Unspoilt Trobriand Islands

Papua New Guinea: Cairns to Madang

Papua New Guinea

Lying 160 kilometres north of Australia, just south of the Equator, the country’s vast expanses of thick tropical jungle and razor-sharp mountains remain daunting to all but the most intrepid of explorers. On this expedition voyage of discovery, our experienced Expedition Leaders and expert Guest Lecturers will share with you their wealth of knowledge as you retrace the paths of early explorers including De Quiros, Bougainville and Cook and discover areas seldom visited by westerners. Papua New Guinea is a place of rich cultural diversity, with more than 1,000 recognised cultures

  • Magnificent scenery, volcanoes and pristine wilderness areas
  • Rare flora and fauna including many species of birds and insects.
  • Traditional welcome dances and warm hospitality
  • Meet local people and schools.
  • Unspoilt culture of the Trobriand Islands
  • Scenic beauty of the rarely visited Tufi Fjords.
  • Diving, swimming, kayaking and snorkelling opportunities over colourful reefs.
  • Enter the mighty Sepik River – one of the world’s great river systems
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Nov 23 2017
 
Diese Kreuzfahrt war fantastisch, ein unvergessliches Erlebnis.
Die ganze Organisation, die Crew und das Essen war toll.

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Papua New Guinea is, in the truest sense, one of the last great wilderness areas on Earth - this is a wonderful and safe way to experience these magical and rarely visited lands.

