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New Guinea Circumnavigation

Darwin to Darwin - Example 36 Day Cruise aboard Coral Adventurer
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Be one of a special few to join the Coral Adventurer on a full circumnavigation voyage around New Guinea. This one-off voyage is packed with highlights. Sailing in comfort aboard the brand-new Coral Adventurer, experience many diverse cultures from the Spice Islands to the Sepik River, marvel at untouched landscapes, explore the wonders of Raja Ampat, and be immersed in one of the world’s last frontiers. Learn about the incredible diversity of cultures in this beautiful region of the world. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Days 3-4 : Banda Islands
Day 5 : Sebakor Bay
Day 6 : Arguni
Day 7 : Misool
Day 8 : Kofiau
Day 9 : Wayag Islands
Day 10 : Amsterdam Island
Day 11 : Roon Island
Days 12-13 : Kwatisore
Day 14 : Mamberamo River
Day 15 : Jayapura
Day 16 : Wewak
Day 17 : Sepik River
Day 18 : Madang
Day 19 : Dregerhafen
Day 20 : Fly Islands & Morobe
Day 21 : Buna
Day 22 : Tufi
Day 23 : Dobu and Fergusson Islands
Day 24 : Sewa Bay
Day 25 : Bona Bona Island
Day 26 : Hall Sound
Day 27 : Kerema
Day 28 : Torres Strait
Day 29 : Merauke
Day 30 : At Sea
Day 31 : Agats
Day 32 : At Sea
Day 33 : Triton Bay
Day 34 : Kei Islands
Day 35 : At Sea
Day 36 : Darwin | Disembark

Highlights

  • Indulge in a Bandanese feast on the historic Fort Belgica, Banda Neira
  • Climb Mt Pindito for a stunning view of the gum-drop Wayag Islands
  • Swim with the majestic whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay
  • Encounter the Asmat warriors at Agats and purchase their famous carvings

Ship

Coral Adventurer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Tropical Island and Underwater Paradise for Divers Dive among amazing corals Parrots in Papua New Guinea Limestone islands in a lagoon Traditional hut in Papua New Guinea Beautiful sunset in Papua New Guinea Explore the coral reefs Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia
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Day 1 Darwin | Embark

Board Coral Adventurer at 8:30 am and then depart Darwin at 10:00 am. Get to know the ship and your fellow travelers while sailing across the Arafura Sea.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The guest lecturers hold several presentations today on the itinerary, safety procedures, and introductions to Indonesian culture and protocols.  This evening, mingle with the Captain, crew and fellow guests at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 3-4 Banda Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As Coral Adventurer arrives at the entrance to Banda Neira, an armada of traditional long canoes known as Kora Kora emerge, rowed thunderously by men in traditional costume. These traditional war canoes provide an impressive escort into the caldera where you can enjoy the first look at Banda Neira. The visit to the island includes Rumah Budaya, Old Dutch Church Hatta House, Perigi Rante, a nutmeg plantation and the highlight visit of the beautiful Fort Belgica, where you can watch traditional dancing and sample local treats during sunset drinks at the fort.

History has coined these islands as the fabled Spice Islands and is not without sound reason. Today these islands may be almost unheard of, but they’ve played an important role in the European history from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Combining raw natural beauty, a warm local heart, and palpable and fascinating history, this remote cluster of ten islands were home to some of the most prized and fought-over commodities in the past – nutmeg, cloves, and mace. Underwater, impressive deep sea drop-offs are vibrantly plastered with multicolored coral gardens. The central islands – Pulau Neira and Pulau Banda Besar – curl in picturesque crescents around the pocket-sized volcano Gunung Api.

Today, snorkel over the coral reef that has emerged on the lava flow from Gunung Api’s historic eruption. Others may go ashore in Banda for a tea party in the charming local surrounds.

Day 5 Sebakor Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit this remarkable scenic bay, where waterfalls tumble directly into the ocean. Here you can enjoy water activities such as snorkeling, diving, and kayaking.

