Local men perform a tribal dance with a large headdress & wooden drums, seen on a Frontier Lands of Papua New Guinea cruise.
Aerial view of a small white expedition ship cruising a Papua New Guinea cruise in deep blue water beside green islands.
Local men stand and play drums & guitars while singing among thatch buildings, seen on a Papua New Guinea cruise.
Travelers on New Guinea cruises sit in a small boat & point up into the green trees.
Locals swim in turquoise water beside a white-sand beach with thatch huts & palm trees, seen on New Guinea cruises.
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Asia / Pacific Pacific Islands Cruise

Frontier Lands of New Guinea

Travel from Australia aboard the 120-guest Coral Adventurer to the remote sights and sounds of the rarely visited New Guinea. On these New Guinea cruises, experience some of the world’s most striking and intact cultural regions as they emerge into the 21st century and venture into the most remote corners of Papua New Guinea on a series of distinct departures with trip lengths to suit a range of travel needs.

The main, 13-day New Guinea cruises are an opportunity to immerse into the wild and rugged scenery of Papua New Guinea that is rarely seen and mostly inaccessible by land. Papua New Guinea is home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the Amazon. This voyage uncovers little-visited islands, volcanic mountains and pristine rainforest wilderness areas forged by mighty rivers. Sail past spectacular Kadovar Islands, known for its volcanic activity. Venture up the mighty Sepik River to see riverfront village life little changed in hundreds of years. Buy traditional crafts such as masks and carvings at the village market of Bien. Snorkel, swim or dive on vibrant reefs at the Fly Islands and visit the unique Bubbling Springs Reef at Dobu.

An alternative, 13-day Forgotten Islands of Papua New Guinea cruise weaves through remote islands that have witnessed history through millennia, from villages untouched by time to more recent artifacts at World War II battlegrounds. At Ataliklikun Bay, be aboard the first cruise ship ever to visit the village and watch the mesmerizing fire dance of the Baining people. Tour the ghost town of Rabaul, the base for 110,000 Japanese troops during World War II. See the intact Zero fighter in the shallow waters of Deboyne Bay. Witness the traditional canoe building culture of remote Laughlan Atoll and hike to the Dei Dei hot springs. Interact with enthusiastic villagers at Kuiawa in the Trobriand Islands—the Islands of Love. Disembark in Cairns at the end of a fascinating journey through time.

A 26-day alternative itinerary (not listed), Through The Islands & Atolls of Micronesia, travels eastbound from from Manila, Philippines, through all four states of the Federated States of Micronesia: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae, before disembarking in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea. Snorkel or dive at almost every stop, from world-famous lagoons to remote biosphere reserves.

An alternative, comprehensive 36-day Papua New Guinea cruise travels from Cairns to Darwin, Australia, exploring nearly the entire coastline of Papua New Guinea as well as the stunningly beautiful Raja Ampat, Indonesia, and the history-rich Spice Islands. Highlights include sailing past an active volcano, opportunities to collect regional hand-carved artifacts, snorkeling and scuba diving (added cost) through coral reefs, zipping through gumdrop karst islands aboard a Zodiac, climbing Mt Pindito, swimming with majestic whale sharks and encountering the Asmat warriors at Agats. Throughout the expedition guests discover the very best that nature has to offer, with the brilliantly colored bird-of-paradise, the world’s most diverse coral reefs and unique and powerful villages that have maintained traditional lifestyles throughout years of colonial exploration.

Read on for details about this Papua New Guinea cruise, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Pacific Island cruises and Pacific Island trips.



Itinerary

Northbound Frontier Lands of New Guinea Itinerary

The Northbound Frontier Lands of New Guinea itinerary cruises from Cairns, Australia to Madang, Papua New Guinea. An optional post-cruise charter flight can connect travelers back to Cairns.

Route map of Frontier Lands of New Guinea cruise, operating between Cairns, Australia & Madang, Papua New Guinea, with visits along the eastern shoreline.
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Day 1
Embark Cairns, Australia

Independently make your way to the Cairns Cruise Liner terminal for boarding at 7:30am for a 9:00am departure. Cruise across the Coral Sea and spend the afternoon relaxing as you are welcomed on board the ship. Join the expedition staff as they introduce the journey and the many experiences you will enjoy. This evening, join the captain’s welcome drinks and meet the crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
At Sea

Spend today relaxing on board, listen and learn from the guest lecturer presentations, or enjoy an engine room or bridge tour.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 12
Exploration of Papua New Guinea

Throughout this expedition, the expedition team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximize the experience. Visiting these remote communities is subject to approval of the local landowners. Below are the key destinations the ship aims to visit.

