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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
09:00am Departure from Cairns
Departs Cairns to Madang - 31st October 2019
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
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.