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Papua New Guinea
Reach into the heart and soul of Papua New Guinea on this small ship cruise, and see your expectations of this magical place and its people soar. Its secret forests nurture over 3,000 kinds of orchids, and the world’s largest butterfly and moth inhabit its rainforests. The ancient tribal culture lives on vibrantly in the minds of the villages and townsfolk. Surrounding waters support unparalleled bio-diversity, and its reefs are the choice of specialty divers from around the globe.

Papua New Guinea is a place of rich cultural diversity. There is no such thing as a typical Papua New Guinean; as more than 1000 cultures, each with different traditions, are now recognized. This is the land of the unexpected, a place of stark contrasts where fearsome frowns magically become welcoming smiles and village children your lifelong friends!

Sail along the east coast of Papua New Guinea, north from Alotau east to Rabaul. Or join Oceanic Discoverer in Cairns, Australia, two days earlier for the trip extension and cruise the Coral Sea, China Strait and Milne Bay before arriving in Alotau. Both 11- and 13-day itineraries are available in reverse.
read more Reach into the heart and soul of Papua New Guinea on this small ship cruise, and see your expectations of this magical place and its people soar. Its secret forests nurture over 3,000 kinds of orchids, and the world’s largest butterfly and moth inhabit its rainforests. The ancient tribal culture lives on vibrantly in the minds of the villages and townsfolk. Surrounding waters support unparalleled bio-diversity, and its reefs are the choice of specialty divers from around the globe.

Papua New Guinea is a place of rich cultural diversity. There is no such thing as a typical Papua New Guinean; as more than 1000 cultures, each with different traditions, are now recognized. This is the land of the unexpected, a place of stark contrasts where fearsome frowns magically become welcoming smiles and village children your lifelong friends!

Sail along the east coast of Papua New Guinea, north from Alotau east to Rabaul. Or join Oceanic Discoverer in Cairns, Australia, two days earlier for the trip extension and cruise the Coral Sea, China Strait and Milne Bay before arriving in Alotau. Both 11- and 13-day itineraries are available in reverse.
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Day 1 - Alotau

Day 2 - Trobriands and Kitava

Day 3 - Dobu and Fergusson Islands

Day 4 - Tufi Fords

Day 5 - Lababia – Wildlife Management Area

Day 6 - The Idyllic Islands of Tuam and Tami

Day 7 - Historic Madang

Day 8 - Sepik River and Volcanic Manam Island

Day 9 - Crown Island

Day 10 - Witu Islands and Kimbe Bay

Day 11 - Rabaul, Departure


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Day 1 - Alotau

Boarding commences at 2:00pm for a 3:00pm departure. Time to settle in and explore Oceanic Discoverer before joining the Captain and his crew at the Captain's Welcome Cocktails.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Trobriands and Kitava

Historically known as the 'Islands of Love' the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional culture largely unspoiled by outside influence. Witness traditional Trobriand dances.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Dobu and Fergusson Islands

We are greeted by a flotilla of canoes as we approach the Dobu anchorage. Our Guest Lecturer will share with you the history of the Kula Ring where Dobu Island was a pivotal link between the north and south Kula trade routes. The local primary school children welcome us with a traditional dance performance. After lunch join our Expedition Leader on an excursion to the Dei Dei Hot Springs where the landowner shares the mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Tufi Fords

Today we discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited Tufi Fjords. Similar to Nordic fjords and featuring 25 individual canyons with sheer basalt cliffs, these are the only fjords in Papua New Guinea and offer a wealth of sightseeing opportunities. Soak up the spectacular views as we cruise close to the towering cliffs before boarding Xplorer to travel ashore to meet the friendly locals. Then, enjoy a leisurely swim and snorkel over colourful fringing reefs.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Lababia – Wildlife Management Area

We awaken early and travel ashore to the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in PNG – the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area. In the company of our Guest Lecturers and local guides, walk the David Suzuki Trail through the prehistoric rainforest. With luck, we many see some of the prolific native birdlife including hornbills, parrots, palm cockatoos and the iconic Raggiana Bird of Paradise.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - The Idyllic Islands of Tuam and Tami

In the morning we visit the Tami Islands, which are known for their distinctive carvings and ceremonial masks. The afternoon brings us to Tuam, offering a mix of both mainland and Bismark Archipelago cultures. Their prized trinkets and decorations include dog’s teeth, spondyllus shells and wonderful balsa wood and sago bark headdresses. We enjoy the welcome dances and village hospitality.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Historic Madang

Madang sits on a peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for its diving, with excellent visibility and many World War II wrecks to explore. Discover the town, including the markets where there is the opportunity to purchase a large selection of artefacts from the Sepik region. Enjoy diving, snorkelling, swimming and a harbour exploration.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Sepik River and Volcanic Manam Island

Sure to be a highlight, this morning we enter the mouth of the mighty Sepik River – one of the world’s great river systems. Only aboard Oceanic Discoverer will you cruise well up into the middle Sepik region, renowned for its unique artefacts. Visit the remote village of Bien where the locals are amongst the greatest primitive artists on earth. Enjoy the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings. On farewelling the great Sepik we pass the active volcano on Manam Island and enjoy the sunset.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Crown Island

Join our Expedition Leader and Guest Lecturers aboard Xplorer and head ashore on this uninhabited island. Known as a turtle nesting ground and home of the giant lizard we explore the beaches of this seldom visited island. Spend time relaxing or snorkelling in the beautiful clear waters.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Witu Islands and Kimbe Bay

