Embark on an exceptional expedition throughout Papua New Guinea and experience the region’s colourful and vivid cultures and natural wonders.
Sailing on board Le Lapérouse, you will depart from Cairns and cross the Coral Sea before reaching the shores of the Alotau in the Milne Bay Province, filled with WWII history as well as fascinating stories of pearlers, missionaries and miners; in the Oro Province, sail through the spectacular Tufi fiords and experience a warm welcome by villagers with breathtaking traditional dances and artecrafts, before swimming and snorkelling in the nearby crystal clear lagoons.
More crystal clear waters and spectacular coral reefs await you in the Tami Islands in the Marobe Province, as well as the local villagers keen to share their village life and perform traditional dances. Continuing on the Madang Province, you’ll learn about the 170 different languages and the numerous regional cultural groups who will perfom at the Madang Festival.
Next on your itinerary, land on Karkar Island alongside your Expedition Team and explore this active stratovolcano, making the islands the most fertile place in the country and home to the most productive copra plantations in the world. You will learn about the local women’s renowned traditional bilum eaving skills, an island tradition that is passed on through generations and allows young women to pass into adulthood. The lush forests and pristine foreshore of Morobe Harbour will be next with more cultural encounters with local populations, before arriving to the Lusancay Islands for breathtaking coral reefs and idyllic beaches ideal for relaxation.
Last stop on your tropical expedition, the Samarai Islands, listed as a National Historical Heritage Island and a former thriving boat building industry.
Your expedition will end back in Cairns where Le Lapérouse will be positioned alongside Trinity Wharf.