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Frontier Lands of Papua New Guinea

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Immerse yourself in the wild and rugged scenery of Papua New Guinea, with its mysterious stories that take you away from the complexities of modern times. Whilst traveling in comfort on board Coral Adventurer, visit remote villages rich in culture and meet with 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. Discover magnificent scenery ranging from colorful coral atolls to volcanic mountains, pristine wilderness areas, and mighty rivers. The country’s secret forest nurture over 3,000 varieties of unusual orchids, 700 species of birds including the brilliantly colored birds of paradise.
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  • See Manam Motu, one of Papua New Guinea’s most active volcanos
  • Visit historic WWII battle sites at Buna and Sanananda
  • Hear the mythical and spiritual tales of the Dei Dei springs
  • Enjoy snorkelling and diving on vibrant reefs, or kayak through rainforested fjords
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Day 1: Cairns, Australia | Embark

Cruise across the Coral Sea, and spend the afternoon relaxing as you are welcomed on board Coral Adventurer. Join your expedition staff as they introduce you to the journey and the many experiences you can enjoy.

Day 2: At Sea

Spend today relaxing onboard, listen and learn from Guest Lecturer presentations, or enjoy an engine room or bridge tour.

Day 3: Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea

Located off the south-eastern tip of New Guinea in the China Strait, choose to explore the colonial settlement of Samarai, with a chance to purchase pearls from a local pearl farmer, or go for a snorkel at nearby Ebuma Island.

Day 4: Dobu Island | Dei Dei Springs, Papua New Guinea

Join the Expedition Staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs on Fergusson Island, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs located at the base of an extinct volcano. Locals still use the hot springs to cook food in palm frond baskets. Learn of the history of the Kula Ring at Dobu Island and meet the local primary school children, who welcome you with a traditional song, and spend some time snorkeling in the Bubbling Springs Reef.

Day 5: Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea

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.

Day 6: Tufi Fjord, Papua New Guinea

Today enjoy a true highlight as you discover the scenic beauty of the Tufi Fjords. Featuring 25 individual canyons with sheer basalt cliffs, these are the only fjords in Papua New Guinea and offer a wealth of sightseeing opportunities.  Aboard Xplorer, travel to the entrance of one of Tufi’s most scenic fjords where you'll be met by local villagers in traditional dress aboard outrigger canoes. Have the opportunity to board one of the outriggers as the locals paddle up the creek under the rainforest canopy. Here, spirits and sorcery remain integral to village life, and you'll learn about bush medicines, fire making, mat weaving, and traditional tattooing.  Deep in the rainforest, have the chance to witness the tribesmen perform a traditional sing song in their ceremonial dress. Later, discover white sand beaches, or snorkel or dive over spectacular fringing reefs.

Day 7: Buna | Sanananda, Papua New Guinea

You land at Buna beach, home to some of the toughest fighting in the WWII Pacific campaign. Enjoy a welcome from the local residents, and then be guided through the jungle to visit the areas where Allied forces clashed with Japanese forces. In Sanananda, see the local monuments and pay tribute to fallen Australian soldiers at the war museum, located at the far end of the Kokoda Track. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the lush gardens surrounding the village.

Day 8: Morobe Harbour, Papua New Guinea

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

Day 9: Kamiali (Lababia Village) | Fly Islands, Papua New Guinea

In the morning, during a relaxing visit to the village, you 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.

Day 10: Dregerhafen, Papua New Guinea

At the beautiful anchorage of Dregerhafen, you'll 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. After lunch, enjoy snorkeling, diving, and kayaking in the blue waters of the lagoon.

Day 11: KarKar Island

Visit Busen or Maringis Villages at Karkar Island and enjoy welcome sing sings before touring the copra and cocoa processing areas. In the afternoon there is opportunity to snorkel off the fringing reef and bommies close to shore.

Day 12: Sepik Mount | Bien Village | Kadovar Volcano, Papua New Guinea

As you arrive at the mouth of the famed Sepik River you are greeted with stunning views of the landscape and this mammoth river which cuts a swathe through lush forest. The first stop on the Sepik River is at the village of Bien, where local villagers greet you 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, Papua New Guinea | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Madang to disembark after breakfast.


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Identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have twin portholes rather than picture windows.
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Located below the Explorer deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk, and armchair are included.
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Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar, and personal coffee machine. They have special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles.


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  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers (in most destinations)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 
  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)


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