Day 6 Arguni

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arguni is a small island off the west coast of West Papua province of Indonesia.  The island covers less than 5 sq.km. The local language Arguni is spoken by about 150 people. On the south side of the island are pearl farm buoys and cages floating in the warm clear water.  Mangrove swamps, many interesting limestone islets and formations, Papuan rock art (notably hand and foot stencils), burial caves, and villages (some on stilts) line the shoreline.  While Arguni is in the Fakfak Regency, it still has a traditional king (a functionless title), Raja Hanaf Pauspaus of Arguni, one of many Kings of Indonesia.

Upon arrival, you are greeted by villagers displaying many cultural attractions, including traditional dances, local music, and traditional handicrafts. Enjoy fresh coconut and browse around the village to observe daily life and interact with the local people.  Following this, journey by zodiac to visit the famous ancient blood paintings at Roefroefoea.  The paintings feature many hands of humans and also animal depictions, with the red color of the paintings resembling the color of blood.

Day 7 Misool

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Misool, explore “the stone gardens of Misool” with their misty beauty.

As a hidden and deserted paradise, Misool is unspoiled with waters of aquamarine lined by towering karst cliffs of various shapes and forms.
Misool waters have approximately 200 saltwater lagoons stretching like a green carpet and bustling with unique and beautiful corals.

Here, you can swim, snorkel and explore around the islands by kayak.

Day 8 Kofiau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kofiau Islands consist of 43 islands. Covered by lush trees and some of the wild plants, they offer a fantastic wealth of nature and beautiful scenery. The tropical rain forest is home to the endemic rare Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher, Kofiau Monarch, and Kofiau Green-tree Python.

Here, you can enjoy white and soft sandy beaches and crystal clear water with stunning corals.  Enjoy a welcome to the local villages, where you can meet the people in their daily lives. Witness traditional foods being prepared, and attend the celebration of Buka Sasi.
In the afternoon, enjoy snorkeling, diving, or birdwatching.

Day 9 Wayag Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The jewel in the crown of Raja Ampat, picturesque gumdrop-shaped karst islands are the backdrop for this paradise on earth.  Here, the underwater world is rightly famous –  spend time to discover with snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and kayaking opportunities.  For the fit, a walk up to Mt Pindito is available. This steep uphill walk rewards hikers with remarkable views over the islands.

Day 10 Amsterdam Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pulau Dua: Amsterdam and Middleburg Island are two islands located in the Tambrauw Regency, West Papua. Tambrauw is an expanding new regency since 2009, and as a conservation regency, the local government of Tambrauw continues to seek sustainable management of natural resources that are beneficial to the welfare of the people. Natural resource management and physical development of the area are conducted based on the principles of nature conservation, forest area conservation, local community wisdom empowerment, and protection of customary rights of the community.

A lip-shaped island, sloping white beaches with clear water give visibility right to the seabed; the impressive underwater slope and cliff contours loom with the glorious wrecks of ships drowned during WWII.  This has created colorful coral gardens which offer a sensation for snorkelers and divers. Amsterdam Island is also well-known as a place where Leatherback turtles return to lay eggs.

Day 11 Roon Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Just below the surface resides a Japanese plane wreck with big black corals, gorgonians, lionfish, glassfish, shrimps and many more. Snorkelers on the surface can still clearly see the wreck when the weather cooperates and the water is still, or they may dive down for a closer look.

Afterward, hope to explore Yende village where the locals play bamboo flutes and locally-made drums and perform traditional dancing. The young men and women decorate with white body and face paint, wearing grass skirts, shells, and beads, with the odd cassowary feather or coconut head-dress.

Day 12-13 Kwatisore

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Today, experience one of the highlights of this cruise – swimming with whale sharks.  The gentle giants are swimming around the fishing bagans and guests may enter the water in small groups for a chance to swim with these amazing animals.

This afternoon, visit the Papuan village of Kwatisore, where the locals performs a ‘bird of paradise’ dance and other traditional performances.  You may also participate and dance with the local people. Market stalls are set up with interesting items to purchase, such as carved paddles. They are skilled musicians here and entertains you with their string band.