Dobu Island & Dei Dei Hot Springs (Fergusson Island)

Join the expedition team for a walk to Dei Dei hot springs. Hear the mythical and spiritual tales of the Dei Dei Hot Springs, learn about the history of the Kula Ring and the role of Dobu Island in the north and south Kula trade routes. Meet the local primary school children, who will welcome all with a traditional song, and spend some time snorkeling in the Bubbling Springs Reef.

Trobriand Islands

Historically known as the Islands of Love, the Trobriand Islands offer a glimpse of traditional cultures largely unspoiled by outside influence. Be greeted at the small island of Kuiawa with an enthusiastic Trobriand’s welcome.

Tufi Fjord

Today enjoy a true highlight. Discover the scenic beauty of the Tufi Fjords. Featuring 25 individual canyons with sheer basalt cliffs, these are the only fjords in Papua New Guinea and offer a wealth of sightseeing opportunities. Aboard the Xplorer tender vessel, travel to the entrance of one of Tufi’s most scenic fjords and be met by local villagers in traditional dress aboard outrigger canoes. Have the opportunity to board one of the outriggers as the locals paddle up the creek under the rainforest canopy. Here, spirits and sorcery remain integral to village life, and one can learn about bush medicines, fire making, mat weaving and traditional tattooing. Deep in the rainforest, have the chance to witness the tribesmen perform a traditional sing song in their ceremonial dress. Later, discover white-sand beaches, or snorkel or dive over spectacular fringing reefs.

Buna & Sanananda

Land at Buna beach, home to some of the toughest fighting in the WWII Pacific campaign. Enjoy a welcome from the local residents, and then be guided through the jungle to visit the areas where Allied forces clashed with Japanese forces. In Sanananda, see the local monuments and pay tribute to fallen Australian soldiers at the war museum, located at the far end of the Kokoda Track. There’s also the opportunity to visit the lush gardens surrounding the village.

Morobe Harbor

Arrive at Morobe Harbor early in the morning and cruise in the Xplorer tender vessel to view the stunning forest from the Mou River. Receive a warm Oro Province welcome and enjoy exploring the village with local guides. At high tide, possibly cruise farther into a picturesque hidden bay.

Kamiali (Lababia Village) & Fly Islands

In the morning, during a relaxing visit to the village, enjoy singing and dancing performances and join a local guide around the village. Board an outrigger canoe to explore farther up the river with a guide and experience snorkeling and diving at the Biangatu Island reef in the Fly Islands.

Dregerhafen

At the beautiful anchorage of Dregerhafen, enjoy a high-spirited Papua New Guinea welcome and explore the market which is famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. There are many WWII artifacts in this area. After lunch, enjoy snorkeling, diving and kayaking in the blue waters of the lagoon.

Sepik Mouth, Bien Village & Kadovar Volcano

Arrive at the mouth of the famed Sepik River and be greeted with stunning views of the landscape and this mammoth river which cuts a swathe through lush forest. The first stop on the Sepik River is at the village of Bien, where local villagers greet all on their canoes and follow with dance performances. There is an opportunity to purchase highly sought-after hand-crafted artifacts, masks and carvings at the Sepik market.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Madang, Papua New Guinea

Arrive in Madang to disembark the ship at 8:00am. Enjoy an included tour of Madang with a member of the expedition team until midday.

Optional Charter flight: Madang to Cairns $850 per person(2023). This will be a direct flight to Cairns, with no stopover in Port Moresby, with a staff member to accompany guests. Limited seats available, contact your Adventure Specialist for more information.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing (excluding optional extras); snorkeling & equipment (Scuba diving at additional cost); use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; coffee and selection of teas; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; choice of local operator excursions at some locations; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare, transfers and hotels, scuba diving (contact AdventureSmith for pricing & details), entry visas, travel permits, insurance of any kind, items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The northbound Frontier Lands of New Guinea cruise begins in Cairns, Queensland Australia (CNS), and ends in Madang, Papua New Guinea (MAG); an optional, added-cost charter flight may be pre-booked for those wishing to return to Cairns (see Exclusions). Plan flights to arrive to Cairns the night before Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Madang anytime after the 8:00am disembarkation on the final day. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights  resource page.

