocktails.

Day 2 Trobriands & Kitava

  • 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. Witness traditional Trobriand dances.

Day 3 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. 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 4 Tufi Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 while cruising 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Guest Lecturers and local guides, walk the David Suzuki trail through the prehistoric rainforest. With luck, see some of the prolific bird life here including hornbills, parrots, palm cockatoos and the iconic Raggiana bird of paradise.

Day 6 Idyllic Islands of Tuam & Tami

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tuam and Tami, in the Siassi group of islands, offer a mix of both mainland and Bismarck Archipelago cultures. Their prized trinkets and decorations 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 7 Historic Madang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, snorkeling, swimming and a harbor exploration.

Day 8 Sepik River & Volcanic Manam Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sure to be a highlight, enter the mouth of the mighty Sepik River - one of the world's great river systems. Only with Coral Discoverer 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 departing the Sepik, pass the active volcano on Manam Island and enjoy the sunset.

Day 9 Crown Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join the 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 snorkeling in the beautiful clear waters.

Day 10 Witu Islands & Kimbe Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With the support of local guides, the Expedition Leader leads 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. Experience genuine island friendliness and hospitality while welcomed by a flotilla of outrigger canoes. In the evening, join new-found friends and staff at the Captain’s Farewell Cocktails.

Day 11 Rabaul

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

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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.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations visited and activities on offer. Whilst every effort will be made to follow this itinerary the Coral Discoverer reserves the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather, tidal conditions and any other reason whatsoever.

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.

Important Fare Information:
Cruise fare is posted based off of current exchange rates with the Australian Dollar. Please contact us for current rates.

Included

  • 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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