itinerary DAY DESTINATION
frontier lands of papua New Guinea CORAL DISCOVERER > DEPART 5 NOVEMBER 2018
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FLY CAIRNS - MADANG
SEPIK RIVER & SEPIK VILLAGE MANAM VOLCANO & TOLOKIWA DREGERHAFEN & TUAM ISLAND LABABIA & FLY ISLANDS MOROBE HARBOUR BUNA & SANANANDA MACLAREN HARBOUR & TUFI FJORD TROBIANDS DEI DEI SPRINGS & DOBU ISLAND ALOTAU AT SEA
Discover one of the world’s last frontiers Immerse yourself in the wild and rugged scenery of Papua New Guinea, with its mysterious stories that take you away from the complexities of modern times. Whilst travelling in comfort on board Coral Discoverer, visit remote villages rich in culture and meet with the people who have maintained their traditional way of life for generations. Papua New Guinea is home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the Amazon and guests will discover magnificent scenery ranging from colourful coral atolls to volcanic mountains, pristine wilderness areas and mighty rivers. The country’s secret forests nurture over 3,000 varieties of unusual orchids, 700 species of birds including the brilliantly coloured birds of paradise. This is the land of the unexpected, a place of stark contrasts where fearsome frowns quickly become welcoming smiles.
Itinerary 12 nights madang to cairns DAY 1: CAIRNS > MADANG Catch our early morning charter flight to Madang to set sail at 1100hrs. Spend the afternoon relaxing as you are welcomed on board Coral Discoverer. Join our expedition staff as they introduce you to the journey and the many experiences you will enjoy. DAY 2: SEPIK RIVER & SEPIK VILLAGE The ship will arrive at the Sepik at first light, and an early morning rise will reward you with stunning views. Our first stop will be at the village of Bien, and locals will greet you with canoes and dancing performances. The famous Sepik market, famous for its masks and carvings, will be open. DAY 3: MANAM VOLCANO & TOLOKIWA The Manam volcano, known locally as Manam Motu, is one of Papua New Guinea’s most active volcanos. As the ship sits close to the leeward side of the island, enjoy a drink while the sun sets. You may see smoke rising from the volcano. A visit to Tolokiwa offers the chance to snorkel, dive, or spot some of Tolokiwa’s incredible bird life. DAY 4: DREGERHAFEN & TUAM ISLAND At the beautiful anchorage of Dregerhafen, you will enjoy a high-spirited PNG welcome, and explore the market which is famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. There are many WWII artefacts in this area. Enjoy more traditional dancing at Tuam Island, as well as snorkeling off the beach.
DAY 5: LABABIA & FLY ISLANDS In the morning, during a relaxing visit to the village, you can enjoy singing and dancing performances or join a local guide around the village. Board an outrigger to explore up the local river. Experience snorkeling or diving at the Biangatu Island reef in the Fly Islands. DAY 6: MOROBE HARBOUR Enter Morobe Harbour early in the morning and cruise in the Xplorer to view the stunning forest from the Mou River. Receive a Oro Province welcome and enjoy exploring the village with local guides. At high tide you may be able to travel into a stunning bay to another village. DAY 7: BUNA & SANANANDA We land at Buna beach, home to some of the toughest fighting in the Pacific campaign. We will visit the areas where Allied forces clashed with Japanese forces. In Sanananda, see the local monuments and war museum. This museum is located at the far end of the Kokoda Track.
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