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Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Le Laperouse
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Embark on the Le Laperouse at Honiara and sail towards your first destination, the Solomon Islands. Explore the region's mountainous and often rugged landscapes that are covered in lush, tropical vegetation. In addition to encounters with the locals, enjoy the stunning white-sand beaches and swim and snorkel in its crystal-clear waters. Le Lapérouse will then set sail to Papua New Guinea, a fascinating land that is home to no fewer than 700 ethnic groups within a very rich ecosystem. undoubtedly, a port of call at Tufi will be one of the highlights for this voyage as it is dubbed as the “Scandinavia of the Tropics” due to its fjords, produced from volcanic activities. Next, arrive in Australia and disembark in Cairns, a vibrant city handily located near both Australia’s own Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforests.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly from Brisbane | Honiara, Guadalcanal Island | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Days 3-4 : Bougainville
Day 5 : Rabaul, Bismarck Archipelago
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Lusancay Islands
Day 8 : Tufi
Day 9 : Fergusson Island | Dobu Island
Day 10 : Samarai islands
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Cairns | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the mysteries of Papua New Guinea, the land of a thousand cultures
  • Visit Tufi, a spectacular tropical fjord, where tapa cloth is producted
  • Swim and snorkel on deserted beaches surrounded by dazzling coral reefs
  • Encounter local people & view cultural performances, dances, arts & crafts

Ship

Le Laperouse

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Traditional hut in Papua New Guinea Sunrise in Papua New Guinea Highlands Traditional tribal dance at mask festival Parrots in Papua New Guinea Remote lagoon in Papua New Guinea
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Day 1 Fly from Brisbane | Honiara, Guadalcanal Island | Embark

Fly from Brisbane to Honiara and transfer to the pier (flight and transfer are included in your cruise fare). Board Le Laperouse and start your adventure across Papua New Guinea. 

Honiara is the capital city of The Solomon Islands, administered as a provincial town on the north-western coast of Guadalcanal Island. Honiara comes from the local Ghari Language “naho-ni-ara” meaning 'facing the ara', the place where the southeast winds meet the land. Discover this city, its beautiful landscape, and the significant role it played in World War II. Particularly The Battle of Henderson Field, the last of the three major land offensives conducted by the Japanese in 1942. 

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3-4 Bougainville

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
These days explore the Bougainville.

Day 5 Rabaul, Bismarck Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set at the eastern end of the island of New Britain, the tropical port town of Rabaul has always been famous for its spectacular setting. Nestled beside Simpson Harbour, the township is surrounded by six volcanoes, one of which, Mt Tavurvur, is still active today. The most recent major volcanic eruption was in September 1994 when Tavurvur and Vulcan covered much of Rabaul and surrounding villages with volcanic ash. This eruption saw the growth of the nearby coastal town of Kokopo which has now become the administrative and tourism center for Rabaul.

Join the expedition team for a tour by local transport to see Mt Tavurvur, the Volcano Observatory and various significant sites from World War II.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 7 Lusancay Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A Solomon Sea archipelago situated in the Milne Bay province in Papua New Guinea, the Lusancay Islands were named after the French navigator Pierre Carré de Lusançay, who participated in the D’Entrecasteaux expedition at the end of the 18th century. Protected from human impact, the Lusancay Islands are considered to be a real paradise of coral reefs and white-sand beaches, offering visitors magnificent panoramas.

Day 8 Tufi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Often described as the “Scandinavia of the tropics”. The spectacular Tufi “fiords” plunge over 90 meters deep and rise over 150 meters vertically above the water making for a spectacular backdrop. The traditional way of life plays an important role amongst the villagers with many living in isolated areas along the coast of Cape Nelson and on the slopes of Mount Trafalgar. The area is known for its production of tapa cloth, made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree and skilfully decorated. Guests will travel into the ancient mangrove forests of the Fiords to witness one of the most colorful traditional performances in all of Papua New Guinea. There is also the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the clear waters of Kamoa Beach.

Day 9 Fergusson Island | Dobu Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fergusson is the largest island in the D’Entrecasteaux archipelago. Situated to the east of Papua New Guinea, the latter was discovered in the late 18th century by the French navigator Antoine Bruny d’Entrecasteaux. Fergusson’s terrain is very mountainous, with the highest peak reaching some 2,000 meters in altitude. At the heart of this island, a tropical rainforest is home to a rich and varied flora as well as beautiful bird species, including parrots and birds of paradise. In the south, the smoke and geysers of the Dei Dei hot springs are a magical sight.

Dobu Island is one of the 5 islands in the D’Entrecasteaux archipelago to the east of Papua New Guinea. It is home to several bird species, including the white cockatoo and the curl-crested manucode. The local tribes are very attached to their ancestral traditions and theirs is a matrilineal social system, dominated by maternal lineage. The Dobu Islanders are also known for practicing magic rituals and witchcraft. Their language is spoken on most of the islands in the D’Entrecasteaux archipelago.

Day 10 Samarai islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Samarai islands are located in the China Strait off the south-eastern tip of New Guinea. In its colonial heyday, it was said to be one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific. The island was declared a National Historical Heritage Island by the government of Papua New Guinea in 2006. Just 3km west of Samarai, Kwato Island was once an educational center and home to a thriving boat building industry. Following the old tree-lined road to the top of the island reveals a stonewalled church that was built in 1937 and remains a testimony to the missionaries of a bygone era. Join your expedition team for a guided walk on Samarai and Kwato Islands. You also will enjoy swimming and snorkeling on nearby Deka Deka island.

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 12 Cairns | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbor town of Cairns is located on Australia's north-east coast. A seafront esplanade is a popular place for locals and visitors to walk, swim and picnic under the shade of swaying palm trees. The hills surrounding Cairns form the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.

After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at Cairns.
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Notes

Please Note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
Your program includes:
  • Flight Brisbane / Honiara selected by in economy class.
  • Transfer airport / pier.
Your program does not include:
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other services not mentioned in the program.
Please note:
  • Flight included in the programme is, as of today, operated in economy class.
  • For passengers in transit in Brisbane, we recommend staying one night in Brisbane before this flight to ensure your connecting flights.
  • Package is subject to availability.
  • This program is subject to change.
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