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Adventures in Paradise Luxury Adventure Cruise: Cairns to Cairns

11 Days
On request

Escape to the remote paradise of Papua New Guinea to explore fascinating islands and exotic underwater worlds. Cruising aboard the True North, you’ll scuba dive through wrecks from World War II around the Deboyne Islands, visit the Trobiand Islands to learn about the villagers’ exotic customs, and fly in a helicopter over Benua Cave on Bougainville Island.

This 11-day cruise takes you to remote islands within Papua New Guinea aboard the True North.

This trip to Papua New Guinea starts in Alotau, where you’ll board True North, a luxury cruise vessel that carries a maximum of 36 passengers. True North is fully equipped with an upscale bar, lounge, dining room, and observation deck, as well as an onboard helicopter ready to fly you over exotic sights in Papua New Guinea. The vessel is well suited for maximum comfort as you explore these remote islands.

Aboard True North, start your journey by heading to the Deboyne Islands, where you can snorkel through wrecks from World War II and learn about the country’s history. On Panepompom, get a glimpse of local life in PNG by visiting a village, touring a local school, and enjoying the islanders’ warm hospitality. At Rossell Atoll, you’ll visit “Fish City,” a bustling underwater world of mackerel, parrot fish, batfish, trevally, and coral trout. Then visit Sudest Island, where a gold rush occurred in 1889, and tour the wooded mountain range that runs the length of the island.

A highlight of this cruise through Papua New Guinea includes a visit to the Trobiand Islands, where villagers practice one of the most exotic lifestyles on the planet. For instance, yams serve as the local currency in the Trobiands and villagers believe that babies are the result of ancestral spirits entering the bodies of women instead of biological reproduction. You’ll visit a local village to have a rare encounter with this remote civilization.

End your trip in Bougainville, defined by the thick jungle and towering volcanoes that cover its surface. Explore the region around Mount Bagana, an active volcano, and the larger dormant Mount Balbi, sitting 2,685 metres high. Fly in True North’s helicopter over Benua Cave, the largest cavern in the world, and dive beneath the waves to explore war wrecks and see schools of tropical fish. Visit the bustling town of Buka to close out your journey before disembarking and flying back to Cairn


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11 Days
On request

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Day 1

Fly to Kavieng and Embark

Your "welcome aboard" is in the vibrant city of Cairns. One of the crew members will escort you aboard North Star's very own charter aircraft! Now sit back and enjoy the comfortable flight to Kavieng. As soon as you step off the plane you will begin to reshape your impressions of the "land of the unexpected". Perhaps the clean and fresh sea breezes will take you by surprise, or will it be the huge smiles of locals so eager to welcome you to their island paradise! After clearing customs, you will be transferred to the onboard luxury of the True North and, the delights of it's renowned galley! Enjoy a welcome aboard lunch as you cruise to nearby Lissenung Island Resort - join the first of the 'shore parties' and discover 'post card' beaches, palm trees, tranquil villages and a flotilla of canoes. The many islands in this area are a cruise highlight. You will certainly find endless irresistible beaches and amazing coral gardens that are just a 'fin kick' away! And, what a place for diving and snorkelling - Papua New Guinea's reputation as a diving destination could very well be without peer! There will also be lots of hot action in the fishing tenders - do battle with hard fighting table fish such as mackerel, yellow fin tuna and mahi mahi. At day's end, relax with a drink in the alfresco bar before returning to the dining saloon for more culinary delight!

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration11 Nights

True North

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    True North

    The True North is purpose built to sail deep into the very heart of wilderness- we visit areas that larger ships simply cannot access. Our itineraries specifically exclude lengthy periods at sea and feature frequent daily excursions and, an Australian crew that will uniquely chaperone …

    The True North is purpose built to sail deep into the very heart of wilderness- we visit areas that larger ships simply cannot access. Our itineraries specifically exclude lengthy periods at sea and feature frequent daily excursions and, an Australian crew that will uniquely chaperone your holiday experience.


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    • Dining Room
    • Lounge(s)
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Islands around Kavieng

The many islands around Kavieng and New Hanova are a cruise highlight. A morning sing sing will be a memorable event as every man, woman and child turns out in welcome. Off the beach find ships, planes and even submarines wrecked in shallow water and beyond the reef it's time to encounter a marauder of another kind!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Duke of York Islands and Rabaul

This morning you arrive at the Duke of York Islands - 17th century trading ships collected water from here. A Methodist preacher by the name of Reverend George Brown settled here in 1875 and, the beautiful and very enterprising daughter of an American whaling captain started a trading empire here! The grim reminders of a world conflict are here too - the snorkelling expeditions will re-discover Japanese tanks in shallow island waters. The ship's helicopter will provide stunning island views that have been the privilege of few before. Then visit Rabaul - once described as the most beautiful town in the South Pacific! Perched on the edge of a magnificent natural harbour and, surrounded by active volcanoes! In 1994, the town was smothered under a cloud of ash and now lies largely abandoned - courtesy of nearby Matupit! The volcano still belches smoke throughout the day and helicopter flights over the smoldering crater are very spectacular indeed.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Jacqinot Bay

