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Papua New Guinea

New Guinea Circle (Cairns to Wewak to Darwin), 25 Nights

Join us aboard Coral Adventurer over 25 unforgettable nights to experience some of the world’s most exotic and untouched regions as they emerge into the 21st century. This remarkable expedition will take you where other travellers have seldom visited, into the most remote corners of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Throughout the expedition you will also discover the very best that New Guinea has to offer, from the vibrant rainforests to the world’s most colourful and diverse coral reefs. Come face to face with villagers who until recently have been shielded from the outside world. This is the most comprehensive experience ever undertaken in this fascinating region.

Expedition Highlights:

> Learn how the Trobriand Islands became the ‘Islands of Love’
> Explore Tufi’s spectacular fjords
> Cruise the mighty Sepik River
> Discover the pristine Raja Ampat region; a nature lover’s paradise
> Take in the aromas, colours and characters of the Spice Islands

Fares

25 November 2019 departure

CORAL ADVENTURER TWIN SHARE SOLE USE
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $30,690 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $26,590 n/a
Explorer Deck $25,790 $38,685
Promenade Deck $23,790 $35,685
Coral Deck $21,940 $32,910

 

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Itinerary

Embark: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 7:30 am on Monday 25 November 2019 for 9:00 am departure.
Disembark: Arrive at 11:30 am at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf and disembark at 01:0pm on 20th December 2019.

The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

Day 1: Cairns

Board Coral Adventurer at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 7:30 am on Monday 25 November 2019. Leave Cairns behind at 9:00 am as we begin our voyage towards Papua New Guinea. Take the opportunity to explore your new home and meet your fellow passengers.  Enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks at sunset before sitting down to the first of many delicious dinners.

Day 2: At Sea

The Coral Sea: spend the day at leisure as you get to know your travelling companions or join our Expedition Leader and Guest Lecturer in the Lounge for presentations and briefings on Papua New Guinea, ahead of our arrival into Samarai.

Day 3: Samarai & Sewa Bay

Rich in history, Samarai Island has been declared a National Historical Heritage Island. A colonial capital and provincial government headquarters until 1968, Samarai is now a historical highlight of Milne Bay, with the ruins of the old town providing photo opportunities.

Day 4: Dobu and Fergusson Islands

Join our Expedition Staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs. Learn of the history of the Kula Ring at Dobu Island and meet the local primary school children, who will welcome us with a traditional dance performance. Snorkel the bubbling Springs Reef.

Day 5: Trobriand Islands

Historically known as the ‘Islands of Love’, the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional culture largely unspoiled by outside influence.  In the morning visit the island of Kuiawa to witness a traditional Trobriand dance performed by the colourfully costumed locals. Visit the local market and enjoy a swim off the adjacent island beach.

Day 6: Tufi Fjords

Tufi is renown for their beautiful fjords, deep inlets that are known to villagers as ‘rias’ and created through volcanic activity long past. Today is dedicated to the exploration of this majestic setting. We invite our guests to relax and soak up the spectacular views before enjoying a leisurely swim, snorkelling the colourful fringing reefs or visiting the nearby resort.

Day 7: Buna and Sanananda

The Battle of Buna saw some of the fiercest fighting between American, Australian and Japanese forces during the final stages of WW2. We walk through the jungle with the local villagers and discover the fascinating history.  After lunch we visit beautiful Sanananda to visit the War Museum, which the villagers have built to honour both sides. You have the opportunity to meet the local village people and enjoy their lovely gardens.

Day 8: Fly Islands and Lababia

Awaken early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island, which has very colourful coral reefs. Enjoy snorkelling, diving or glass bottom boat tours.  We visit the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in PNG, and enjoy welcome ceremonies and local dances.  You may also paddle on local outriggers and enjoy a village walk and market.

Day 9: Dregerhafen

Today we visit Dregerhafen in the Finschhafen district of Morobe, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles.  Visit the village of Gingala for a high spirited PNG welcome.  The markets will be open and there will be a chance to walk through the village with the locals.  After lunch enjoy snorkelling, diving,  glass bottom boat tours and kayaking in the waters of the lagoon. Finish the day with drinks on the sundeck and our famous BBQ.

