Discover pristine rainforests, limestone karsts, and island villages on Coral Expeditions’ pioneering voyages to Papua New Guinea.
This refreshed 25-night expedition will transport guests to rarely visited islands of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia aboard the refurbishedCoral Discoverer.
Coral Expeditions’ innovative New Guinea Circle itinerary welcomes guests to enjoy a truly immersive experience, visiting places inaccessible to larger cruise ships; rest assured this is the most comprehensive experience ever undertaken in this fascinating region. Guests will explore remote Raja Ampat, see the exotic birds of paradise, and come face to face with tribes who until recently have been shielded from the outside world.
On this intimate and highly personalised expedition voyage, with a maximum of 72 passengers, guests will cruise in comfort aboard the newly refurbished flagship Coral Discoverer. In keeping with Coral Expeditions unique style, this itinerary encompasses a selection of quality land and water based experiences, from snorkelling in the world’s most delicate marine ecosystems to cultural encounters with remote village tribes.
Starting in Cairns, the ship will travel to Alotau, where a traditional welcome awaits, as well as an exploration of the military history of this location. Continue to Fergusson Island, where guests will listen to locals share spiritual tales that surround the Dei Dei geothermal hot springs, then to the Trobriand ‘’Islands of Love’’ and the spectacular Fjords of Tufi. Guests onboard will have the opportunity to explore the coral reefs of the Fly Islands, meet locals in Tuam and experience the colonial history of Madang, before entering the mighty Sepik River and sailing past the volcanic Manam Island, stopping in Wewak.
Guests will then continue to the pristine Raja Ampat region, sailing into Wayag lagoon and snorkelling at Aljui Bay – one of the finest reef sites in the archipelago. Boarding Xplorer, a purpose built excursion tender, guests will cruise to the village of Tensawai, before an optional hike to view the elusive Red Bird of Paradise. After a morning sail into breathtaking Mesemta, exploring the Misool archipelago, guests will sail to the vibrant colours and aromas of the Spice Islands, finally concluding in Darwin.
Coral Expeditions guests can expect the highest standards of service, with all Australian and New Zealand crew throughout. All excursions, on land and sea, are included, as well as state-of-the-art equipment such as a glass-bottom boat, Xplorer tender and Zodiac vessels, accessible by platform for ease of boarding. Guests are accompanied by a highly knowledgeable expedition team complete with marine biologist, veteran expedition leader and SCUBA instructor.
With the perfect Spring climate, being largely warm and dry, there is no better time to experience Papua New Guinea than on board the Coral Discoverer in October and November 2017. While guests are encouraged to join aboard the entire voyage to become fully immersed in the unique culture of the area, two shorter itineraries are available for guests that have limited time, splitting the 25 night itinerary into two.
Papa New Guinea – Itinerary Highlights
Cairns to Wewak to Darwin |25 nights| 29 October 2017
Cairns to Wewak |12 nights| 29 October 2017
Wewak to Darwin Singapore | 13 nights| 10th November 2017
– See the Dei Dei hot springs and hear the mythical and spiritual tales of the hot water and mud springs across the region
– Experience the Trobriand ‘’Islands of Love” and witness a unique culture largely untouched by the outside world
– Soak up the spectacular views of Maclaren Island and the Tufi Fjords.
– Cruise on a traditional longboat to visit the stilt towns of tranquil lake in Jaypura
– Explore the Spice islands and witness the iconic Kora Kora canoes in action
– Spend five full days exploring the nature lover’s paradise that is Raja Ampat
– Paddle a kayak through the stunning surround of the Mesemta Channel
– Visit Lake Sentani, home to villagers famed for their distinctive art
– Learn of Papua New Guinea’s military history and its role in World War II
Prices start at just $10,880 per person for a 12-night itinerary. To book call 1800 079 545 or visit www.coralexpeditions.com.