PNG Expedition Cruising
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PNG Expedition Cruising

Pearl-shell adorned villagers, human skull-filled caves and agrarian subsistence communities steeped in tradition are but a tiny sample of what PNG has to offer the truly intrepid traveller. A refreshing destination for its purity of nature and people, PNG is quite possibly the last trammelled destination on our planet.

PNG Expedition Cruising
Best Months All year round
Epic Suggests 7 Days
  • Aboard Orion

    Retrace the adventurous footsteps of those first explorers to the lost paradise of Papua New Guinea. This was the world of headhunters and deadly tribal battles, still light years from the 21st century - but as you step ashore, you will be greeted with an excitable, heartfelt welcome from gentle villagers and an overwhelming simplicity of life that is long gone from our Western world. You will witness mysterious ceremonies derived from a thousand cultures across the South Pacific.

    Aboard Orion Cruise Papua New GuineaExplore remote coastal villages surrounded by rainforests and towering volcanoes. Swim and snorkel in some of the clearest, most unspoilt waters in the world. And be reminded how a vibrant culture can be built from a strong family and tribal foundation. The joy of this expedition is to experience this deeply satisfying life first-hand and see the skills and knowledge that create a sustainable culture.
  • Aboard True North

    The True North allows discerning adventurers to experience wilderness in surroundings more akin to one of the world's most exclusive hotels. Vantage points include a sundeck, a forward observation lounge, a ship's lounge and an alfresco bar. The lower deck dining room also offers the ultimate in comfort and uninterrupted vistas. 

    Aboard True North Papua New GuineaAll cabins feature stylish décor, en-suite facilities, in-house entertainment and satellite telephones.  Multiple expedition boats provide guests with greater opportunity to do "what they want, when they want" and, to add yet another dimension to adventure, most cruise options feature an onboard helicopter. The purpose built True North is able to explore the upper reaches of shallow river systems and the latest in computer controlled motion stabilisers ensures a comfortable ride.

  • Private Charters

    The ultimate way to experience Papua New Guinea for a true Trip of a Lifetime is aboard the 14 berth, luxury super yacht, MV Kalibobo Spirit. The ship is owned and Captained by one of the longest serving expatriates in the country who established a Foundation Charity in 1982 to assist remote villagers gain access to health and education resources. Privileged access and personalised interaction with local people is guaranteed to the passengers sailing aboard the vessel. The crew’s local knowledge and the boat’s shallow draft allows it to access the best reefs for world class diving and sportsfishing. Small tenders provide the ability for adventures upstream into traditional villages along the mighty Sepik River.

    Private Charter Cruises in Papua New GuineaYou will immerse in day to day village life to gain an understanding of the simplicity of the people and their intertwined relationship to the forest and sea for food and medicines. Spend time learning the local skills of woodcraft and traditional face painting. Dine on your own catch of the day under the stars watching live volcano flows.

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  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 1: Cairns, Australia / Alotau, Papua New Guinea / Milne Bay

    Meet your fellow passengers and take a chartered flight from Cairns to Alotau (just 90 minutes) where a traditional islander welcome awaits. Transfer to your luxury floating home for the next seven nights.

    Cruise the province of Milne Bay featuring more than 600 islands.  Take in the unique views of the many fishing villages, or enjoy a relaxing snorkel amongst the area’s prolific corals before returning onboard to feast on the day’s catch prepared by your chefs.

    Cairns, Australia / Alotau, Papua New Guinea / Milne Bay Cruise
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    Day 2: Ferguson Island

    On the morning walk discover jungle that shelters countless varieties of birds including colourful parrots, hornbills, wild fowl and the famed bird of paradise. Many rare species of butterfly are present and Papua New Guinea is also home to over two thirds of the world’s orchid species.

    The fishermen will do battle with hard fighting table fish such as mackerel, yellow fin tuna and mahi mahi. Discover endless irresistible beaches while amazing coral gardens await the snorkellers and divers. An excursion to the hot springs will top off an amazing day.

    Ferguson Island Papua New Guinea Cruise
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    Day 3: Tufi Fjords

    Start the day with a refreshing snorkel, catch your breakfast or just stroll along a pristine beach fringed with coconut palms. Then fill your day with swimming, island walks and village life as you cruise the beautiful fjords of Tufi.

    Tufi is renowned for SCUBA diving and plenty of opportunities are provided for you to enjoy the underwater world.

    Tufi Fjords Papua New Guinea Cruise
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    Day 4: Lusancay Islands

    This morning anchor in the middle of the Solomon Sea amongst the corals of Star Reef and the strikingly beautiful Lusancay Islands. Take a stroll around your very own deserted island (the Lusancays are uninhabited), snorkel in the shallows or drop off the outer-reef for a spectacular dive.

    The fishing is second to none - battle with tuna, mackerel or even a sailfish. If the fisher-persons have held up their end of the bargain then coral trout could be tonight’s fare but regardless there are bound to be plenty of adventures to re-live in the ship’s bar.

    Lusancay Islands Papua New Guinea Cruise
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    Day 5: Jacqinot Bay, New Britain

    Your vessel's shallow draft provides unique access to this area. Join the comfortable expedition boats and explore deeper into the jungle visiting isolated villages that have little contact with the outside world. Visit the grotto where fresh water pounds out of a rock face onto a pristine beach.

    No matter what your desire, the coast of New Britain promises unrivalled adventure.

    Jacqinot Bay, New Britain Papua New Guinea Cruise
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    Day 6: Duke Of York Islands / Rabaul

    Snorkelling expeditions will re-discover Japanese tanks in shallow island waters and a helicopter flight can provide stunning island views that have been the privilege of few before.

    Then visit Rabaul – once described as the most beautiful town in the South Pacific – perched on the edge of a magnificent natural harbour and surrounded by active volcanoes. In 1994, the town was smothered under a cloud of ash and now lies largely abandoned – courtesy of nearby Matupit. The volcano still belches smoke throughout the day and the helicopter flights here will be a cruise highlight.

    Duke Of York Islands / Rabaul Papua New Guinea Cruise
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    Day 7: Kavieng

    This morning you witness a Sing Sing – a traditional gathering of tribes, where villagers paint and decorate themselves to display and share their distinct cultures, dance and music.

    The numerous islands of Kavieng offer an array of impressive diving and snorkelling opportunities for every level. Here we find ships, planes and even submarines in shallow water. This region also offers great fishing.

    Kavieng Papua New Guinea Cruise
  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 8: Kavieng / Cairns, Australia

    Early morning disembarkation and charter flight back to Cairns.

  • Sample Itinerary

    Indicative Cost

    From US$ 1,000 per person per day, based on 2 people travelling.

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  • 1/9 | Day 1: Cairns, Australia / Alotau, Papua New Guinea / Milne Bay
  • 2/9 | Day 2: Ferguson Island
  • 3/9 | Day 3: Tufi Fjords
  • 4/9 | Day 4: Lusancay Islands
  • 5/9 | Day 5: Jacqinot Bay, New Britain
  • 6/9 | Day 6: Duke Of York Islands / Rabaul
  • 7/9 | Day 7: Kavieng
  • 8/9 | Day 8: Kavieng / Cairns, Australia
  • 9/9 | Indicative Cost
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