Day 10: Tuam

Enjoy a presentation from our guest lecturer as we steam towards the remote island of Tuam in the Siassi group. Tuam features two well- known and successful dance groups who will perform as we wander through the village. Along the way peruse the market stalls. Enjoy a guided walk with the locals and finish the day with water activities in the crystal clear water.

Day 11: Historic Madang

Explore Madang, which sits on the peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for its waterfront setting and colonial history. Discover the surrounding area on our Madang tour and after lunch visit the markets where there is the opportunity to purchase a large selection of artefacts from the region.

Day 12: Sepik River- Bien Village, Volcanic Manam Island

At first light the Coral Adventurer enters into the mighty Sepik River. Our destination is the remote village of Bien where the locals are famous for their arts and crafts. A true Sepik welcome awaits us as we step ashore!  Take the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings the Sepik region is known for. As we depart from the great Sepik River,  sail past the active volcano at Manam Island as we enjoy the Captains Farewell drinks.

Day 13: Wewak

Early this morning we arrive into the port town of Wewak.  Farewell guests departing this morning and welcome new friends who will be joining us for the remainder of the expedition.

Day 14: Jayapura

Overnight we cross into West Papua waters ahead of our arrival in Jayapura, formerly known as ‘Hollandia’ during World War II and now a melting pot of sights and smells. Guests will be joining a guided bus tour around the city which includes Hamadi Museum Loka Budaya, Hamadi Traditional Market and Pepera Monument which is the landmark in the heart of Jayapura City.

Day 15: Mamberamo River

Explore the river known as the Amazon of Papua. As the largest and widest river in Indonesia, it cuts the northern mountain range in two and forms the border between the eastern Foja Mountains and the western Van Rees Mountains, weaving its way deep into virtually unexplored terrain. Tribes here are almost completely un-contacted and the vast biodiversity is incredibly preserved.

Day 16: At Sea

Spend a day at sea and join the Expedition Team in the Lounge for an introduction to Raja Ampat. Learn about the many wonderful experiences we will undertake over the coming days exploring the archipelago. Raja Ampat Islands is located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Centre of marine biodiversity in the world. The area is home to 75% of the world’s coral reef types with 553 types of coral reefs and 1,437 kinds of reef fish.

Day 17: Wayag

Welcome to Raja Ampat. Experience the breathtaking views as we enter Wayag lagoon, then explore the magical maze of limestone karst ‘gumdrop’ islands aboard the Xplorer and zodiacs. After lunch enjoy water activities on the nearby beach or for the very fit climb to the top of Mt. Pindito for the panoramic view.

Day 18: Kofiau Island

We make our way to Kofiau Island, another island of the Raja Ampat region. Be welcomed by local village dancers on a “flatform boat” as they lead us ashore to Kampung Deer. Local guides lead us through as we explore the village. A local long-boat transfer takes us to the next village Kampung Awat where we enjoy an Opening Sasi ceremony and beach BBQ. We spend the afternoon snorkelling, bird watching and exploring other villages.

Day 19: Folley & The Stone Gardens of Misool

Raja Ampat’s literal meaning ‘The Four Kings’ is because this archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals are surrounding four main islands: Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool. Today we visit Folley on the top East side of Misool.  Here will take in the picturesque beauty that is Balbulol, where five high cone-shaped cliffs rise from the turquoise waters in a line like emerald Christmas Trees. We enjoy swimming and kayaking water activities here.

There are more than 1000 ancient rock paintings have been discovered in Misool in over 60 sites. Red-coloured rock paintings on several cliffs a show form women’s hand with long tapering fingers. There are also paintings of marine fauna such as sharks, tuna, dolphins, several sticks, canoes, overlapping abstract images, line and symbol of fertility.

After lunch we visit Yapap, the best natural pool in the world. This huge primordial pool is adorned with impressive karst formations which look more like chess pieces than rocks. Its turquoise seawater is so clear that the sand and coral reefs on its shallow ocean floor are clearly visible from the surface. Swimming and diving here is incredible. We also visit Dafalen Love Lake.  It is an excellent place for lovers, friends and family to swim together in this symbolic lake of love. You can optionally climb up into the summit of the rock to see the heart-shaped lake from above.

