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Coral Expeditions Launches Sepik River Scouting Expeditions in Papua New Guinea

August 11, 2017 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise operator, has just launched Sepik River Scouting Expeditions in Papua New Guinea.  Combining the best of ocean and river expedition cruising, this immersive itinerary explores a wild and unspoilt land, and ventures where few have ventured before.

Coral Expeditions first explored the Sepik River nearly a decade ago taking guests on sailings through unchartered territory, but in response to an increasing appetite to explore new frontiers, Coral Expeditions has developed a short series of four landmark expeditions departing in February 2018.

These seven-night expeditions will delve deeper in to the heart of Papua New Guinea as they follow the course of the river further into the interior; passing through some of the oldest and densest rainforests in the world, encountering local tribes with rich cultures and traditions passed down over thousands of years, and crossing paths with wildlife such as the famed Bird of Paradise.

Mark Fifield, Group General Manager comments, “Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations with many areas isolated and difficult to access. Having explored the Lower Sepik River for many years, our interest to explore further has led to the introduction of our Sepik River Scouting Expeditions. This provides a unique opportunity to explore rarely visited sites of the Middle Sepik. Our purpose designed expedition tender and launching system provide many opportunities to venture into and explore smaller tributaries and experience local life along the river banks.”

“We have collaborated with experts, with many decades of experience and relationships with these remote communities, to assist with the planning and navigation of our expedition vessel “Coral Expeditions I” for this program.  These expeditions offer our guests a true journey of exploration into new frontiers whilst supporting the local communities we visit.” Mark concludes.

Highlights of the itinerary include; experiencing a spectacular ‘sing sing’ demonstration at the very remote Kamindimbit village, viewing the vibrant wildlife at Chambri Lakes, getting in touch with local fashions with a traditional face painting at Tambanum, exploring the rich artistry of the region, from the pottery at Aibom to the carvings at Mendam, and visiting to the village of Kambaramaba which hovers over the river on stilts.

Whilst these itineraries are very much expedition focused guests will have plenty of down time to take in the rich river life from the comfort of their cabin or rooftop bar. Guests will travel on Coral Expeditions 1, a boutique twin hulled catamaran designed for maximum comfort and stability, and with a shallow draft that promotes manoeuvrability, guests will be able to explore every inch of the river. The ship holds just 44 passengers, so guests can expect small batch meals, personalised service, and the renowned expedition expertise of Australia’s pioneering cruise line.

In true expeditionary style, the voyage offers guests a flexible itinerary as the Captain sets his watch to local time and follows the rhythm of the river. This allows for an element of discovery, as guests will be advised the day prior where their next journey lies.

Coral Expeditions’ Papua New Guinea Sepik River Scouting Expeditions depart weekly in February 2018. Prices start from $4,990 per person.

To find out more, email reservations@coralexpeditions.com, call +61 7 4040 9999 or visit www.coralexpeditions.com.

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