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Coral Expeditions returns to Papua New Guinea in 2017

Passengers will meet tribes that have had very little contact with the outside world
Cairns-based Coral Expeditions is returning to what it calls the ‘hot’ destination of Papua New Guinea next year with a 25-night cruise  aboard Coral Discoverer which will undergo a major makeover at the DDW-PaxOcean Shipyard in Singapore later this month.  

The 1,200gt expedition ship will cruise from Cairns to Darwin on October 29, 2017, visiting some of the most remote areas of Papua New  
Guinea and Indonesia.

Many ports of call are inaccessible to larger cruise ships and passengers will come face-to-face with tribes that until recently have had little contact with the outside world.

There will be a traditional welcome in Alotau before Coral Discoverer sails on to Fergusson Island in the Milne Bay Province with its Dei  
Dei geothermal hot springs and gorgeous native orchids.

There are the Trobriand Islands where an easygoing attitude to sex gave them the name ‘islands of love.’ Then there are the spectacular  
fjords of Tufi and coral reefs of the Fly Islands.

The locals on Tuam Island will greet passengers with singing and dancing before Coral Discoverer heads for the colonial port of Madang  
and enters the Sepik River, stopping at Wewak, capital of the East Sepik Province.

Other highlights include cruising around the Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat, snorkelling at Aljui Bay and an optional hike to view the  
elusive red bird of paradise.

Before arriving in Darwin, Coral Discoverer will visit Indonesia’s original Spice Islands, where nutmeg, cloves and mace were global  
commodities in the 16th century.

The ship’s expedition team includes a marine biologist and a SCUBA instructor.