Cruise Ship Tour of Papua New Guinea to Cairns | 12 Nights | 12/09/2021

Tour Code: 866

Departing: Cairns

Papua New Guinea to Cairns Cruise 2021
  • See the famous Baining Fire Dance at Ataliklikun Bay, where men wearing enormous masks leap over the red-hot coals of a fire
  • Visit Jacquinot Bay in East New Britain and take an Xplorer cruise up the Tivoli River, known for its crystal clear waters
  • Visit remote Laughlan atoll, known for its canoe building culture
  • Spend two days in the rarely visited Louisiade Archipelago – a wonderland of volcanic and coral islands. Kayak in the crystal clear waters of the Calvados Islands
  • Visit the biological jewel that is Woodlark Island – home to at least 42 species that exist nowhere else on earth, including the Woodlark cuscus
  • Visit Kuiawa Island in the Trobriands – known as the ‘Islands of Love’
  • Hike to Dei Dei Hot springs and hear about its mythical legends from local guides

Included In Price

  • The services of an expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • An authentic, flexible expedition itinerary
  • All daily guided excursions
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Selected wines and beer with lunch and dinner service
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access
  • 24-hour coffee and teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including a reference library

For our 12 night Papua New Guinea to Cairns cruise in September 2021 we launch our brand new cruise ship on its maiden voyage. We have built 6 decks and cater for a maximum of 120 guests on our highly personalised expedition style cruises around Papua New Guinea.

We have experts onboard who provide in depth information about the regions visited, the history and the wildlife.    

Cruise from Papua New Guinea to the Great Barrier Reef and our final destination of Cairns on our maiden voyage in September 2021. With a maximum of only 120 guests onboard we cruise into the far western reaches of the South Pacific Ocean, to far-flung islands, where village life remains little-changed and untouched by the outside world.

Where remnants of volcanoes rise from the ocean in the Bismark Archipelago and palm-swathed islands lassoed by dazzling beaches of the Louisiade Archipelago are strung across the Solomon Sea.

At Ataliklikun Bay watch the mesmerising Fire Dance of the Baining people at an evening performance. Witness the traditional canoe building culture of remote Laughlan Atoll which has little connection with the outside world and enjoy the biological wonder of Woodlark Island, home to over 40 rare and endemic species.

Where the tranquillity of Jacquinot Bay was once disturbed by WWII Allied operations but today’s tranquillity resounds of tumbling waterfalls and a birdsong cacophony that envelopes the Sivoli River as it flows from deep in the jungle.

At Mioko Island with its unusual rock formations, beach-comb on pristine beaches, admire a well-tended church and learn about village life where yams are not only a food staple but identify a family’s status and prosperity.

Day 1: Depart Kavieng the Capital of Papua New Guinea

Guests taking the charter flight from Cairns to Kavieng will enjoy a guided tour of the small city of Kavieng with its picturesque natural harbour, culturally-rich outlying villages and WWII history. Board the cruise ship at Kavieng at 4:00pm for a 6:00pm departure. Settle into your cabin and relax as we set sail westwards towards New Hanover Sea. Join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

DAY 2 – 12:

These are expedition itineraries covering remote regions. Your Captain and Expedition Team may make changes to the daily schedule when necessary to maximise guest experience. Below are the highlight destinations of your voyage.

Ataliklikun Bay

In true expedition style, this cruise ship expedition will be the first cruise ship the local village here has ever hosted! Take a nature walk and a tour of a local plantation to see copra production. In the evening witness the famous Baining Fire Dance.

Duke of York Islands

Little-visited by humans with tranquil waterways reflecting mountainous landscapes, the Duke of York Islands have a robust bird population, with many species endemic to New Britain, making it popular with bird watchers.


Rabaul was the main stronghold of the Japanese during the war with 110,000 Japanese troops based there by 1943. The Japanese army dug many miles of tunnels as shelters from Allied air attacks and built army barracks and support structure. Rabaul is perched on the edge of a magnificent natural harbour ringed by six cone-shaped volcanoes. Rabaul used to be the provincial capital and most important town in the province before it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1994, after which time the capital was moved to Kokopo. We will have the opportunity for a tour of Rabaul ghost town and Kokopo – including the War Museum.

Jacquinot Bay

Explore the large bay on the eastern Coast of New Britain island. See the waterfalls and take a cruise of the Sivoli River, known for its crystal clear water.

Kuiawa (Manuwata) Islands – Trobriand Islands

Historically known as the ‘Islands of Love’, the Trobriand Islands offer a glimpse of traditional cultures largely unspoiled by outside influence. Be greeted at the small island of Kuiawa with an enthusiastic Trobriand’s welcome.

Woodlark (Muyua) Island

“Woodlark Island is a biological jewel—home to at least 42 species that occur nowhere else on Earth,” said William Laurance, a professor at James Cook University in Australia.  Woodlark, also known as Muyua, has never been linked to the mainland. Like on other islands necklacing New Guinea and isolated in the rough waters of the Pacific ring of fire, Woodlark’s flora and fauna have been left to explore the farthest branch tips of the tree of life.

The forty-plus endemic species are found on an island just a little larger than New York City, and include the Woodlark cuscus (Phalanger lullulae), an extravagantly-coloured tree-dwelling marsupial that’s listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Rich in resources, including gold, the island is threatened by plans for commercial logging and mining. Over the past decade, Woodlark Islanders have defended their forests from resource exploitation from outsiders.