Wake to find the True North off the coast of New Britain and the beautiful Jacqinot Bay area. Dense jungle and mighty rivers will dominate proceedings today as the True North's 'shallow draft' provides unique access! Join the comfortable expedition boats as you explore deeper into the jungle visiting isolated villages that have little contact with the outside world and visit the grotto where fresh water pounds out of a rock face onto a pristine beach. No matter what your desire, the coast of New Britain promises unrivalled adventure! Another star filled night in the silhouette of the jungle, and tonight is party night - things might just get a little 'South Pacific'!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Star Reef and Lusancay Islands

As you gaze out your cabin window this morning you will notice that your overnight passage has delivered you to a very different place. This morning you are anchored in the middle of the Solomon Sea amongst the corals of Star Reef and, the strikingly beautiful Lusancay Islands. What a place!! So today have some fun at the beach. Take a stroll around your very own deserted island (the Lusancays are uninhabited), snorkel in the shallows or drop off the outer-reef for the dive of a lifetime! The fishing is second to none - battle with tuna, mackerel or even a sailfish. If the fisher-persons have held up their end of the bargain then coral trout could be tonight's fare but regardless there are bound to be plenty of adventures to re-live in the ship's bar!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6


Start the day with a refreshing snorkel; catch your breakfast or just stroll along a pristine beach fringed with coconut palms! Then fill your day with swimming, island walks and village life as you cruise the beautiful fiords of Tufi. The ship's helicopter will spoil with exhilarating flights to the Isurava Memorial on the Kokoda Track. Tufi is renowned for SCUBA diving and your guides will be looking forward to a spot of mackerel fishing as the setting sun heralds the end of another day in paradise.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Ferguson Island

Today you visit Ferguson Island. On the morning walk discover jungle that shelters countless varieties of birds including colourful parrots, hornbills, wild fowl and the famed bird of paradise. Many rare species of butterfly are present and Papua New Guinea is also home to over two thirds of the world's orchid species. You may even be lucky enough to see a reclusive tree kangaroo! An excursion to the Hot Springs will top off an amazing day.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Deboyne Island and the Calvados Chain

Deboyne Island was a Japanese seaplane base during World War II - but only for 5 days! The Japanese found that their new base was just a little too close to the allied planes based at Port Moresby and the base was quickly abandoned. The Japanese never returned to the island however several 'Zero' fighter planes were ditched in the area during the Battle of the Coral Sea. One remains virtually intact in the shallow waters of Deboyne Lagoon and this morning the expedition boats will convey snorkelling teams to examine the wreck. Fishing, diving and sightseeing boats will also explore the lagoon and outer reef. A visit to Panepompom Island provides opportunity to experience idyllic archipelago life. The locals will welcome you on the beach, treat with some impromptu singing (and laughing) and then invite all to stroll amongst their huts. The crew will also take the opportunity to deliver appreciated resources to the local school before the expedition boats are away again.

In the afternoon the ship's helicopter will deliver a breathtaking orientation to the Calvados Chain especially distinctive Panasia and Duchateau Island. Here the islands are steep sided and 'Jurassic Like'. Fishing, diving and snorkelling will again be on the agenda or perhaps you would prefer a hike on exotic Panasia!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Nimoa Island and Rossel Island

This morning you wake off Nimoa Island - here the island mission will impress. The five-sided church features murals of island life and all mission buildings are surrounded by well maintained paths and gardens filled with flowering plants. Edged by jungle covered mountains, postcard beaches and crystal clear waters - an island paradise indeed! Then it's time for another cruise highlight - the aptly named "Fish City" is home to large numbers of parrot fish, batfish, trevally, coral trout, tuna, snapper and mackerel! Nearby Rossel Island is a much larger island - nearly 300 square kilometres! It is also very mountainous with Mt Rossel reaching 800 metres - the helicopter will be handy! From an unassailable vantage scenic flyers will encounter lush jungle and, fringing reefs 12 kilometres to the east and 40 kilometres to the west!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Renard Islands

Today you visit the Renard Islands. Kimuta is a very special opportunity to purchase artefacts and here you will also enjoy some of the best snorkelling that Papua New Guinea has to offer! Then the best has been saved till last - wait till you see Ebora! The master will reverse the True North stern to beach in an amazing turquoise lagoon built to size. You will be impressed by the steep sided jungle that surrounds. The nearby dive site is big as well - a vertical wall with the best vis yet!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Disembark and Fly to Cairns

This morning you are alongside in Alotau. Transfer to your charter plane and the return flight to Cairns.

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2023: Nov 18


  • 10 nights' accommodation in air conditioned cabins
  • All meals
  • Non alcoholic beverages
  • Activities includingh fishing, sight-seeing, swimming, on-shore visits etc, fishing gear (rods, reels, handlines)


  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Drinks unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

18 Nov 2023
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