The next day, you may have another opportunity to swim with whale sharks before traveling to the next destination. This afternoon enjoys presentations from the expert lecturers.

Day 14 Mamberamo River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Mamberamo River is the largest river in Papua and is regarded as the Amazon of the East.  It is considered as the largest rivers in Indonesia by volume.  Along the huge river valley live many tribes who have little connection to the outside world. There is amazing biodiversity here in flora and fauna.  This is an Expedition destination.

Day 15 Jayapura

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Here you can visit Asei Village at Sentani Lake, where guests are greeted by enthusiastic dancers in traditional costumes. Guests can also view the artworks on bark for which Lake Sentani is famous.

Day 16 Wewak

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning, the ship arrives into the port town of Wewak. There is much WWII history here, and go on a tour with local guides including Wewak Hill Lookout, ANZAC Memorial, Mission Hill, and also see the local craft markets.

Day 17 Sepik River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At first light, the Coral Adventurer enters the mighty Sepik River. The destination is the remote village of Bien or Kopar, where the locals are known for their arts and crafts. A true Sepik welcome awaits as you step ashore! Take the opportunity to purchase the unique hand carvings of this region. As you depart from the Sepik River, the ship sails past the active volcano at Manam Island as you enjoy sunset drinks.

Day 18 Madang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Madang and its surrounds, which sits on a peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for its waterfront setting and colonial history. Discover the surrounding area on the Madang tour – which includes a visit to the Madang Haus Museum, the Coastwatchers Lighthouse, and Bil Bil Village where pottery is made. Certified divers have the opportunity to check out some great dive sites in the area with experienced local operators.

For guests who only want to travel halfway, Madang is where you may disembark.

Day 19 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 for a high spirited Papua New Guinea welcome. The markets are open and there is a chance to walk through the village with the locals. After lunch enjoy snorkeling, diving, and kayaking in the waters of the lagoon. Finish the day with drinks on the sundeck and the famous BBQ.

Day 20 Fly Islands & Morobe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awaken early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island.  Biangatu Reef is teeming with fish life and colorful coral. Enjoy snorkeling, diving or kayaking.

Enter Morobe Harbour and cruise in the Xplorer to view the stunning forest from the Mou River. Receive an Oro Province welcome and enjoy exploring the village with local guides. At high tide you may be able to travel into a stunning hidden bay to another village.

Day 21 Buna

  • 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, visit beautiful Sanananda to visit the War Museum, which the village has built to honor both sides. You have the opportunity to meet the local village people and enjoy their lovely gardens.

Day 22 Tufi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Local guides paddle on traditional canoes to their village in the rainforest. Be welcomed with dances, demonstrations and traditional crafts. Discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited Maclaren Harbor. Over lunch soak up spectacular views as the ship cruise close to the towering cliffs before entering Tufi Fjord. Enjoy a leisurely swim and snorkel over colorful fringing reefs or visit the nearby resort for some relaxation. 

Day 23 Dobu and Fergusson Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join the 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 at Dobu Island and meet the local primary school children, who welcome visitors with a traditional dance performance. There is an opportunity to snorkel the incredible Bubbling Springs Reef.

Day 24 Sewa Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise into beautiful Sewa Bay and be welcomed ashore to the local Pwanapwana Primary school. The locals shows their traditional war dances and share a morning tea of pineapple, coconut milk, and sugar bananas.

Day 25 Bona Bona Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At these small islands, have the opportunity to relax and take in your surroundings. Delami Island is home to a wonderful reef & beach where you may enjoy diving, snorkeling, swimming, and birdwatching.

Bona Bona Island, with vibrant marine life, also offers a chance to explore with an Xplorer cruise around the coast as well as diving and snorkeling.
You may visit the small village here, and spot some of the abundant bird life – crested tern, Eclectus parrot, or the pied imperial pigeon. The village gardens are lovely – the locals explain the plants to you.
 

