New Guinea Circumnavigation

New Guinea Circumnavigation

From AUD $25,150


Be one of a special few to join us on our full circumnavigation voyage around New Guinea. This one-off voyage is packed with highlights. Sailing in comfort aboard Coral Adventurer, you will experience many diverse cultures from the Spice Islands to the Sepik River, marvel at untouched landscapes, explore the wonders of Raja Ampat, and be immersed in one of the world’s last frontiers.

You can also join us for a half-circumnavigation. The first half is from Darwin to Madang and the second half from Madang to Darwin. Ask our reservations team for more information.

Trip Name
New Guinea Circumnavigation
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


Guests are welcomed to board Coral Adventurer at 8:30am and we will then depart Darwin at 10:00am. Get to know the ship and your fellow travellers as we sail across the Arafura Sea.
Day 2 - DAY 2: AT SEA
Our guest lecturers will hold several presentations today, on the itinerary, safety procedures and introduce you to Indonesian culture and protocols. This evening, mingle with the Captain, crew and fellow guests at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.
As Coral Adventurer arrives at the entrance (Zonegat channel) to Banda Neira, traditional long canoes known as Kora Kora emerge, rowed thunderously by men in traditional costume. These traditional war canoes provide an impressive escort into the caldera where you will enjoy the first look at Banda Neira. Our visit to the island includes Rumah Budaya, Old Dutch Church Hatta House, Perigi Rante, a Nutmeg plantation and the highlight visit of the beautiful Fort Belgica, where we watch traditional dancing and sample local treats during sunset drinks at the fort.
History has coined these islands as the fabled Spice Islands and is not without sound reason. Today these islands may be almost unheard of, but they’ve played an important role in the European history from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Combining raw natural beauty, a warm local heart, and a palpable and fascinating history, this remote cluster of ten islands were home to some of the most prized and fought-over commodities in the past – nutmeg, cloves, and mace. Underwater, impressive undersea drop-offs are vibrantly plastered with multicoloured coral gardens. The central islands – Pulau Neira and Pulau Banda Besar – curl in picturesque crescents around the pocket-sized volcano Gunung Api.Today we snorkel over the coral reef that has emerged on the lava flow from Gunung Api’s historic eruption. Others may go ashore in Banda for a ‘tea party’ in the charming local surrounds.
Visit this remarkable scenic bay, where waterfalls tumble directly into the ocean. Here we enjoy water activities such as snorkelling, diving, and kayaking.
Day 6 - DAY 6: ARGUNI
Arguni is a small island off the west coast of West Papua province of Indonesia. The island covers less than 5 sq.km. The local language Arguni is spoken by about 150 people. On the south side of the island are pearl farm buoys and cages floating in the warm clear water. Mangrove swamps, many interesting limestone islets and formations, Papuan rock art (notably hand and foot stencils), burial caves, and villages (some on stilts) line the shore line. While Arguni is in the Fakfak Regency, it still has a traditional king (a functionless title), Raja Hanaf Pauspaus of Arguni, one of many Kings of Indonesia.On our arrival, we are greeted by villagers displaying many cultural attractions, including traditional dances, local music, and traditional handcrafts. Enjoy fresh coconut and browse around the village to observe daily life and interact with the local people. Following this, journey by zodiac to visit the famous ancient blood paintings at Roefroefoea. The paintings feature many hands of humans and also animal depictions, with the red colour of the paintings resembling the colour of blood.
Day 7 - DAY 7: MISOOL
At Misool you will explore “the stone gardens of Misool” with its misty beauty.As a hidden and deserted paradise, Misool is unspoiled with waters of aquamarine lined by towering karst cliffs of various shapes and forms.Misool waters have approximately 200 saltwater lagoons stretching like a green carpet and bustling with unique and beautiful corals.Here, we will swim, snorkel and explore around the islands by kayak.
Day 8 - DAY 8: KOFIAU
Kofiau Islands are covered by lush trees and wild plants, they offer a fantastic wealth of nature and beautiful scenery. The tropical rain forest is home to the endemic rare Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher, Kofiau Monarch and Kofiau Green-tree Python.Here, you will enjoy white and soft sandy beaches, and crystal clear water with stunning corals. We will enjoy a welcome to the local villages, where you can met the people in their daily lives. Witness traditional foods being prepared, and attend the celebration of Buka Sasi.In the afternoon, enjoy snorkelling, diving, or birdwatching.
The jewel in the crown of Raja Ampat, picturesque gumdrop karsts are the backdrop for this paradise on earth. Here, the underwater world is rightly famous – we spend time to discover with snorkelling, SCUBA diving, and kayaking opportunities. For the fit, a walk up to Mt Pindito is available. This steep up-hill walk rewards with remarkable views over the islands.
