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Papua New Guinea (Madang to Cairns) 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.

Hosted by Australian Geographic, you will travel with Australian Geographic Editor-in-Chief Chrissie Goldrick on this thorough exploration of Papua New Guinea’s remarkable coastline.

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


12 November 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: From Cairns to Madang on Tuesday 12th November at departing at 11:30am. $850 per person. This will be a direct flight from 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 prior to boarding the vessel.  Limited seats available, call our reservations team to confirm your booking.



Charter Flight from Cairns (additional extra): From Cairns to Madang on Tuesday 12th November at departing at 11:30am.

Embark: Madang at 4pm, 12th November 2019

Disembark: Cairns at 8am, 24th November 2019



Day 1: Charter Flight Cairns to Madang

Meet at Cairns at 9:00am to catch our 11:30am charter flight to Madang (additional extra). This will be a direct flight from 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 prior to boarding the vessel.

Day I: Madang


Board the ship at 3pm for a 4pm embarkation. Spend the afternoon relaxing as you are welcomed on board Coral Discoverer. Join our expedition staff as they introduce you to the journey. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks.


Day 2: Sepik River & Sepik Village

The ship will arrive at the Sepik at first light, and an early morning rise will reward you with stunning views. We can no longer visit Bien, but instead will visit Mendam Village in the Murik Lakes. Cruise past Manam Motu, one of Papua New Guinea’s most active volcanoes, as you enjoy sunset drinks.


Day 3: Karkar Island

Visit Busen Village and enjoy welcome sing sings and dancing. There may also be the opportunity for water activities such as kayaking and snorkeling.

Day 4: Dregerhafen

At the beautiful anchorage of Dregerhafen, you will enjoy a high-spirited Papua New Guinea welcome, and explore the market which is famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. There are many WWII artifacts in this area. Enjoy water activities off the beach.

Day 5: Siboma & Fly Islands

In the morning, experience snorkelling or diving at the Biangatu Island reef in the Fly Islands. With a visit to Siboma Village, take in the dramatic scenery, with the possibility of a walk to the waterfall for those able.

Day 6: 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 bay to another village.


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: 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 9: 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 Kuiawa with a Trobriand welcome.  Visit local markets or enjoy water activities.

Day 10: 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 11: Samarai and Expedition Island Stop

After clearance formalities in Samarai, we today farewell PNG with a visit to a picturesque island in the Milne Bay province.

Day 12: At Sea

Cruise across the Coral Sea, enjoy presentations by our guest lecturers including an expedition recap. This evening join your fellow travellers for the Captain’s farewell drinks.

Day 13: Cairns

Disembark in Cairns at 8am

November 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
12 November 2019 12 Nov 2019 24 November 2019 24 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 Discoverer, 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 ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible.

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-suiteMadang 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.