Internal Flights

An optional, added-cost, post-cruise charter flight from Madang to Cairns ($850 per person in 2023) is available and must be pre-booked through your Adventure Specialist, who can provide additional details such as luggage weight limits.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving (contact AdventureSmith for pricing & details), small boat excursions, kayaking, wildlife observation and cultural tours.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a sole use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Southbound Frontier Lands of New Guinea Itinerary

The Southbound Frontier Lands of New Guinea itinerary cruises from Madang, Papua New Guinea, to Cairns, Australia. An optional pre-cruise charter flight can connect travelers from Cairns to the embarkation point.

Route map of Frontier Lands of New Guinea cruise, operating between Cairns, Australia & Madang, Papua New Guinea, with visits along the eastern shoreline.
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Day 1
Embark Madang, Papua New Guinea

Enjoy a town tour of Madang before boarding at 4:30pm for a 5:00pm departure. Join the expedition staff as they introduce the journey and the many experiences you will enjoy. This evening, join the captain’s welcome drinks and meet the crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Optional Charter flight: Cairns to Madang $850 per person(2023). This will be a direct flight from Cairns, with no stopover in Port Moresby, with a staff member to accompany guests. Limited seats available, contact your Adventure Specialist for more information.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Days 2 - 12
Exploration of Papua New Guinea

Throughout this expedition, the expedition team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximize the experience. Visiting these remote communities is subject to approval of the local landowners. Below are the key destinations the ship aims to visit.

Dobu Island & Dei Dei Hot Springs (Fergusson Island)

Join the expedition team for a walk to Dei Dei hot springs. Hear the mythical and spiritual tales of the Dei Dei Hot Springs, learn about the history of the Kula Ring and the role of Dobu Island in the north and south Kula trade routes. Meet the local primary school children, who will welcome all with a traditional song, and spend some time snorkeling in the Bubbling Springs Reef.

Trobriand Islands

Historically known as the Islands of Love, the Trobriand Islands offer a glimpse of traditional cultures largely unspoiled by outside influence. Be greeted at the small island of Kuiawa with an enthusiastic Trobriand’s welcome.

Tufi Fjord

Today enjoy a true highlight. Discover the scenic beauty of the Tufi Fjords. Featuring 25 individual canyons with sheer basalt cliffs, these are the only fjords in Papua New Guinea and offer a wealth of sightseeing opportunities. Aboard the Xplorer tender vessel, travel to the entrance of one of Tufi’s most scenic fjords and be met by local villagers in traditional dress aboard outrigger canoes. Have the opportunity to board one of the outriggers as the locals paddle up the creek under the rainforest canopy. Here, spirits and sorcery remain integral to village life, and one can learn about bush medicines, fire making, mat weaving and traditional tattooing. Deep in the rainforest, have the chance to witness the tribesmen perform a traditional sing song in their ceremonial dress. Later, discover white-sand beaches, or snorkel or dive over spectacular fringing reefs.

Buna & Sanananda

Land at Buna beach, home to some of the toughest fighting in the WWII Pacific campaign. Enjoy a welcome from the local residents, and then be guided through the jungle to visit the areas where Allied forces clashed with Japanese forces. In Sanananda, see the local monuments and pay tribute to fallen Australian soldiers at the war museum, located at the far end of the Kokoda Track. There’s also the opportunity to visit the lush gardens surrounding the village.

Morobe Harbor

Arrive at Morobe Harbor early in the morning and cruise in the Xplorer tender vessel to view the stunning forest from the Mou River. Receive a warm Oro Province welcome and enjoy exploring the village with local guides. At high tide, possibly cruise farther into a picturesque hidden bay.

Kamiali (Lababia Village) & Fly Islands

In the morning, during a relaxing visit to the village, enjoy singing and dancing performances and join a local guide around the village. Board an outrigger canoe to explore farther up the river with a guide and experience snorkeling and diving at the Biangatu Island reef in the Fly Islands.

Dregerhafen

At the beautiful anchorage of Dregerhafen, enjoy a high-spirited Papua New Guinea welcome and explore the market which is famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. There are many WWII artifacts in this area. After lunch, enjoy snorkeling, diving and kayaking in the blue waters of the lagoon.