Pulau Dua: Amsterdam and Middleburg Island are two islands located in the Tambrauw Regency, West Papua. Tambrauw is an expanding new regency since 2009, and as a conservation regency, the local government of Tambrauw continues to seek sustainable management of natural resources that is beneficial to the welfare of the people. Natural resource management and physical development of the area are conducted based on the principles of nature conservation, forest area conservation, local community wisdom empowerment, and protection of customary rights of the community.A lip shaped island, sloping white beaches with clear water give visibility right to the seabed; the impressive underwater slope and cliff contours loom with the glorious wreck of ships drowned during WWII. This has created colorful coral gardens which offer a sensation for snorkelers and divers. Amsterdam Island is also well-known as a place where Leatherback turtles return to lay eggs.
Day 11 - DAY 11: ROON ISLAND
Just below the surface resides a Japanese plane wreck with big black corals, gorgonians, big lionfish, glassfish, shrimps and many more. Snorkellers on the surface can still clearly see the wreck when the weather cooperates and the water is still, or they may dive down for a closer look.Afterwards, we hope to explore a nearby village to meet the locals.
Day 12 - DAY 12: KWATISORE
Today, experience one of the highlights of this cruise – swimming with the whale sharks. The gentle giants will be swimming around the fishing bagans and guests may enter the water in small groups for a chance to swim with these amazing animals.This afternoon we visit the Papuan village of Kwatisore, where the locals will perform a ‘bird of paradise’ dance and other traditional performances. You may also participate and dance with the local people. Market stalls will be set up with interesting items to purchase, such as carved paddles. They are skilled musicians here and will entertain us with their string band.
Day 13 - DAY 13: KWATISORE
Today, we have another opportunity to spot Birds of Paradise in our early morning outing. As we make our way to Mamberamo River our guest lecturers will hold insightful presentations.
The Mamberamo River is the largest river in Papua and is regarded as the Amazon of the East. It is considered as the largest rivers in Indonesia by volume. Along the huge river valley live many tribes who have little connection to the outside world. There is a an amazing bio diversity here in flora and fauna. This is a Expedition destination.
Day 15 - DAY 15: JAYAPURA
At tropical Jayapura city, nestled between beautiful steep forested mountains, you will have the opportunity to visit the bustling markets and exchange smiles with the locals. This is our clearance stop as we leave Indonesia and depart for Papua New Guinea.
Day 16 - DAY 16: WEWAK
Early this morning we arrive into the port town of Wewak. There is much WWII history here, and we will go on a tour with local guides including Wewak Hill Lookout, ANZAC Memorial, Mission Hill, and also see the local craft markets.
Day 17 - DAY 17: SEPIK RIVER
At first light the Coral Adventurer enters the mighty Sepik River. Our destination is the remote village of Bien or Kopar, where the locals are known for their arts and crafts. A true Sepik welcome awaits us as we step ashore! Take the opportunity to purchase the unique hand carvings of this region. As we depart from the Sepik River, we will sail past the active volcano at Manam Island as we enjoy sunset drinks.
Day 18 - DAY 18: MADANG
Explore Madang and its surrounds, which sits on a peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for its waterfront setting and colonial history. Discover the surrounding area on our Madang tour – which includes a visit to the Madang Haus Museum, the Coastwatchers Lighthouse, and Bil Bil Village where pottery is made. Certified divers have the opportunity to check out some great dive sites in the area with experienced local operators.Madang is the disembarking point for guests travelling on the first half of this voyage from Darwin to Madang, and the embarking point for guests travelling on the second half of this voyage from Madang to Darwin.
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, and kayaking in the waters of the lagoon. Finish the day with drinks on the sundeck and our famous BBQ.
Awaken early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island. Biangatu Reef is teeming with fish life and colourful coral. Enjoy snorkelling, diving or kayaking.Enter Morobe Harbour and cruise in the Xplorer to view the stunning forest from the Mou River. Receive an Oro Province welcome and enjoy exploring the village with local guides. At high tide you may be able to travel into a stunning hidden bay to another village.
Day 21 - DAY 21: BUNA
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 village has built to honour both sides. You have the opportunity to meet the local village people and enjoy their lovely gardens.
Day 22 - DAY 22: TUFI FJORD
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 some relaxation.
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. There will also be an opportunity to snorkel the incredible Bubbling Springs Reef.
Day 24 - DAY 24: SEWA BAY
Cruise into beautiful Sewa Bay and be welcomed ashore to the local Pwanapwana Primary school. The locals will show us their traditional war dances and share a morning tea of pineapple, coconut milk, and sugar bananas.
At these small islands, have the opportunity to relax and take in your surroundings. Delami Island is home to a wonderful reef & beach where we may enjoy diving, snorkelling, swimming, and birdwatching.Bona Bona Island, with vibrant marine life, also offers a chance to explore with an Xplorer cruise around the coast as well as diving and snorkelling.We may visit the small village here, and spot some of the abundant bird life – crested term, eclectus parrot, or the pied imperial pigeon. The village gardens are lovely – the locals will explain the plants to you.
Day 26 - DAY 26: HALL SOUND
Many rivers run from the mountains into Hall Sound, with historic Yule Island providing shelter from the Coral Sea. Here, explore the sound and enjoy an enthusiastic Central Province welcome.
