This one-off voyage is packed with highlights. 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.
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Tipping not required:
Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Adventurer, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.
Sail on the recently delivered (April 2019) brand new 120 passenger ship Coral Adventurer, built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety.
Coral Deck Stateroom:
Coral Deck Staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed, which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage and a porthole window gives you views of the world outside. Coral Deck Staterooms are 17 square metres
Promenade Deck Stateroom:
Promenade Deck Staterooms are identically furnished with a junior King size bed, which can be separated into two singles.A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included and a compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage.A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside. Promenade Deck Staterooms are 17 square metres
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom:
Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed, which can be separated into two singles.A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included and a compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two, from which to view the passing coastal vistas. Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms are 21.4 square metres
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom:
Our two Bridge Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed, which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included and a compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage.French windows opening to a balcony with seating for two gives you a private perch to watch the panorama unfold outside.These staterooms are located on the bridge deck with superb views and adjacent to the Cairns and Darwin suites. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are 21.4 square metres
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite:
Our two suites are spacious and elegant retreats after a busy day ashore.Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. They have special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles.An 8 square metre private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two.A unique outside-facing bathroom with picture windows, bath and separate shower complete the suite experience.A complimentary minibar is replenished daily. Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are 55.8 square metres.
Embark: Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 8:30am for a 10:00am departure, 02 October 2020
Disembark: Arrive in Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 10:30am for disembarkation by 12:00pm, 06 November 2020
Please note the following prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice. *Limited sole use occupancy available.
Coral Deck Stateroom
Promenade Deck Stateroom
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your bookings as cabins are selling fast on this amazing journey around Papua New Guinea.
02 OCT 2020: DEPART DARWIN
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.
03 OCT 2020: 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.
04 OCT 2020: BANDA ISLANDS
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.
05 OCT 2020: BANDA ISLANDS
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.
06 OCT 2020: SEBAKOR BAY
Visit this remarkable scenic bay, where waterfalls tumble directly into the ocean. Here we enjoy water activities such as snorkelling, diving, and kayaking.
07 OCT 2020: 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.
08 OCT 2020: 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.
09 OCT 2020: 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.
10 OCT 2020: WAYAG ISLANDS
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.
11 OCT 2020: AMSTERDAM ISLAND
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.
12 OCT 2020: 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.
13 OCT 2020: 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.
14 OCT 2020: 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.
15 OCT 2020: MAMBERAMO RIVER
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.
16 OCT 2020: 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.
17 OCT 2020: 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.
18 OCT 2020: 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.
19 OCT 2020: 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. For guests who may only want to travel half way, Madang is where you may disembark.
20 OCT 2020: DREGERHAFEN
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.
21 OCT 2020: FLY ISLANDS & MOROBE
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.
22 OCT 2020: 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.
23 OCT 2020: 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.
24 OCT 2020: DOBU AND FERGUSSON ISLANDS
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.
25 OCT 2020: 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.
26 OCT 2020: BONA BONA ISLAND
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.
27 OCT 2020: 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.
28 OCT 2020: KEREMA
Explore the Gulf Province capital, and enjoy cultural experiences.
29 OCT 2020: TORRES STRAIT
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as we cruise through the Torres Strait and make our entry into Indonesia.
30 OCT 2020: 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.
31 OCT 2020: AT SEA
Enjoy a day at sea to relax as we prepare to encounter the Agats warriors.
01 NOV 2020: 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 andthe Museums there, with time for guests to purchase artifacts and souvenirs.
02 NOV 2020: 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.
03 NOV 2020: 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 Archipelagoaround 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 aZodiac ride up-river to visit the villages.
04 NOV 2020: 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.
05 NOV 2020: 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.
06 NOV 2020: ARRIVE DARWIN
Coral Adventurer will arrive into Darwin at 10:30 am to clear customs and disembark at 12:00pm.
Embark: Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 8:30am for a 10:00am departure, 02 October 2020
Disembark: Arrive in Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 10:30am for disembarkation by 12:00pm, 06 November 2020
Do I need a visa?
Currently all Australian, American, Western European, New Zealand passport holders can obtain a 30-day tourist visa for Papua New Guinea arriving onboard our vessel or via charter flight as organised by Coral Expeditions in connection with the cruise. There is currently no cost for the visa. Please note: Visa regulations are subject to change, and it is the traveller’s responsibility to stay abreast of any changes.
