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Papua New Guinea Adventure Cruise - Cairns to Wewak

13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,751

The mysterious lands of Papua New Guinea boast more than 600 islands and over 850 indigenous languages. Home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside the Amazon, guests will discover magnificent scenery ranging from pristine coral atolls to volcanic mountains, dense tropical rainforest and mighty rivers.

This 13-day cruise from Cairns to Darwin takes you to explore Australia’s little visited northern neighbour in detail. Visit the various islands and communities of Papua New Guinea, from the famous tribes of the Sepik River region to little known corners of the South Pacific’s last frontier destination.

Board the Coral Adventurer in Cairns and spend a day at sea en route to Samarai Island. Presentations and briefings are held onboard to put some of your upcoming discoveries into context. Samarai itself was the colonial capital of PNG until 1968, and shares its own historic perspective as you explore. Go on to Dobu and Fergusson Islands, visiting Dei Dei Hot Springs with a local guide, and Kula Ring, where local children welcome you with a traditional dance.

The unspoiled Trobriand Islands are known as the ‘Islands of Love.’ You’ll witness a traditional dance and have the chance to visit local markets before going on to Maclaren Harbour. Paddle in traditional canoes with local guides to their village, enjoying incredible views of Tufi Fjord, with a chance to swim and snorkel. Your next destination is Buna, home to one of WW2’s most infamous battles. A visit to the War Museum at Sanananda completes the experience, as it uniquely honours soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Next, enjoy the snorkeling the colourful reefs of Fly Island, dive if you’re qualified (an introductory SCUBA lesson is included onboard), or stay dry in a glass bottomed boat. Visit the village of Lababia, with the option to paddle on local outriggers.

Enjoy more village visits with local welcomes in Dregerhafen. Take a walk through the village with locals, enjoy more aquatic activities along the local reefs, and round out the day with a barbecue on deck. Your next destination, Tuam, is one of the more remote islands you’ll visit, though it boasts two of PNG’s most well regarded dance groups, who’ll treat you to a performance before your guided walk. Your next port is Madang, a favourite of many visitors to PNG thanks to its waterfront setting and history.

The Sepik River region is one of PNG’s crown jewels, with one of the most colourful local welcomes you’ll receive anywhere in the world. Westerners have only been in contact with this part of the world since 1885. The final stretch of the journey takes you to Wewak, where you will disembark.


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13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,751

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Day 1

Depart Cairns

Board Coral Adventurer at 7:30am for an 9:00am departure. Leave Cairns behind as we begin our voyage towards Papua New Guinea. Take the opportunity to explore your new home and meet your fellow passengers. Enjoy the Captain's welcome drinks at sunset before sitting down to the first of many delicious dinners.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration12 Nights

Coral Adventurer

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  • Coral Adventurer

    Built to take you closer to unspoiled vistas in comfort, style and safety. A culmination of two years of design and three decades of passion for expedition cruising.

    Built to take you closer to unspoiled vistas in comfort, style and safety. A culmination of two years of design and three decades of passion for expedition cruising.


    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Gym
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • WiFi

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Day 2

At Sea

The Coral Sea: spend the day at leisure as you get to know your travelling companions or join our Expedition Leader and Guest Lecturer in the Lounge for presentations and briefings on Papua New Guinea, ahead of our arrival into Alotau.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3


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 photo opportunities.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Dobu and Fergusson Islands

Join our Expedition Staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs. 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. Snorkel the bubbling Springs Reef.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Trobriand Islands

Historically known as the 'Islands of Love', the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional culture largely unspoiled by outside influence. In the morning visit the island of Kuiawa to witness a traditional Trobriand dance performed by the colourfully costumed locals. Visit the local market and enjoy a swim off the adjacent island beach.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Maclaren Harbour and Tufi Fjords

Local guides will paddles us on traditional canoes at Maclaren Harbour to their village in the rainforest. Be welcomed with dances, demonstrations and traditional crafts. Discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited Maclaren Harbour. Over lunch soak up spectacular views as we cruise close to the towering cliffs before entering Tufi Fjord. Enjoy a leisurely swim and snorkel over colourful fringing reefs or visit the nearby resort for a relaxing time.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Buna and Sanananda

The Battle of Buna saw some of the fiercest fighting between American, Australian and Japanese forces during the final stages of WW2. We walk through the jungle with the local villagers and discover the fascinating history. After lunch we visit beautiful Sanananda to visit the War Museum, which the villagers have built to honour both sides. You have the opportunity to meet the local village people and enjoy their lovely gardens.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Fly Islands and Lababia

Awaken early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island, which has very colourful coral reefs. Enjoy snorkelling, diving or glass bottom boat tours. We visit the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in PNG, and enjoy welcome ceremonies and local dances. You may also paddle on local outriggers and enjoy a village walk and market.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9


Today we visit Dregerhafen in the Finschhafen district of Morobe, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. Visit the village of Gingala for a high spirited PNG welcome. The markets will be open and there will be a chance to walk through the village with the locals. After lunch enjoy snorkelling, diving, glass bottom boat tours and kayaking in the waters of the lagoon. Finish the day with drinks on the sundeck and our famous BBQ.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10


Enjoy a presentation from our guest lecturer as we steam towards the remote island of Tuam in the Siassi group. Tuam features two well- known and successful dance groups who will perform as we wander through the village. Along the way peruse the market stalls. Enjoy a guided walk with the locals and finish the day with water activities in the crystal clear water.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Historic Madang

Explore Madang, which sits on the peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for it’s waterfront setting and colonial history. Discover the surrounding area on our Madang tour and after lunch visit the markets where there is the opportunity to purchase a large selection of artefacts from the region.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Sepik River to Bien Village, Volcanic Manam Island

At first light the Coral Discoverer enters into the mighty Sepik River. Our destination is the remote village of Bien where the locals are famous for their arts and crafts. A true Sepik welcome awaits us as we step ashore! Take the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings the Sepik region is known for. As we depart from the great Sepik River, sail past the active volcano at Manam Island as we enjoy the Captains Farewell drinks.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13


Early this morning we arrive into the port town of Wewak, where we farewell our new found friends.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Other Information


2019: Nov 25


  • 12 nights' on board accommodation in selected cabin
  • Services of expedition staff including lectures
  • Briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities
  • Group transfers during the cruise
  • All meals
  • 24 hour tea/coffee station, post-mix soft drinks
  • Introductory SCUBA diving skills session
  • Landing fees


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Relevant fuel surcharges
  • Personal items such as internet, telephone, facsimile charges, laundry or bar charges
  • Optional SCUBA dive programs
  • Charter flights


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.

2 Oct 2020
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