Sepik Mouth, Bien Village & Kadovar Volcano

Arrive at the mouth of the famed Sepik River and be greeted with stunning views of the landscape and this mammoth river which cuts a swathe through lush forest. The first stop on the Sepik River is at the village of Bien, where local villagers greet all on their canoes and follow with dance performances. There is an opportunity to purchase highly sought-after hand-crafted artifacts, masks and carvings at the Sepik market.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
At Sea

Spend today relaxing on board, listen and learn from the guest lecturer presentations, or enjoy an engine room or bridge tour.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Cairns, Australia

Arrive in Cairns to disembark the ship at 8:00am.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing (excluding optional extras); snorkeling & equipment (Scuba diving at additional cost); use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; coffee and selection of teas; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; choice of local operator excursions at some locations; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare, transfers and hotels, scuba diving (contact AdventureSmith for pricing & details), entry visas, travel permits, insurance of any kind, items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The southbound Frontier Lands of New Guinea cruise begins in Madang, Papua New Guinea (MAG), and ends in Cairns, Queensland Australia (CNS); an optional, added-cost charter flight may be pre-booked for those wishing to fly from Cairns to Madang for embarkation (see Exclusions). Plan flights to arrive to Madang ahead of the 4:30pm boarding and 5:00pm departure on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Cairns anytime after the 8:00am disembarkation on the final day. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights  resource page.

Internal Flights

An optional, added-cost, pre-cruise charter flight from Cairns to Madang ($850 per person in 2023) is available and must be pre-booked through your Adventure Specialist, who can provide additional details such as luggage weight limits.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving (contact AdventureSmith for pricing & details), small boat excursions, kayaking, wildlife observation and cultural tours.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a sole use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Forgotten Islands of Papua New Guinea Itinerary

The alternative Forgotten Islands of Papua New Guinea itinerary cruises from Kavieng, Papua New Guinea to Cairns, Australia. An optional pre-cruise charter flight can connect travelers from Cairns to Kavieng for embarkation.

Route map of Forgotten Islands of Papua New Guinea small ship cruise, operating from Kavieng, PNG to Cairns, Australia, with visits along eastern New Guinea.
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Day 1
Embark Kavieng, Papua New Guinea

Board the ship at Kavieng at 4:00pm for a 6:00pm departure. Settle into your cabin and relax as the ship sets sail westwards towards New Hanover Sea. Join the captain’s welcome drinks and meet the crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Optional Charter flight: Cairns to Kavieng $850 per person(2023). Limited seats available, contact your Adventure Specialist for more information. Guests taking the charter will enjoy a guided tour of the small city of Kavieng with its picturesque natural harbor, culturally-rich outlying villages and WWII history.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 12
Exploration of Papua New Guinea

Throughout this expedition, the expedition team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximize the experience. Visiting these remote communities is subject to approval of the local landowners. Below are the key destinations the ship aims to visit.

Ataliklikun Bay

Take a nature walk and a tour of a local plantation to see copra production. In the evening witness the mesmerizing Baining Fire Dance.

Duke of York Islands

The Duke of York Islands consist of 13 rarely visited islands. These low-lying islands feature tranquil waterways reflecting lush rainforest landscapes, but are known for tectonic activity, and are threatened by rising sea levels. There is a robust bird population found in this remote region, with many species endemic to New Britain. This is a great snorkeling location.

Rabaul

Rabaul was the main stronghold of the Japanese during the war with 110,000 Japanese troops based there by 1943. The Japanese army dug many miles of tunnels as shelters from Allied air attacks and built army barracks and support structures. Rabaul is perched on the edge of a magnificent natural harbor ringed by six cone-shaped volcanoes. Rabaul used to be the provincial capital and most important town in the province before it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1994, after which time the capital was moved to Kokopo. Have the opportunity for a tour of Rabaul ghost town and Kokopoincluding the War Museum.

Jacquinot Bay

Jacquinot Bay has fascinating WWII history, including a significant Allied amphibious landing, and was a base for Australian operators during the war.  Explore the large bay on the eastern Coast of New Britain Island. See the waterfalls and take a cruise of the Sivoli River, known for its crystal clear water.

Kuiawa (Manuwata) Islands – Trobriand Islands

Historically known as the Islands of Love, the Trobriand Islands offer a glimpse of traditional cultures largely unspoiled by outside influence. Go ashore at the small island of Kuiawa to be greeted by enthusiastic traditional dances performed by colorfully costumed locals. Browse the market featuring local craftwork and relax on the pristine island beach.