With the support of local guides, our Expedition Leader will lead us on an exploration of the region. Kimbe Bay has one of the world’s richest and most diverse coral reef systems, home to over 860 different species of tropical fish and in excess of 400 different varieties of coral. Here we experience genuine island friendliness and hospitality. This evening, join your new-found friends and our staff at the Captain’s Farewell Cocktails.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Rabaul, Departure

We enter magnificent Simpson Harbour early in the morning, passing the striking islands known as the ‘Beehives’. Our arrival in Rabaul at 8:00am marks the end of our voyage of exploration and adventure. If time permits you may wish to explore the ‘ghost town’ of old Rabaul that lies under volcanic ash deposited when Mt Tuvurvur erupted in 1994.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

Papua New Guinea cruises are also available in the following alternative itineraries: 12 Nights/13 Days Cairnes to Rabaul (or reverse) Day 1: Depart Cairns Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Alotau Day 4: Trobriands and Kitava Day 5: Dobu and Fergusson Islands Day 6: Tufi Fjords Day 7: Lababia – Wildlife Management Area Day 9: Historic Madang Day 10: Sepik River and Volcanic Manam Island Day 11: Crown Island Day 12: Witu Islands and Kimbe Bay Day 13: Rabaul 12 Nights/13 Days Cairns to Wewak Day 1: Cairns Day 2: Osprey Reef Day 3: At Sea Day 4: Alotau Day 5: Trobriands and Kitava Day 6: Dobu and Fergusson Islands Day 7: Tufi Fjords Day 8: Lababia – Wildlife Management Area Day 9: The Idyllic Island of Tuam Day 10: Historic Madang Day 11: The Mighty Sepik River Day 12: Sepik River and Volcanic Manam Island Day 13: Wewak

Itinerary Notes

This itinerary is an indication of the reef, islands and coastal areas we visit. While every effort will be made to follow this itinerary we do reserve the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather and tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Arrival & Departure

The Papua New Guinea 11 day cruise begins in and ends in either Alotau or Rabaul. Embarkation time is 2:00pm on day of departure. If going on the pre-trip extension, embarkation is in Cairns at 12:00 noon. Disembarkation is after breakfast on final day at 8:00am. Please schedule flights accordingly. Group airfares from selected Australian cities are available. Relax in the knowledge that you will be met by a Coral Princess Cruises staff member. Inquire for details.

Internal Flights

Select cruises have a chartered jet aircraft to operate air srvices for Papua New Guinea. The charter flight will be a direct service between PNG and Cairns, Australia or vice versa. All guests are advised to join these flights as it avoids the necessity to transfer via, and possibily overnight, in Port Moresby. The cost of this charter flight is not included in the listed cruise prices. The price is available on application.
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1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Nov 08 - Nov 20, 2014Oceanic Discoverer$9390 - $10890View Details
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Alternative Itinerary

  13 Day Cairns to Rabaul

Main Deck B - $9390

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A - $9690

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade B - $10090

Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, two Promenade Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 160 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Promenade A - $10390

Encircled by a full-ship promenade, 20 spacious Promenade Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck - $10890

Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, 5 spacious Bridge Deck staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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2       Nov 10 - Nov 22, 2014Oceanic Discoverer$8990 - $10490View Details

Main Deck B - $8990

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A - $9290

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade B - $9690

Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, two Promenade Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 160 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Promenade A - $9990

Encircled by a full-ship promenade, 20 spacious Promenade Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck - $10490

Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, 5 spacious Bridge Deck staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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3  Alternate Itinerary Available  Nov 20 - Dec 02, 2014Oceanic Discoverer$8990 - $10490View Details
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Reverse

  Reverse itinerary begins in Rabaul and ends in Alotau.

Main Deck B - $8990

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A - $9290

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
Book This Cabin

Promenade B - $9690

Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, two Promenade Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 160 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Promenade A - $9990

Encircled by a full-ship promenade, 20 spacious Promenade Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
Book This Cabin
Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck - $10490

Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, 5 spacious Bridge Deck staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Included

Included in your cruise fare are accommodations as booked, cruise transportation, all meals onboard, 24-hour room service, entertainment and educational programs, use of all of our onboard facilities, including our comprehensive range of library and video resources, use of snorkeling equipment such as masks, fins, flotation vests and wetsuits plus a free scuba skills lesson.

Exclusions

Fares do not include items of a personal nature, including but not limited to: travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, hair dressing and massage treatments, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges, plus a Government Environmental Management charge of $16.50 per person - payable on board.

Families & Children

Minimum age 8 years old; however we do not recommend children under 12 years of age participate given the nature of these programs.

Payment & Cancellation

To secure your reservation a deposit of 10% of the fare is due within 7 days of placing your booking. Final Payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy:Notification of cancellation must be received in writing. At the time we receive your cancellation the following penalties will apply:
Up to 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit of 10% of the fare.
30 to 59 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the fare.
1 to 29 days prior to departure - forfeit 100% of the fare.
A $200.00 per person fee may be charged by Coral Princess Cruises for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed.

Prices for the Papua New Guinea Cruise aboard the Oceanic Discoverer are in Australian Dollars. For today's exchange rate visit USD to AUD. We will accept payment in U.S. Dollars based on the exchange rate the day you make your payment.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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