Cairns To Wewak Papua New Guinea To Darwin 25 Night Cruise | 25th November 2019 Cruise
Cairns To Wewak Papua New Guinea To Darwin 25 Night Cruise | 25th November 2019 Cruise
Brand new Great Barrier Reef cruises departing from Cairns on Monday 25th November 2019. Explore the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia on our small luxury Cruise Ship tour over 25 nights to see exotic places and become immersed in the lifestyles of the indigenous residents, see the colourful flora and fauna, wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. Our 25 day cruise ship expedition will be exploring some of the most gorgeous and precious parts of the world departing from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef to exotic Papua New Guinea, the Spice Islands and the Islands of Indonesia with our final disembarkation port being in Darwin the Top End of Australia on the 20th December 2019.
Cairns To Wewak Papua New Guinea To Darwin 25 Night Cruise | 25th November 2019 Cruise
Papua New Guinea is a mysterious and exotic country that we have been exploring with our cruise ship passengers for over a decade with its popularity growing with each cruising season.
We have now prepared our new seasons cruise ship tours for 2019 and taking a deep dive into the Frontier lands of the Papua New Guinea Circle on our 25 night Cairns and Great Barrier Reef cruise to Wewak and Darwin departing 25th November 2019.
Book your private cabin berth now to join our small luxury cruise ship tour and see some of the world’s most exotic and untouched regions of Papua New Guinea as they emerge into the 21st century.
Our bespoke cruise ship tours take our guests where other large commercial cruise ships cannot enter. We offer small expedition style cruises that have our guests totally immersed in the culture and vibrancy of the villages and places we visit. You will have shore excursions where others have seldom visited, exploring the most remote corners of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Cairns To Wewak Papua New Guinea To Darwin 25 Night Cruise | 25th November 2019 Cruise Itinerary
During the 25 nights and days of cruising you will also discover some rare and fascinating wildlife and offerings from Mother Nature, from the brilliantly coloured Bird of Paradise to the world’s most colourful and diverse coral reefs, and come face to face with villagers in traditional dress who until only in recent years have been shielded from the outside world.
Join one of the world’s most amazing cruise ship tours from Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef and experience the real life of these wonderful islands inhabitants. Rest assured this cruise ship expedition is the most comprehensive experience ever undertaken in this fascinating region.
Cairns to Wewak Papua New Guinea to Darwin 25 Night Cruise Ship Itinerary
Day 1 Cairns
All cruise ship passengers assemble in Cairns either the night before or the day of embarkation for an exciting 25 day cruise ship expedition of a lifetime to some of the most wild, sensuous and exotic locations on the Great Barrier Reef and Papua New Guinea.
Just ask our reservations team to book your pre-post cruise ship accommodation in Cairns and Darwin.
We board our custom built luxury expedition style cruise ship at 9:30am for an 11:00am departure, leaving the tropical city of Cairns behind as we begin our voyage across the Great Barrier Reef towards the exotic and mysterious location of Papua New Guinea.
As we cruise our guests take the opportunity to explore their cabins and new home for the next 25 days and meet their fellow passengers.
The crew will introduce themselves as well as a Captains welcome and everyone will gather and enjoy the view at this evenings sunset drinks before sitting down to the first of many fine dinners and interesting conversations.
Day 2 Great Barrier Reef
As we cruise the Great Barrier Reef towards Papua New Guinea guests can choose to just relax on deck, in their cabins or be social and join other passengers for some social drinks at the bar.
Guests are also invited to join our Expedition Leader and knowledgeable Guest Lecturer in the lounge for presentations and briefings on Papua New Guinea, ahead of our arrival at our first port of call Samarai in the morning.
Day 3 Samarai & Sewa Bay
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.
Day 4 Dobu & Fergusson Islands
It’s time to hop off the cruise ship for a land tour to join our Expedition Staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs, where the local indigenous people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs and learn of the history of the Kula Ring.
Dobu Island was a pivotal link between the north and south Kula trade routes.
Meet the gorgeous local primary school children, who will welcome us with a traditional dance performance or you may just choose to snorkel the bubbling springs reef.
Day 5 Trobriand Islands
Historically known as the ‘Islands of Love’, the Trobriand Islands offer a glimpse of indigenous culture largely unspoiled by outside influences.
After a good breakfast on board the ship you may wish to visit the island of Kuiawa and witness traditional Trobriand dances performed by the colourfully costumed locals.
