Mysterious Papua New Guinea is, in the truest sense, one of the last great wilderness areas on Earth and there is simply no better way to experience these magical and rarely visited lands than aboard our state-of-the-art small ship Coral Discoverer. Join us in Cairns for an outstanding 12-night expedition to Rabaul and discover for yourself the outstanding cultures and scenic beauty of rarely discovered Papua New Guinea.

Lying 160 kilometres north of Australia, just south of the Equator, the country’s vast expanses of thick tropical jungle and razor-sharp mountains remain daunting to all but the most intrepid of explorers. But join us aboard Coral Discoverer and reach into the heart and soul of Papua New Guinea and see your expectations of this remarkable country and its people soar.

Throughout your voyage of discovery, our experienced Expedition Leaders and expert Guest Lecturers will share with you their wealth of knowledge as you retrace the paths of early explorers including De Quiros, Bougainville and Cook and discover areas seldom visited by modern ‘white man’. You will soon discover that Papua New Guinea is a place of rich cultural diversity. There is no such thing as a typical Papua New Guinean, as more than 1,000 cutures, each with different traditions, are now recognised. The ancient tribal culture lives on vibrantly in the minds of the villagers and townsfolk.

Papua New Guinea is home ot 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 strikingly coloured orchids and many rare species of birds and insects, including the world’s largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandria Birdwing – whose wingspan reaches up to 30 centimetres! There are 700 species of birds, including parrots, hornbills, cassowaries, cockatoos and kingfishers, but the country is best known for its brilliantly coloured birds of paradise.

Please Note: On most departures a direct charter flight is available directly from Rabaul to Cairns at the conclusion of the cruise. Please enquire for more details.
Board Coral Discoverer at 10:00am for an 11:00am departure > leave Cairns behind as we begin our voyage towards Papua New Guinea > take the opportunity to explore your new home for the next 12 nights > take in evening sunset drinks before sitting down to the first of many delicious dinners
Pass through the Great Barrier Reef, continue northeast towards the China Strait > sample the onboard facilities and community areas and get to know your travelling companions > join our Expedition Leader and knowledgeable Guest Lecturers in the Lounge for presentations and briefings on Papua New Guinea ahead of our arrival in Alotau
Wake up to the scenery of the China Strait as we approach our first Papua New Guinea landfall – Alotau > our experienced Guest Lecturers will interpret the traditional welcome dances prior to leading us on a tour of historic Alotau > cruise Milne Bay and learn of the World War II military history of this region before the Captain’s welcome aboard drinks
Join our Expedition Staff on a walk to the Dei Dei Hot Springs where the people share the mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs > learn of the history of the Kula Ring where Dobu Island was a pivotal link between the north and south Kula trade routes > meet the local primary school children who will welcome us with a traditional dance performance > snorkel the bubbling springs reef
Historically known as the ‘Islands of Love’, the Trobriands offer a glimpse of traditional culture largely unspoiled by outside influence > on the island of Kuiawa witness traditional Trobriand dance performed by the colourfully costumed locals > sail to Kitava to meet the local villagers
Local guides will paddles us on traditional canoes at Maclaren Harbour to their village in the rainforest > be welcomed with traditional dances and garden markets > discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited 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 > soak up spectacular views as we cruise close to the towering cliffs before boarding Xplorer to travel ashore> enjoy a leisurely swim and snorkel over colourful fringing reefs
The Battle of Buna, saw some of the fiercest fighting during the final stages of WW11 > walk through the jungle to honor the past at the World War II monument > stopover at Sanananda to visit the War Museum > meet the local people of the Girewo village
Awaken early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island, which has some of the best coral reefs in all of Papua New Guinea > snorkel, SCUBA dive, glass bottom boat tours and kayaking > visit the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in PNG – the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area
Today we visit Dregerhafen, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles > head ashore to Tuam in the Siassi group of islands, which offer a mix of both mainland and Bismarck Archipelago cultures > peruse prized trinkets and decorations which include dog’s teeth, spondyllus shells and wonderful balsa wood and sago bark headdresses > witness the locals perform their traditional welcome dances and savour the warm village hospitality
Explore Madang, which sits on the peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands and is famed for its diving, with excellent visibility and many World War II wrecks > discover the town, including the markets where there is the opportunity to purchase a large selection of artefacts from the Sepik region
Enter the mouth of the mighty Sepik River – one of the world’s great river systems > only aboard Coral Discoverer with her shallow draught, will you cruise well up into the middle Sepik region, renowned for its unique artefacts > visit the remote village of Bien where the locals are amongst the greatest primitive artists on earth > take the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings > on departure from the great Sepik, pass the active volcano on Manam Island and enjoy the sunset
Cruise to Garove Island, the largest in the Witu group > the flooded caldera opens to the sea through a narrow breach > learn about the traditional village lifestyle which still exists on subsistence principles > opportunity to swim from the ergonomic ship platform
Enter magnificent Simpson Harbour early in the morning, passing the striking islands known as the ‘Beehives’ > arrive into Rabaul at 8:00am marking the end of our voyage of exploration and adventure > if time permits, explore the ‘ghost town’ of old Rabaul that lies under volcanic ash deposited when Mt Tavurvur erupted in 1994
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Main Deck B

$ 10250 AUD pp
Main Deck B
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Main Deck A

$ 10650 AUD pp
Main Deck A
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade B

$ 11250 AUD pp
Promenade B
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Promenade A

$ 11550 AUD pp
Promenade A
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our twenty spacious Promenade Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Bridge Deck Balcony

$ 12750 AUD pp
Bridge Deck Balcony
Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our five spacious Bridge Deck Balcony staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade B Single Use

$ 16875 AUD pp
Promenade B Single Use
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Coral Discoverer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 63 metres

Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms)

Built: 2005 / Refurbished: 2016

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.

After the refurbishment, the Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.

The Coral Discoverer offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.

FACILITIES ON BOARD

> Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating

> Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck

> Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished

> Forward lounge

> Reference library

> Gift shop

> Open bridge

> Workout Area

> Wireless internet available for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer

> Limited laundry facilities available

> SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)

Cabin layout for Coral Discoverer
Coral Discoverer

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Luxury Expedition Luxury Expedition

13 Days from
$ 10250 AUD pp

Highlights

• Discover the outstanding cultures and magnificent scenery ranging from colourful coral atolls to volcanic mountains, pristine wilderness areas and mighty rivers

• Cruise one of the world’s great rivers - the mighty Sepik

• Cruise upriver to the remote village of Bien, which is renowned for its unique artefacts and intact cultures

• Spend time with fascinating Sepik people in their traditional communities

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