New Guinea Circle (Cairns to Wewak)

New Guinea Circle (Cairns to Wewak)

From AUD $11,290


Discover Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s last great frontiers. Experience magical and rarely visited islands aboard our flagship, Coral Discoverer and enjoy a voyage rich in culture, history and natural beauty. This is the land of the unexpected, a place of stark contrasts where fearsome frowns quickly become welcoming smiles.

Please Note: 25 November 2019 Departure is 13 days long, 20 October 2019 Departure is 11 days long.

Trip Name
New Guinea Circle (Cairns to Wewak)
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Length: 93.4 meters Passenger Capacity: 120 (60 staterooms) Built: 2017 Our brand new ship is built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. A culmination of two years of design and three decades of passion for expedition cruising – Coral Expeditions is proud to invite you to experience the Coral Adventurer. BIGGER IS NOT BETTER At a time when cruise ships get larger and glitzier, we remain stubbornly compact and intimate. Our ships are designed to take you to unspoilt destinations not accessible to large ships.  We want you to have the luxury of space, dine with whom you please, or find your quiet corner on deck.  So we have limited the Coral Adventurer to 60 spacious cabins.  This preserves the intimate atmosphere we are known for without sacrificing the stability and comfort of a true ocean going vessel. BUILT FOR DISCOVERY The Coral Adventurer features our trademark dual ‘Xplorer’ tenders cradled on a hydraulic platform slung off the back of the ship, enabling our guests to go ashore in comfort and ease.  The shallow draft of the ship enables us to go closer to shore than larger ships. Together with our renowned expedition team, our new ship will offer the most advanced expedition capabilities of any small ship afloat. BUILT FOR COMFORT With active stabilisers dampening sea motion, mostly balcony cabins, and interiors designed with the colours and textures of tropical Queensland, the Coral Adventurer is a comfortable ship.  She features promenade decks, generous communal areas that accommodate all guests, a passenger elevator, and an open kitchen where you can observe our chefs whip up small batch cuisine from locally sourced ingredients. BUILT FOR PERSONAL SERVICE The Coral Adventurer will continue our proud tradition of Australian flagged vessels with friendly and professional Australian crew.  Our onboard atmosphere remains refreshingly informal and intimate.  Take your seat at our bridge lounge, chat with the captain at your leisure or accompany our chefs on a market tour. Food and wine features * Single seating dining area with communal ‘wine table’ finished with Australian stone; serving buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners * Showcase galley visible to guests for fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian produce * Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks with 180 degree views * Curated wine cellar featuring modestly priced boutique wines for daily drinking and exceptional vintage Australian reds. Guest comfort * All outside guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; majority have private balcony * Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion * Gym equipped with elliptical trainers and treadmills * Passenger elevator * Wi-Fi available in all guest areas


Day 1 - Day 1: Cairns
Board Coral Discoverer at 10:00am for an 11:00am 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 view at this evenings sunset drinks before sitting down to the first of many delicious dinners
Day 2 - Day 2: At Sea
Pass through the Great Barrier Reef, continue northeast along the stunning North Queensland coastline> spend the day at leisure as you get to know your travelling companions > join our Expedition Leader and knowledgeable Guest Lecturers in the Lounge for presentations and briefings on Papua New Guinea, ahead of our arrival into Samarai/Alotau
Day 3 - Day 3: Samarai/Alotau
Wake up to the scenery of the China Strait as we approach our first Papua New Guinea landfall – Samarai / Alotau > our experienced Guest Lecturers will interpret the traditional welcome dances prior to leading us on a tour of historic Alotau, the ‘Bay of Views’ > cruise Milne Bay and learn of the World War II military history of this region before the Captain’s welcome aboard drinks
Day 4 - Day 4: Dobu and Fergusson Islands
Join our Expedition Staff on a walk to the 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 where Dobu Island was a pivotal link between the north and south Kula trade routes > meet the local primary school children, who will welcome us with a traditional dance performance > snorkel the bubbling springs reef
Day 5 - Day 5: Trobriand Islands and Kuiawa
Historically known as the ‘Islands of Love’, the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional culture largely unspoiled by outside influence > on the island of Kuiawa witness traditional Trobriand dance performed by the colourfully costumed locals > sail to Kitava to meet the local villagers
Day 6 - 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 traditional dances and garden markets > discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited 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 > soak up spectacular views as we cruise close to the towering cliffs before boarding Xplorer to travel ashore> enjoy a leisurely swim and snorkel over colourful fringing reefs
Day 7 - Day 7: Buna and Sanananda
The Battle of Buna, saw some of the fiercest fighting during the final stages of WW11 > walk through the jungle to honour the past at the World War II monument > stopover at Sanananda to visit the War Museum > meet the local village people and enjoy their lovely gardens
Day 8 - Day 8: Fly Islands and Lababia
Awaken early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island, which has some of the best coral reefs in all of Papua New Guinea > snorkel, SCUBA dive, glass bottom boat tours and kayaking > visit the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in PNG – the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area > paddle on local outriggers and enjoy a village walk and markets
Day 9 - Day 9 & 10: Dregerhafen and Tuam
Today we visit Dregerhafen, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles > head ashore to Tuam in the Siassi group of islands, which offer a mix of both mainland and Bismarck Archipelago cultures > peruse prized trinkets and decorations which include dog’s teeth, spondyllus shells and wonderful balsa wood and sago bark headdresses > witness the locals perform their traditional welcome dances and savour the warm village hospitality
Day 10 - Day 11: Historic Madang
Explore Madang, which sits on the peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for its diving, with excellent visibility and many World War II wrecks > discover the town, including the markets where there is the opportunity to purchase a large selection of artefacts from the Sepik region
Day 11 - Day 12: Sepik River & Bien Village
Enter the mouth of the mighty Sepik River – one of the world’s great river systems > only aboard Coral Discoverer with her shallow draught, will you cruise well up into the middle Sepik region, renowned for its unique artefactsWe will also visit the remote village of Bien where the locals are amongst the greatest primitive artists on earth > take the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings > enjoy the views as we depart from the great Sepik River > sail past the active volcano at Manam Island as we enjoy the Captains Farewell drinks
Day 12 - Day 13: Wewak
Early this morning we arrive in the picturesque port city of Wewak, where we farewell our new found friends.
Day 13 - Please Note:
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. The itinerary includes the possibility of interaction with wild animals and this interaction is subject to the presence of this wildlife on the day.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
25-11-201907-12-2019AUD $11,290Coral Deck Stateroom
25-11-201907-12-2019AUD $12,240Promenade Deck Stateroom
25-11-201907-12-2019AUD $13,340Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
25-11-201907-12-2019AUD $13,740Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
25-11-201907-12-2019AUD $15,840Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
25-11-201907-12-2019AUD $16,935Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
25-11-201907-12-2019AUD $18,360Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
25-11-201907-12-2019AUD $20,010Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole


    • Cruise Milne Bay and learn of the World War II military history of this region
    • Walk to the Dei Dei Hot Springs, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs
    • Learn how the Trobriand Islands became the ‘Islands of Love’