You may visit the local markets then over lunch sail to Kitava to meet the local villagers for their beach front market in the afternoon. Whilst there enjoy a swim off the adjacent island beach.
Day 6 Maclaren Harbour & Tufi Fjords
For the more adventurous local guides will paddles us on traditional canoes at Maclaren Harbour to their home village in the rainforest where we will be welcomed with traditional dances and traditional crafts.
Discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited Maclaren Harbour and over lunch soak up spectacular views as we cruise close to the towering cliffs before entering into Tufi Fjord and then board Xplorer to travel ashore to enjoy a leisurely swim and snorkel over colourful fringing reefs or visit the nearby resort for a relaxing time.
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.
Take a walk through the jungle with the local villagers and discover the fascinating history.
After lunch stopover at beautiful Sanananda to visit the War Museum which the villagers have built to honour both sides, meet the local village people and enjoy their lovely gardens.
Day 8 Fly Islands and Lababia
Make sure you are awake early to travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island, which has very colourful coral reefs that you can snorkel, scuba dive and take a glass bottom boat tour.
After lunch visit the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in Papua New Guinea.
Enjoy welcome ceremonies and local dancers, paddle on hand made outriggers and enjoy a village walk and the local markets.
Day 9 Dregerhafen
Today we visit Dregerhafen in the Finschhafen district of Morobe, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles.
We will visit the village of Gingala where a high spirited Papua New Guinea welcome will be guaranteed.
After our welcome, the markets will be open and we will have the chance to walk through the village with the locals. After lunch enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, glass bottom boat tours and kayaks in the waters of the lagoon.
Finish another perfect day with drinks on the cruise ships sundeck and enjoy our famous BBQ.
Day 10 Tuam
Enjoy a presentation from our guest lecturer as we steam towards the remote island of Tuam in the Siassi group.
After lunch head for the shore and walk along the limestone track to the village of Tuam which features two well- known and successful dance groups who will perform as we wander through the village.
Along the way peruse the market stalls set up in front of local huts and buy some souvenirs, enjoy a guided walk with the locals and finish the day with water activities in the crystal clear water.
Day 11 Madang
Explore Madang, which sits on the peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands famed for it’s waterfront setting and colonial history.
Discover the surrounding area on our Madang tour, after lunch visit the markets where there is the opportunity to purchase a large selection of artefacts from the local region.
Day 12 Sepik River – Bien Village, Volcanic Manam Island
At first light our cruise ship 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, 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 13 Wewak
Early this morning we arrive into the port town of Wewak.
It’s here we farewell some of our guests departing this morning and welcome new friends who will be joining us for the remainder of our 25 day cruise ship expedition.
Day 14 Jayapura
Overnight we cross into West Papua waters ahead of our arrival in Jayapura, formerly known as ‘Hollandia’ during World War II and now a melting pot of sights and smells.
Visit Lake Sentani, home to villagers famed for their distinctive art, cruise on a longboat to see the stilt towns built over the tranquil lake, be welcomed at Asei Village by the local dancers and their accompanying traditional instruments.
Day 15 Mamberamo River
Explore the river known as the Amazon of Papua. As the largest and widest river in Indonesia, it cuts the northern mountain range in two and forms the border between the eastern Foja Mountains and the western Van Rees Mountains, weaving its way deep into virtually unexplored terrain.
Tribes here are almost completely un-contacted and the vast biodiversity is incredibly preserved.
Day 16 Cruising At Sea
Spend a day at sea enjoying your cruise ships on board facilities, join the Expedition Team in the Lounge for an informative introduction to Raja Ampat and learn about the many wonderful experiences we will undertake over the coming days exploring the archipelago of the ‘Four Kings’.
Day 17 Wayag
Cross the equator today into the northern hemisphere as we make our way towards stunning Wayag, experience the breathtaking views as we enter Wayag lagoon, explore the magical maze of limestone karst ‘gumdrop’ islands on the Xplorer and our zodiacs.
After lunch enjoy water activities on the nearby beach or for the very fit climb to the top of Mt Pindito for the panoramic view.
Day 18 Kofiau Island
We make our way to Kofiau Island, another island of the Raja Ampat region.
Be welcomed by local village dancers on a “flatform boat” as they lead us ashore to Kampung Deer.
Local guides lead us through as we explore the village. A local long-boat transfer takes us to the next village Kampung Awat where we enjoy an Opening Sasi ceremony and beach BBQ.
We spend the afternoon snorkelling, bird watching and exploring other villages.
