- 32 Breakfasts, 32 Lunches, 32 Dinners
Throughout this expedition, your Expedition Team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximize your expeditionary experience. Visiting these remote communities is subject to the approval of the local landowners. Below are the key destinations we visit.
Cruise into beautiful Sewa Bay and be welcomed by Pwanapwana Primary school. See traditional war dances and share a morning tea of pineapple, coconut milk, and sugar bananas.
DOBU & FERGUSSON ISLANDS
Join a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs, and share the mythical and spiritual tales of the springs. At Dobu Island, learn about the Kula Ring before a snorkel over the incredible Bubbling Springs Reef.
Historically known as the ‘Islands of Love’, the Trobriand Islands offer a glimpse of traditional cultures largely unspoiled by outside influence. Be greeted by enthusiastic traditional dances.
Local guides will paddle us on outrigger canoes to their village in the rainforest. Be welcomed to rarely-visited Maclaren Harbour with dances, demonstrations and traditional crafts.
BUNA & SANANANDA
Walkthrough the jungle to discover fascinating WWII history - see relics and visit the war museum at Sanananda.
FLY ISLANDS & MOROBE
Water activities on the vibrant Biangatu Reef start our day, then we cruise the Mou River to explore the local village and lagoon.
Dregerhafen is known for Tami bowls and timber paddles. Visit Gingala for a high-spirited welcome, before touring the village. Enjoy snorkelling, diving, and kayaking in the peaceful lagoon.
Explore Madang on a tour of the Madang Haus Museum, the Coastwatchers monument, and Bil Bil Village - famous for it’s pottery. Divers may visit the great dive sites close by.
At first light we enter the mighty Sepik River to visit the remote villages of Bien or Kopar, known for their arts and crafts. This evening, cruise past the active Manam Motu volcano at sunset.
Enjoy a WWII history tour with local guides, which takes us to Wewak Hill Lookout, the ANZAC Memorial, Mission Hill, and also to see the local craft markets.
Visit Asei Village at Sentani Lake and be greeted by enthusiastic costumed dancers. View and perhaps purchase art painted on bark for which Lake Sentani is famous.
Today, enjoy an expedition stop at Nirumoar. Discover a shipwreck on the beach and enjoy snorkeling and beachcombing.
The Mamberamo River is regarded as the Amazon of the East, home to remote tribes. This is an Expedition destination.
CENDERAWASIH BAY & KWATISORE
We spend two mornings searching for and swimming with the gentle whale sharks. Visit Kwatisore to shop for local arts and crafts, be entertained by the string band and the ‘bird-of-paradise dance.
A Japanese Zero plane wreck provides a target for snorkellers and divers. Afterward, visit Yende for music and dancing.
PULAU AYAU & PULAU KANOBE
Today, discover the beautiful and incredibly remote Ayau Atoll. We will go ashore at Pulau Ayau to visit Miosbekwan Village with the possibility of a swim with friendly dolphins in the clear turquoise waters of the lagoon.
Here, the underwater world is rightly famous - we spend time discovering, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and kayaking opportunities. For the hikers, a climb up to Mt Pindito is available.
Here, you will enjoy white and soft sandy beaches and crystal clear water with stunning corals. A stand-out snorkelling location, enjoy taking to the water this afternoon.
Misool is an unspoiled paradise with aquamarine waters fringed by towering karst cliffs and flourishing with coral and marine life. Swim in exquisite lagoons and explore the coast by kayak.
Friendly locals greet us and display cultural attractions including dances, music, and handcrafts. With refreshments of fresh coconut in hand, tour the village with local guides. Then journey by Xplorer to see the ancient ‘blood paintings’ at Roefroefoea.
Traditional long canoes known as kora kora provide an impressive escort into Banda. Explore the town, and later the ramparts of Fort Belgica provide the setting for our Bandanese Feast under the stars. The following day, snorkel over the reef that flourishes on Gunung Api’s historic lava flow.
Visit this remarkable bay, where waterfalls tumble directly into the ocean, and explore with diving, snorkeling, and kayaking.
Triton Bay is a rarely visited paradise, with karst formations to rival Raja Ampat’s beauty. Multitudes of fish and coral reefs flourish in tropical waters. Here, enjoy water activities or explore along the coast to sight pre-historic cliff carvings.
The Aru Islands consist of some 95 low-lying islands covered with forest. Here we will cruise along the mangroves to catch sight of the elusive Birds of Paradise.
As we arrive, an armada of war-canoes surrounds us, rowed powerfully by Asmat warriors. The Asmat women greet us at Syuru village, then we are invited into the ‘Men’s House’ to experience sculptures in the renowned Asmat tradition.
SANGLIAT DOL, SAUMLAKI
Known for its monoliths that echo a maritime heritage, we will visit the striking ancient stone boat in the centre of the village.