Day 20: Sawai on Seram Island

In true expedition style, this will be our first time visiting Sawai – the little slice of paradise located on the Central Northern side of Seram Island, Maluku. Sawai village is one of the oldest villages in Maluku, with houses that extend out over the water. We will spend the day scouting and exploring the beautiful clear waters and reefs along with grand cliffs and Manusela valleys of Manusela National Park. Not far from the location of the reef, there is a big gap and height that can be entered and a beautiful spot for bird spotting that we will aim to check out.

Day 21: Buru Island - Spice Islands

Buru Island is the third largest island within Maluku Islands and has a diverse historic narrative. Between 1658 and 1942 the island was colonized by the Dutch East India Company and then by the Crown of the Netherlands. During former President Suharto’s New Order administration in the 1960s–1970s, Buru was the site of a prison used to hold thousands of political prisoners. Buru is located at the boundary between the biogeographic zones of Australia and Asia, its flora and fauna are unique and are the subject of national and international scientific research.

Day 22: Mamala and Saparua - Spice Islands

Mamala Island (Also referred to as Molana Island) is an uninhabited private island is home to 85 species of trees, Pacific Monitor Lizards (Varanus Indicus), Moluccan Scrubfowl (Megapodius Reinwardtii) and Coconut Crabs. Known since the Portuguese colonial era, the island still contains the ruins of a hospital built by the Dutch, whose construction was interrupted by the Japanese occupation in World War II. Residing on a large reef cluster that emerges to the surface makes for rich marine life surrounding the island. Snorkelers can take advantage of the shallow corals and clear water with easy viewing of unique corals and plentiful fishes. Experienced lucky divers keep your eyes out for the underwater cave that connected to a well in the centre of the island.

After lunch we make our way East across to Saparua Island, one of the legendary ‘Spice Islands’ where we are welcomed by merrily singing school children. The area holds an important spot in history books which we learn at Fort Duurstede, a 17th-century Dutch fort with a complicated backstory that spans centuries. Here men and boys give us their war dance with shields, swords and cultural adornment. The Saparua street markets are known for their fresh produce such as fish, bananas, chillies and sago. Sago starch comes from the centre of the sago palm tree and was once known as the ‘hidden white pearl’ for its importance as one of Indonesia’s staple foods. Saparua takes full advantage of this cash crop. Not only with the selling of fresh sago and sago baked goods, but also sago ‘fire’ wood, which you often see drying along the shoreline.

Day 23: Hatta Island - Spice Islands

Famous for exceptional snorkelling and diving in clear turquoise water over the unique submerged lava flow. Enjoy an early morning dive, admiring vibrant corals and sea creatures of all shapes, sizes and colours at the wall drop just off the shoreline. Home to turtles, dolphins, sea horses, great coral gardens and plenty of fish. Later there is the opportunity for a guided walk through the village, to visit school children, and then to explore a local plantation of Pepper Trees and Nutmeg Trees.

Day 24: Banda - Spice Islands

Today we explore the centre of the Spice Islands, where the world’s supply of nutmeg and mace has been traded for over 2000 years.  See Gunung Api volcano and Banda’s famous Kora Kora canoes in action.  At Banda town our guides will introduce us to the sights and smells of this historic area. We wander past the remnants of mansions constructed during Dutch colonialism on a town tour and visit historic buildings before visiting the markets. Refresh onboard before joining the locals for a traditional dance and music performance while enjoying a glass of champagne on top of Fort Belgica.

Day 25: Crossing the Timor Sea

Spend the day at leisure enjoying the on board facilities as we cross the Timor Sea and join our Expedition Team in the ship’s lounge for a recap of the expedition.  Reminisce with your new found friends at the Captain’s Farewell Drinks.

Day 26: Arrive Darwin

This morning at 11:30 am we arrive at Darwin’s Fort Hill wharf, marking the end of our great adventure discovering New Guinea. Once cleared by Customs and immigration we disembark at 1:00 pm.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. The itinerary includes the possibility of interaction with wild animals and this interaction is subject to the presence of this wildlife on the day.