Day 26 Hall Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Many rivers run from the mountains into Hall Sound, with historic Yule Island providing shelter from the Coral Sea. Here, explore the sound and enjoy an enthusiastic Central Province welcome.

Day 27 Kerema

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the Gulf Province capital, and enjoy cultural experiences.

Day 28 Torres Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as the ship cruise through the Torres Strait and make the entry into Indonesia. 

Day 29 Merauke

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Founded by the Maro River, this is the Easternmost city of Indonesia. Merauke is the border area between West Papua and Papua New Guinea on the south coast of the island. About 75 percent of the area is still shrouded in a dense forest. Merauke is known for a number of natural attractions including the beaches, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves, and a captive crocodile. Guest are welcomed with traditional dance before going to the Wasur National Park which is regarded as the “Serengeti of Papua”.  The savanna landscape is surrounded by forest and bamboo, with grasslands and swamps. Many migratory birds, wallabies, and cassowaries come and inhabit the Blue Marsh Lake.

Also known for giant ant nests, continue and see these enormous formations, locally known as Musamus.

Day 30 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a day at sea to relax as you prepare to encounter the Agats warriors.
 

Day 31 Agats

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Experience a memorable welcome by an armada of about 40 or more war-canoes, rowed powerfully toward the ship by the Asmat warriors in traditional costume.
Disembarking by Xplorer you are accompanied by the Asmat tribe’s warrior war-canoes to Syuru village where you are greeted by a welcome dance set and performance by the Asmat women.  After the ceremony, you are invited deep into the “Men’s House” to experience wonderful items of traditional wooden arts and sculpture, which are offered for sale.  This afternoon, you can visit Agats Township and the Museums there, with time for guests to purchase artifacts and souvenirs.
 

Day 32 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a day at sea, relax and enjoy lectures on the natural and marine wonders of West Papua while steaming towards Triton Bay.

Day 33 Triton Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Triton Bay lies on the south coast of the West Papua province of Indonesia, surrounded by tropical rain forests and rising on one side to a 1060m peak. The waters of the bay nurture abundant marine life –  471 types of coral and 959 types of coral fish. In these waters, Bryde’s whales and whale sharks also find their home. Near this region is where Alfred Russel Wallace, contemporary and equal of Charles Darwin, wrote of his explorations in The Malay Archipelago  around 1858. With visitors rare to this region, it is indescribably special.

Triton Bay is known for displaying a similarly impressive level of soft coral coverage as places like Misool Island. Epaulette sharks can be seen walking over the reefs as giant groupers lurk in sheltered spots, while schools of jacks and fusiliers dart en masse. Squadrons of bump head parrotfish charge around chomping the coral into fine sand, watched by ever-present turtles. Triton Bay’s black coral forests are awesome in scale and never fail to impress.

In one area the high limestone cliffs display extensive pre-historic drawings and carvings, colored orange, white and black, which are truly breath-taking. Take a  Zodiac ride up-river to visit the villages.

Day 34 Kei Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kei Island is located on the edge of the ‘Coral Triangle’, which outlines the world’s richest waters. Not only does this overall region have the highest diversity in terms of fish but also invertebrates, mollusks and corals. Fringing and barrier reefs shelter a huge variety of very colorful reef fishes. Big fish cruise by Spanish mackerels, dogtooth tuna, eagle or manta rays is common encounters.

Kei Islands are rapidly gaining a reputation as the place to go for perfect, unspoiled beaches, fringed with coconut groves.  Ngurbloat beach is one of these. Five kilometers of soft white sand (rumored to be as soft as flour), thousands of coconut trees, crystal clear blue sea and calm waves.  Here you can relax and reflect on the incredible journey of discovery.

Day 35 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, share memories of your adventures with photo sharing and final lectures by the Expedition Team. In the evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 36 Darwin | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Coral Adventurer arrives into Darwin at 10:30 am to clear customs and disembark at 12:00 pm.
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This cruise includes:
  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • All meals
  • House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour tea and coffee
  • 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 expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities
This cruise does not include:
  • 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
Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Adventurer, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.
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