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Papua New Guinea – Archipelago Adventure

South Pacific Cruise

Summary : The Louisiade Archipelago is one of the great island arcs of the South Pacific, stretching along the northern rim of the Coral Sea. A wonderland of hundreds of islands, lagoons, and extensive barrier reefs, this remote area is the home of the seafaring Dobu people, and is rarely seen by outsiders. With some of the best diving, snorkeling and fishing to be found in Papua New Guinea, this action-packed voyage is designed to satisfy the most discerning tropical explorers. Experience the archipelago aboard a well-appointed ship with its own private helicopter.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Snorkeling


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Day 1
Cairns, Australia / Alotau, Papua New Guinea

Transfer in the morning from your hotel to Cairns International Airport. Take a comfortable charter aircraft for the short flight to Alotau where you will board the ship.

Enjoy a welcome aboard cocktail and a light snack as you head out into the South China Strait. In the late afternoon, explore the small but intriguing island of Samarai – once a trading centre with greater importance than Port Moresby!

Day 2
Deboyne Island / Panepompom Island

Deboyne Island was a Japanese seaplane base during World War II – but only for 5 days! The Japanese found that their new base was just a little too close to the allied planes based at Port Moresby and the base was quickly abandoned. The Japanese never returned to the island however several ‘Zero’ fighter planes were ditched in the area during the Battle of the Coral Sea. One remains virtually intact in the shallow waters of Deboyne Lagoon. Snorkel to examine the wreck, fish, dive or take a sightseeing boat to explore the lagoon and outer reef.

A visit to Panepompom Island provides an opportunity to experience idyllic archipelago life. The ‘locals’ will welcome you on the beach, treat you with some impromptu singing (and laughing) and then invite all to stroll amongst their huts. Much needed resources will be delivered to the local school on this visit.

Day 3
Calvados Island Chain

The ship’s helicopter will deliver a breathtaking orientation to the Calvados Chain, especially distinctive Panasia and Duchateau Island. Here the islands are steep-sided and ‘Jurassic’ looking. Fishing, diving and snorkeling will again be on the agenda or perhaps you would prefer a hike on exotic Panasia!

In the afternoon visit Nimoa Island with its five-sided church featuring murals of island life and well maintained paths and gardens filled with flowering plants. Edged by jungle covered mountains, postcard beaches and crystal clear waters – an island paradise indeed!

And something special this evening – join the crew under waving fronds for sunset drinks and classic island vistas.

Day 4
Rossel Island / Damenu Bay

The divers onboard will be up early for a cruise highlight – the aptly named “Fish City" is home to large numbers of parrot fish, batfish, trevally, coral trout, tuna, snapper and mackerel!

Nearby Rossel Island is very mountainous with Mt Rossel reaching 800m (2,624ft) – the helicopter will be handy! From an unassailable vantage, scenic flyers will encounter lush jungle and fringing reefs.

In the afternoon, visit beautiful Damenu Bay. It’s just a short walk up the hill to the mission and school. Did you know that PNG kids don’t start primary school until 4th grade? That’s when they are first taught to speak English. The mission’s commanding views of Damenu Bay are not to be missed!

Day 5
Renard Islands

Today visit the Renard Islands. Kimuta is a very special opportunity to purchase local artifacts and enjoy some of the best snorkeling that Papua New Guinea has to offer!

Saving the best for last, the master will reverse the ship's stern to beach in Ebora's amazing turquoise lagoon. Surrounded by a massive steep-sided jungle, the nearby dive site is big as well – a vertical wall with the best visability yet!

Day 6
Alotau, Papua New Guinea / Cairns, Australia

Wake up in Alotau and transfer from the ship to the charter plane for your return flight to Cairns.


This itinerary is subject to change due to prevailing conditions and local arrangements. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Optional Helicopter Excursions:
Scenic helicopter flights can be purchased as a package or individually. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Optional Diving:
Divers must provide proof of certification onboard. Divers are provided with cylinders, weight belts, weights, mask, snorkel and fins. Divers must arrange their own personal dive equipment including regulators, BCD and wetsuit. It is highly recommended that divers bring their own dive computer. the sharing of dive computers is not permitted. Divers must dive with a safety sausage. If you do not bring your own you will be required to purchase one onboard. Night dives may be offered. If you intend to night dive, you must bring your own primary light source. A secondary or back up light source is also recommended.

'No shoes onboard' policy:
This policy assists with safety and promoting a casual atmosphere onboard. However if a medical condition necessitates, footwear may be worn. All passengers will need appropriate footwear for shore excursions.

Accommodations as booked; meals aboard the vessel; non-alcoholic beverages; all excursions in the expedition vessels; snorkel gear; divers are provided with cylinders, weight belts, weights, mask, snorkel and fins; transfer from Cairns hotel to airport for charter flight to Alotau; charter flight from Cairns to Alotau and return; transfers between ship and charter flights; port charges and taxes; fishing gear (except lures).

Not Included:
Airfare; passport and visa fees; scenic helicopter flights; alcoholic beverages; diving regulators, BCD and wetsuit, safety sausage, dive computer and dive light (must bring your own of these items); items of a personal nature including but not limited to travel and medical insurance, onboard shopping, valet and laundry service; satellite phones and Internet Cafe charges; fishing lures (available to purchase onboard); fuel surcharge may apply.

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