Mysteries of New Guinea – CAIRNS to DARWIN

Be the envy of your peers as you recount stories of early morning canoe trips through fiords and forests. Tell the tales of dragon dances. Of how you snorkeled from isolated beaches and Zodiac® platforms and saw and schools of colorful reef fish. Or how you saw the increasingly rare Dusky Cuckoo Dove. Live the stories you’d love to tell on this varied voyage.

DATES: June 22, 2018
DURATION: 18 DAYS/17 NIGHTS
EMBARK: Cairns, Australia DISEMBARK: Darwin, Australia
SHIP: Silver Discoverer

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Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another.  A complimentary program of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by a team of expert guides and lecturers, allows you to fully experience the lands you’ll visit.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 — Cairns, Australia
Embark the Silver Discoverer for this stunning Silversea Expedition – Mysteries of New Guinea. This afternoon, you will meet your Expedition Team and attend a safety briefing.

Day 2 — Sail across the Coral Sea

Day 3 — Alotau, Papua New Guinea
Alotau is the provincial capital of the Milne Bay Province and our port of entry into Papua New Guinea. The town and surrounding area was an important staging ground during World War II. Alotau is an important port facility for the islands and attracts many vendors of handicrafts from different islands.

Day 4 — Kafure, Papua New Guinea
Kafure, located on the south-eastern peninsula of Cape Nelson in Oro Province, is situated next to a tropical fjord (the work of ancient volcanic activities) and is fringed by uncharted coral reefs. We will take our Zodiacs ashore at a small village to be welcomed with songs and dances.

Day 5 — Tuam, Papua New Guinea
Banana-shaped Tuam is an uplifted coral atoll covered in palm trees. The only village is located on the eastern side of the island. Highly exposed to the trade winds, the islanders have set up protective walls made out of palm-branches giving the village the look of a fortified castle from a distance. In the village, several dance groups will wait for us at different locations and will perform their special songs and dances.

Day 6 — Kopar Village, Papua New Guinea
During the afternoon, we arrive to the Sepik River for a visit to Kopar, a small village of not more than 200 people at the river’s mouth. For the keen birders, a Zodiac cruise along the shore of the Sepik or into the small canals just upstream from Kopar village can be rewarded with sights of flood plain birds and parrots. During our visit we will present school supplies to the local community.

Day 7 — Vanimo, Papua New Guinea
Since visitors are quite rare in this part of the country, we will likely be the main attraction in town. After being greeted ashore we will drive to a local venue for traditional dancing and to see the handicrafts produced in Sandaun Province. Afterwards, we will drive to a local beach for a refreshing swim.

Day 8 — Jayapura (Port Numbay), Indonesia
At Jayapura – locally known as Port Numbay – we will receive a welcome that will illustrate some of the traditional dances from West Papua. Inland from the town is Lake Sentani, famed for the distinctive art, traditional motifs, sago bowls and bark paintings of the people who live on and around the lake.
We will take local buses to reach the shore of the lake and will then continue on native longboats to reach one of the islands for a visit to a small community.

Day 9 — Pudaidori Island, Indonesia
During the morning, Silver Discoverer will continue sailing westward to reach a small group of islands east of Biak. Although Biak played an important part during World War II and still has a large military presence, Pudaidori and the other small islands east of Biak bring promise of a tranquil tropical setting and a snorkeler’s delight. You may want to take the afternoon to relax on the white sandy beaches, swimming and snorkeling, or looking for bird life ashore.

Day 10 — Auri Islands, Indonesia
The Cenderawasih Marine Park features over 15,000 km2 of relatively undisturbed marine and coastal habitat and the extensive coral reefs rank amongst the finest in the world. Cenderawasih is renowned for its diversity of coral reef fish species. Auri’s spectacular karst islands also merit Zodiac cruises to explore the geological formations. One snorkel site has a trio of American WWII planes sunk in formation in only a few meters of water.

Cenderawasih Marine Park is known for congregating whale sharks. As the biggest fish in the sea, they feed exclusively on the smallest planktonic creatures, growing to more than 12 meters in length. In Cenderawasih Bay the whale sharks tend to linger close to the surface for extended periods.

Day 11 — Pulau Roon, Indonesia
Pulau Roon is just south of the Auri Islands. Closer to the mainland, its twisted coastline has many secluded bays and sandy beaches with the potential for excellent snorkeling on shallow offshore reefs. Pulau Roon is also peppered with small villages that might warrant an impromptu visit by Zodiac to connect with local people in an authentic and spontaneous interaction that can only be achieved on an expedition such as ours.

Day 12 — At Sea

Day 13 — Misool, Indonesia
The Raja Ampat region of West Papua, with its multiple islands and intricate system of reefs lies in the heart of the Coral Triangle. This region has been called the most biodiverse area of ocean on the planet. Silver Discoverer will anchor amongst small islands just off the coast of the larger Misool Island, and the Expedition Team will scout the best reef and beach combination for your visit.

Steep coral walls and drop-offs are festooned with table corals, staghorn corals, and orange and purple sea squirts. We hope to see giant clams nestled into the coral formations while fish in rainbow colors sprinkle the reef above. From confetti-size inhabitants amongst the branching staghorn corals, to enormous solitary bumphead parrotfish this will be another snorkeler’s delight. Beach activities and bird watching will be on offer too.

Day 14 — Den Weg Islands, Indonesia
On the southern shore of the Fakfak Peninsula are several karst islands that brought international interest in the 1930s thanks to extensive fields of ancient rock art that were found here. We will take our Zodiacs to explore several of the islands and will have a close look at the most accessible wall paintings that almost resemble Aboriginal motives from the Dreamtime. Depending on local permits we might also be allowed to visit one of the smaller villages and have a look at day-to-day modern life.

Day 15 — Triton Bay and Auiduma Island, Indonesia
In 2008, the Kaimana Regency declared a 6000 km² Marine Protected Area around the waters of Triton Bay. The non-profit organization, Conservation International, maintains an office in Kaimana and a field station out in Triton Bay where visiting scientists can do their work. The marine biodiversity is second to none and the area offers everything from the tiniest pygmy seahorses to large and graceful whale sharks. The Expedition Team will select a prime spot for swimming and snorkeling within the bay. In addition, we hope to pay a visit to remote Auiduma Island.

Day 16 — Kai Archipelago, Indonesia
Kai Islands will be our final opportunity to meet local people and to take to the water on this voyage. Depending on the conditions (and permits that are granted), we may choose to visit a village first, or to have a relaxing day in the water and on the beach to cap off this adventure in and around New Guinea.

Day 17 — At Sea

Day 18 — Darwin, Australia
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

 

CAIRNS TO DARWIN - JUNE 22, 2018

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