Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea cruise
From Honiara To Bougainville. Rabaul, Madang, Tami Islands, Tufi, Samarai Island, Cairns - 11 Nights

Departing from:
Bougainville. Rabaul, Madang, Tami Islands, Tufi, Samarai Island, Cairns
11 Nights
current price includes 15% Bonus Fare Discount - flights from Australia included
Travel Dates:
21/10/22 to 01/11/22
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Tour Operator:
Cruise Traveller,Ponant
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This PONANT 12-day Expedition cruise aboard Le Soléal will take you to discover the wonders of Papua New Guinea. Departing from Honiara, embark for an extraordinary adventure to discover very rich local cultures and exceptional underwater life.


Le Soléal will set sail for Papua New Guinea, a fascinating land that is home to no fewer than 700 ethnic groups within a highly diverse yet mainly unexplored, ecosystem. You will visit the Autonomous region of Bougainville, a unique group of islands that are ecologically and geographically part of the Solomon Islands archipelago but not politically part of the nation of Solomon Islands.

Located on the island of New Britain, the port town of Rabaul is famous for its spectacular volcanic setting. From there, you will set off to observe Mount Tavurvur, the region’s most active volcano.

Your call at Tufi, will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your voyage. You will fall under the charm of this picturesque region, dubbed the ‘Scandinavia of the Tropics’ with its deep fiords through volcanic activity. In this unique setting the local Papuan tribes will share their customs, beliefs and artwork with you.

After a last call in Samarai Island, your trip aboard Le Soléal will end in Cairns.

– Shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
– The Solomon Islands, secret destination in the South Pacific and a real tropical Eden
– Sail into the scenic volcanic landscapes of Simpson Harbour and discover Rabaul, Papua New Guinea`s `Volcano Town`.
– From Tufi, journey on an outrigger canoe into the ancient Fiords of Cape Nelson.
– Visit the remote Tami islands.
– Discover traditional ceremonies of the Asaro Mudmen of the Madang region.
– Gain an insight into the History, culture and the diversity of flora and fauna from your expert
expedition team.
– Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team. (extra cost)

Pre-cruise Itinerary
21 Oct 2022 Included flight from Brisbane to Honiara
Cruise Itinerary
21 Oct 2022 Honiara, Solomon Islands

Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands and is located on Guadalcanal, a large mountainous island covered by jungle. It is situated on the northern coast, is the heart of the province and is the Solomon Island’s springboard for tourism activities.

Honiara offers tourists a number of attractions including the National Museum, the Melanesian Cultural Centre, Honiara and Kukum markets, the National Parliament building and World War II battle sites and museums. Outside of the capital, the island is a wildlife and bird watcher’s paradise and a top diving spot. There are also a number of beautiful beaches to discover.

22 Oct 2022 At sea
23 Oct 2022 Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea

24 Oct 2022 Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea

25 Oct 2022 Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Rabaul is a township in East New Britain province, Papua New Guinea. The town was the provincial capital and most important settlement in the province until it was destroyed in 1994 by falling ash of a volcanic eruption. After the eruption the capital was moved to Kokopo, about 20 kilometres away. Rabaul is continually threatened by volcanic activity due to being built on the edge of Rabaul caldera, a flooded caldera of a large volcano.

Rabaul lies on the Gazelle Peninsula and vies with Madang for the title of the most beautiful town in Papua New Guinea. Spread out around the rim of Simpson Harbour, Rabaul is a well laid out town with all facilities within walking distance. It has a busy market, selling fresh produce, local cigars and betel nut, is located on the main road from Tokua Airport near Supabake Bakery. At the waterfront are boats for travel to the outer islands or for a spot of fishing.

26 Oct 2022 At sea
27 Oct 2022 Madang, Papua New Guinea

Madang is the capital of Madang Province and is a town on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. It was first settled by the Germans in the 19th century. The town is said to be one of the prettiest towns in the South Pacific due in part to its dramatic location on the tip of a peninsula encircled by mountains. Madang is also a major cultural center where a variety of tribes come together to take part in the arts trade. Flying foxes also congregate in Madang, with several roosts located right in the downtown area.

This extremely picturesque town is the perfect base for scuba diving and snorkeling expeditions of all experience levels, with abundant populations of sharks, sea turtles, and hundreds of species of nudibranch (brilliantly colourful sea slugs). Especially fascinating are the underwater wrecks of 34 Japanese fighter planes, with weapons and cargo intact.

Madang is also an ideal starting place for many of the tours round the islands and up the Sepik River. It has a variety of shops, hotels, restaurants and markets, where storyboards depicting myths and legends can be bought. In nearby Bilbils and Yabobs, traditional pottery-making can be seen.

28 Oct 2022 Tami Islands, Papua New Guinea

The Tami Island group is situated at the extreme eastern end of the Huon Gulf in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. A deep-water lagoon with the two largest islands of the group on either side is the central feature of the Tami Islands. There are two passages into the lagoon, one from the north and the other from the south.

Local inhabitants live on both of the larger islands and guests are welcome ashore to visit their villages and barter for their wares. The people are renowned for their crafts and artwork. The fishing in this particular area is excellent, snorkelling and scuba diving are also popular with drift diving, wall diving, wreck and general reef diving.

There are a number of wrecks in the area. One such wreck is a Japanese single engine fighter plane called Tony which is in excellent condition after 50 or so years in the ocean. Other wrecks include a number of landing craft and a small freighter complete with her cargo of ammunition.

29 Oct 2022 Tufi Harbour, Papua New Guinea

Tufi is located on the northern-eastern side of the mainland of Papua New Guinea, and approximately 250 kilometres due east-northeast of the capital, Port Moresby. It lies between Lae and Alotau on the tip of Cape Nelson in Oro Province.

The Tufi area is famous for its fjords which are over 90 metres deep and rise vertically out of the water to over 150 metres. The fjords have clear waters, abundant fish and beautiful corals as well as accessible wrecks and reefs with drop-offs, hammerhead sharks and moray eels.

Although the main attraction is diving, there are plenty of options at Tufi – bushwalking, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, swimming, canoe trips or just lazing on the white sandy beaches.

30 Oct 2022 Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea

Samarai is an island and former administrative capital in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Located off the south-eastern tip of New Guinea in the China Strait. The island is historically significant as the site of a trading port and stop-over between Australia and East Asia. Samarai town was established on the island and at its height was the second largest after Port Moresby in the Territory of Papua.

Samarai township was largely destroyed during World War II. The island was declared a National Historical Heritage Island by the government of Papua New Guinea in 2006. What remains is a quiet, pretty island with a small settlement, a few shops, a church, school and signs of a colonial past.

31 Oct 2022 At sea

1 Nov 2022 Arrive Cairns


– One way economy class airfare from Brisbane to Honiara inc tax
– 11 night tropical expedition cruise aboard the Le Soleal from Honiara to Cairns including:
– All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
– Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
– Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands)
– Evening entertainment and events
– Room service 24h (special selection)
– Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team
– Zodiac excursions
– Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable)
– Port taxes
– BONUS EUR150 per twin stateroom shipboard credit


Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony – was $13,925 – current price including 15% Bonus Fare Discount – $11,880*pp
Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony – was $14,550 – current price including 15% Bonus Fare Discount – $12,410*pp
Twin DS Deluxe Suite – was $20,835 – current price including 15% Bonus Fare Discount – $17,760*pp
Single PR4 Prestige Balcony – was $26,590 – current price including 15% Bonus Fare Discount and reduced single supplement – $16,850*

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