In response to increased demand to explore more of Papua New Guinea, Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise operator, today announced a short series of four landmark expeditions down Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River departing from Madang on February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018.
The new 7-day itineraries position the Coral Expeditions I at the Sepik for a short month-long window, taking advantage of the river’s shallow draft and manoeuvrability to travel as far as the middle Sepik, where few have ventured before.
Guests on Coral Expeditions I will visit local tribes who have had little contact with modernity, pass through some of the oldest and densest rainforests in the world, and look out for local species including the famed Bird of Paradise. Reconnaissance voyages up smaller tributaries can be taken in smaller tender vessels, returning guests after each excursion to the comfort of Coral Expeditions I. As part of the itinerary, guests will:
- Follow the barak (canal) to Murik Lakes; here guests may see traditional drama performed, or purchase carvings at Mendam
- Be welcomed with a “sing sing” in the village of Bien
- See Kambaramba – a village built over the water
- Traditional face painting at Tambanum
- Iatmul villagers, their Haus Tambarans or “spirit houses” and their totemic systems
- Witness a “sing sing” and village demonstration at Kambinambit. You may see the sacred flutes played.
- Explore Chambri Lakes and see vibrant bird and animal life
- Visit Aibom – famous for its pottery
- See the largest Haus Tambaran at Kanganaman and view carvings and sacred flutes; guests may see the famous garamut drums being played by village elders at Pelambei.
“Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations with many areas isolated and difficult to access. Having explored the Lower Sepik River for many years, our interest to explore further has led to the introduction of our Sepik River Discovery Expedition. This provides a unique opportunity to explore rarely visited sites of the Middle Sepik. Our purpose designed expedition tender and launching system provide many opportunities to venture into and explore smaller tributaries and experience local life along the river bank,” states Mark Fifield, Group General Manager. “We have collaborated with experts, with many decades of experience and relationships with these remote communities, to assist with the planning and navigation of our expedition vessel Coral Expeditions I for this program. These expeditions offer our guests a true journey of exploration into new frontiers whilst supporting the local communities we visit.”
On-board the Coral Expeditions I, which holds up to 44 passengers, guests can expect spacious cabins, the Deluxe Staterooms having private balconies, contemporary communal areas such as The Sun Deck and modern dining room serving contemporary Australian cuisine made with fresh local produce, and an expert all Australian crew.
Coral Expeditions’ Papua New Guinea Sepik River Scouting Expeditions depart weekly in February 2018. Prices start from AUS $4,990 per person (exchange rates apply) and include all meals and excursions (excluding charter flight). Reservations can be made at www.CoralExpeditions.com or by calling US toll free +1 (888)-358-1325.