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Papua New Guinea

New Guinea Circumnavigation: Darwin to Darwin, 35 Nights

 

Be one of a special few to join us on our full circumnavigation voyage around New Guinea. This one-off voyage is packed with highlights. Sailing in comfort aboard the brand-new Coral Adventurer, you will experience many diverse cultures from the Spice Islands to the Sepik River, marvel at untouched landscapes, explore the wonders of Raja Ampat, and be immersed in one of the world’s last frontiers.

> Indulge in a Bandanese feast under the stars on the ramparts of historic Fort Belgica, Banda Neira
> Climb Mt Pindito for a stunning view of the gum-drop Wayag Islands
> Slip into Raja Ampat’s lagoons at Misool and Wayag, and experience the remarkable beauty and vibrant underwater world.
> Swim with the majestic whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay
> Visit two of New Guinea’s great rivers – the Sepik and Mamberamo
> Learn the mythical tales of Dei Dei Hot Springs on Fergusson Island
> Snorkel  and dive at incredible pristine locations – Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, the Fly Islands and Tufi Fjords
> Encounter the Asmat warriors at Agats, and have the opportunity to purchase the carvings they are famous for
> Witness the immense diversity of cultures throughout your voyage
> Enjoy an intimate and up close experience as you are welcomed to local villages and explore isolated places

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2 October 2020

CORAL ADVENTURER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $39,720 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $34,420 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom $31,780 $47,670
Promenade Deck Stateroom $26,480 $39,720
Coral Deck Stateroom $25,150 $37,725

*Limited sole use occupancy available.

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Itinerary

Embark: Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 8:30am for a 10:00am departure, 2 October 2020

Disembark: Arrive in Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 10:30am for disembarkation by 12:00pm

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: Depart Darwin

Guests are welcomed to board Coral Adventurer at 8:30am and we will then depart Darwin at 10:00am. Get to know the ship and your fellow travellers as we sail across the Arafura Sea.

Day 2: At Sea

Our guest lecturers will hold several presentations today, on the itinerary, safety procedures and introduce you to Indonesian culture and protocols.  This evening, mingle with the Captain, crew and fellow guests at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 3: Banda Islands

As Coral Adventurer arrives at the entrance (Zonegat channel) to Banda Neira, traditional long canoes known as Kora Kora emerge, rowed thunderously by men in traditional costume. These traditional war canoes provide an impressive escort into the caldera where you will enjoy the first look at Banda Neira. Our visit to the island includes Rumah Budaya, Old Dutch Church Hatta House, Perigi Rante, a Nutmeg plantation and the highlight visit of the beautiful Fort Belgica, where we watch traditional dancing and sample local treats during sunset drinks at the fort.

Day 4: Banda Islands

History has coined these islands as the fabled Spice Islands and is not without sound reason. Today these islands may be almost unheard of, but they’ve played an important role in the European history from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Combining raw natural beauty, a warm local heart, and a palpable and fascinating history, this remote cluster of ten islands were home to some of the most prized and fought-over commodities in the past – nutmeg, cloves, and mace. Underwater, impressive undersea drop-offs are vibrantly plastered with multicoloured coral gardens. The central islands – Pulau Neira and Pulau Banda Besar – curl in picturesque crescents around the pocket-sized volcano Gunung Api.

Today we snorkel over the coral reef that has emerged on the lava flow from Gunung Api’s historic eruption. Others may go ashore in Banda for a ‘tea party’ in the charming local surrounds.

Day 5: Sebakor Bay

Visit this remarkable scenic bay, where waterfalls tumble directly into the ocean. Here we enjoy water activities such as snorkelling, diving, and kayaking.

Day 6: Arguni

Arguni is a small island off the west coast of West Papua province of Indonesia.  The island covers less than 5 sq.km. The local language Arguni is spoken by about 150 people. On the south side of the island are pearl farm buoys and cages floating in the warm clear water.  Mangrove swamps, many interesting limestone islets and formations, Papuan rock art (notably hand and foot stencils), burial caves, and villages (some on stilts) line the shore line.  While Arguni is in the Fakfak Regency, it still has a traditional king (a functionless title), Raja Hanaf Pauspaus of Arguni, one of many Kings of Indonesia.

