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Join a 14-day cruise aboard Caledonian Sky as it cruises through Papua New Guinea. Experience and witnesses the raw beauty of this country. Experience the unique dances from Baining Tribes as part of their traditional celebrations. Have an up-close and personal encounter with the sea wonders or join in with the locals in their seasonal yam harvest on this once in a lifetime journey through Papua New Guinea.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Brisbane, Australia | Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Day 2 : Port Moresby | Embark Caledonian Sky
Day 3 : Bonarua Island
Day 4 : Fergusson, D'Entrecasteaux Islands
Day 5 : Kuyawa, Trobriand Islands
Day 6 : Tufi
Day 7 : Lababia Island
Day 8 : Tami Island
Day 9 : Madang
Day 10 : Kopar River
Day 11 : Alim Island
Day 12 : Tingwon Island
Day 13 : Rabaul Island, East New Britain Islands
Day 14 : Rabaul | Disembark | Cairns, Australia

Highlights

  • Witness the amazing fire dances of the Baining Tribe
  • Snorkel or dive into some of the most biodiverse waters in the world
  • Step ashore the famous Islands of Love and learn the islanders' unique dances
  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the luxury of the ship

Ship

Caledonian Sky

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Traditional hut in Papua New Guinea Aerial photo of Sepik River Traditional tribal dance at mask festival Tropical Island and Underwater Paradise for Divers Traditional house of the Sepik people, Papua New Guinea

Day 1 Brisbane, Australia | Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Arrive in Brisbane and board your flight to Port Moresby. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, with dinner and overnight at Airways Hotel.

Day 2 Port Moresby | Embark Caledonian Sky

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today join a tour of Port Moresby, visiting the National Museum and Art Center. You may also view, and purchase, high-quality carvings and handicrafts at a local shop. This afternoon, embark the Caledonian Sky.

Day 3 Bonarua Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Be on deck as the ship traces the coast of Papua New Guinea, to observe the peaks of the dramatic Stanley Owens Range that soar to 13,000 feet. This afternoon visit the island of Bonarua, where a local choir welcomes you ashore. Observe fishing and weaving demonstrations, and stroll through the enchanting village, sampling local delicacies made from sweet potatoes, taro, and yams. Birders venture into the thicket to search for island endemics, and the warm inviting waters of the Coral Sea offer a perfect introduction to the undersea wonders on your first snorkel or dive excursion of many to come.

Day 4 Fergusson, D'Entrecasteaux Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Fergusson Island, the largest island of the group, notable for its hot springs, bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers, and extinct volcanoes. Spend the afternoon snorkeling or diving.

Day 5 Kuyawa, Trobriand Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit with the traditional Trobriand Islanders of Kuyawa and view energetic, time-honored dances that celebrate fishing and the seasonal yam harvest. Learn about the history of the Kula Ring, a circular pattern of ceremonial trade relationships that binds the islands of Milne Bay and eastern Papua New Guinea together in a long-established network of friendship. These islanders are also renowned for the exquisite quality of their ebony wood carvings, often decorated with mother-of-pearl shell inlays. Enjoy a walk among the villages of Kuyawa before returning to the ship for lunch.

In the afternoon we anchor at a nearby island. Snorkel or dive amid kaleidoscopic coral reefs populated by parrotfish, neon damsels, and other brilliantly-hued species. Join naturalists on a walk around the island in search of flying foxes (fruit bats), sulfur-crested cockatoos, and helmeted friarbirds.

Day 6 Tufi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the dramatic beauty of the rarely-visited Tufi Fjords. Though similar in appearance to Nordic fjords, these fjords were formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. Soak up spectacular views of the sheer basalt cliffs draped with lush vegetation on a Zodiac cruise, then step ashore to meet with friendly locals. Learn about their way of life, and watch the village elders perform a traditional sing-sing wearing elaborate feather head-dresses. This afternoon, snorkel or dive along the fringing reef where you will find technicolor coral fans, plump barrel sponges, and stacked hard corals, populated by schools of barracudas, parrotfish, and triggerfish.