Laughlan Islands – Bodaluna (Budi Budi) Island

In this remote part of Papua New Guinea in the low-lying Laughlan Islands, men continue to build dugout canoes from timber much as their forefathers have done for generations.

Louisiade Archipelago East & West

The Louisiade Archipelago rainforests are home to a number of endemic species of frogs, lizards and birds. Deboyne Lagoon is a must-see for history buffs. Acting as a Japanese seaplane base for five days during WWII, one can find a nearly intact ‘Zero’ fighter plane in the shallow waters of Deboyne Lagoon. This is also an excellent place to snorkel, dive or kayak and the locals who greet you at the beach are friendly and welcoming. The Calvados Islands, a chain of atolls in the archipelago, is described as ‘Jurassic Like’ due to their steep limestone karsts. Panasia Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Papua New Guinea.

Twin Towers Reef & Dobu / Fergusson Islands

Join our Expedition Staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs on Fergusson Island, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs located at the base of an extinct volcano. Locals still use the hot springs to cook food in palm frond baskets. 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 and snorkel the bubbling Springs Reef.

Samarai / Ebuma Island

Located off the south-eastern tip of New Guinea in the China Strait, Ebuma Island is historically significant as the site of a trading port and stop-over between Australia and East Asia. Explore the colonial settlement of Samarai, with a chance to purchase pearls from a local pearl farmer. There is an opportunity for a final snorkel at nearby Ebuma Island.

Day 12: Arrive Cairns

Our voyage ends in Cairns where we disembark the cruise ship at 9:00 am and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew.

Post cruise transfer to Cairns CBD hotels or the airport is included.

A new cruise ship arrives, for new destinations - in 2021

We are proud to announce the build of our fourth expedition ship that will remain true to our nature of authentic expedition style cruises. When designing our next generation of ships, we stubbornly resist the trend to go large and glitzy so we can remain small enough to explore untouched places, focusing on bringing small numbers of like-minded guests closer to nature and cultures with personal attention and professional Australian service.

The 120-passenger ship will feature the same state-of-the-art specifications and expedition features, however due to popular demand, we have an increased number of 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs.


  • Two trademark Xplorer tenders seat all passengers for shore excursions
  • Six zodiacs for more intrepid exploration
  • Lecture lounge with multimedia for daily expedition briefings and presentations
  • Small on-board Library
  • Shallow draft and advanced navigation and propulsion systems
  • Navigator lounge in the bridge giving a vantage point of ship operations
  • Over 1000 sq m of open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views
  • Engine room tours and high level of crew interaction with guests
  • Communal ‘wine table’
  • Galley viewing window
  • Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the Vista Deck
  • Curated wine cellar featuring boutique wines and exceptional vintage Australian reds.


  • All outside-facing guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; majority have private balcony
  • Active stabilisers
  • Internationally compatible power outlets
  • Gym
  • Passenger elevator
  • Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

Cruise Ship Cabin Options


There will be 6 spacious and elegant suites featured on the cruise ship.  They will be equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. They have a spacious super King-sized bed. A 3.5 square metre private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two.  The unique outside-facing bathroom with floor to ceiling windows will be the feature of the suites, with an infinity bathtub with sky views.  A complimentary minibar is replenished daily.

Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are 37.5 square metres.


Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles.  A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included.  A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage.  Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas.  These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck.

Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms are 21.4 square metres


Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles.  A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included.  A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage.  A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.

Promenade Deck Staterooms are 17 square metres


Coral Deck Staterooms are located below the Promenade Deck and are identically furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles.  A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included.  A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage.  A porthole window gives you views of the world outside.

Coral Deck Staterooms are 17 square metres

Optional Charter flight: From Cairns to Madang. from $850 per person. Limited seats available, confirm your seat with our reservations team.

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Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Embark: Board at 4:30 pm at Kavieng for a 6 pm departure, on 12 September 2021
  • Disembark: Arrive at 9:00 am at Cairns, on 24 September 2021
Departure Instructions

Optional Charter flight: From Cairns to Madang. $850 per person. Limited seats available, book early with our reservations team.

  • Cairns
  • Kavieng
  • Ataliklikun Bay
  • Duke of York Islands
  • Rabaul
  • Jacquinot Bay
  • Kuiawa (Manuwata) Islands – Trobriand Islands
  • Woodlark (Muyua) Island
  • Laughlan Islands – Bodaluna (Budi Budi) Island
  • Louisiade Archipelago East & West
  • Twin Towers Reef & Dobu / Fergusson Islands
  • Samarai / Ebuma Island
Months of Operation


Days of Operation


Cruise departs from Kavieng - Optional Charter flight from Cairns to Kavieng Papua New Guinea
Charter Flight from Cairns to Kavieng – extra cost
Departing Kavieng 12 September 2021
Arriving Cairns 24 September 2021


12 Nights

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Beverages outside meal times
  • Souvenirs
Fitness Level Required



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 after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after 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

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.

  • Swimming costume
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Smart cool casual clothing for the evening
  • No formal attire required onboard

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.

  • Full payment due 30 days prior to travel
  • 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.

Cruise Ship Tour of Papua New Guinea to Cairns | 12 Nights | 12/09/2021

Tour Code: 866

Departing: Cairns

Papua New Guinea to Cairns Cruise 2021



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

Child: au$9,480.00
Family: au$37,920.00

Tour Code: 866



18 yrs & over

12 - 17 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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