On our arrival, we are greeted by villagers displaying many cultural attractions, including traditional dances, local music, and traditional handcrafts. Enjoy fresh coconut and browse around the village to observe daily life and interact with the local people.  Following this, journey by zodiac to visit the famous ancient blood paintings at Roefroefoea.  The paintings feature many hands of humans and also animal depictions, with the red colour of the paintings resembling the colour of blood.

Day 7: Misool

At Misool you will explore “the stone gardens of Misool” with its misty beauty.
As a hidden and deserted paradise, Misool is unspoiled with waters of aquamarine lined by towering karst cliffs of various shapes and forms.
Misool waters have approximately 200 saltwater lagoons stretching like a green carpet and bustling with unique and beautiful corals.

Here, we will swim, snorkel and explore around the islands by kayak.

Day 8: Kofiau

Kofiau Islands are covered by lush trees and wild plants, they offer a fantastic wealth of nature and beautiful scenery. The tropical rain forest is home to the endemic rare Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher, Kofiau Monarch and Kofiau Green-tree Python.

Here, you will enjoy white and soft sandy beaches, and crystal clear water with stunning corals.  We will enjoy a welcome to the local villages, where you can met the people in their daily lives. Witness traditional foods being prepared, and attend the celebration of Buka Sasi.

In the afternoon, enjoy snorkelling, diving, or birdwatching.

Day 9: Wayag Islands

The jewel in the crown of Raja Ampat, picturesque gumdrop karsts are the backdrop for this paradise on earth.  Here, the underwater world is rightly famous – we spend time to discover with snorkelling, SCUBA diving, and kayaking opportunities.  For the fit, a walk up to Mt Pindito is available.  This steep up-hill walk rewards with remarkable views over the islands.

Day 10: Amsterdam Island

Pulau Dua: Amsterdam and Middleburg Island are two islands located in the Tambrauw Regency, West Papua. Tambrauw is an expanding new regency since 2009, and as a conservation regency, the local government of Tambrauw continues to seek sustainable management of natural resources that is beneficial to the welfare of the people. Natural resource management and physical development of the area are conducted based on the principles of nature conservation, forest area conservation, local community wisdom empowerment, and protection of customary rights of the community.

A lip shaped island, sloping white beaches with clear water give visibility right to the seabed; the impressive underwater slope and cliff contours loom with the glorious wreck of ships drowned during WWII.  This has created colorful coral gardens which offer a sensation for snorkelers and divers. Amsterdam Island is also well-known as a place where Leatherback turtles return to lay eggs.

Day 11: Roon Island

Just below the surface resides a Japanese plane wreck with big black corals, gorgonians, big lionfish, glassfish, shrimps and many more. Snorkellers on the surface can still clearly see the wreck when the weather cooperates and the water is still, or they may dive down for a closer look.

Afterwards, we hope to explore a nearby village to meet the locals.

Day 12: Kwatisore

Today, experience one of the highlights of this cruise – swimming with the whale sharks.  The gentle giants will be swimming around the fishing bagans and guests may enter the water in small groups for a chance to swim with these amazing animals.
This afternoon we visit the Papuan village of Kwatisore, where the locals will perform a ‘bird of paradise’ dance and other traditional performances.  You may also participate and dance with the local people. Market stalls will be set up with interesting items to purchase, such as carved paddles. They are skilled musicians here and will entertain us with their string band.

Day 13: Kwatisore

Today, we have another opportunity to spot Birds of Paradise in our early morning outing. As we make our way to Mamberamo River our guest lecturers will hold insightful presentations.

Day 14: Mamberamo River

The Mamberamo River is the largest river in Papua and is regarded as the Amazon of the East.  It is considered as the largest rivers in Indonesia by volume.  Along the huge river valley live many tribes who have little connection to the outside world. There is a an amazing bio diversity here in flora and fauna.  This is a Expedition destination.

