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Cairns to Wewak - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Coral Adventurer
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This 13-day extraordinary adventure on board the Coral Adventurer takes you to some of the most remote and hardly visited areas in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Adventurers and nature lovers certainly enjoy getting close to some of the most incredible wilderness on the planet: observe the colorful Bird of Paradise, snorkel in the Raja Ampat region and see some of the world’s most pristine and wildlife-rich coral reefs, discover traditional markets on Indonesia’s Spice Islands, and visit villages that have only become exposed to the modern world recently. An amazing, genuine and moving experience!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cairns, Australia | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Alotau
Day 4 : Dobu | Fergusson Islands
Day 5 : Trobriand Islands
Day 6 : Maclaren Harbour | Tufi Fjords
Day 7 : Buna | Sanananda
Day 8 : Fly Island | Lababia
Day 9 : Dregerhafen
Day 10 : Tuam
Day 11 : Madang
Day 12 : Sepik River | Bien Village, Volcanic Manam Island
Day 13 : Wewak, New Guinea | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the pristine Raja Ampat region; a nature lover’s paradise
  • Take in the aromas, colors and characters of the Spice Islands
  • Enjoy traditional welcome dances at the charming Alotau
  • Explore the colourful Kuiawa's local market lo learn more about the culture

Ship

Coral Adventurer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkel off of Australia's beautiful coast Traditional house of the Sepik people, Papua New Guinea Enjoy a blissful snorkeling trip. Sunrise in Papua New Guinea Highlands Parrots in Papua New Guinea

Day 1 Cairns, Australia | Embark

Board Coral Discoverer for your morning departure, leave Cairns behind as you begin your voyage towards Papua New Guinea, take the opportunity to explore your new home and meet your fellow passengers, enjoy the view at this evening's sunset drinks before sitting down to the first of many delicious dinners.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day at leisure as you get to know your traveling companions, join your Expedition Leader and knowledgeable Guest Lecturer in the Lounge for presentations and briefings on Papua New Guinea, ahead of your arrival into Alotau.

Day 3 Alotau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up to the scenery of the China Strait as you approach our first Papua New Guinea landfall – Alotau. Enjoy traditional welcome dances prior joining the tour of town tour of Alotau or join the WW2 tour and learn the military history of this region before the Captain’s welcome aboard drinks.

Day 4 Dobu | Fergusson Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join your Expedition Staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs, learn of the history of the Kula Ring. Dobu Island was a pivotal link between the north and south Kula trade routes, meet the local primary school children, who welcome you with a traditional dance performance. 

Day 5 Trobriand Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Historically known as the ‘Islands of Love’, the Trobriands offer a glimpse of the traditional culture largely unspoiled by outside influence. In the morning visit the island of Kuiawa witness traditional Trobriand dance performed by the colorfully costumed locals. Visit the local market then during lunch sail to Kitava to meet the local villagers for their beachfront market in the afternoon. Enjoy a swim off the adjacent island beach.

Day 6 Maclaren Harbour | Tufi Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Local guides paddle you in traditional canoes at Maclaren Harbour to their village in the rainforest, you will be welcomed with traditional dances and traditional crafts. Discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited Maclaren Harbour, over lunch soak up spectacular views as we cruise close to the towering cliffs before entering into Tufi Fjord and then board Xplorer to travel ashore, enjoy a leisurely swim and snorkel over colorful fringing reefs or visit the nearby resort for a relaxing time.

Day 7 Buna | Sanananda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Battle of Buna saw some of the fiercest fighting between American, Australian and Japanese forces during the final stages of WW2, walk through the jungle with the local villagers and discover the fascinating history. After lunch stopover at beautiful Sanananda to visit the War Museum which the villagers have built to honor both sides, meet the local village people and enjoy their lovely gardens.

Day 8 Fly Island | Lababia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awake early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island, which has very colorful coral reefs, snorkel, dive, and enjoy a glass bottom boat tour. After lunch, visit the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in PNG, enjoy welcome ceremonies and local dancers, paddle on local outriggers and enjoy a village walk and market.

Day 9 Dregerhafen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Dregerhafen in the Finschhafen district of Morobe, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles, visit the village of Gingala where a high spirited PNG welcome is guaranteed, after your welcome the markets are open and you will have a chance to walk through the village with the locals, after lunch enjoy snorkelling, diving, a glass bottom boat tour or kayaking in the waters of the lagoon. Finish the day with drinks on the sundeck and delicious BBQ.

Day 10 Tuam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a presentation from the guest lecturer as you steam towards the remote island of Tuam in the Siassi group, after lunch head ashore and walk along the limestone track to the village. Tuam features two well- known and successful dance groups who perform as you wander through the village, along the way peruse the market stalls set up in front of local huts, enjoy a guided walk with the locals, finish the day with water activities in the crystal clear water.

Day 11 Madang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Madang, which sits on the peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands famed for its waterfront setting and colonial history. Discover the surrounding area on a Madang tour. After lunch, visit the markets where there is the opportunity to purchase a large selection of artifacts from the local region.

Day 12 Sepik River | Bien Village, Volcanic Manam Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At first light, the Coral Adventurer enters into the mighty Sepik River, your destination is the remote village of Bien where the locals are famous for their arts and crafts. A true Sepik welcome awaits as you step ashore, take the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings. Enjoy the views as you depart from the great Sepik River, sail past the active volcano at Manam Island and enjoy the Captain's Farewell drinks.

Day 13 Wewak, New Guinea | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Early this morning arrive into the port town of Wewak, disembark after breakfast. 

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Coral Deck Stateroom
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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Promenade Deck Stateroom
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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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
Comfortably 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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Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
Comfortably 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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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
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.

Notes

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

Rates Include:
  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • All meals featuring locally sourced produce
  • Selected beers and showcase wines during lunch and dinner service
  • 24-hour tea, barista-style coffee, and selected soft drinks
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine, and national parks
  • Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs, glass-bottom boat and kayaks
  • Touring as described in each itinerary
  • Services of an expert expedition team and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by authorities
  • Post-cruise transfer to hotel or airport
Rates Exclude: 
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges, and souvenir purchases
  • Costs associated with SCUBA diving - please inquire for details
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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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