Mysteries of New Guinea – Cairns to Darwin

from $12,780

DATES: June 22, 2018

DURATION: 18 DAYS/17 NIGHTS

EMBARK: Cairns, Australia

DISEMBARK: Darwin, Australia

SHIP: SILVER DISCOVERER

 

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All about the 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.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Personalized service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
    One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  1. 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.

  2. Day 2 At Sea
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Day 12 At Sea
  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Day 17 At Sea
  18. Day 18 Darwin, Australia

    Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer is expertly engineered to explore the most isolated archipelagos of the Pacific. Her small size and shallow draft allow close-up access to rugged coasts well beyond the reach of ordinary vessels. And she has been newly refurbished to help guests maximize their experience and build a genuine connection with the regions they visit.

Spacious decks and panoramic public rooms mean the drama of the unexpected is never far from view. A fleet of Zodiacs allows exploration from the water or remote landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictate. Since many of our expeditions sail to some of the world’s most pristine coral reef systems, there’s a glass-bottom boat for underwater viewing along with a full complement of snorkeling equipment and a dive program for advanced divers.

We’ve also taken great care to assemble a truly outstanding Expedition Team, composed of experts in the culture, history and wild life of the destinations, to present informal talks, guide Zodiac outings and lead small-group explorations ashore. While back on board, every creature comfort awaits: an ocean-view suite, in-suite bar and the head-to-toe pampering of a butler; elegant lounges and open bar where fellow travelers gather to swap tales about their day’s adventures; and cuisine that meets Silversea’s standards of culinary excellence — which are lofty, indeed. Imaginative menus in The Restaurant feature both regional offerings and dishes inspired by Relais & Châteaux. Additional amenities include a sun-catching pool deck, an internet cafe, a fitness center, and a beauty and massage center — particularly alluring after an adventurous day ashore.

Fast Facts

  • Dare Launched/Rebuilt: 2016
  • Officers: International
  • Length: 338 ft
  • Beam: 51 ft
  • Tonnage: 5218 t
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Total Staff: 96
  • Passenger Capacity: 120
AMENITIES:

Silver Discoverer is designed for discerning travelers who like to explore the great outdoors while enjoying gracious comfort and gourmet cuisine indoors. Enjoy exceptional amenities on your Silversea Expedition:

All Ocean-View Accommodations
Our accommodations are some of the largest at sea, featuring luxurious amenities that can be customized to your individual preferences.

Butler Service For All Suites
Enjoy the services of a highly trained butler. Silversea is the only cruise line with butler service for all suites.

Complimentary In-Suite Beverages And Throughout The Ship
Select wines, premium spirits and specialty coffees, as well as juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges. Your suite’s refrigerator and bar are also stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits. Your butler will replenish them upon request.

Gratuities Always Included
Onboard gratuities are included in your cruise fare, assuring a level of service motivated only by a desire to see you smile. Not including spa and salon treatments.

Open-Seating Dining
Dine when and with whomever you please during breakfast, lunch and dinner. No assigned times, no assigned tables.

In-Suite Dining And Room Service
You can have breakfast delivered to your suite or a formal dinner ordered from The Restaurant menu. Lighter fare is always available from our room service menu.

Complimentary Adventures Ashore
Unearth fascinating dimensions of culture, history, science and the environment through a diverse collection of complimentary shoreside experiences and distinctive onboard events.

Expert Expedition Team
Travel with historians, biologists, anthropologists, geologists, botanists, ornithologists, naturalists, photographers and destination experts at your side as you discover remote and remarkable environments.

Casual/Informal Attire
No tuxedos or formal evening dress required.

Menus Inspired By Relais & Chateaux
Silversea’s preferred culinary partner.

Complimentary Parka
For guests aboard expedition voyages bound for the Russian Far East & New Zealand Sub-Antarctic.

Water-Resistant Backpack And Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Professional gear for your authentic expedition.

Ship-Wide WiFi
Fees apply.

ACCOMODATIONS:

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• European bath amenities
• Luxury pratesi bed linens and down duvets
• Premium mattresses
• ipod docking station
• Plush robes and slippers
• Umbrella
• Hair dryer
• Wifi internet access (fee applies)
• Flat-screen television with on-demand movies, music and satellite news programming
• Daily suite service with nightly turndown

MEDALLION SUITE

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed, the Medallion Suite is Silver Discoverer’s most spacious with overall size of 408 sq. ft./38 m2 (including Veranda 27 sq. ft./2.5 m2). The ideal suite for entertaining friends or enjoying quiet time alone on your private veranda.

VERANDA SUITE

Stylish, sophisticated and welcoming, Veranda Suites are a favorite of returning Silversea guests. The private veranda surrounds you with panoramic views. Each suite has an overall size of 280 sq. ft./ 26 m2 (including Veranda 35.5 sq. ft./ 3.2 m2 ), and several Veranda Suites can accommodate three guests.

VISTA SUITE

A quiet sanctuary. Enough living space to roam and relax. Two large view windows provide ocean views. Each suite has an overall size of 269 sq. ft./25 m2 .

VIEW SUITE

The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their suite will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy Silversea accommodation. Each suite has a view window and overall size of 181 sq.ft./ 16.8 m2 .

EXPLORER SUITE

With preferred midship location and as spacious as a View Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows. Each suite has an overall size of 186 sq. ft./ 17.3 m2.

Package Confirmed Dates Price (PP) Excluding Flights  
June 22, 2018 - July 9, 2018
$12,780