Woodlark (Muyua) Island

“Woodlark Island is a biological jewel—home to at least 42 species that occur nowhere else on Earth,” said William Laurance, a professor at James Cook University in Australia. Woodlark, also known as Muyua, has never been linked to the mainland. Like on other islands necklacing New Guinea and isolated in the rough waters of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Woodlark’s flora and fauna have been left to explore the farthest branch tips of the tree of life. The 40+ endemic species are found on an island just a little larger than New York City, and include the woodlark cuscus (Phalanger lullulae), an extravagantly colored tree-dwelling marsupial that’s listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Rich in resources, including gold, the island is threatened by plans for commercial logging and mining. Over the past decade, Woodlark Islanders have defended their forests from resource exploitation from outsiders.

Laughlan Islands – Bodaluna (Budi Budi) Island

In this remote corner of the world, Laughlan Islanders specialize in canoe building. The friendly villagers of Bodaluna share their lifestyle of subsistence gardening, fishing and Kula ring trading. Later, snorkel or dive on the outer reef, where there may be turtles, wrasse and spinner dolphins in the warm, clear waters.

Louisiade Archipelago East & West

The Louisiade Archipelago rainforests are home to a number of endemic species of frogs, lizards and birds. Deboyne Lagoon is a must-see for history buffs. Acting as a Japanese seaplane base for five days during WWII, one can find a nearly intact Zero fighter plane in the shallow waters of Deboyne Lagoon. This is also an excellent place to snorkel, dive or kayak and the locals who greet all at the beach are friendly and welcoming. The Calvados Islands, a chain of atolls in the archipelago, is described as ‘Jurassic Like’ due to their steep limestone karsts. Panasia Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Papua New Guinea.

Dobu Island & Dei Dei Springs (Fergusson Island)

Join the expedition staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs on Fergusson Island, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs located at the base of an extinct volcano. Locals still use the hot springs to cook food in palm frond baskets. Learn of the history of the Kula Ring at Dobu Island and meet the local primary school children, who welcome all with a traditional song, and spend some time snorkeling in the Bubbling Springs Reef.

Samarai or Ebuma Island

Located off the south-eastern tip of New Guinea in the China Strait, choose to explore the colonial settlement of Samarai, with a chance to purchase pearls from a local pearl farmer, or go for a snorkel at nearby Ebuma Island.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Cairns, Australia

The voyage ends in Cairns. Disembark the ship at 9:00am and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew. Post-cruise transfer to Cairns’ central business district hotels or the airport is included.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing (excluding optional extras); snorkeling & equipment (Scuba diving at additional cost); use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; coffee and selection of teas; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; choice of local operator excursions at some locations; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare, transfers and hotels, scuba diving (contact AdventureSmith for pricing & details), entry visas, travel permits, insurance of any kind, items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Forgotten Islands of Papua New Guinea cruise begins in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea (KVG), and ends in Cairns, Queensland Australia (CNS); an optional, added-cost charter flight may be pre-booked for those wishing to meet the ship for embarkation in Kavieng (see Exclusions). Plan flights to arrive to Kavieng the night before Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Cairns anytime after the 9:00am disembarkation on the final day. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights  resource page.

Internal Flights

An optional, added-cost, pre-cruise charter flight from Cairns to Kavieng ($850 per person in 2023) is available and must be pre-booked through your Adventure Specialist, who can provide additional details such as luggage weight limits.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving (contact AdventureSmith for pricing & details), small boat excursions, kayaking, wildlife observation and cultural tours.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a sole use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

New Guinea Circumnavigation Itinerary

The New Guinea Circumnavigation cruise operates from Cairns to Darwin, Australia, with visits to villages along the New Guinea coastline, as well as the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Route map of New Guinea Circumnavigation small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Cairns to Darwin, Australia, with visits along the New Guinea coastline, including Indonesia's Raja Ampat & Spice Islands.
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Day 1
Embark Cairns, Australia

Be welcomed aboard the ship at 7:30am, then depart Cairns at 9:00am. Get to know the ship and fellow travelers while sailing across the Coral Sea.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
At Sea

Guest lecturers will hold several presentations today, on the itinerary, safety procedures, Indonesian culture and protocols. This evening, mingle with the captain, crew and fellow guests at the captain’s welcome drinks event.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 34
Exploration of Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat & Spice Islands

Throughout this expedition, the expedition team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximize the experience. Visiting these remote communities is subject to approval of the local landowners. Below are the key destinations the ship aims to visit.

Sewa Bay & Samarai, Papua New Guinea

Clear into Papua New Guinea at Samarai, then cruise into beautiful Sewa Bay and be welcomed ashore to the local Pwanapwana Primary school. The locals will show their traditional war dances and share a morning tea of pineapple, coconut milk and sugar bananas.

