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  • Birders venture into the thicket to search for island endemics, and the warm inviting waters of the Coral Sea offer a perfect introduction to the undersea wonders on your first snorkel or dive excursion of many to come.
  • Enjoy exceptional snorkeling throughout this voyage
  • Search for rare species of birds and island endemics with our experienced ornithologist.
  • The traditional Trobriand islanders of Kuyawa and view energetic, time-honored dances that celebrate fishing and the seasonal yam harvest
The Papua New Guinea: Adventure Cruise tour starts in Port Moresby and ends in Cairns. The Papua New Guinea: Adventure Cruise is an explorer tour that takes 17 days taking you from Port Moresby to Cairns and through other destinations in Oceania.

We observe the spectacular fire dances of the Baining tribe, where men don huge symbolic masks and leap over flames to the hypnotic beat of a bamboo band. There are opportunities to snorkel or dive among dazzling tropical fish and colorful corals—these waters are some of the most biodiverse in the world.We will step ashore on the legendary Trobriand Islands, dubbed “The Islands of Love,” and witness the islanders’ unique dances and uninhibited friendliness. Enjoy numerous nature walks and Zodiac cruises along the way which reveal stunning scenery, pristine beaches, and luxuriant tropical landscapes.Visit Fergusson Island, the largest island of the archipelago, notable for its hot springs, bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers, and extinct volcanoes. 
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Arrive in Port Moresby and enjoy an afternoon at leisure, with dinner and overnight at Airways Hotel.

*Accommodation*: Airways Hotel

 

 
Today join a tour of Port Moresby, visiting the National Museum and Art Center. You may also view, and purchase, high-quality carvings and handicrafts at a local shop. This afternoon, embark the Caledonian Sky.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Be on deck as the ship traces the coast of Papua New Guinea, to observe the peaks of the dramatic Stanley Owens Range that soar to 13,000 feet. This afternoon visit the island of Suau, where a local choir welcomes you ashore. Watch several traditional dances and a reenactment of the arrival of the first missionary. Then take a stroll through the enchanting village to observe demonstrations of canoe carving, fire making, basket weaving, traditional clay pot cooking, and sago production. Or, join naturalists for a walk through the dense vegetation to search for resident bird species. 

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Today visit Fergusson Island, the largest island of the group, notable for its hot springs, bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers, and extinct volcanoes. Spend the afternoon snorkeling or diving.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
This morning, visit with the traditional Trobriand islanders of Kuyawa and view energetic, time-honored dances that celebrate fishing and the seasonal yam harvest. Learn about the history of the Kula Ring, a circular pattern of ceremonial trade relationships that binds the islands of Milne Bay and eastern Papua New Guinea together in a long-established network of friendship. These islanders are also renowned for the exquisite quality of their ebony wood carvings, often decorated with mother-of-pearl shell inlays. Enjoy a walk among the villages of Kuyawa before returning to the ship for lunch.

In the afternoon we anchor at a nearby island. Snorkel or dive amid kaleidoscopic coral reefs populated by parrotfish, neon damsels, and other brilliantly-hued species. Join naturalists on a walk around the island in search of flying foxes (fruit bats), sulphur-crested cockatoos, and helmeted friarbirds.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Discover the dramatic beauty of the rarely-visited Tufi Fjords. Though similar in appearance to Nordic fjords, these fjords were formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. Soak up spectacular views of the sheer basalt cliffs draped with lush vegetation on a Zodiac cruise, then step ashore to meet with friendly locals. Learn about their way of life, and watch the village elders perform a traditional sing-sing wearing elaborate feather head-dresses. This afternoon, snorkel or dive along the fringing reef where you will find technicolor coral fans, plump barrel sponges, and stacked hard corals, populated by schools of barracudas, parrotfish, and triggerfish.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Today, visit the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in Papua New Guinea, the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area. Meet with locals, who welcome you with traditional songs, and learn about projects to develop a self-sustaining cycle of environmental conservation. In the afternoon, explore some of the region’s most pristine marine areas, where you may spy giant tridacna clams, vibrant anemones, and shoals of fish darting between coral branches.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
The people of Tami Island are renowned for their elaborated carved bowls, religious figures, and ceremonial masks. Meet with villagers and perhaps take a ride in a hand-carved outrigger canoe. The large, protected lagoon is perfect for underwater exploration where you may find such specialties as the flamboyant Spanish dancer nudibranch and curious clownfish.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Madang is famed for its beautiful waterfront setting, perched on a fertile peninsula, backdropped by steep mountains and surrounded by a number of picturesque islands. Visit the colorful market where you will have opportunity to peruse a large selection of artifacts from the Sepik region. This area is also famed for exceptional water clarity and numerous World War II wrecks that sit in relatively shallow offshore waters.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Kopar is situated on the mouth of the Sepik River, a 700-mile-long river whose tribes are famous for their traditional carvings linked to spiritual beliefs. Depending on tides, you may have the opportunity to visit the village, where a women’s chorus welcomes you ashore. The 300 residents of this typical Lower Sepik village subsist on fish and sago, cultivated in nearby swamp.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Alim Island is a small, uninhabited island that is home to a large colony of red-footed boobies. Observe the birds nesting in the mangrove trees, and search for black and brown noddies, white and black-naped terns, and other tropical seabirds. Sea turtles have also been known to lay their eggs on the sandy beach.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Completely encircled by an oblong reef, few passenger vessels are able to visit this small group of islands. Land on a sandy beach and meet the 350 inhabitants of charming Tingwon, and enjoy their hospitality, local delicacies, and dances. After your visit, snorkel or dive along the islets’ surrounding reef.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Six cone-shaped volcanoes, some of which are still active, ring Rabaul’s dramatic flooded-caldera harbor. Visit the bubbling hot springs and take in magnificent views from Observatory Ridge. And, learn about the island’s WWII history—Rabaul was a Japanese stronghold under Admiral Yamamoto. Tonight attend an astonishing performance of the Baining tribe’s fire dance. Tribe members in huge, magnificently crafted masks, leap and dance over crackling, red-hot coals in a centuries-old ritual to honor the local deity-spirits.

*Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Disembark this morning and board your flight to Cairns. Check in to the Shangri-La Cairns for dinner and overnight.

The tour ends here for land only passengers, board independent flights back to their home city and if you are flying to the USA you'll arrive the same day.

*Accommodation*: The Shangri-La Cairns
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  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
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  • Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, snorkeling, nature walks, and cultural tours
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  • 17 Days
  • Small-Ship Cruise
  • 100 Guests
  • All gratuities
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Port Moresby and from Cairns are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Papua New Guinea: Adventure Cruise tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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A deposit of 0 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 26 October 2019 full payment is required.

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The Papua New Guinea: Adventure Cruise tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Papua New Guinea: Adventure Cruise tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Papua New Guinea: Adventure Cruise tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.
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