PNG - Cairns to Wewak Dates & Rates
Mysterious Papua New Guinea is, in the truest sense, one of the last great wilderness areas on Earth and there is simply no better way to experience these magical and rarely visited lands than aboard our state-of-the-art small ship Oceanic Discoverer. Join us in Cairns for an outstanding 12-night expedition to Wewak and discover for yourself the outstanding cultures and scenic beauty of rarely discovered Papua New Guinea.
Lying 160 kilometres north of Australia, just south of the Equator, the country’s vast expanses of thick tropical jungle and razor-sharp mountains remain daunting to all but the most intrepid of explorers. But join us aboard Oceanic Discoverer and reach into the heart and soul of Papua New Guinea and see your expectations of this remarkable country and its people soar.
Throughout your voyage of discovery, our experienced Expedition Leaders and expert Guest Lecturers will share with you their wealth of knowledge as you retrace the paths of early explorers including De Quiros, Bougainville and Cook and discover areas seldom visited by modern ‘white man’. You will soon discover that Papua New Guinea is a place of rich cultural diversity. There is no such thing as a typical Papua New Guinean, as more than 1,000 cutures, each with different traditions, are now recognised. The ancient tribal culture lives on vibrantly in the minds of the villagers and townsfolk.
Papua New Guinea is the land of the unexpected, a place of stark contrasts where fearsome frowns magically become welcoming smiles and village children your lifelong friends. Join the select few who have experienced unforgettable Papua New Guinea.
dates & prices
There are no trips scheduled for this expedition.
Day 1: Cairns
After boarding Oceanic Discoverer at 2:00pm for a 3:00pm departure we leave Cairns on the start of our Papua New Guinea adventure. Take the opportunity to explore your new home for the next 12 days. Enjoy an evening sunset drink before sitting down to the first of many delicious dinners.
Day 2: Osprey Reef
Located 100 kilometres off the Queensland coast, visits to Osprey Reef are rare. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel and SCUBA dive in the protected lagoon at the heart of the reef and enjoy glass bottom boat tours for spectacular views of a myriad of colourful marine life.
Day 3: At Sea
Having passed through the Great Barrier Reef we continue northeast towards the China Strait. Enjoy the facilities and get to know your travelling companions. This evening, join the Captain, his crew and new-found friends at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.
Day 4: Alotau
Enjoy waking up to the scenery of the China Strait as we approach our first Papua New Guinea landfall – Alotau. Our experienced Guest Lecturers will interpret the traditional welcome dances prior to leading us on a tour of historic Alotau.
Day 5: Trobriands and Kitava
Historically known as the ‘Islands of Love’ the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional culture largely unspoilt by outside influence. Witness traditional Trobriand dance performed by the colourfully costumed locals.
Day 6: Dobu and Fergusson Islands
We are greeted by a flotilla of canoes as we approach the Dobu anchorage. Our Guest Lecturers will share with you 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. Join our Expedition Staff on an expedition to the Dei Dei Hot Springs where the landowner shares the mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs.
Day 7: Tufi Fjords
Today enjoy a true highlight as we discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited Tufi Fjords. Similar to Nordic fjords and 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 the spectacular views as we cruise close to the towering cliffs before boarding Xplorer to travel ashore to meet the friendly locals. Then, enjoy the opportunity to discover the region’s numerous white sandy beaches, take a leisurely swim and snorkel or kayak over spectacular fringing reefs.
Day 8: Lababia – Wildlife Management Area
We awaken early and travel ashore to the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in PNG – the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area. In the company of our Expedition Staff and local guides, walk the David Suzuki trail through the prehistoric rainforest. With luck we may see some of the prolific birdlife resident here including hornbills, parrots, palm cockatoos and the iconic Raggiana Bird of Paradise.
Day 9: The Idyllic Islands of Tuam and Tami
Tuam and Tami, in the Siassi group of islands, offer a mix of both mainland and Bismark Archipelago cultures. Their prized trinkets and decorations include dog’s teeth, spondyllus shells and wonderful balsa wood and sago bark headdresses. We enjoy the welcome dances and village hospitality.
Day 10: Historic Madang
The historic town of Madang sits on a peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands. Famed for its diving, the waters surrounding Madang offer excellent visibility and many WWII wrecks to explore. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, diving and a harbour exploration.
Day 11: The Mighty Sepik River
Sure to be a highlight, this morning we enter the mouth of the mighty Sepik River – one of the world’s great river systems. Over the next two days Oceanic Discoverer will cruise approximately 100 kilometres upriver to the middle Sepik region, which is renowned for its unique artefacts. Visit the remote villages of Angoram and Bien where the local Sepik people are amongst the greatest primitive artists on earth and each village has its own distinct style. Enjoy the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings. Anchor this evening in the river whilst overhead hundreds of flying foxes stream through the sky.
Day 12: Sepik River and Volcanic Manam Island
An early morning start offers a great opportunity for bird watching. Join the Expedition Staff to identify Spotted Blue-eyed Cockatoos, Wagtails, Great Egret, Little Egret, Great Billed Heron, the enormous Blyth’s Hornbill and others as we cruise back down river. On farewelling the Sepik we pass the active volcano on Manam Island and enjoy the sunset.
Day 13: Wewak
8:00am: Early this morning we arrive in the picturesque port city of Wewak, where it is time to farewell fellow guests, the Captain and his crew at the conclusion of our remarkable adventure.
How to Prepare
How to Prepare for a Papua New Guinea Expedition
To ensure you have an enjoyable and safe expedition we have developed some important pre-departure information to help you prepare for your voyage. We strongly recommend you download the documents below and read carefully. Our reservation staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Before you depart for your expedition we will send you a detailed pack including your itinerary, travel documents and any other essential information relevant to your voyage.
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Preparation for your voyage
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