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From spectacular lowland rainforests on the coastal plains to 15,000-foot-high peaks, Papua New Guinea is rightly called “the land of the unexpected.” Explore the fascinating culture and villages along the Karawari River, and the spectacular flora, fauna, and unique culture of the highlands from our lodge perched high on Rondon Ridge.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Day 2 : Port Moresby | Embark
Day 3 : Bonarua Island
Day 4 : Dobu & Fergusson, D'entrecasteaux Islands
Day 5 : Laughlan Islands
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Upei Island, Solomon Islands
Day 8 : Tetepare Island
Day 9 : Malaita
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Utupua, Santa Cruz Islands
Day 12 : Tikopia
Day 13 : Ureparapara, Vanuatu
Day 14 : Ambrym
Day 15 : Port Vila | Disembark | Brisbane, Australia
Day 16 : Brisbane, Australia

Highlights

  • Snorkel over pristine coral reefs populated by a variety of tropical fish
  • Search for striking endemic birds, including the Solomon Island eagle
  • Stroll through tiny villages and isolated island communities for a glimpse of traditional life on these idyllic islands.
  • Visit friendly locals and witness time-honored ceremonies

Ship

Island Sky (ZE)

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • South Pacific
  • Ambrym Island
  • Bonarua Island
  • Brisbane
  • Dobu Island
  • Laughlin Islands
  • Malaita
  • Port Moresby
  • Port Vila, Efate
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tikopia Island, Santa Cruz
  • Ureparapara Island
  • Utupua Island
  • Vanuatu

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Remote lagoon in Papua New Guinea Parrots in Papua New Guinea Traditional hut in Papua New Guinea Traditional tribal dance at mask festival Tropical Island and Underwater Paradise for Divers

Day 1 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Upon arrival in Port Moresby transfer to the Airways Hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 2 Port Moresby | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the National Museum and Art Gallery with its exceptional collections of primitive art, including Sepik River carvings, Malagan masks, and Trobriand Island fishing vessels. Board the Island Sky in the afternoon.

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 specialties, 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 Dobu & Fergusson, D'entrecasteaux Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore these distinctive, jewel-like islands capped by active volcanoes and snorkel or dive in the surrounding marine-rich waters. You will also visit a tranquil seaside fishing village and hike to a series of hot springs and bubbling mud pools surrounded by lush vegetation.

Day 5 Laughlan Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Traditional canoe building is a specialty of the Laughlan islanders. In this very remote corner of eastern Papua New Guinea, find hand-crafted seagoing canoes in various stages of construction, with finely tuned hulls of traditional planking lashed with natural sennit fiber cord and caulked with sap. The residents here welcome you with a stroll through the village of palm-thatched houses. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel off a pristine sand-bar or an adventurous dive off the outer reef.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Attend lectures recapping your experiences and join naturalists on deck to search for seabirds and marine mammals.

Day 7 Upei Island, Solomon Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Beautiful Uepi Island is a classic raised barrier reef island, covered in lush rainforest and outlined with sandy beaches. Uepi is also home to the longest saltwater lagoon in the world. Bounded by volcanoes on its southern and western sides, both the raised reef and inner lagoon are dotted with hundreds of small, sandy islets. Snorkelers will find lovely coral gardens in the protected waters of the lagoon, while divers explore the impressive fringing reef.

Day 8 Tetepare Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific, Tetepare is covered with pristine lowland rainforest. Nature walks may reveal some of the island’s 230 recorded bird species, such as Sanford’s sea-eagles, crested cuckoo-doves, Kolombangara monarchs, and beautiful Nicobar pigeons. The surrounding reef is one of the most biodiverse in the world, and crocodiles, dolphins, and dugongs are often found cruising along the coast. The island’s black-sand beaches are also an important nesting site for green, leatherback, and hawksbill turtles.

Day 9 Malaita

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The residents of Malaita are renowned for their panpipe ensembles and dances that depict traditional activities, like fishing and sailing. Birders will seek the endemic Malaita fantail.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Attend lectures from our experts during an educational day at sea.

Day 11 Utupua, Santa Cruz Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A lagoon and barrier reef surround the rarely visited island of Utupua where Zodiacs take you down a fjordlike channel. Among the marshy mangrove trees, learn about an ecosystem that is a beehive of biological activity. Enjoy free time to stroll through Nembo to see the villagers’ prolific gardens, or join a snorkel or dive excursion along the fringing reef where an abundance of small fish attract predators like gray reef sharks, mangrove jacks, Oriental sweetlips, and schools of trevally.

Day 12 Tikopia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tikopia is legendary—a remote tropical paradise where traditional customs remain intact. School children clad in tapa cloth harmonize songs of welcome, followed by enthusiastic dances by the young men of the village. A hike to the crater lake at Tikopia’s center may reveal fairy terns, cardinal honeyeaters, and yellow-bibbed lories.

Day 13 Ureparapara, Vanuatu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On Ureparapara you are welcomed ashore with a performance of “water music.” Then join locals for a tour of the village.

Day 14 Ambrym

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you are welcomed ashore by palm-leaf-clad dancers with elegantly carved headdresses before exploring traditional Linbul Village. Ambrym is known for its slit-gong drums, some carved from enormous breadfruit tree trunks.

Day 15 Port Vila | Disembark | Brisbane, Australia

Disembark this morning for a tour of Port Vila, ending at the airport for your independent flight to Brisbane. Dinner and overnight at our airport hotel

Day 16 Brisbane, Australia

  • 1 Breakfast
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Notes

- Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
- Singles may be available at 1.6 times the share rate.

Included:
  • Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises
  • 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

Excluded:
  • Airfare Airfare from your home city/Port Moresby and Port Vila/Brisbane/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 than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
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