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Frontier Lands of Papua New Guinea: Cairns to Madang

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Coral Geographer
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Immerse yourself in the wild and rugged scenery of Papua New Guinea, with its mysterious stories interwoven with cultural beliefs and ancient legends. Visit remote villages rich in culture and meet the people who have maintained their traditional way of life for generations. Papua New Guinea is home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the Amazon and this voyage uncovers little-visited islands and volcanic mountains, pristine rainforest wilderness areas forged by mighty rivers. This is the land of the unexpected, a place of stark contrasts where fearsome frowns quickly become welcoming smiles and visitors are welcomed into villages to learn of people’s customs and cultures.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cairns | Embark
Days 2-12 : Exploring
Day 13 : Madang | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy spectacular views of Kadovar's volcano, known to erupt stunning pyroclastic clouds
  • Ride ashore to Tufi Village on hand-carved outrigger canoes paddled by locals
  • Visit WWII battle sites at Buna and Sanananda
  • Learn about the mythical tales of Dei Dei Hot Springs & witness the boiling geyser erupt

Ship

Coral Geographer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkel off of Australia's beautiful coast Sunrise in Papua New Guinea Highlands Traditional tribal dance at mask festival Traditional house of the Sepik people, Papua New Guinea Parrots in Papua New Guinea

Day 1 Cairns | Embark

Cruise across the Coral Sea and spend the afternoon relaxing as you are welcomed onboard Coral Geographer. Join our expedition staff as they introduce you to the journey and the many experiences you will enjoy. This evening, join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Day 2-12 Exploring

  • Ship
  • 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
em>Your Captain and Expedition Team may make changes to the daily schedule when necessary to maximize the guest experience. Below are the highlight destinations of your voyage.

Dei Dei Hot Springs & Dobu Islands
Hear the mythical and spiritual tales of the Dei Dei Hot Springs, learn about the history of the Kula Ring and the role of Dobu Island in the north and south Kula trade routes and snorkel the bubbling springs reef.

Trobriand Islands
Historically known as the ‘Islands of Love’, the Trobriand Islands offer a glimpse of traditional cultures largely unspoiled by outside influence. Be greeted at the small island of Kuiawa with an enthusiastic Trobriand’s welcome.

Tufi Fjord
Enter the Tufi Fjord where local outriggers will be waiting to paddle you up the creek under the rainforest canopy. Watch and learn about the local way of life, while the village elders perform a traditional sing sing wearing their feather head-dresses. Enjoy snorkeling or diving on the reef, or kayak the waterway with steep edges of nearby fjords.

Buna & Sanananda
We land at Buna beach, home to some of the toughest fighting in the WWII Pacific campaign. We will visit the areas where Allied forces clashed with Japanese forces and, in Sanananda, will see the local monuments and war museum. This museum is located at the far end of the Kokoda Track.

Morobe Harbour
We arrive at Morobe Harbour early in the morning and cruise in the Xplorer to view the stunning forest from the Mou River. We receive a warm Oro Province welcome and enjoy exploring the village with local guides. At high tide, we may be able to cruise further into a picturesque hidden bay.

Lababia & Fly Islands
In the morning, during a relaxing visit to the village, we are entertained with singing and dancing performances and join a local guide around the village. Board an outrigger canoe to explore further up the river with a guide and experience snorkeling and diving at the Biangatu Island reef in the Fly Islands.

Dregerhafen
At the beautiful anchorage of Dregerhafen, you will enjoy a high-spirited Papua New Guinea welcome and explore the market which is famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. There are many WWII artifacts in this area.

Sepik Mouth, Bien Village & Kadovar Volcano
As we arrive at the mouth of the famed Sepik River we are greeted with stunning views of the landscape and this mammoth river which cuts a swathe through lush forest. Our first stop on the Sepik River is at the village of Bien, where local villagers greet us on their canoes and follow with dance performances. There is an opportunity to purchase highly sought-after hand-crafted artifacts, masks, and carvings at the Sepik market.

Day 13 Madang | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Madang to disembark Coral Geographer at 8:00 am. Enjoy an included tour of Madang with a member of our expedition team until midday.

Coral Geographer

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Flexible New Booking Policy
For all new bookings made between March 12-June 30, 2020, in the event that you are unable to travel on the cruise originally booked due to Covid-19 related restrictions, you will be able to transfer your deposit to another future cruise at no additional fee. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to 2020 departures

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Early Bird Savings - Book before August 31, 2020, and save 10% on select departures. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
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$6,430
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Coral Deck Stateroom
Located on the Coral Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Twin porthole windows give you views of the world outside.
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Promenade Deck Stateroom
Located on the Promenade Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
These 21.4 Sq m staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck.
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. Along with special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 3.5 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two.

Notes

Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates

This fare includes: 

• All excursions and sightseeing
• Use of Xplorer and  Zodiac tender vessels
• Daily lectures and briefings
• All meals, chef-prepared on board
• Showcase wines, selected beers, juices, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service 
• 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
• All entrance fees to National Parks and  Ports

This fare does not include:

• Pre and post flights, accommodation & travel insurance
• Entry visas to Australia
• Alcoholic beverages outside of lunch and dinner service
• Telephone and internet services  
• Laundry 

Please Note:
These are expedition itineraries covering remote regions. Your Captain and Expedition Team will make changes to the daily
schedule when necessary to maximize guest experience given the weather, local environment and safety considerations.
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