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Join the Coral Adventurer in 2019 for the first section of the inaugural ‘Customs and Craftsmen’ art themed expedition of Papua New Guinea, West Papua and the Maluku Islands. This part of the exciting itinerary will spend a fully immersive 12 nights exploring remote villages and historic towns from Darwin to Vanimo, 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 curator and expert on art, history and Pacific and Melanesian culture, Arthur Beau Palmer, who will be offering his expertise as a guest lecturer throughout the voyage. Arthur has been travelling to Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian islands since 1960, with his work as an anthropologist, ethnologist, and art collector. Arthur will be on hand to connect us with the tribal customs and artefacts of the region.
> Be a part of the inaugural Customs and Craftsmen expedition
> Interact with local craftsmen and artists at remote villages and markets
> Visit the Sultans Palace and enjoy high tea in Ternate with views over the islands
> Enjoy high-spirited cultural performances from villages throughout the voyage
> Snorkel and dive pristine coral reefs, rich with tropical marine life
> Encounter Whale Sharks at Cenderawasih Bay
> Experience a Bandanese dinner under the stars at Fort Belgica
Half Circle > 12 Nights
|CORAL ADVENTURER||TWIN SHARE PER PERSON||SOLE USE*|
|Bridge Deck Balcony Suite||$15,940||n/a|
|Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom||$13,740||n/a|
*Limited sole use occupancy available.
Embark: Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 7:30am for 9:00am departure on 8 October 2019.
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Vanimo at 08:00am on 20 October 2019.
Board Coral Adventurer at 7:30 am for a 9:00am departure. Departing from Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf, ready to begin our voyage toward Banda Neira Island.
As we cross the Timor Sea you will have time to relax and explore the Coral Adventurer, enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks, and join presentations with our Expedition Team and guest lecturer Arthur Beau Palmer.
An armada of Kora Kora Canoes flanking the Coral Adventurer welcome us to Banda Neira. Once ashore we explore the old colonial town, and tour the nutmeg plantations, museums and markets. There is a great opportunity to snorkel over the lava flow of Gunung Api volcano.
Dinner tonight will be hosted under the stars at the 17th-century Fort Belgica, where we will be joined by local artists displaying their arts and crafts and dancing. We will dine on Bandanese cuisine as the sun sets over the fort.
Saparua has a relaxed and traditional environment, with very few tourists. The Dutch East Indies Company established Fort Duurstedt in 1691, and the island is full of history. The locals greet us with flowers and a “welcome dance” before we join our guides and guest lecturer for a tour of the fort and village.
In the afternoon, we visit the beautiful white sands of Molana Island.
We spend today cruising South Halmahera, stopping at the lush mountainous islands and snorkelling the colourful fringing reefs with their abundant marine life.
Boarding the Xplorer, we cruise to Ternate and journey to the Sultan’s Palace. Built in 1834 and restored in a semi-colonial style, the Sultan’s Place still houses the Sultan’s family. On a guided walk throughout the palace grounds, we view numerous artefacts from the Dutch & Portuguese eras and learn about the ‘magic of the crown’.
During our afternoon exploration of Ternate, we enjoy a high tea with a view over the islands, and learn of the clove plantation history. A visit to the unique Fort Tolukko which presides over the foreshore gives impressive views of volcanic Mt Gamalama.
Awake in Tobelo Bay surrounded by lush green islands and a jigsaw of coral atolls. Today we visit the elementary school and the communal House or Hibualamo, where we are entertained with cultural performances. We will have the opportunity to visit the Tobelo markets today.
We spend the morning crossing the Halmahera Sea before being welcomed to Amsterdam Island with an enthusiastic and colourful grand reception. Amsterdam Island is known for WW2 history, with the shoreline and sea floor displaying remnants of shipwrecks just waiting to be explored.
The Auri Islands lie within Cenderawasih Bay (Cenderawasih means “Paradise” in the Bahasa language). Here we relax on beautiful beaches, snorkel the reefs, visit the local fishing camp and explore the islands’ perimeter on board the zodiacs.
We enter Cenderawasih Marine Park and go in search of the biggest fish in the sea, the extraordinary whale shark. It is possible to swim with these majestic animals and we may have a chance to snorkel among them. Visit Kwatisore Village to learn about the local culture through traditional dances and games and listen to their talented string band. Local handicraft will also be available for viewing or purchase at the market.
Today, the Coral Adventurer enters the Mamberamo River. This vast river is the Amazon of New Guinea, an almost completely unexplored region that is home to villages and tribes whose culture is still relatively undisturbed. Our visit to this raw and primeval area will be exploratory, with the potential to visit local warrior tribes and enjoy the wilderness surroundings.
Known as ‘Hollandia’ until 1963, Jayapura is now a melting pot of sights and exotic aromas. Visit Lake Sentani, home to villagers famed for their distinctive art, and cruise on a longboat to see the stilt towns built over the tranquil lake. We will be welcomed at Asei Village by the local dancers and their accompanying traditional instruments, and view bark paintings and other artefacts.
This morning we enter Papua New Guinea at Vanimo at disembark at 8:00am.
|Departure||Departure||Arrival||Arrival||Cost Per Person||Cost PP||Ship||Availability|
|08 October 2019||08 Oct 2019||20 October 2019||20 Oct 2019||$11,290 to $13,740||$11,290 to $13,740||Coral Adventurer||Available||Book|
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