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Papua New Guinea

West Papua (Wewak to Darwin), 13 nights

Our voyage through West Papua, discovering the unique regions of the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat is an expedition like no other. Swim, snorkel and dive through crystal-clear waters, exploring colourful coral gardens and encountering a vast array of marine wildlife. We spend five days exploring the marine haven of Raja Ampat, sailing through a maze of limestone karst islands and showcasing the beautiful landscapes of this region.

Join us aboard the Coral Adventurer over 13 exciting nights for the second portion of the New Guinea Circle cruise from Wewak to Darwin. Throughout this expedition, you will discover the very best West Papua has to offer, from the lush rainforest environments to the world’s most colourful coral reef systems, and welcoming villages where you will encounter another way of life.

Expedition Highlights:

> Visit Lake Sentani, home to villagers famed for their distinctive art
> Spend five full days exploring the nature lover’s paradise that is Raja Ampat
> Paddle a kayak through the stunning surround of the Mesempta Channel
> Take in the breathtaking views of the Wayag lagoon from Mount Pindito lookout
> Take in the aromas, colours and characters of the Spice Islands

Fares

7 December 2019 departure

CORAL ADVENTURER TWIN SHARE SOLE USE
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $17,140 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $14,840 n/a
Explorer Deck $14,400 $21,600
Promenade Deck $13,240 $19,860
Coral Deck $12,240 $18,360

Prices are per person. 

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Itinerary

Embark: Board at Wewak at 11:30 am and depart at 01:00 pm.
Disembark: Arrive at 11:30 am at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf and disembark at 1:00pm 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: Wewak

We are welcomed on board Coral Adventurer in Wewak at 11:30 am and depart at 1:00 pm. Relax on board as you get to know your fellow passengers. Watch the magnificent coastline pass by as you enjoy sunset drinks before your first of many delicious dinners.

Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: Wayag

Cross the equator today into the northern hemisphere as we make our way towards stunning Wayag Island.  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 6: 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 7: 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 8: SAWAI ON SERAM ISLAND

Sawai is a 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 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.

Day 9: BURU ISLAND

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 10: MAMALA AND SAPARUA

Mamala on the tropical Ambon island is mountainous, well watered, and fertile making for vivid scenery on guided walks, along with snorkelling and diving opportunities. 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 11: HATTA ISLAND - SPICE ISLANDS

An early morning option to snorkel or dive over the unique submerged lava flow.  For those wishing a leisurely morning, return to Banda and enjoy the traditions of a bygone era with cinnamon tea and local delicacies at the waterfront hotel before we farewell the Spice Islands and set sail towards Darwin.

Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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.

December 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
07 December 2019 07 Dec 2019 20 December 2019 20 Dec 2019 $12,240 to $14,840 $12,240 to $14,840 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 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. When you need help, you’ll get it in a familiar accent from someone who understands and is there to help.

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.