Day 27 - DAY 27: KEREMA
Explore the Gulf Province capital, and enjoy cultural experiences.
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as we cruise through the Torres Strait and make our entry into Indonesia.
Day 29 - DAY 29: MERAUKE
Founded by the Maro River, this is the Easternmost city of Indonesia. Merauke is the border area between West Papua and Papua New Guinea on the south coast of the island. About 75 percent of the area is still shrouded in dense forest. Merauke is known for a number of natural attractions including the beaches, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves and a captive crocodile. Guest will be welcomed with traditional dance before going to the Wasur National Park which is regarded as the “Serengeti of Papua”. The savanna landscape is surrounded by forest and bamboo, with grasslands and swamps. Many migratory birds, wallabies, and casssowaries come and inhabit the Blue Marsh Lake.Also known for giant ant nests, we will continue and see these enormous formations, locally known as Musamus.
Day 30 - DAY 30: AT SEA
Enjoy a day at sea to relax as we prepare to encounter the Agats warriors.
Day 31 - DAY 31: AGATS
Experience a memorable welcome by an armada of about 40 or more war-canoes, rowed powerfully towards the ship by the Asmat warriors in traditional costume.Disembarking by Xplorer we are accompanied by the Asmat tribe’s warrior war-canoes to Syuru village where we are greeted by a welcome dance set and performance by the Asmat women. After the ceremony we are invited deep into the “Men’s House” to experience wonderful items of traditional wooden arts and sculpture, which are offered for sale. This afternoon, we will visit Agats Township and the Museums there, with time for guests to purchase artifacts and souvenirs.
Day 32 - DAY 32: AT SEA
Enjoy a day at sea, relax and enjoy lectures on the natural and marine wonders of West Papua while we steam towards Triton Bay.
Day 33 - DAY 33: TRITON BAY
Triton Bay lies on the south coast of the West Papua province of Indonesia, surrounded by tropical rain forests and rising on one side to a 1060m peak. The waters of the bay nurture abundant marine life – 471 types of coral and 959 types of coral fish. In these waters, Bryde’s whales and whale sharks also find their home. Nearby this region is where Alfred Russel Wallace, contemporary and equal of Charles Darwin, wrote of his explorations in The Malay Archipelago around 1858. With visitors rare to this region, it is indescribably special.Triton Bay is known for displaying a similarly impressive level of soft coral coverage as places like Misool Island. Epaulette sharks can be seen walking over the reefs as giant groupers lurk in sheltered spots, while schools of jacks and fusiliers dart en masse. Squadrons of bump head parrotfish charge around chomping the coral into fine sand, watched by ever-present turtles. Triton Bay’s black coral forests are awesome in scale and never fail to impress.In one area the high limestone cliffs display extensive pre-historic drawings and carvings, coloured orange, white and black, which are truly breath-taking. Take a Zodiac ride up-river to visit the villages.
Day 34 - DAY 34: KEI ISLANDS
Kei Island is located on the edge of the ‘Coral Triangle’, which outlines the world’s richest waters. Not only does this overall region have the highest diversity in terms of fish but also invertebrates, mollusks and corals. Fringing and barrier reefs shelter a huge variety of very colourful reef fishes. Big fish cruise by: Spanish mackerels, dog tooth tuna, eagle or manta rays are common encounters.Kei Islands are rapidly gaining a reputation as the place to go for perfect, unspoilt beaches, fringed with coconut groves. Ngurbloat beach is one of these. Five kilometres of soft white sand (rumoured to be as soft as flour), thousands of coconut trees, crystal clear blue sea and calm waves. Here we relax and reflect on our incredible journey of discovery.
Day 35 - DAY 35: AT SEA
Today, share memories of your adventures with photo sharing and final lectures by our Expedition Team. In the evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Coral Adventurer will arrive into Darwin at 10:30 am to clear customs and disembark at 12:00pm.
Day 37 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
29-12-202102-02-2022AUD $25,150CORAL DECK STATEROOM
29-12-202102-02-2022AUD $26,480PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM
29-12-202102-02-2022AUD $31,780EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
29-12-202102-02-2022AUD $34,420BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
29-12-202102-02-2022AUD $37,725CORAL DECK STATEROOM SOLE
29-12-202102-02-2022AUD $39,720BRIDGE DECK BALCONY SUITE
29-12-202102-02-2022AUD $39,720PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM SOLE


    • Sunset drinks on the ramparts of historic Fort Belgica, Banda Neira
    • Climb Mt Pindito for a stunning view of the gum-drop Wayag Islands
    • Slip into Raja Ampat’s lagoons at Misool and Wayag, and experience the remarkable beauty and vibrant underwater world.
    • Swim with the majestic whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay
    • Visit two of New Guinea’s great rivers – the Sepik and Mamberamo
    • Learn the mythical tales of Dei Dei Hot Springs on Fergusson Island
    • Snorkel and dive at incredible pristine locations – Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, the Fly Islands and Tufi Fjords
    • Encounter the Asmat warriors at Agats, and have the opportunity to purchase the carvings they are famous for
    • Witness the immense diversity of cultures throughout your voyage
    • Enjoy an intimate and up-close experience as you are welcomed to local villages and explore isolated places