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New Guinea Circumnavigation: Cairns to Darwin

Cairns 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. 
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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
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Day 1: Cairns | Embark

Guests are welcomed to board Coral Adventurer at 7:30 am and then depart Cairns at 9:00 am. Get to know the ship and your fellow travelers as they sail across the Coral 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 introduce you to Papua New Guinean culture and protocols.  This evening, mingle with the Captain, crew, and fellow guests at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

 

Day 3-34: Explore islands

  • Ship
  • 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.

SEWA BAY
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.

KUIAWA
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.

TUFI FJORD
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
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.

MADANG
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.

SEPIK RIVER
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.

WEWAK
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.

JAYAPURA
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.

NIRUMOAR
Today, enjoy an expedition stop at Nirumoar. Discover a shipwreck on the beach and enjoy snorkeling and beachcombing.

MAMBERAMO RIVER
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.

ROON ISLAND
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.

WAYAG ISLAND
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.

ALJUI BAY
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
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.

ARGUNI
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.

BANDA ISLANDS
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.

CAPE MOMMON
Visit this remarkable bay, where waterfalls tumble directly into the ocean, and explore with diving, snorkeling, and kayaking.

TRITON BAY
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.

ARU ISLANDS
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.

AGATS
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.

Day 35: At Sea

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax and spend time reflecting on your epic voyage around New Guinea. You will have encountered many remote tribes and seen a wide array of cultural and natural wonders. As you prepare to return to the modern world, enjoy the hospitality onboard with Captain’s Farewell Drinks.

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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Notes

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.
Included
  • 35 Breakfasts, 34 Lunches, 35 Dinners
  • 35 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gear Rental - Snorkeling equipment
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • Selected beers, wines and house spirits and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service.
  • 24-hour soft drinks, tea, and barista-style coffee
  • Captain's welcome and farewell drinks 
  • Expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 

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