Visit the archipelago of Tufi - the Scandinavia of the Tropics
Encounter local Papuan tribes who will share their customs, beliefs and artwork
Swim with whale sharks at Cenderawasih Bay
Explore the spectacular Kitikiti Waterfall and its lush natural surrounds
Cultural performance at Kopar village, situated at the mouth of the Sepik River
Voyage through the beautiful white-sand beaches of the Kei Islands, Indonesia
Sail to the heart of Triton Bay, a protected marine environment
Take a zodiac through the spectacular rainforest-capped karst islands of the Coral Triangle
Begin and end your tour on Australian shores
Board the ship in Cairns and Le Lapérouse will 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. Your call at Tufi will be one of the highlights of your voyage. Dubbed the Scandinavia of the Tropics, you will undoubtedly fall under the charm of this picturesque region, with its deep ‘fjords’ known locally as ‘rias’, which were formed through volcanic activity. In this unique setting, local Papuan tribes will share their customs, beliefs and artwork with you.
We’ll then head north along the coast to Madang, nicknamed ‘the most beautiful city in the South Pacific’. Within this stunning province exists great geographical diversity and 170 different languages are spoken there. Its festival showcases this richness and offers colourful traditional performances or ‘sing sings’ by many of the cultural groups of the province. These include the mysterious Asaro Mudmen, who re-enact a warrior episode from their history wearing masks of mud, their bodies coated in clay.
In the village of Kopar, situated at the mouth of the Sepik River, you will be welcomed with cultural performances and witness life in a traditional village. As you voyage across Western New Guinea you will experience Cenderawasih Bay, with an unforgettable opportunity to swim with whale sharks and in the spectacular Kitikiti Waterfall, surrounded by lush nature. You will then set sail towards the Kei Islands, located in the Maluku Islands.
These hidden gems surrounded by unbelievably blue water boast some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in Indonesia. Before ending your cruise in Darwin, you will sail to the heart of Triton Bay. Located within a protected marine environment in the middle of the Coral Triangle, you will enjoy an unforgettable zodiac cruise through the spectacular rainforest-capped karst islands.
19 March 2024
From $17,900 to $16,900 pp - Deck 4 prestige stateroom
From $12,500 additional
TOUR FULL - waitlist only
All transportation as per itinerary
Transfers to and from hotels as per itinerary
Meals as listed on the itinerary
Experienced expedition tour guides
Escorted by an Australian host
Any meals not indicated on the itinerary
Items of a personal nature, e.g. drinks, laundry, hotel charges
Transfers to and from airport
Tour extensions – before or after tour extensions can be arranged on your behalf
To book and reserve your place on tour, a deposit of $500 and a completed booking form is required