Day 19 Folley & The Stone Gardens of Misool
Raja Ampat’s literal meaning ‘The Four Kings’ is because this archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals are surrounding four main islands: Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool. Today we visit Folley on the top East side of Misool.
Here will take in the picturesque beauty that is Balbulol, where five high cone-shaped cliffs rise from the turquoise waters in a line like emerald Christmas Trees. We enjoy swimming and kayaking water activities here.
There are more than 1000 ancient rock paintings have been discovered in Misool in over 60 sites. Red-coloured rock paintings on several cliffs a show form women’s hand with long tapering fingers.
There are also paintings of marine fauna such as sharks, tuna, dolphins, several sticks, canoes, overlapping abstract images, line and symbol of fertility.
After lunch we visit Yapap, the best natural pool in the world.
This huge primordial pool is adorned with impressive karst formations which look more like chess pieces than rocks. Its turquoise seawater is so clear that the sand and coral reefs on its shallow ocean floor are clearly visible from the surface.
Swimming and diving here is incredible. We also visit Dafalen Love Lake. It is an excellent place for lovers, friends and family to swim together in this symbolic lake of love.
You can optionally climb up into the summit of the rock to see the heart-shaped lake from above.
Day 20 Sawai on Seram Island
In true expedition style, this will be our first time visiting Sawai – the little slice of paradise located on the Central Northern side of Seram Island, Maluku.
Sawai village is one of the oldest villages in Maluku, with houses that extend out over the water.
We will spend the day scouting and exploring the beautiful clear waters and reefs along with grand cliffs and Manusela valleys of Manusela National Park.
Not far from the location of the reef, there is a big gap and height that can be entered and a beautiful spot for bird spotting that we will aim to check out.
Day 21 Buru Island - Spice Islands
Buru Island is the third largest island within Maluku Islands and has a diverse historic narrative.
Between 1658 and 1942 the island was colonized by the Dutch East India Company and then by the Crown of the Netherlands.
During former President Suharto’s New Order administration in the 1960s–1970s, Buru was the site of a prison used to hold thousands of political prisoners.
Buru is located at the boundary between the biogeographic zones of Australia and Asia, its flora and fauna are unique and are the subject of national and international scientific research.
Day 22 Mamala and Saparua Islands
Mamala Island (Also referred to as Molana Island) is an uninhabited private island is home to 85 species of trees, Pacific Monitor Lizards (Varanus Indicus), Moluccan Scrubfowl (Megapodius Reinwardtii) and Coconut Crabs.
Known since the Portuguese colonial era, the island still contains the ruins of a hospital built by the Dutch, whose construction was interrupted by the Japanese occupation in World War II.
Residing on a large reef cluster that emerges to the surface makes for rich marine life surrounding the island. Snorkelers can take advantage of the shallow corals and clear water with easy viewing of unique corals and plentiful fishes.
Experienced lucky divers keep your eyes out for the underwater cave that connected to a well in the centre of the island.
After lunch we make our way East across to Saparua Island, one of the legendary ‘Spice Islands’ where we are welcomed by merrily singing school children.
The area holds an important spot in history books which we learn at Fort Duurstede, a 17th-century Dutch fort with a complicated backstory that spans centuries. Here men and boys give us their war dance with shields, swords and cultural adornment.
The Saparua street markets are known for their fresh produce such as fish, bananas, chillies and sago.
Sago starch comes from the centre of the sago palm tree and was once known as the ‘hidden white pearl’ for its importance as one of Indonesia’s staple foods.
Saparua takes full advantage of this cash crop. Not only with the selling of fresh sago and sago baked goods, but also sago ‘fire’ wood, which you often see drying along the shoreline.
Day 23 Hatta Island - Spice Islands
Famous for exceptional snorkelling and diving in clear turquoise water over the unique submerged lava flow.
Enjoy an early morning dive, admiring vibrant corals and sea creatures of all shapes, sizes and colours at the wall drop just off the shoreline. Home to turtles, dolphins, sea horses, great coral gardens and plenty of fish.
Later there is the opportunity for a guided walk through the village, to visit school children, and then to explore a local plantation of Pepper Trees and Nutmeg Trees.
Day 24 Banda - Spice Islands
Today we explore the centre of the Spice Islands, where the world’s supply of nutmeg and mace has been traded for over 2000 years.
See Gunung Api volcano and Banda’s famous Kora Kora canoes in action. At Banda town our guides will introduce us to the sights and smells of this historic area.