Overview

Lying 160 kilometres north of Australia, just south of the Equator, the country’s vast expanses of thick tropical jungle and razor-sharp mountains remain daunting to all but the most intrepid of explorers. On this expedition voyage of discovery, our experienced Expedition Leaders and expert Guest Lecturers will share with you their wealth of knowledge as you retrace the paths of early explorers including De Quiros, Bougainville and Cook and discover areas seldom visited by westerners. Papua New Guinea is a place of rich cultural diversity, with more than 1,000 recognised cultures.
DAY 1: DEPART CAIRNS Cruise across the Coral Sea, and spend the afternoon relaxing as you are welcomed on board Coral Adventurer. Join our expedition staff as they introduce you to the journey and the many experiences you will enjoy. Enjoy Captain’s Welcome Drinks DAY 2: AT SEA Enjoy presentations by our expedition staff as we approach our first stop. DAY 3: SAMARAI AND SEWA BAY Coral Discoverer enters the China Straits during the early morning and we will clear into PNG at anchor off the island of Samarai. Once clearance is completed we will steam into beautiful Sewa Bay and then visit the remote village of Moadewai with a traditional welcome followed by drinks at the Explorer Bar. DAY 4: DEI DEI SPRINGS & DOBU ISLAND Hear the mythical and spiritual tales of the Dei Dei hot water and mud springs. Learn the history of the Kula Ring and the role of Dobu Island in the north and south Kula trade routes. Snorkel the bubbling springs reef. DAY 5: TROBRIAND ISLANDS Historically known as the “islands of love”, the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional cultures largely unspoiled by outside influence. Be greeted at the small island of Kuiawa with an enthusiastic Trobriand welcome. DAY 6: MACLAREN HARBOUR & TUFI FJORDS Arrive in MacLaren Harbour and enter the Tufi Fjords where local outriggers will be waiting to paddle you up the creek under the rainforest canopy. Watch and learn the local way of life, while the village elders perform a traditional sing sing wearing their feather head-dresses. Enjoy snorkelling or diving on the reef, or kayak the steep edges of nearby fjords. DAY 7: BUNA & SANANANDA We land at Buna beach, home to some of the toughest fighting in the Pacific campaign. We will visit the areas where Allied forces clashed with Japanese forces. In Sanananda, see the local monuments and war museum. This museum is located at the far end of the Kokoda Track. DAY 8: MOROBE HARBOUR Enter Morobe Harbour early in the morning 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. DAY 9: LABABIA & FLY ISLANDS In the morning, during a relaxing visit to the village, you can enjoy singing and dancing performances or join a local guide around the village. Board an outrigger to explore up the local river. Experience snorkelling and diving at the Biangatu Island reef in the Fly Islands. DAY 10: DREGERHAFEN At the beautiful anchorage of Dregerhafen, you will enjoy a high-spirited PNG welcome and explore the market which is famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. There are many WWII artefacts in this area. DAY 11: MANAM VOLCANO & BAGABAG ISLAND The Manam volcano, known locally as Manam Motu, is one of Papua New Guinea’s most active volcanoes. As the ship sits close to the leeward side of the island, enjoy a drink while the sun sets. You may see smoke rising from the volcano. A visit to Bagabag Island offers the chance to snorkel, dive, or visit Bagabag village. DAY 12: SEPIK RIVER & SEPIK VILLAGE The ship will arrive at the Sepik, and you will be greeted with stunning views of the mouth of this famous river. Our first stop will be at the village of Bien, and locals will greet you with canoes and dancing performances. The famous Sepik market, famous for its masks and carvings, will be open. DAY 13: MADANG Arrive in Madang to disembark at 8:30am. REVERSE ITINERARY DAY I: CAIRNS > MADANG Catch our 11am charter flight to Madang (additional extra) to embark at 4pm. Spend the afternoon relaxing as you are welcomed on board Coral Discoverer. Join our expedition staff as they introduce you to the journey. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks. DAY 2: SEPIK RIVER & SEPIK VILLAGE The ship will arrive at the Sepik at first light, and an early morning rise will reward you with stunning views. We can no longer visit Bien, but instead will visit Mendam Village in the Murik Lakes. Cruise past Manam Motu, one of Papua New Guinea’s most active volcanoes, as you enjoy sunset drinks. DAY 3: KARKAR ISLAND Visit Busen Village and enjoy welcome sing sings and dancing. There may also be the opportunity for water activities such as kayaking and snorkeling. DAY 4: DREGERHAFEN At the beautiful anchorage of Dregerhafen, you will enjoy a high-spirited Papua New Guinea welcome, and explore the market which is famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. There are many WWII artifacts in this area. Enjoy water activities off the beach. DAY 5: SIBOMA & FLY ISLANDS In the morning, experience snorkelling or diving at the Biangatu Island reef in the Fly Islands. With a visit to Siboma Village, take in the dramatic scenery, with the possibility of a walk to the waterfall for those able. DAY 6: MOROBE HARBOUR Enter Morobe Harbour early in the morning 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 bay to another village. DAY 7: BUNA & SANANANDA We land at Buna beach, home to some of the toughest fighting in the Pacific campaign. We will visit the areas where Allied forces clashed with Japanese forces In Sanananda, see the local monuments and war museum. This museum is located at the far end of the Kokoda Track. DAY 8: MACLAREN HARBOUR & TUFI FJORD Arrive in MacLaren Harbour and enter the Tufi Fjord where local outriggers will be waiting to paddle you up the creek under the rainforest canopy. Watch and learn the local way of life, while the village elders perform a traditional sing sing wearing their feather head-dresses. Enjoy snorkelling or diving on the reef, or kayak the steep edges of nearby fjords. DAY 9: TROBRIAND ISLANDS Historically known as the ‘islands of love’, the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional cultures largely unspoiled by outside influence. Be greeted at the small island Kuiawa with a Trobriand welcome. Visit local markets or enjoy water activities. DAY 10: DEI DEI SPRINGS & DOBU ISLAND Hear the mythical and spiritual tales of the Dei Dei hot water and mud springs. Learn the history of the Kula Ring and the role of Dobu Island in the north and south Kula trade routes. Snorkel the bubbling springs reef. DAY 11: SAMARAI AND EXPEDITION ISLAND STOP After clearance formalities in Samarai, we today farewell PNG with a visit to a picturesque island in the Milne Bay province. DAY 12: AT SEA Cruise across the Coral Sea, enjoy presentations by our guest lecturers including an expedition recap. This evening join your fellow travellers for the Captain’s farewell drinks. DAY 13: CAIRNS Disembark in Cairns at 8am

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Included
  • Accommodation in selected room grade
  • All meals, morning and afternoon teas
  • 24 hour tea/coffee and soft drinks
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • Use of onboard facilities
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel and Zodiacs
  • Touring as described in the itinerary
  • Services of Expedition staff and lecturers including briefings
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities
Excluded
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal items such as communications and bar charges
  • Optional SCUBA diving
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