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Papua New Guinea

Customs & Craftsmen - Vanimo to Cairns, 10 Nights

Join the Coral Adventurer in 2019 for the second section of the inaugural ‘Customs and Craftsmen’ art themed expedition of Papua New Guinea, West Papua and the Maluku Islands. This section of the exciting itinerary will spend an immersive 10 nights exploring remote villages and historic towns from Vanimo to Cairns, focusing on art and culture and interacting with the local communities along the way, with the option to complete the entire journey or join us for simply the first or second section.

We will be joined by collector and expert on New Guinea tribal art, Richard Aldridge, who will be offering his expertise as a guest lecturer throughout the voyage.





Expedition Highlights:

> Be a part of the inaugural Customs and Craftsmen expedition
> Interact with local craftsmen and artists at remote villages and markets
> Enjoy a private onboard art exhibition in Madang and mingle with the artists
> Enjoy high-spirited cultural performances from villages throughout the voyage
> Snorkel and dive pristine coral reefs, rich with tropical marine life

More about Richard Aldridge


Half Circle > 10 Nights

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $13,490 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $11,690 n/a
Explorer Deck $11,390  $17,085
Promenade Deck $10,490  $15,735
Coral Deck $9,690  $14,535

*Limited sole use occupancy available.



Embark: Board at Vanimo at 10:00am for 11:00am departure on 20 October 2019.
Disembark: Arrive 9am and disembark 10:30am at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal on 30 October 2019.

Day 1: Vanimo

Guests joining us at Vanimo will be transferred from their hotel to board at 10:00am and depart at 11:00am.

Day 2: Sepik River

At first light we enter the mighty Sepik River and visit the village of Bien where they are famous for their arts and crafts. A true Sepik welcome awaits us as we step ashore. Embrace this opportunity to purchase unique carvings and art direct from the artist.

As we depart the Sepik River, enjoy the views as we sail past the active volcano at Manam Island.

Day 3: Madang

Explore Madang, famed for its waterfront setting and colonial history. On a town tour visit the Madang Museum, Coast Watchers Monument, and local village of Bil Bil, famed for its pottery.

This morning we welcome local artists on board for a private art exhibition of their work – guests will have the chance to mingle with the artists and talk about their techniques. Later guests will be able to view Sepik art on display at Sugen Aben Park, and view demonstrations of bilum bag making and as well as other handicraft.

Day 4: Dregerhafen

Today we visit Dregerhafen in Morobe, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. We will explore the village of Gingala where a high-spirited welcome will be guaranteed. The markets will be open, and we get the chance to walk through the village with the locals. After lunch, we enjoy snorkelling, diving and kayaks in the blue waters of the lagoon. Finish the day with drinks on the sundeck and our sundeck BBQ.

Day 5: Buna and Sanananda

The battle of Buna-Gona witnessed some of the fiercest fighting during the final stages of WWII. During the war, Buna was the trailhead to the Kokoda Track. Formally known as the ‘Buna Kokoda-Moresby Track’, our expedition team and local guides accompany us through this dense jungle landscape to discover Buna’s dramatic history.

Later we stop over at Sanananda village to visit the war museum and enjoy Sanananda beautiful tropical gardens.

Day 6: Tufi Fjord

Picturesque Tufi Fjord is composed of deep inlets, known locally as ‘rias’, formed through ancient volcanic activity. As we enter MacLaren Harbour, we join local guides on outrigger canoes as they paddle us from the harbour to their remote village in the rainforest. We will enjoy the village’s hospitality, with unique cultural performances and art markets.

We later explore through the fiords, soaking up the spectacular views before enjoying snorkelling ora little relaxation at a nearby resort.

Day 7: Kitava, Trobriand Islands

The Trobriand Islands in the Milne Bay province are historically known as the ‘Islands of Love’. The indigenous population of the islands live a peaceful and very traditional lifestyle, ensuring their culture remains unchanged.  We will visit Kitava Island and visit the excellent markets there, which will reveal great artefacts.

Day 8: Dobu and Fergusson Islands

Join our Expedition Team on a walk to the Dei Dei Hot Springs on Ferguson Island, where guides share the mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs.
At Dobu Island learn of the history of the Kula Ring. View the decorative art adorning the local houses and canoes, and meet the local children as they perform a traditional dance.  Later there will be snorkelling at the Bubbling Springs Reef.

Day 9: Samarai

Today we say farewell to Papua New Guinea from the small island of Samarai, at the southern tip of Milne Bay.
Though hard to fathom, in its colonial prime, the tiny island of Samarai was once the region’s most important port. We have the option to join a guided tour of the colonial settlement or head to Deika Deika Island in the Xplorer for a leisurely swim.

Day 10: At Sea

As we make our way across the Coral Sea back to Cairns the Expedition Team and guest lecturer hold presentations re-capping our adventure. Reminisce with new-found friends at the Captain’s farewell drinks.

Day 11: Cairns

This morning at 9:00 am we arrive at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal disembarking at 10:30 am. Farewell the end of your adventure discovering the culture and arts of New Guinea.

October 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
20 October 2019 20 Oct 2019 30 October 2019 30 Oct 2019 $9,690 to $11,690 $9,690 to $11,690 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

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  • 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

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