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Papua New Guinea (Cairns to Madang), 12 Nights

Discover the land that time forgot

Immerse yourself in the wild and rugged scenery of Papua New Guinea, with its mysterious stories that take you away from the complexities of modern times. Whilst travelling in comfort on board our state-of-the-art small ship Coral Adventurer, visit remote villages rich in culture and meet with the people who have maintained their traditional way of life for generations.

Papua New Guinea is home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the Amazon and guests will discover magnificent scenery ranging from colourful coral atolls to volcanic mountains, pristine wilderness areas and mighty rivers. The country’s secret forest nurture over 3,000 varieties of unusual orchids, 700 species of birds including the brilliantly coloured birds of paradise.  This is the land of the unexpected, a place of stark contrasts where fearsome frowns quickly become welcoming smiles.


Expedition Highlights:
•  Learn of Papua New Guinea’s military history and it’s role in World War II
•  Hear of the mythical and spiritual tales of Dei Dei Hot Springs
•  Find out how the Trobriand Islands became the ‘Islands of Love’
•  Explore Tufi’s spectacular fjords
•  Cruise the mighty Sepik River


31 October 2019 departure

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $15,840 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $13,740 n/a
Explorer Deck $13,340 $20,010
Promenade Deck $12,240 $18,360
Coral Deck $11,290 $16,935

Optional Charter flight: $850 per person. This will be a direct flight to Cairns, with no stopover in Port Moresby. You will be accompanied by a Coral Expeditions staff member and we have included a tour of Madang after disembarkation from the ship. Limited seats available, call our reservations team to confirm your booking.



Embark: Board in Cairns at 7:30am for 9:00am departure, 31st October 2019.

Disembark: Madang at 8:30am, 12th November 2019.

Charter Flight to Cairns (additional cost): Departure from Madang, arrival Cairns, 12th November 2019.

CD at Dei Dei


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 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 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 & Karkar 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 Karkar Island offers the chance to snorkel, dive, or visit the 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. Optional charter flight back to Cairns departs at 11:15am and includes a tour of Madang prior.

October 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
31 October 2019 31 Oct 2019 12 November 2019 12 Nov 2019 $11,290 to $13,740 $11,290 to $13,740 Coral Adventurer Available Book

November 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
31 October 2019 31 Oct 2019 12 November 2019 12 Nov 2019 $11,290 to $13,740 $11,290 to $13,740 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 in tender vessels
  • 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 your booking arrangements.

To speak to our reservations specialists contact us during business hours on freecall 1800 079 545 (within Australia), or by email

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



recommended hotels

Madang Resort

We recommend the Madang Resort, owned by Sir Peter Barter, for your pre and post cruise stay in Papua New Guinea. This resort is one of the most iconic in the Pacific Region and the winner of multiple Trip Advisor awards.

Visit the resort website here.


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.

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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.