Day 15: Jayapura

At tropical Jayapura city, nestled between beautiful steep forested mountains, you will have the opportunity to visit the bustling markets and exchange smiles with the locals. This is our clearance stop as we leave Indonesia and depart for Papua New Guinea.

Day 16: Wewak

Early this morning we arrive into the port town of Wewak. There is much WWII history here, and we will go on a tour with local guides including Wewak Hill Lookout, ANZAC Memorial, Mission Hill, and also see the local craft markets.

Day 17: Sepik River

At first light the Coral Adventurer enters the mighty Sepik River. Our destination is the remote village of Bien or Kopar, where the locals are known for their arts and crafts. A true Sepik welcome awaits us as we step ashore! Take the opportunity to purchase the unique hand carvings of this region. As we depart from the Sepik River, we will sail past the active volcano at Manam Island as we enjoy sunset drinks.

Day 18: Madang

Explore Madang and its surrounds, which sits on a peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for its waterfront setting and colonial history. Discover the surrounding area on our Madang tour – which includes a visit to the Madang Haus Museum, the Coastwatchers Lighthouse, and Bil Bil Village where pottery is made. Certified divers have the opportunity to check out some great dive sites in the area with experienced local operators.

For guests who may only want to travel half way, Madang is where you may disembark.

Day 19: Dregerhafen

Today we visit Dregerhafen in the Finschhafen district of Morobe, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. Visit the village of Gingala for a high spirited PNG welcome. The markets will be open and there will be a chance to walk through the village with the locals. After lunch enjoy snorkelling, diving, and kayaking in the waters of the lagoon. Finish the day with drinks on the sundeck and our famous BBQ.

Day 20: Fly Islands & Morobe

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Awaken early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island.  Biangatu Reef is teeming with fish life and colourful coral. Enjoy snorkelling, diving or kayaking.

Enter Morobe Harbour 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 to another village.

Day 21: Buna

The Battle of Buna saw some of the fiercest fighting between American, Australian and Japanese forces during the final stages of WW2. We walk through the jungle with the local villagers and discover the fascinating history. After lunch we visit beautiful Sanananda to visit the War Museum, which the village has built to honour both sides. You have the opportunity to meet the local village people and enjoy their lovely gardens.

Day 22: Tufi Fjord

Soak up spectacular views as we cruise close to the towering cliffs before entering Tufi Fjord. Enjoy a leisurely swim and snorkel over colourful fringing reefs or visit the nearby resort for some relaxation.

Day 23: Dobu and Fergusson Islands

Join our Expedition Staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs. Learn of the history of the Kula Ring at Dobu Island and meet the local primary school children, who will welcome us with a traditional dance performance. There will also be an opportunity to snorkel the incredible Bubbling Springs Reef.

Day 24: Sewa Bay

Cruise into beautiful Sewa Bay and be welcomed ashore to the local Pwanapwana Primary school. The locals will show us their traditional war dances and share a morning tea of pineapple, coconut milk, and sugar bananas.

Day 25: Bona Bona Island

At these small islands, have the opportunity to relax and take in your surroundings. Delami Island is home to a wonderful reef & beach where we may enjoy diving, snorkelling, swimming, and birdwatching.
Bona Bona Island, with vibrant marine life, also offers a chance to explore with an Xplorer cruise around the coast as well as diving and snorkelling.
We may visit the small village here, and spot some of the abundant bird life – crested term, eclectus parrot, or the pied imperial pigeon. The village gardens are lovely – the locals will explain the plants to you.

Day 26: Hall Sound

Many rivers run from the mountains into Hall Sound, with historic Yule Island providing shelter from the Coral Sea. Here, explore the sound and enjoy an enthusiastic Central Province welcome.

Day 27: Kerema

Explore the Gulf Province capital, and enjoy cultural experiences.

