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New Guinea Islands Discoverer

This adventure offers a rare opportunity to explore the acclaimed Louisiade Archipelago. The Louisiades are one of the great island arcs of the South Pacific, stretching some 400km along the northern rim of the Coral Sea. This remote area is a paradise of islands, lagoons and extensive barrier reefs. It is also home to the seafaring Dobu people and boasts excellent diving, snorkelling and fishing. Snorkel over the Japanese Zero wreck at Deboyne lagoon, swim by Manta Rays at Losai Island and finish your day with a snorkel with huge trevally at Nivani Pass. Relax among the picture perfect beaches with tropical seas, and sport fishermen can tangle with sailfish, Spanish mackerel and giant dog-tooth tuna. With superb fine dining on your adventure cruise ship, immerse yourself in the inspiring scenery and culture of Papua New Guinea.


Charter flight between Cairns (Australia) and Alotau (Papua New Guinea)
Transport to and from cruise
Comfortable twin share cabin accommodation on cruise
Superb fine dining consisting of 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
Non-alcoholic beverages on the ship
Expedition crew, specialist guides and naturalist onboard
Sightseeing as listed in itinerary
All activities while on cruise including expedition boat excursions, lectures and guide services
Port charges
Group medical kit
Use of snorkelling (mask, snorkel & fins) and fishing equipment during the trip
Divers are provided with cylinders, weight belts and weights only
For 2015 trip only - Darren Jew (Canon Master and Underwater photography specialist) will be offering complimentary photography workshops and tutorials
Explore the remote tropical seas and coral reefs of the Louisiade Archipelago
Stay aboard luxury adventure cruise ship, the True North
Diving, snorkelling and/or fishing in tropical waters
Enhance your local experience with the guest naturalist
Stroll uninhabited beaches and hike in pristine wilderness
Stunning scenery and cultural encounters
World class fine dining
On-board helicopter for optional scenic flights
For 2015 trip only - Receive expert photography tips from Darren Jew - Canon Master and Underwater photography specialist
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $8,995
Start Location
Cairns, Australia
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 36
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Day 1
Take advantage of an early morning transfer (approximately 06:00am) from your hotel to Cairns International Airport. It is highly recommended that you arrive in Cairns the night prior to the cruise date. After clearing customs you will be welcomed aboard our comfortable charter aircraft for the short flight to Alotau. After attending to immigration formalities you will find the magnificent True North and our famed crew, ready to begin your adventure cruise. Enjoy a welcome aboard cocktail and a light snack as we head out into the South China Strait. In the late afternoon join the first of our ‘shore parties’ and explore the small but intriguing island of Samarai – once a trading centre with greater importance than Moresby. Back onboard sample hors d’uvres in the alfresco bar before making your way to the ship’s saloon – the chefs are sure to have prepared something extra special tonight, wagyu beef would be a delight, the first of the many signature dining experiences.
Day 2
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 and this morning our expedition boats will convey snorkelling teams to examine the wreck. Fishing, diving and sightseeing boats will also explore the lagoon and outer reef. A visit to Panepompom Island provides opportunity to experience idyllic archipelago life. The locals will welcome you on the beach, treat you with some impromptu singing and then invite all to stroll amongst their huts. Our crew will also take the opportunity to deliver appreciated resources to the local school before the expedition boats are away again.
Day 3
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-like. Fishing, diving and snorkelling will again be on the agenda or perhaps you would prefer a hike on exotic Panasia. In the afternoon we will also visit Nimoa Island where the island mission will impress. The five-sided church features murals of island life and all mission buildings are surrounded by 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 vista.
Day 4
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 a much larger island – nearly 300 square kilometres. It is also very mountainous with Mt Rossel reaching 800 metres – the helicopter will be handy! From an unassailable vantage, scenic flyers will encounter lush jungle and fringing reefs 12 kilometres to the east and 40 kilometres to the west. No shortage of ground to explore here either. In the afternoon we visit beautiful Damenu Bay. It’s just a short walk up the hill to the mission and school. The mission’s commanding views of Damenu Bay are not to be missed.
Day 5
Today we visit the Renard Islands. Kimuta is a very special opportunity to purchase artifacts, and here we will also enjoy some of the best snorkelling that Papua New Guinea has to offer. Then we’ve saved the best till last. The master will reverse the True North stern to beach in an amazing turquoise lagoon built to size. You will be impressed by the steep sided jungle that surrounds. The nearby dive site is big as well – a vertical wall with the most spectacular vista yet.
Day 6
This morning we are alongside in Alotau. Disembarkation proceedings are normally completed by 08:00am. You will be transferred to our charter plane for your return flight to Cairns. You will arrive in Cairns by 17:00 where you’ll need to clear customs and immigration. The trip concludes on arrival in Cairns Airport.