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Luxury

Papua New Guinea by Small Ship

Cairns to Port Moresby
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Trip Code: NOBCRP13
  • Expedition Cruise
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  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Snorkel in Pristine Reefs

Snorkel in some of the world's most pristine coral reefs among a myriad of colourful marine life.

World War I and II History

Explore Duke of York Island where the HMAS AE1 went missing in World War I, plus venture to the iconic Kokoda Track.

A Cultural Immersion

Visit local villages, where you will receive a traditional welcomes and learn about their traditions and customs.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 13 destinations
  • 12-night cruise aboard the elegant MS Caledonian Sky
  • Expert 10-member Expedition Leader and Team
  • Use of Zodiac vessels for greater exploration
  • All meals and beverages on board your ship

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map NOBCRP13 2019

Cairns to Port Moresby

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

Arrive in Cairns early this morning, where you will join a specially chartered flight to Rabaul. On arrival be transferred to the MS Caledonian Sky. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner as you dock here overnight.

Stay: 12 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board a Zodiac and explore Duke of York Island, whose surrounding waters was the site where the HMAS AE1, the first allied vessel, went missing in World War I. Your special guest, Peter Briggs, will also offer first-hand insight into how he led the search to its discovery 103 years later.


Explore Duke of York Island. Then, weather permitting, discover Mioko Island.

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  • Breakfast
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Spend the day on Garove Island, whose surrounding waters offer fine snorkelling. Perhaps tour the village, including its community house.

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Venture out on a Zodiac to explore Alim Island, where you can find up to 2,000 pairs of breeding red footed boobies and brown noddies. Perhaps swim or snorkel from the beach, board a Zodiac or if conditions permit, join your Expedition Team on a walk.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At dawn, anchor at the mouth of the Sepik River, a waterway that is central to life for the communities that live here. Board a Zodiac to explore the river system surrounded by lush forest.


After your Signature Experience, visit a local village, where you will receive a traditional welcome before exploring the surrounds. See the place where important decisions regarding the village are made and initiation ceremonies take place, learn about the process of sago palms and see pieces of tribal art and crafts.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive at Madang, whose township is often referred to as the ‘prettiest town in the South Pacific’. As the centre of heavy fighting during World War II, the town needed to be rebuilt after it was almost completely destroyed. As a result of this, today there are 34 sunken-ship dive sites that can be explored. A sightseeing tour takes you to the Catholic Mission and Coastwatchers Memorial Lighthouse, erected in honour of the Australian soldiers and the local volunteers who served as spies for the Allies during World War II. Afterwards, your special guest Peter Briggs will provide an insightful presentation about Madang.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in Lababia, your entry to the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area. You have the opportunity to take a rainforest walk on the David Suzuki Trail, or enjoy time in the local village and gain an insight into their unique traditions, culture and daily life.

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  • Breakfast
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Arrive at first light in the fjordland of Papua New Guinea. Board a Zodiac to explore the fjords and visit the local villages. While here, your Expedition Team will scout the perfect location for you to snorkel.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Head out on a Zodiac to land on Fergusson Island. From here, walk to the local hot springs and bubbling mud pools surrounded by lush vegetation. This afternoon cruise through the Dobu passage and board a Zodiac to explore, or alternatively, land on shore to meet the local villagers.

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Arrive in Alotau and hear about the Battle of Milne Bay, which marked the first defeat of the Japanese on land during the Pacific War. Visit Turnbull Field Memorial, named after Squadron Leader Peter Turnbull, Commanding Officer who was killed in action in the Battle of Milne Bay. You will also see where the locals congregate to sell their wares, offering a trove of local artefacts including Trobriand carvings. Explore the town or head out with your Expedition Team to discover the surrounding rainforest.

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Have your camera ready to capture the jagged peaks of the dramatic Stanley Owens Range come into view before arriving at the island of Bonarua in Milne Bay. Go ashore to view fishing and weaving demonstrations, and wander through the enchanting village, sampling local delicacies. Birdwatchers have the chance to trek into the thicket whilst the warm inviting waters of the Coral Sea offer a final opportunity for a swim.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Disembark in Port Moresby and venture to the Kokoda Track, considered a great pilgrimage for Australians. Stop at Bomana Cemetery, the resting ground of many soldiers along the way. Visit McDonald’s corner and see its unusual metal statue that signifies the point where troops passed into the jungle. Later, arrive at Owers Corner, where the Australian troops made their last stand in one of the most significant battles of World War II. Enjoy lunch on the spectacular ride looking out across the Owen Stanley Ranges. From here, you will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of those who served, with a short introductory trek along the famous trail.


After venturing to the Kokoda Track, travel back to your ship and enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

Aerial view of large ship near a tropical island
Your Boutique Expedition Ship

APT's MS Caledonian Sky offers the ultimate expedition cruising experience with exclusive access to remote locations.

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Your Special Guest Presenter

Rear Admiral Peter Briggs served in the Australian Defence Force and led the successful search of HMAS AE1.

Your Included Flight

At the commencement of your journey, we have included a chartred flight from Cairns to Rabaul.

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family