The exotic and mysterious lands of Papua New Guinea boast more than 600 islands and over 850 indigenous languages. Home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside the Amazon, guests will discover magnificent scenery ranging from pristine coral atolls to volcanic mountains, dense tropical rainforest and mighty rivers.

Join us aboard Coral Discoverer over 12 nights for the first portion of our New Guinea Circle cruise from Cairns to Wewak. With its shallow draught and manoeuvrability capabilities, Coral Discoverer will cruise between remote communities inaccessable to most other ships; where traditional cultures remain unchanged from outside influence. Enjoy the warm and colourful welcome of the Papuans, as they welcome you into their traditional village homes and help you explore scenic highlights of their region.


• Learn of Papua New Guinea’s military history and it’s role in World War II

• Hear of the mythical and spiritual tales of Dei Dei Hot Springs

• Find out how the Trobriand Islands became the ‘Islands of Love’

• Explore Tufi’s spectacular fjords

• Cruise the mighty Sepik River

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 and meet your fellow passengers > enjoy the view at this evenings sunset drinks before sitting down to the first of many delicious dinners.
The Coral Sea >spend the day at leisure as you get to know your travelling companions > join our Expedition Leader and knowledgeable Guest Lecturer in the Lounge for presentations and briefings on Papua New Guinea, ahead of our arrival into Alotau
Wake up to the scenery of the China Strait as we approach our first Papua New Guinea landfall – Alotau > Enjoy traditional welcome dances prior joining the tour of town tour of Alotau > or join the WW2 tour and learn the military history of this region before the Captain’s welcome aboard drinks
Join our Expedition Staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs > learn of the history of the Kula Ring> 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 > In the morning visit the island of Kuiawa witness traditional Trobriand dance performed by the colourfully costumed locals > Visit the local market then over lunch sail to Kitava to meet the local villagers for their beach front market in the afternoon > Enjoy a swim off the adjacent island beach.
Local guides will paddles us on traditional canoes at Maclaren Harbour to their village in the rainforest > be welcomed with traditional dances and traditional crafts > discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited Maclaren Harbour> over lunch soak up spectacular views as we cruise close to the towering cliffs before entering into Tufi Fjord and then board Xplorer to travel ashore> enjoy a leisurely swim and snorkel over colourful fringing reefs or visit the nearby resort for a relaxing time.
The Battle of Buna, saw some of the fiercest fighting between American, Australian and Japanese forces during the final stages of WW2 > walk through the jungle with the local villagers and discover the fascinating history > After lunch stopover at beautiful Sanananda to visit the War Museum which the villagers have built to honour both sides > meet the local village people and enjoy their lovely gardens.
Awaken early and travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island, which has very colourful coral reefs > snorkel, dive, glass bottom boat tours > after lunch visit the picturesque village of Lababia, gateway to one of the most important conservation areas in PNG> enjoy welcome ceremonies and local dancers> paddle on local outriggers and enjoy a village walk and market.
Today we visit Dregerhafen in the Finschhafen district of Morobe, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles> we will visit the village of Gingala where a high spirited PNG welcome will be guaranteed>after our welcome the markets will be open and a chance to walk through the village with the locals>after lunch enjoy snorkelling, diving glass bottom boat and kayaks in the waters of the lagoon>finish the day with drinks on the sundeck and our famous BBQ.
Enjoy a presentation from our guest lecturer as we steam towards the remote island of Tuam in the Siassi group> after lunch head shore and walk along the limestone track to the village>Tuam features two well- known and successful dance groups who will perform as we wander through the village> along the way peruse the market stalls set up in front of local huts>enjoy a guided walk with the locals>finish the day with water activities in the crystal clear water.
Explore Madang, which sits on the peninsula surrounded by a number of picturesque islands famed for it’s waterfront setting and colonial history > discover the surrounding area on our Madang tour, after lunch visit the markets where there is the opportunity to purchase a large selection of artefacts from the local region.
At first light the Coral Discoverer enters into the mighty Sepik River, our destination is the remote village of Bien where the locals are famous for their arts and crafts > a true Sepik welcome awaits us as we step ashore> take the opportunity to purchase unique hand carvings > enjoy the views as we depart from the great Sepik River > sail past the active volcano at Manam Island as we enjoy the Captains Farewell drinks
Early this morning we arrive into the port town of Wewak, where we farewell our new found friends.
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. The itinerary includes the possibility of interaction with wild animals and this interaction is subject to the presence of this wildlife on the day.

Main Deck B

$ 10880 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

$ 11380 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

$ 11880 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

$ 12280 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

$ 13480 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 Deck B Sole

$ 17820 AUD pp
Promenade Deck B Sole
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.


> 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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