What is the currency and how much should we bring?
The Currency used in Papua New Guinea is the PNG Kina. Kina should be ordered in advance and can be obtained through your local bank or currency exchange. As the areas we travel in Papua New Guinea are remote, there is often little chance of obtaining Kina in Papua New Guinea. Kina can be used to purchase carvings or souvenirs from villages. Costs of carvings vary greatly, some the equivalent of AUD$10 and more elaborate items could be thousands of dollars. Souvenirs can be anything from bracelets and pottery to carvings and billum bags depending on location. Note: For guests returning to Australia, all items will have to go through customs in Australia – often items containing seeds or unsealed wood will not be allowed in or may go through a period of quarantine.
Do I need vaccinations?
As with all such rural tropical destinations, we recommend all travellers should seek medical/vaccination advice from their GP in the first instance, who will be able to determine what is suitable based on individual medical histories. It is recommended that you are up to date with all of your routine vaccinations, such as measles-mumps-rubella, tetanus, chicken pox, polio and your yearly flu shot. In addition, it is also recommended to obtain vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. You should also ask your doctor about a Hepatitis B vaccination. Malaria is present in some of the areas we are visiting, so you should discuss malaria preventatives with your doctor. Proof of a yellow fever vaccination is only required if you have travelled within an affected area 6 days prior to your entry into Papua New Guinea. For further information, please refer to the Center for Disease Control website.
What are my flight options to Papua New Guinea?
We provide charter flights for selected itineraries. Other itineraries require you to make your own way, many Papua New Guinea locations do not have international airports and will require guests to fly to Port Moresby and then take internal domestic flights. Popular airlines are Air Niugini, PNG Air and Qantas.
How will I get from my hotel to the wharf?
When a departure port is from an Australian (Domestic) location most passengers will choose to take a taxi to the wharf.
Can I fly in the day of the cruise?
We strongly recommend flying in at least one day prior to cruise departure, due to potential flight delays. If you choose to fly in the day of departure, you could risk missing the cruise departure or charter flight.
Why is the itinerary flexible?
As sea conditions are unpredictable and subject to tidal variation, rainfall, and sediment shift, our crew and expedition leaders may take these conditions into account in order to make decisions on the day’s activities. We also consider local community requirements, such as holidays, funerals and mourning periods.
Coral Expeditions has a great deal of proficiency with flexible itineraries, and we are able to adapt to swiftly to provide the best experience for our guests.
How are you managing security on the cruise?
The villagers along our route are very welcoming and friendly, and happy to have tourists visiting their areas. Coral Expeditions has been operating in Papua New Guinea for over a decade and have strict ship security procedures that we will follow.
What will the weather be like?
Papua New Guinea has a very warm and humid climate with the average maximum temperature in the low 30degrees, often with cloud cover and periods of tropical rainfall (mostly in the afternoon).How many shore excursions will there be and what will they involve?Generally with each itinerary we plan to go ashore or enjoy a selection of water activities (Depending on itinerary) one to two times a day. We visit villages and have opportunities to witness cultural displays such as dancing, sing-sings and traditional musical performances.
What kind of footwear is best? What should I pack?
Comfortable walking shoes, also wet landing shoes such as ‘reef walkers’. Due to the warm, tropical climate of these coastal regions, guests should pack lightweight clothing which can be layered. Wet-landings are common and pants which can be rolled up, shorts, or a cotton skirt/dress are ideal. A lightweight long-sleeved shirt will help provide protection from the sun and mosquitoes at dawn and dusk. It is also advisable to bring a sun-shirt or ‘rashie’ for beach visits and swimming, as well as a bathing suit and sarong. Knee length skirts/shorts or pants and shirts that cover the shoulders are appropriate attire for towns and villages. Upon booking, you will be provided with more information.
Where is the nearest hospital in case of emergency?
As our itineraries take guests to remote and secluded locations often hospitals will not be in the immediate vicinity. Our senior crew are trained in remote area first aid. If a passenger has injured themselves or is having a medical issue on board, the crew will make contact with doctors on land to determine whether evacuation is necessary. For this reason, It is advisable that passengers obtain a policy with remote area evacuation coverage.
How many interactions do we have with locals?
We tend to have interactions with local villagers each day with the exception of sea days and planned water activities.
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