Dobu & Dei Dei Springs (Fergusson Island), Papua New Guinea

Join the expedition staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs. Learn of the history of the Kula Ring at Dobu Island and meet the local primary school children, who will welcome with a traditional dance performance. There will also be an opportunity to snorkel the incredible Bubbling Springs Reef.

Kuiawa, Papua New Guinea

Historically known as the Islands of Love, the Trobriand Islands offer a glimpse of traditional cultures largely unspoiled by outside influence. In the morning, go ashore at the small island of Kuiawa to be greeted by enthusiastic traditional dances performed by colorfully costumed locals. Make some purchases at the market and relax on the pristine island beach in the afternoon.

Tufi Fjord, Papua New Guinea

Today enjoy a true highlight. Discover the scenic beauty of the Tufi Fjords. Featuring 25 individual canyons with sheer basalt cliffs, these are the only fjords in Papua New Guinea and offer a wealth of sightseeing opportunities. Aboard the Xplorer tender vessel, travel to the entrance of one of Tufi’s most scenic fjords and be met by local villagers in traditional dress aboard outrigger canoes. Have the opportunity to board one of the outriggers as the locals paddle up the creek under the rainforest canopy. Here, spirits and sorcery remain integral to village life, and one can learn about bush medicines, fire making, mat weaving and traditional tattooing. Deep in the rainforest, have the chance to witness the tribesmen perform a traditional sing song in their ceremonial dress. Later, discover white-sand beaches, or snorkel or dive over spectacular fringing reefs.

Buna & Sanananda, Papua New Guinea

Land at Buna beach, home to some of the toughest fighting in the WWII Pacific campaign. Enjoy a welcome from the local residents and then be guided through the jungle by them to visit the areas where Allied forces clashed with Japanese forces. In Sanananda, see the local monuments and pay tribute to fallen Australian soldiers at the war museum, located at the far end of the Kokoda Track. Also enjoy the opportunity to visit the lush gardens surrounding the village.

Fly Islands & Morobe, Papua New Guinea

Awaken early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island. Biangatu Reef is teeming with fish life and colorful coral. Enjoy snorkeling, diving (added cost) or kayaking. Enter Morobe Harbor and cruise in the Xplorer to view the stunning forest from the Mou River. Receive an Oro Province welcome and enjoy exploring the village with local guides. At high tide, hope to travel into a stunning hidden bay to another village.

Dregerhafen, Papua New Guinea

At the beautiful anchorage of Dregerhafen, enjoy a high-spirited traditional welcome in Gingala village, and explore the market which is famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles before the chance to mingle with the locals and stroll through the village. After lunch enjoy snorkeling, diving, glass-bottom boat tours and kayaking in the blue waters of the lagoon.

Madang, Papua New Guinea

Explore Madang and its surrounds, which sits on a peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for its waterfront setting and colonial history. Discover the surrounding area on a Madang tour–which includes a visit to the Madang Haus Museum, the Coastwatchers Lighthouse and Bil Bil Village where pottery is made. Certified divers have the opportunity to check out some great dive sites in the area with experienced local operators (added cost).

Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

At first light, the ship enters the mighty Sepik River. The destination is the remote village of Bien or Kopar, where the locals are known for their arts and crafts. A true Sepik welcome awaits while stepping ashore! Take the opportunity to purchase the unique hand carvings of this region. While departing from the Sepik River, sail past the active volcano at Kadovar Island and enjoy sunset drinks.

Wewak, Papua New Guinea

Early in the morning, arrive into the port town of Wewak. There is much WWII history here. Go on a tour with local guides including Wewak Hill Lookout, ANZAC Memorial, Mission Hill, and also see the local craft markets.

Jayapura, Indonesia

Visit Asei Village at Sentani Lake and be greeted by enthusiastic costumed dancers. View and perhaps purchase art painted on bark for which Lake Sentani is famous. This is the clearance stop as the ship leaves Papua New Guinea and departs for Indonesia.

Nirumoar, Indonesia

Today, enjoy an expedition stop at Nirumoar. At this unusual location, discover a shipwreck on the beach and enjoy snorkeling and beachcombing, before relaxing on the white-sand beach.