We wander past the remnants of mansions constructed during Dutch colonialism on a town tour and visit historic buildings before visiting the markets. Refresh onboard before joining the locals for a traditional dance and music performance while enjoying a glass of champagne on top of Fort Belgica.
Day 25 Timor Sea Crossing
Spend the day at leisure enjoying the on board facilities as we cross the Timor Sea and join our Expedition Team in the ship’s lounge for a recap of the expedition.
Reminisce with your new found friends at the Captain’s Farewell Drinks before the last of many remarkable dinners.
Day 26 Darwin
This morning at 8:00am we arrive at Darwin’s Fort Hill wharf, marking the end of our great adventure discovering the New Guinea Circle.
Please note: This itinerary above is just an indication of some of the destinations we will visit and some of the activities we will have on offer for our guests. Our cruise ship Captain will make changes to the itinerary when and if necessary to maximise our cruise ship expeditionary experience based on weather, tidal conditions or other circumstances that may require changes.
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Included in Price
All meals - 24 hour tea and coffee
Captains welcome and farewell drinks party
Guided port tours in expedition tenders
Port taxes & government charges
Guest lecturers - Expedition staff
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Consumption of bar services outside allocated meal times
This cruise only departs at 9:00am on Monday 25th November 2019
Boarding commences at 7:30am
What To Bring
Swimwear, hat, sunscreen, smart cool casual clothing for the evening, light jacket, no formal attire required onboard.
Fitness Level RequiredMedium - Active
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Coral Expeditions do not provide services of entertainment, supervision or care of children. Our Papua New Guinea itineraries are quite adventurous. We recommend children aged above 12 years of age will enjoy the challenge and experience the most.
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
Notification of cancellation must be received in writing. At the time we receive your cancellation the following penalties will apply:
- More than 90 days prior to departure - forfeit the 20% non-refundable deposit
- 30 - 89 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the relevant fare
- No-show to 29 days prior to departure - forfeit 100% of the relevant fare
- Coral Expeditions considers a date and/or name change to be a cancellation of the original booking and will enforce relevant cancellation fees.
A $200 per person fee will be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change, name change or cancellation after booking is confirmed.
We strongly recommend that all passengers purchase cruise cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against any circumstance which may force you to cancel or leave a cruise while in progress. Given the remote nature of some of the locations visited during the expedition, we recommend that you include Remote Area Evacuation coverage within your policy. Cancellation fees will not be waived for any reason.
Passengers do not have the right to transfer their rights and obligations under these Cruise Ticket Conditions. The fare paid shall not be refundable except as permitted in these Cruise Ticket Conditions and the carrier will not be liable to make any refund to the passenger if the passenger fails to embark on the Ship for the Cruise.
Scuba diving – minimum age 12
The carrier will endeavour to follow the Cruise itinerary as described in the brochure and the passenger accepts that the carrier has the right to vary the itinerary or cancel the Cruise if the carrier considers that this is necessary as a result of some Unexpected Event or prevailing inclement weather conditions and the passenger accepts that the passenger will not be entitled to any compensation or a refund of the fare paid should this occur except as is provided for in these Cruise Ticket Conditions.
All baggage brought on board the Ship by a passenger remains in the possession and control of the passenger during the Cruise and must be stored and kept in the cabin allocated to the passenger.
Please check with your nearest Papua New Guinea consulate or embassy regarding documentation required for travel to these countries. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure they have all necessary paperwork permitting travel to these countries.
All purchases onboard will be charged to your room account and will need to be settled prior to disembarking. Payment can be made with Cash, Credit Card or Australian Dollars Travellers cheque. It is recommended guests bring a small supply of PNG Kina, Solomon Island Dollars, Vanuatu Vatu and Pacific Franc for purchases whilst ashore.
It is recommended that all passengers purchase appropriate travel insurance prior to departure. Please ensure you are covered for remote area evacuation.
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Alotau, Dobu & Fergusson Islands, Trobriand Islands, Maclaren Harbour & Tufi Fjords, Buna and Sanananda, Fly Islands and Lababia, Dregerhafen, Tuam, Madang, Sepik River (Bien Village, Volcanic Manam Island), Wewak, Jayapura, Miosuwundi, Wayag, Kawe Island (Aljui Bay & Penemu), Hidden Bay, Yensawai Village & Yenwapnour Village, Mesemta, Wagmab, Banda & Spice Islands, Timor Sea and Darwin
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