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Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea

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Begin with a visit to the Solomon Islands. This archipelago of over 900 mostly volcanic islands remains a secret destination in the South Pacific. Its mountainous and often rugged landscapes 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 then sets sail for Papua New Guinea, a fascinating land that is home to no fewer than 700 ethnic groups within a very rich ecosystem. Call at Tufi, to the south of the island, dubbed 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 : Honiara, Solomon Islands | Embark
Day 2 : Roderick Bay, Florida Islands
Day 3 : Njara Island | Gizo
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Alotau
Day 6 : Tufi
Day 7 : Lusancay Islands
Day 8 : Trobriand Islands
Day 9 : Fergusson Island | Dobu Island
Day 10 : Samarai
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

Day 1 Honiara, Solomon Islands | 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. 

Day 2 Roderick Bay, Florida Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 Njara Island | Gizo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gizo is situated on Ghizo Island and is the second largest town in the Solomon Islands, after the capital, Honiara. The people of the Western Province are regarded as amongst the most skilled carvers in the world. They produce carvings from various woods including ebony and rosewood. These amazingly intricate carvings can take months to make and accordingly command a high price. There are plenty of opportunities for world class snorkeling, diving, and underwater photography throughout the Western province and the islands around Ghizo are considered among the most popular. Enjoy the opportunity to visit the traditional markets of Gizo.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Alotau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Tufi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Often described as the “Scandinavia of the tropics”, the spectacular Tufi “fjords” 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. Travel into the ancient mangrove forests of the fjords 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 7 Lusancay Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Trobriand Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9 Fergusson Island | Dobu Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10 Samarai

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Samarai Islands are located in the China Strait off the southeastern 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 can enjoy swimming and snorkeling on nearby Deka Deka Island.

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 12 Cairns | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbor town of Cairns is located on Australia's northeast coast. The 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.

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Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
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  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
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  • 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
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  • Park entry fees into protected areas
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  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
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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!
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