Day 28: Torres Strait

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Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as we cruise through the Torres Strait and make our entry into Indonesia.

Day 29: Merauke

Founded by the Maro River, this is the Easternmost city of Indonesia. Merauke is the border area between West Papua and Papua New Guinea on the south coast of the island. About 75 percent of the area is still shrouded in dense forest. Merauke is known for a number of natural attractions including the beaches, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves and a captive crocodile. Guest will be welcomed with traditional dance before going to the Wasur National Park which is regarded as the “Serengeti of Papua”.  The savanna landscape is surrounded by forest and bamboo, with grasslands and swamps. Many migratory birds, wallabies, and casssowaries come and inhabit the Blue Marsh Lake.
Also known for giant ant nests, we will continue and see these enormous formations, locally known as Musamus.

Day 30: At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea to relax as we prepare to encounter the Agats warriors.

Day 31: Agats

Experience a memorable welcome by an armada of about 40 or more war-canoes, rowed powerfully towards the ship by the Asmat warriors in traditional costume.
Disembarking by Xplorer we are accompanied by the Asmat tribe’s warrior war-canoes to Syuru village where we are greeted by a welcome dance set and performance by the Asmat women.  After the ceremony we are invited deep into the “Men’s House” to experience wonderful items of traditional wooden arts and sculpture, which are offered for sale.  This afternoon, we will visit Agats Township and  the Museums there, with time for guests to purchase artifacts and souvenirs.

Day 32: At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea, relax and enjoy lectures on the natural and marine wonders of West Papua while we steam towards Triton Bay.

Day 33: Triton Bay

Triton Bay lies on the south coast of the West Papua province of Indonesia, surrounded by tropical rain forests and rising on one side to a 1060m peak. The waters of the bay nurture abundant marine life –  471 types of coral and 959 types of coral fish. In these waters, Bryde’s whales and whale sharks also find their home. Nearby this region is where Alfred Russel Wallace, contemporary and equal of Charles Darwin, wrote of his explorations in The Malay Archipelago  around 1858. With visitors rare to this region, it is indescribably special.

Triton Bay is known for displaying a similarly impressive level of soft coral coverage as places like Misool Island. Epaulette sharks can be seen walking over the reefs as giant groupers lurk in sheltered spots, while schools of jacks and fusiliers dart en masse. Squadrons of bump head parrotfish charge around chomping the coral into fine sand, watched by ever-present turtles. Triton Bay’s black coral forests are awesome in scale and never fail to impress.

In one area the high limestone cliffs display extensive pre-historic drawings and carvings, coloured orange, white and black, which are truly breath-taking. Take a  Zodiac ride up-river to visit the villages.

Day 34: Kei Islands

Kei Island is located on the edge of the ‘Coral Triangle’, which outlines the world’s richest waters. Not only does this overall region have the highest diversity in terms of fish but also invertebrates, mollusks and corals. Fringing and barrier reefs shelter a huge variety of very colourful reef fishes. Big fish cruise by:  Spanish mackerels, dog tooth tuna, eagle or manta rays are common encounters.

Kei Islands are rapidly gaining a reputation as the place to go for perfect, unspoilt beaches, fringed with coconut groves.  Ngurbloat beach is one of these. Five kilometres of soft white sand (rumoured to be as soft as flour), thousands of coconut trees, crystal clear blue sea and calm waves.  Here we relax and reflect on our incredible journey of discovery.

Day 35: At Sea

Today, share memories of your adventures with photo sharing and final lectures by our Expedition Team. In the evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 36: Arrive Darwin

Coral Adventurer will arrive into Darwin at 10:30 am to clear customs and disembark at 12:00pm.

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.

October 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
02 October 2020 02 Oct 2020 06 November 2020 06 Nov 2020 $25,150 to $34,420 $25,150 to $34,420 Coral Adventurer Available Book

November 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
02 October 2020 02 Oct 2020 06 November 2020 06 Nov 2020 $25,150 to $34,420 $25,150 to $34,420 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.

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