Cairns Cruise Ship Tours to New Guinea | 31/10/19

Tour Code: 657

Departing: Cairns

Unique & Amazing Experience
  • The brilliant bird life of Papua New Guinea
  • Paddling up the Tufi Fjords with the local villagers
  • Seeing the Papuan New Guinean children in full dress
  • Snorkelling the bubbling springs reef

Included In Price

  • Cabin Accommodation
  • All meals - 24 hour tea and coffee
  • Captains welcome and farewell drinks party
  • Guided port tours in expedition tenders
  • Port taxes, Government charges
  • Guest lecturers - Expedition staff

Departing from Cairns you cruise across the Great Barrier Reef to the wonderfully exotic country of Papua New Guinea where you will see ancient tribal warriors wearing feather head-dresses and inviting you to witness their cultural heritage. A totally wild and unspoilt country and an amazing cruise.

Cruise departure date:- 31st October 2019 

With a Cairns departure across the Great Barrier Reef our small luxury cruise ships will immerse you in the wild and rugged scenery of Papua New Guinea, with its mysterious stories that take you far away from the complexities of modern times. Whilst traveling in only the best of comfort and style on our custom built expedition style cruise ships we visit remote villages vibrantly rich in culture and meet with the people who have maintained their traditional tribal way of life for generations.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and Papua New Guinea is home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the mighty Amazon.

Our cruise ship passengers will discover magnificent scenery ranging from colourful coral atolls to pre-historic volcanic mountains, ancient wilderness areas and mighty rivers.

Papua New Guineas secret forests nurture over 3,000 varieties of unusual orchids, 700 species of unique 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.

Day 1 Depart Cairns

Join us in Cairns on a 12 night cruise of a lifetime across the Great Barrier Reef to explore the exotic wilds of Papua New Guinea. Embark the ship at around 7.30 am for a 9.00am departure to begin our cruise across the Great Barrier Reef and head north to Papua New Guinea. Settle in and relax on the ship and get to know your small group of like minded passengers and the boats crew. Join our expedition staff in one of the lounges as they introduce you to the journey and activities ahead on our itinerary as they talk about the many unique experiences you will enjoy over the next 12 nights.

Day 2 Cruise the Great Barrier Reef

After a night of continuous cruising on the Great Barrier Reef our guests awake for a sumptuous breakfast and another day of getting to know the ship her passengers and crew.  Our expedition staff will be on hand conducting more presentations as we approach our first port of call in Papua New Guinea.

Day 3 Samarai

Rich in history, Samarai Island has been declared a National Historical Heritage Island. A colonial capital and provincial government headquarters until 1968, Samarai is now a historical highlight of Milne Bay, with the ruins of the old town providing great photo opportunities.

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. Put on the swim wear and snorkel the bubbling springs reef.

Day 5 Trobiand 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 colourful Trobriand welcome.

Day 6 Maclaren Harbour & Tufi Fjords

Arrive in MacLaren Harbour and enter the Tufi Fjords where local outriggers will be literally 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 amazing feather head-dresses. Enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving on the coral reefs, 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 we may be able to take you 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 a dug out outrigger canoe to explore up the local river. Experience snorkelling and scuba diving at the Biangatu Island reef in the Fly Islands.

Day 10 Dregerhafen & Tuam Island

 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 artefacts in this area. Enjoy more traditional dancing at Tuam Island, as well as snorkelling off the beach.

Day 11 Manan Volcano & Bagabag Island

The Manam volcano, known locally as Manam Motu, is one of Papua New Guinea’s most active volcanoes. As the cruise ship sits close to the leeward side of the island, enjoy a drink while watching the sun set over the ocean and mountains. You may see smoke rising from the volcano. A visit to Bagabag Island offers the chance to snorkel, scuba dive, or visit Bagabag 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 dug out canoes and dancing performances. The famous Sepik market, famous for its masks and carvings, will be open for guests to do a bit of souvenir shopping.

Day 13 Madang

Arrive in Madang Papua New Guinea to disembark at 8:30am. From here head to your hotel or to the airport to fly back to Cairns and other home destinations.

