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Wewak to Darwin - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Coral Adventurer
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Mysterious Papua New Guinea is, in the truest sense, one of the last great wilderness areas on Earth and there is simply no better way to experience these magical and rarely-visited lands than aboard the state-of-the-art small ship Coral Adventurer. Discover the unique regions of the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat is an expedition like no other. Swim, snorkel and dive through crystal-clear waters, exploring colorful coral gardens and encountering a vast array of marine wildlife. We spend five days exploring the marine haven of Raja Ampat, sailing through a maze of limestone karst islands and showcasing the beautiful landscapes of this region.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Wewak, Papua New Guinea | Embark
Day 2 : Jayapura
Day 3 : Miosuwundi
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Wayag
Day 6 : Kawe Island | Aljui Bay | Penemu
Day 7 : Hidden Bay
Day 8 : Yensawai
Day 9 : Yenwapnour Village
Day 10 : Mesemta | Wagmab
Day 11 : Banda | Spice Islands
Day 12 : Spice Islands
Day 13 : Crossing the Timor Sea
Day 14 : Darwin, Australia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Lake Sentani, home to villagers famed for their distinctive art
  • Spend five days exploring the nature lover’s paradise that is Raja Ampat
  • Paddle a kayak through the stunning surround of the Mesemta Channel
  • Take in the breathtaking views of the Wayag lagoon from Mount Pindito

Ship

Coral Adventurer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Wewak, Papua New Guinea | Embark

Board Coral Adventurer in Wewak in the afternoon. You will be welcomed aboard by the crew and relax onboard as you get to know your fellow passengers. Admire the magnificent coastline as you enjoy sunset drinks before your first of many delicious dinners

Day 2 Jayapura

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the night, cross into West Papua waters ahead of your arrival in Jayapura. Formerly known as ‘Hollandia’ during World War II, it is now a melting pot of sights and smells. You will visit Lake Sentani, home to villagers famed for their distinctive art. Cruise on a longboat to see the stilt towns built over the tranquil lake. Locals will welcome you to Asei Village with their traditional dancer and instruments.

Day 3 Miosuwundi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awake this morning to the peaceful Island of Miosuwundi, meet the local families in their traditional village to learn about their remote lifestyle. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the tropical waters.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a day at sea enjoying Coral Adventurer’s onboard facilities, join the Expedition Team in the Lounge for an informative introduction to Raja Ampat. Learn about the many wonderful experiences you can partake in over the coming days while exploring the archipelago of the ‘Four Kings’.

Day 5 Wayag

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cross the equator today into the northern hemisphere as you make your way towards stunning Wayag. Experience the breathtaking views as you enter Wayag lagoon and explore the magical maze of limestone karst ‘gumdrop’ islands on the Xplorer and zodiacs. After lunch, enjoy water activities on the nearby beach or for the very fit climb to the top of Mt Pindito for the panoramic view

Day 6 Kawe Island | Aljui Bay | Penemu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy an early morning visit the monument to the equator at Kawe Island, if tides allow step ashore, and make your way into beautiful Aljui Bay on Waigeo Island for a morning of snorkeling or diving on one of the finest reef sites in the archipelago. Enjoy a cruise in this spectacular channel in the Zodiacs. Late in the afternoon visit Penemu in the Fam Island group, climb the lagoon lookout 320 steps for great views, afterward snorkel in the lagoon area.

Day 7 Hidden Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awake in remote Hidden Bay, cruise through the scenic Wallace passage aboard Xplorer and zodiacs, after lunch there is ample time to kayak, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour, snorkel, and SCUBA dive.

Day 8 Yensawai

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board Xplorer and cruise into the village of Yensawai on the Island of Batanta. The locals will greet you and guide you through their village. Visit the primary school to see the children in full song before visiting the local market on the waterfront. Board zodiacs for a cruise through the mangroves then enjoy a short walk to the waterfall, Coral Adventurer visits Gam Island and the fun village of Yenwapnour. Enjoy cultural entertainment, sample food cooked traditionally in the underground oven and take part in a guided walk through the village.

Day 9 Yenwapnour Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For the fit and able there is an early morning start on a steep hike in search of the elusive Red Bird of Paradise hidden in the trees. Enter through the stunning channel leading to the late afternoon anchorage and finish the day with a delicious BBQ on the sundeck overlooking beautiful Mesemta.

Day 10 Mesemta | Wagmab

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awaken at Mesemta to enjoy a visually spectacular cruise on Xplorer. Snorkel and take a glass bottom boat tour in the sheltered lagoon. Enter the Misool archipelago to visit Wagmab, dive the magnificent coral gardens and steep walls, join the naturalist on board the glass bottom boat.

Day 11 Banda | Spice Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore the center of the Spice Islands, where the world’s supply of nutmeg and mace has been traded for over 2000 years. View Gunung Api volcano’s thin plume of smoke drifting from the summit. You will see Banda’s famous Kora Kora canoes in action before departing for Banda town where your guides introduce you to the sights and smells of the historic area. Wander past the remnants of mansions constructed during Dutch colonialism on a town tour, see the museum, the old church and enjoy the opportunity to experience the markets. Refresh onboard before joining the locals for a traditional dance and music performance while enjoying a glass of champagne on top of Fort Belgica overlooking the town and harbor.

Day 12 Spice Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
An early morning option to snorkel or dive over the unique submerged lava flow. For those wishing a leisurely morning, return to Banda. Enjoy the traditions of a bygone era with cinnamon tea and local delicacies at the waterfront hotel before we farewell the Spice Islands and set sail towards Darwin.

Day 13 Crossing the Timor Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day at leisure enjoying the onboard facilities as you cross the Timor Sea. Join your Expedition Team in the ship’s lounge for a recap of the expedition, reminisce with your new found friends at the Captain’s Farewell Drinks before the last of many remarkable dinners.

Day 14 Darwin, Australia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning arrive at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf, marking the end of your great adventure discovering the New Guinea Circle.

Coral Adventurer

Per person starting at
$8,915
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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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