November 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
25 November 2019 25 Nov 2019 20 December 2019 20 Dec 2019 $21,940 to $26,590 $21,940 to $26,590 Coral Adventurer Available Book

December 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
25 November 2019 25 Nov 2019 20 December 2019 20 Dec 2019 $21,940 to $26,590 $21,940 to $26,590 Coral Adventurer Available Book

Your cruise price 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

Your cruise price 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.

Now that you’ve chosen your cruise, our reservations specialists are on hand to assist with all of your booking arrangements.

To speak to our reservations specialists contact us during business hours on freecall 1800 079 545 (within Australia), or email cruise@coralexpeditions.com.

Don’t forget, we strongly recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance with any cruise purchase. See below for further details.

Recommended Cairns Hotels

Novotel Oasis Cairns Resort

Beautiful tropical and modern contemporary style is awaiting you at the Novotel Oasis Cairns Resort. Each spacious room features air-conditioning and a private balcony or terrace facing the resort pools, tropical gardens or Cairns city. A short stoll leads to many local restaurants and the Cairns waterfront with it many attractions.

Pullman Cairns International

The Pullman Cairns International is a beautiful five star heritage-style hotel, located right in the heart of the Cairns CBD. The hotel boasts 321 rooms, your choice of Executive Suites, Premium Rooms, Harbour View Rooms, or City Mountain View Rooms. All rooms are very spacious and include private balconies. Bathrooms feature Italian marble, with back-heated mirrors.

Pullman Reef Hotel & Casino

Nestled in the heart of Cairns just 200 metres from Trinity Wharf, the 5-star Pullman Reef Hotel offers luxuriously appointed rooms in an unmistakably Tropical North Queensland style and feature light timbers, plantation shutters, spa bath and private garden balcony. Outstanding service awaits at the Pullman.

Pacific, Cairns

Superbly located right on the Esplanade partially overlooking Trinity Harbour and parklands, with easy access to the restaurant precinct, night markets and more. All rooms have private balconies and feature tea and coffee facilities and WIFI. The popular Bushfire Flame Grill features Brazilian inspired, Australian style BBQ.

Recommended Darwin Hotels

Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade

Located in a prime position close to the waterfront, the Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade offers comfortable and well appointed rooms, a large outdoor pool and friendly, relaxed service. Just a short stroll from all of the attractions of the city, the restaurants of Mitchell Street and art galleries.

Hilton Darwin

Overlooking Darwin Harbour, Hilton Darwin offers fabulous Esplanade views and an ideal location in the heart of the city. Enjoy contemporary features, great location and a welcoming service every time you stay. The elegant rooms and suites are loaded with thoughtful amenities and many have stunning Harbour views. We also offers Mitchell’s Grill restaurant with innovative Australian cuisine, high-floor outdoor pool, gym, flexible meeting space and more.

Darwin Central Hotel

The Darwin Central Hotel is located on a prime position in the heart of Darwin’s Central Business District on the corner of Smith and Knuckey Streets, opposite the Smith Street Shopping Mall.

The hotel enjoys a very stylish theme with artwork and furnishings throughout the hotel, making every floor a walk through gallery. The hotel has been decorated with a diverse selection of lounges and artworks with each piece individually selected to create the boutique feel with contemporary class and style. The hotel is owned by a local Darwin Company and is proud to be a long standing Northern Territory Business.

Adina Apartment Hotel

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront is located in the heart of the Darwin Waterfront precinct with close proximity to the CBD and overlooking the Darwin Waterfront Recreational Lagoon and manmade Wave Lagoon.

Adina is the perfect choice for discerning travellers with central locations across Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Offering a range of spacious accommodation for guests including: studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.

We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave.

SureSave, is an Australian company who specialise in travel insurance designed for travellers. SureSave provides world assistance through a customer support team, a claims team and an in-house 24/7 Emergency Assistance division. Underwritten by Lloyds of London, you get peace of mind knowing your security is guaranteed.

Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.