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Frontier Lands of Papua New Guinea

Frontier Lands of Papua New Guinea

From AUD $9,940

Description

Departing from Cairns, including an optional return charter flight from Madang, this voyage is an opportunity to immerse into the wild and rugged scenery of Papua New Guinea that is rarely seen and mostly inaccessible by land.

Papua New Guinea is home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the Amazon. This voyage uncovers little-visited islands, volcanic mountains and pristine rainforest wilderness areas forged by mighty rivers. Sail past spectacular Kadovar Islands, known for its volcanic activity. Venture up the mighty Sepik River to see riverfront village life little changed in hundreds of years. Buy traditional crafts such as masks and carvings at the village market of Bien. Snorkel, swim or dive on vibrant reefs at the Fly Islands and visit the unique Bubbling Springs Reef at Dobu.

Trip Name
Frontier Lands of Papua New Guinea
Days
13
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Length: 93.4 meters Passenger Capacity: 120 (60 staterooms) Built: 2019 Designed and built to be the most modern tropical expedition ship afloat, Coral Adventurer debuted in April 2019. She features comfortable Australian interiors, Xplorer tender mechanism, intimate guest experience, and personalized service. EXPEDITION CAPABILITIES > 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 MARINE IMMERSION > 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 > Barralong Room for hosting scientific research or exhibitions FOOD AND WINE FEATURES > 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. GUEST COMFORT > All outside-facing guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; majority have private balcony > Active stabilisers > Gym > Passenger elevator > Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1: DEPART CAIRNS
Make your own way to Cairns Cruise Liner terminal for boarding at 7:30 am for a 9:00 am departure. Cruise across the Coral Sea and spend the afternoon relaxing as you are welcomed onboard Coral Geographer. Join our expedition staff as they introduce you to the journey and the many experiences you will enjoy. This evening, join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.
Day 2 - DOBU ISLAND & DEI DEI HOT SPRINGS ON FERGUSSON ISLAND
Join our Expedition Team for a walk to Dei Dei hot springs. Hear the mythical and spiritual tales of the Dei Dei Hot Springs, learn about the history of the Kula Ring and the role of Dobu Island in the north and south Kula trade routes. Meet the local primary school children, who will welcome us with a traditional song, and spend some time snorkeling in the Bubbling Springs Reef.
Day 3 - AT SEA
Spend today relaxing onboard, listen and learn from our Guest Lecturer presentations, or enjoy an engine room or bridge tour.
Day 4 - 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.
Day 5 - TUFI FJORD
Today enjoy a true highlight as we discover the scenic beauty of the Tufi Fjords. Featuring 25 individual canyons with sheer basalt cliffs, these are the only fjords in Papua New Guinea and offer a wealth of sightseeing opportunities. Aboard Xplorer, travel to the entrance of one of Tufi’s most scenic fjords where you will be met by local villagers in traditional dress aboard outrigger canoes. Have the opportunity to board one of the outriggers as the locals paddle up the creek under the rainforest canopy. Here, spirits and sorcery remain integral to village life, and we will learn about bush medicines, fire making, mat weaving and traditional tattooing. Deep in the rainforest, have the chance to witness the tribesmen perform a traditional sing song in their ceremonial dress. Later, discover white sand beaches, or snorkel or dive over spectacular fringing reefs.
Day 6 - BUNA & SANANANDA
We land at Buna beach, home to some of the toughest fighting in the WWII Pacific campaign. Enjoy a welcome from the local residents, and then be guided through the jungle to visit the areas where Allied forces clashed with Japanese forces. In Sanananda, see the local monuments and pay tribute to fallen Australian soldiers at the war museum, located at the far end of the Kokoda Track. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the lush gardens surrounding the village.
Day 7 - MOROBE HARBOUR
We arrive at Morobe Harbour early in the morning and cruise in the Xplorer to view the stunning forest from the Mou River. We receive a warm Oro Province welcome and enjoy exploring the village with local guides. At high tide, we may be able to cruise further into a picturesque hidden bay.
Day 8 - KAMIALI (LABABIA VILLAGE) & FLY ISLANDS
In the morning, during a relaxing visit to the village, we are entertained with singing and dancing performances and join a local guide around the village. Board an outrigger canoe to explore further up the river with a guide and experience snorkelling and diving at the Biangatu Island reef in the Fly Islands.
Day 9 - DREGERHAFEN
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 artefacts in this area. After lunch, enjoy snorkelling, diving, and kayaking in the blue waters of the lagoon.
Day 10 - SEPIK MOUTH, BIEN VILLAGE & KADOVAR VOLCANO
As we arrive at the mouth of the famed Sepik River we are greeted with stunning views of the landscape and this mammoth river which cuts a swathe through lush forest. Our first stop on the Sepik River is at the village of Bien, where local villagers greet us on their canoes and follow with dance performances. There is an opportunity to purchase highly sought-after hand-crafted artefacts, masks and carvings at the Sepik market.
Day 11 - DAY 13: MADANG
Arrive in Madang to disembark Coral Geographer at 8:00am. Enjoy an included tour of Madang with a member of our expedition team until midday.
Day 12 - Please Note:
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. Visiting these remote communities is subject to approval of the local landowners. Below are the highlight destinations of your voyage.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
17-12-202329-12-2023AUD $9,940CORAL DECK STATEROOM
17-12-202329-12-2023AUD $11,940PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM
17-12-202329-12-2023AUD $14,910CORAL DECK STATEROOM SOLE
17-12-202329-12-2023AUD $15,940EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
17-12-202329-12-2023AUD $17,390BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
17-12-202329-12-2023AUD $17,910PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM SOLE
17-12-202329-12-2023AUD $22,390BRIDGE DECK BALCONY SUITE
17-12-202329-12-2023AUD $23,910EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM SOLE
29-12-202310-01-2024AUD $14,910CORAL DECK STATEROOM SOLE
29-12-202310-01-2024AUD $15,940EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
29-12-202310-01-2024AUD $17,390BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
29-12-202310-01-2024AUD $17,910PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM SOLE
29-12-202310-01-2024AUD $22,390BRIDGE DECK BALCONY SUITE
29-12-202310-01-2024AUD $23,910EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM SOLE
29-12-202310-01-2024AUD $9,940CORAL DECK STATEROOM
29-12-202310-01-2024AUD $11,940PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM

Inclusions

    • Enjoy spectacular views while passing Kadovar whose volcano is known to erupt stunning pyroclastic clouds for our guests while we admire from the vista deck with sunset drinks in hand
    • Ride on hand-carved outrigger canoes paddled by locals guides adorned in ceremonial costumes to Maclaren Harbour
    • Enjoy the tropical warm waters with activities such as kayaking through the rainforest-clad fjords, and snorkelling or diving on vibrant reefs including at the Fly Islands, Tufi and the unique Bubbling Springs Reef at Dobu
    • Throughout the voyage, enjoy high-spirited cultural welcomes, dances and sing sings as we are invited into rarely visited villages to share stories with the locals
    • Visit WWII battle sites at Buna and Sanananda
    • Learn of the mythical and spiritual tales of Dei Dei Hot Springs, and witness the boiling geyser erupt
    • Cruise the mighty Sepik River to Bien village, home to some of Papua New Guinea’s most skilled woodcarvers and renowned artefact markets
    • Discover how the Trobriand Islands became known as the ‘Islands of Love’

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