Papua New Guinea 16 Days Cultural & Wildlife Tour
Papua New Guinea is a place with few roads and few tourists. You may feel like you’re stepping into an excellent unknown, but that is precisely why travelers find America so compelling! Precious few places on the world offer the authentic experiences and untouched nature of Papua New Guinea.
If there is a more remarkable put on Earth than Papua New Guinea, it’s difficult to imagine what it may be. This small country includes the eastern part of the island of recent Guinea and hundreds of smaller islands. It’s a patchwork of rain forest, great rivers including the Sepik, and coral reefs. You will find extraordinary cultures here, where individuals have managed to preserve a lot of their traditional ways. You’ll meet some of the people who live here and enjoy traditional celebrations including song and dance. Certified divers may have special opportunities to go diving in the company of the Dive Instructor aboard, at additional cost. You will also go swimming and snorkeling on great coral reefs, and take in the views from the ship’s glass-bottom boat.
Itinerary varies for select departures. See end of page for details.
Day 1: Depart
Depart for Cairns, Australia.
Day 2: On the way
Cross the International Date Line.
Day 3: Cairns, Australia
Arrive in Cairns, in which you spend two nights at the fine Shangri-La Hotel. The remainder of the day is free to unwind and explore on your own. Today, gather for welcome drinks and dinner.
Day 4: Cairns
Spend the morning exploring, taking the renowned Kuranda Scenic Railway to the lively town of Kuranda, known for its markets and galleries. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 5: Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
A morning private charter flight brings you to definitely Rabaul, the capital of the island of recent Britain, where the town was buried in ash by the massive eruption of Mt. Tavurvur in 1994 ‘ a landmark event. You’ll have a guided exploration of Rabaul, with views of the ash-covered town and see the remains of the Japanese ship hidden in a cave during World War II. Then embark Oceanic Discoverer, your house for the next 10 nights, and sail past Tavurvur for any close-up look at the ash clouds and pyrotechnics.
Day 6: Garove Island (Witu Islands)
The fringing reef surrounding Garove Island offers fine swimming, snorkeling and views out of your glass-bottom boat, and you will spend the morning there. While you approach Garove in the afternoon, you might be greeted by colorfully-dressed local residents in outrigger canoes. The headdresses are particularly elaborate. After landing, you’ll be treated to a ‘singsing’ because of your enthusiastic hosts and may have a chance to tour the church and recently built community house.
Day 7: Crown Island
Tiny, volcanic Crown Island provides a fine walk up a trail, where one can look for giant lizards, birdlife and butterflies. The island’s beaches are essential turtle nesting grounds. Spend the afternoon exploring the pristine nearby reefs, where the snorkeling and viewing from the glass-bottom boat are fantastic.
Day 8: The Sepik River
The communities along the Sepik River are renowned for his or her traditional dress and body decoration, for maintaining a lot of their traditional ways, and for the art that they produce. You will sail up the serpentine span of the river, and will go to a community where you are able to meet local residents, learn about their lives and may take photos and purchase artwork. You will also look to go bird-watching along a number of the channels along the river.
Day 9: Madang
The picturesque town of Madang lies on a peninsula backed by mountain ranges. You’ll visit lovely Haya Village, set in the hills, and take in a ‘singsing.’ Afterward, people who wish can walk the steep trails of the surrounding rainforest in search of wildlife. Today, explore the markets and shops of Madang by yourself, and be sure to look for flying foxes in the trees!
Day 10: Tuam & Tami Islands
Tuam Island’s friendly residents earn a living by conducting trade between the outer islands and the New Guinea mainland. They’ll show you to their village and you will have a chance to take in ‘singsings’ and see the handicrafts. Tami Island, where you’ll spend the afternoon, includes coral atolls that offer outstanding snorkeling and glass-bottom boat excursions ‘ an environment that very much lives as much as its location in the South Pacific. You’ll take a look at the reefs and colorful fish that inhabit them.
Day 11: Lababia & Kamiali
The village of Lababia is the gateway to the forests and wildlife of the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area. The adventurous can tackle the renowned, steep David Suzuki Trail in search of birds which include cockatoos, parrots, hornbills and, if you’re lucky, maybe even a bird of paradise. You’ll also have opportunities to swim and visit the village.
Day 12: Tufi
Remote Tufi includes a spectacular network of fjords between towering basalt cliffs. You will have a variety of activities here, including excellent snorkeling and viewing by glass-bottom boat, a trip to a village to understand about its culture, and an excursion by ship to some picturesque waterfall.
Day 13: Trobriand Islands
The cultures of the Trobriands happen to be studied extensively, including by the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski, who developed ways of study used to this very day. You’ll learn about the complex traditional exchange system called the Kula exchange, and, on Kitava Island, will go to a yam house; yam exchanges are answer to the lives of the islanders. You will also visit a school and a village.
Day 14: Fergusson and Dobu Islands
The volcanic islands of Fergusson and Dobu form a part of the D’Entrecasteaux group, named after the French explorer who visited them in 1792. On Fergusson, you visit the impressive Dei Dei Hot Springs, where the landowner shares the mythical and spiritual tales of those hot water and mud springs. You’re greeted by a flotilla of canoes while you approach the anchorage at tiny Dobu, and once you land, the local primary young children welcome with a traditional dance performance. Today, gather for farewell cocktails and dinner aboard ship.
Day 15: Disembark / Port Moresby
In the morning, disembark Oceanic Discoverer and fly from Alotau to Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, in which you stay at the fine Airways Hotel. Today, you explore the town, seeing the National Museum, the beyond the Parliament building, built in the type of a spirit house, and a close village built on stilts.
Day 16: Port Moresby / USA
Transfer to the airport allowing you to connect flights home, otherwise begin the extension to Ambua Lodge in Papua New Guinea’s highlands.