Day 7 Lababia Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, visit the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in Papua New Guinea, the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area. Meet with locals, who welcome you with traditional songs, and learn about projects to develop a self-sustaining cycle of environmental conservation. In the afternoon, explore some of the region’s most pristine marine areas, where you may spy giant tridacna clams, vibrant anemones, and shoals of fish darting between coral branches.

Day 8 Tami Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The people of Tami Island are renowned for their elaborated carved bowls, religious figures, and ceremonial masks. Meet with villagers and perhaps take a ride in a hand-carved outrigger canoe. The large, protected lagoon is perfect for underwater exploration where you may find such specialties as the flamboyant Spanish dancer nudibranch and curious clownfish.

Day 9 Madang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Madang is famed for its beautiful waterfront setting, perched on a fertile peninsula, backdropped by steep mountains and surrounded by a number of picturesque islands. Visit the colorful market where you will have the opportunity to peruse a large selection of artifacts from the Sepik region. This area is also famed for exceptional water clarity and numerous World War II wrecks that sit in relatively shallow offshore waters.

Day 10 Kopar River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kopar is situated on the mouth of the Sepik River, a 700-mile-long river whose tribes are famous for their traditional carvings linked to spiritual beliefs. Depending on tides, you may have the opportunity to visit the village, where a women’s chorus welcomes you ashore. The 300 residents of this typical Lower Sepik village subsist on fish and sago, cultivated in the nearby swamp.

Day 11 Alim Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Alim Island is a small, uninhabited island that is home to a large colony of red-footed boobies. Observe the birds nesting in the mangrove trees, and search for black and brown noddies, white and black-naped terns, and other tropical seabirds. Sea turtles have also been known to lay their eggs on the sandy beach.

Day 12 Tingwon Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Completely encircled by an oblong reef, few passenger's vessels are able to visit this small group of islands. Land on a sandy beach and meet the 350 inhabitants of charming Tingwon, and enjoy their hospitality, local delicacies, and dances. After your visit, snorkel or dive along the islets’ surrounding reef.

Day 13 Rabaul Island, East New Britain Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Six cone-shaped volcanoes, some of which are still active, ring Rabaul’s dramatic flooded-caldera harbor. Visit the bubbling hot springs and take in magnificent views from Observatory Ridge. And, learn about the island’s WWII history—Rabaul was a Japanese stronghold under Admiral Yamamoto. Tonight attend an astonishing performance of the Baining tribe’s fire dance. Tribe members in huge, magnificently crafted masks, leap and dance over crackling, red-hot coals in a centuries-old ritual to honor the local deity-spirits.

Day 14 Rabaul | Disembark | Cairns, Australia

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Disembark this morning and board your flight to Cairns. 

Caledonian Sky

Port Moresby

Per person starting at
$13,980
Your suite on the Caledonian Sky features three portholes
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Category 1
Averaging 240 sq. ft. and have three portholes. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
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Category 2
Averaging 230 sq. ft. and have large picture windows. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
Your stateroom on the Caledonian Sky is large and allows great light
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Category 3
Averaging 220 sq. ft. with a picture window. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
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Category 4
Averaging 220 sq. ft. with direct deck access via a sliding glass door. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
Your cabin on the Caledonian Sky has a sliding glass door and two portholes
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Category 5
Averaging 240 sq. ft. and direct deck access via a sliding glass door. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
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Category 6
Averaging 215 sq. ft. and pave patio doors leading to private balconies. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.

Notes

- Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Inclusions:

• Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and cultural tours
• All gratuities
• All accommodations
• World-class lecture and expedition team
• All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
• All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
• Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
• Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
• Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Exclusions:

• Airfare from your home city/Port Moresby and Rabaul/Cairns/home city
• Excess baggage charges
• Airport arrival and departure taxes
• Transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees
• Travel insurance
• Items of a personal nature such as laundry
• Alcoholic beverages
• Other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
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