Departing on a charter flight in the morning from Cairns you arrive in the ancient mysterious country of Papua New Guinea to meet our small luxury cruise ships to begin a 12 day adventure of exploration, colour and excitement in a land that has the largest tract of rainforest outside the Amazon.
Our 2 unique Cairns to Papua New Guinea, Madang to Cairns boat cruises begin with a charter flight departure from Cairns (additional expense) in November 2019.
Cruise departure dates:-
12 November 2019 - 24th November 2019
Our bespoke cruising itinerary was specifically created for discerning guests who are interested in exploring the more remote, mysterious places that are not often seen by other tour groups or the bigger commercial cruise ship companies.
On our private charter cruises we will be exploring distant villages in the jungle, seeing an array of brilliant exotic wildlife, handmade artworks and the smiles of the gorgeous local villagers who make our small cruise ship guests welcome.
These fascinating people have managed to maintain their traditional way of life for generations in these remote jungles despite the encroachment of modernisation.
Papua New Guinea is the land of the unexpected, a place of stark contrasts, wild rugged scenery and mysterious stories. The countries rainforests are home to over 3,000 varieties of unusual orchards, 700 species of brilliantly coloured birds, butterflies and other unique animals.
Scuba dive and snorkel on remote coral reefs that are so bright and colourful and alive with a myriad of marine life that will have your underwater camera constantly snapping to try and catch everything you see.
Book your cabin space now and discover one of the world’s last true frontiers on our 12 night small cruise ship expedition from Cairns to Papua New Guinea and returning to the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns.
2019: Charter Flight from Cairns (additional extra): 11am. Embark: Madang at 3pm. Disembark: Cairns at 8am
Guests join our 11am charter flight from Cairns to Madang to embark our small luxury cruise ships at 3.00pm. Guests can spend the afternoon settling into their cabin accommodation and meeting other passengers on the cruise.
Later on the boats expedition crew will talk about the next 12 nights of adventure and the many experiences you will enjoy as well as answer all of your questions.
Our cruise ship will arrive at the Sepik at first light, and an early morning rise will reward you with stunning views. Our first stop will be at the village of Bien, where the locals will greet you in dugout canoes and entertain you with dancing performances.
The Sepik market, famous for its masks and carvings, will be also provide you with the opportunity for souvenir shopping.
The Manam volcano, known locally as Manam Motu, is one of Papua New Guinea’s most active volcanoes.
As the ship sits close to the leeward side of the island, enjoy a drink while the sun sets.
You may see smoke rising from the volcano. A visit to Bagabag Island offers the chance to snorkel, dive, or visit Bagabag 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 artifacts in this area. Enjoy more traditional dancing at Tuam Island, as well as snorkeling off the beach.
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 an outrigger to explore up the local river, and experience snorkelling or diving at the Biangatu Island reef in the Fly Islands.
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.
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.
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.
Historically known as the ‘islands of love’, the Trobiands offer a glimpse of traditional cultures largely unspoiled by outside influence.
Be greeted at the small island Kuiawa with a Trobiand welcome.
The island of Kitava is famous for its yam houses. Visit local markets or enjoy water activities.
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
Wake up to the scenery of the China Strait as we approach Alotau.
Our experienced guest lecturers will interpret the traditional welcome dances prior to leading us on a tour of historic Alotau and a cruise of Milne Bay.
Cruise across the Great Barrier Reef over 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.
Disembark in Cairns at 8am
For more Cruises on the Great Barrier Reef see here
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.