Mamberamo River, Indonesia

The Mamberamo River is the largest river in Papua and is regarded as the Amazon of the East.  It is considered one of the largest rivers in Indonesia by volume. Along the huge river valley live many tribes who have little connection to the outside world. There is an amazing biodiversity here in flora and fauna. Today go ashore at Teba Village, at the mouth of the river. This village is built on the muddy riverbank and presents a unique insight into the way of life of this remote region. Stroll through the village with local guides and make new friends with the enthusiastic locals. Later, explore the river on an Xplorer tender vessel cruise. This is an expedition destination.

Kwatisore, Indonesia

This afternoon visit the Papuan village of Kwatisore, where the locals will perform a bird of paradise dance and other traditional performances. Consider participating and dancing with the local people. Market stalls will be set up with interesting items to purchase, such as carved paddles. They are skilled musicians here and will entertain all with their string band.

Cenderwasih Bay & Kwatisore, Indonesia

Today, experience one of the highlights of this cruiseswimming with the whale sharks.  The gentle giants will be swimming around the fishing bagans and everyone will have the chance to enter the water in small groups to swim with these amazing animals. Visit Kwatisore to shop for local arts and crafts, be entertained by the string band and the bird-of-paradise dance.

Roon Island, Indonesia

Just below the surface resides a Japanese plane wreck with big black corals, gorgonians, big lionfish, glassfish, shrimps and many more. Snorkelers on the surface can still clearly see the wreck when the weather cooperates and the water is still, or they may dive down for a closer look. Afterwards, hope to explore a nearby village to meet the locals.

Pulau Ayau & Pulau Kanobe, Indonesia

Today, discover the beautiful and incredibly remote Ayau Atoll. Go ashore at Pulau Ayau to visit Miosbekwan Village with the possibility of a swim with friendly dolphins in the clear turquoise waters of the lagoon. This pristine location offers an extraordinary experience of culture and nature in one of the most isolated parts of the world.

Wayag Islands, Indonesia

The jewel in the crown of Raja Ampat, picturesque gumdrop karsts are the backdrop for this paradise on earth. Here, the underwater world is rightly famous– spend time discovering it with snorkeling, SCUBA diving (added cost) and kayaking opportunities. For the fit, a walk up to Mt Pindito is available. This steep uphill walk rewards with remarkable views over the islands.

Aljui Bay, Indonesia

Kofiau Islands are covered by lush trees and wild plants, they offer a fantastic wealth of nature and beautiful scenery. The tropical rainforest is home to the endemic rare kofiau paradise kingfisher, kofiau monarch and kofiau green-tree python. Here, enjoy white and soft sandy beaches, and crystal-clear water with stunning corals. Be welcomed to the local villages and meet the people in their daily lives. Witness traditional foods being prepared and attend the celebration of Buka Sasi. In the afternoon, enjoy snorkeling, diving or birdwatching.

Misool, Indonesia

At Misool, explore the stone gardens with its misty beauty. As a hidden and deserted paradise, Misool is unspoiled with waters of aquamarine lined by towering karst cliffs of various shapes and forms. Misool waters have approximately 200 saltwater lagoons stretching like a green carpet and bustling with unique and beautiful corals. Here, swim, snorkel and explore around the islands by kayak.

Arguni, Indonesia

Arguni is a small island off the west coast of West Papua province of Indonesia. The island covers less than two square miles. The local language Arguni is spoken by about 150 people. On the south side of the island are pearl farm buoys and cages floating in the warm clear water. Mangrove swamps, many interesting limestone islets and formations, Papuan rock art (notably hand and foot stencils), burial caves and villages (some on stilts) line the shore. While Arguni is in the Fakfak Regency, it still has a traditional king (a functionless title), Raja Hanaf Pauspaus of Arguni, one of many kings of Indonesia.

Upon arrival, be greeted by villagers displaying many cultural attractions, including traditional dances, local music and traditional handcrafts. Enjoy fresh coconut and browse around the village to observe daily life and interact with the local people. Following this, journey by Zodiac to visit the famous ancient blood paintings at Roefroefoea. The paintings feature many hands of humans and also animal depictions, with the red color of the paintings resembling the color of blood.

Banda Islands, Indonesia

As the ship arrives at the entrance to Banda Neira, the Zonegat Channel, traditional long canoes known as Kora Kora emerge, rowed thunderously by men in traditional costume. These traditional war canoes provide an impressive escort into the caldera for the first look at Banda Neira. This island visit features Rumah Budaya, Old Dutch Church Hatta House, Perigi Rante, a Nutmeg plantation and the highlight visit of the beautiful Fort Belgica for traditional dancing and sampling local treats during sunset drinks.