Please note: This itinerary above is just an indication of some of the destinations we will visit and some of the activities we will have on offer for our guests. Our cruise ship Captain will make changes to the itinerary when and if necessary to maximise our cruise ship expeditionary experience based on weather, tidal conditions or other circumstances that may require changes. 

For other wonderful cruise ship tours on the Great Barrier Reef see here 

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time

09:00am Departure from Cairns

Departure Instructions

07:30am Embarking

  • Samarai
  • Dei Dei Springs
  • Dobu Island
  • Trobrian Islands
  • Maclaren Harbour
  • Tufi Fjords
  • Buna
  • Sanananda
  • Morobe Harbour
  • Lababia Islands
  • Fly Islands
  • Dregerhafen Island
  • Tuam Island
  • Manan volcano
  • Bagagag Island
  • Sepik River
  • Madang
Months of Operation


Days of Operation


Departs Cairns to Madang - 31st October 2019


12 Nights

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Consumption of bar services outside allocated meal times
  • Laundry services
  • Souvenir purchases
  • Internet communications
Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active


Scuba Diving – minimum age 12


Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • The carrier will endeavour to follow the Cruise itinerary as described in the brochure and the passenger accepts that the carrier has the right to vary the itinerary or cancel the Cruise if the carrier considers that this is necessary as a result of some Unexpected Event or prevailing inclement weather conditions and the passenger accepts that the passenger will not be entitled to any compensation or a refund of the fare paid should this occur except as is provided for in these Cruise Ticket Conditions.
  • All baggage brought on board the Ship by a passenger remains in the possession and control of the passenger during the Cruise and must be stored and kept in the cabin allocated to the passenger.
  • Please check with your nearest Papua New Guinea consulate or embassy regarding documentation required for travel to these countries. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure they have all necessary paperwork permitting travel to these countries.
  • All purchases onboard will be charged to your room account and will need to be settled prior to disembarking. Payment can be made with Cash, Credit Card or Australian Dollars Travellers cheque. It is recommended guests bring a small supply of PNG Kina, Solomon Island Dollars, Vanuatu Vatu and Pacific Franc for purchases whilst ashore.
  • It is recommended that all passengers purchase appropriate travel insurance prior to departure. Please ensure you are covered for remote area evacuation.
  • Swimwear
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Smart cool casual clothing for the evening
  • Light jacket
  • No formal attire required onboard

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Coral Expeditions do not provide services of entertainment, supervision or care of children. Our Papua New Guinea itineraries are quite adventurous. We recommend children aged above 12 years of age will enjoy the challenge and experience the most.

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • Notification of cancellation must be received in writing. At the time we receive your cancellation the following penalties will apply:
  • More than 90 days prior to departure - forfeit the 20% non-refundable deposit
  • 30 - 89 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the relevant fare
  • No-show to 29 days prior to departure - forfeit 100% of the relevant fare
  • Coral Expeditions considers a date and/or name change to be a cancellation of the original booking and will enforce relevant cancellation fees.
  • A $200 per person fee will be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change, name change or cancellation after booking is confirmed.
  • We strongly recommend that all passengers purchase cruise cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against any circumstance which may force you to cancel or leave a cruise while in progress. Given the remote nature of some of the locations visited during the expedition, we recommend that you include Remote Area Evacuation coverage within your policy. Cancellation fees will not be waived for any reason.
  • Passengers do not have the right to transfer their rights and obligations under these Cruise Ticket Conditions. The fare paid shall not be refundable except as permitted in these Cruise Ticket Conditions and the carrier will not be liable to make any refund to the passenger if the passenger fails to embark on the Ship for the Cruise.
  • Full payment due 30 days prior to travel

Cairns Cruise Ship Tours to New Guinea | 31/10/19

Tour Code: 657

Departing: Cairns

Unique & Amazing Experience



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$11,290.00
Family: au$45,160.00

Tour Code: 657



19 yrs & over

12 - 18 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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