History has coined these islands as the fabled Spice Islands and is not without sound reason. Today these islands may be almost unheard of, but they’ve played an important role in the European history from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Combining raw natural beauty, a warm local heart, and a palpable and fascinating history, this remote cluster of ten islands were home to some of the most prized and fought-over commodities in the past–nutmeg, cloves and mace. Underwater, impressive undersea drop-offs are vibrantly plastered with multicolored coral gardens. The central islands–Pulau Neira and Pulau Banda Besar–curl in picturesque crescents around the pocket-sized volcano Gunung Api.

Today, snorkel over the coral reef that has emerged on the lava flow from Gunung Api’s historic eruption. Others may go ashore in Banda for a tea party in the charming local surrounds.

Sebakor Bay, Indonesia

Discover the beautiful remote coast of Sebakor Bay. The aquarium-like waters are home to exceptional marine life and coral reefs, and snorkelers and divers will have the opportunity to explore. There will be time to kayak, or simply relax and look for Papuan birdlife along the shoreline. Later, enjoy the chance to swim under the Mommon Waterfall, where cool freshwater flows out of the lush jungle and falls into the ocean.

Triton Bay, Indonesia

Triton Bay lies on the south coast of the West Papua province of Indonesia, surrounded by tropical rainforests and rising on one side to a roughly 3,475-foot peak. The waters of the bay nurture abundant marine life woth 471 types of coral and 959 types of coral fish. In these waters, Bryde’s whales and whale sharks also find their home. Nearby this region is where Alfred Russel Wallace, contemporary and equal of Charles Darwin, wrote of his explorations in The Malay Archipelago around 1858. With visitors rare to this region, it is indescribably special.

Triton Bay is known for displaying an impressive level of soft coral coverage similar to places like Misool Island. Epaulette sharks can be seen walking over the reefs as giant groupers lurk in sheltered spots, while schools of jacks and fusiliers dart en masse. Squadrons of bump head parrotfish charge around chomping the coral into fine sand, watched by ever-present turtles. Triton Bay’s black coral forests are awesome in scale and never fail to impress. In one area, the high limestone cliffs display extensive pre-historic drawings and carvings–colored orange, white and black–which are truly breathtaking. Explore the underwater world and look for whale sharks, which gather here.

Aru Islands, Indonesia

The Aru Islands consist of some 95 low-lying islands covered with forest and with swampy coastal surrounds located in the Maluku province of eastern Indonesia in the Arafura Sea. Flora of the area ranges from dense green forests of tree ferns to grassy plains while the fauna has Australian affinities with marsupials being the dominant animals in the area. Here, cruise along the mangroves to catch sight of the illusive and beautiful birds of paradise that call nearby Lorang Village home.

Agats, Indonesia

Experience a memorable welcome by an armada of about 40 or more war canoes, rowed powerfully towards the ship by the Asmat warriors in traditional costume. Disembarking by Xplorer tender vessel, be accompanied by the Asmat tribe’s warrior war canoes to Syuru village for a welcome dance set and performance by the Asmat women. After the ceremony, be invited deep into the “Men’s House” to experience wonderful items of traditional wooden arts and sculpture, which are offered for sale. This afternoon, visit Agats Township and the Museums there, with time to purchase artifacts and souvenirs.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 35
At Sea

Relax and spend time reflecting on this epic voyage around New Guinea, complete with encounters with many remote tribes and a wide array of cultural and natural wonders. While preparing to return to the modern world, enjoy the hospitality on board with captain’s farewell drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 36
Disembark Darwin, Australia

The ship will arrive into Darwin at 8:00am to clear customs and disembark at 10:00am.

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing (excluding optional extras); snorkeling & equipment (Scuba diving at additional cost); use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; coffee and selection of teas; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; choice of local operator excursions at some locations; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare, transfers and hotels, scuba diving, entry visas, travel permits, insurance of any kind, items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The New Guinea Circumnavigation cruise begins in Cairns, Queensland Australia (CNS), and ends in Darwin, Australia (DRW). Plan flights to arrive to Cairns the night before Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Darwin anytime after the 10:00am disembarkation on the final day of the itinerary. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights  resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving (contact AdventureSmith for pricing & details), small boat excursions, kayaking, wildlife observation and cultural tours.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a sole use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Listed prices for this trip are based on foreign currency exchange rates and may vary. USD pricing will be calculated at the time of final payment based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

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