West Papua & Papua New Guinea Cruises

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The TRUE NORTH first visited untamed Papua New Guinea in 2005. Since then we have added undiscovered West Papua to our sailing schedule and continually refined our itineraries to ensure that they are filled with only the highest quality experiences – the highlight being countless encounters with the overwhelming hospitality of those who are fortunate to call these untouched paradises home.

From 2012, join specialist ecologist Dr Mark Erdman in West Papua and marine biologist Dr Andy Lewis in Papua New Guinea as we continue our voyages of discovery – all whilst surrounded in the comfort and style of Australia’s most desirable ship-board experience.

Adventures in Paradise

Adventures in Paradise

True North Adventure Cruises’ most refined Indo-Pacific voyage, Adventures in Paradise, is packed with diverse destinations and fascinating experiences. From the Bismarck Sea to the beautiful Louisiade Archipelago, this itinerary tracks through a stunning tropical landscape of islands and reefs. Fly in the ship’s helicopter over the active volcano at Rabaul and visit the stirring Isurava memorial on the Kokoda Track. Swim with manta rays, snorkel endless coral walls in the Lusancay group and enjoy sunset drinks on your ‘very own’ sand cay! Oversize mackerel, dog-tooth tuna and coral trout will keep the anglers busy while bustling fish communities will astound in the Louisiades. Our Melanesian friends greet us with a warm hospitality that is normally reserved for returning family and the smiles and laughter of children will leave lasting and very much cherished memories.

11 nights Cairns/ Kavieng - Alotau / Cairns
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Sepik Soirée

Sepik Soirée

The Sepik Soiree is a voyage of contrast, from the freshwater lakes of the mighty Sepik River to the turquoise blues of Hermit Atoll and the towering jungle volcanoes on Bagabag Island.  The Bismarck Sea lies in the centre of the famed Coral Triangle and offers extraordinary water clarity and a kaleidoscope of fishes and corals. Sport fishermen will share the excitement with regular hook-ups on sailfish, black marlin and wahoo as well as the opportunity to entice the revered Papuan black bass. Then join the TRUE NORTH on a 100km journey up the Sepik River to visit the stilt-villages of Kambaramba Lake where whole communities live suspended above the water. Collect sought-after art at the Angoram carvers market, meet the Polynesian seafarers of Ninigo Atoll and listen to the thunder of the split-log drummers from Manus Island. From Kavieng to Madang revel aboard the TRUE NORTH as we traverse the Bismarck in style!

11 Nights Cairns / Kavieng - Madang / Cairns (or reverse)
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Fire and Dragons

Fire and Dragons

Join your favourite crew for adventure and intrigue in the Spice Islands! The ship’s helicopter will provide perfect vantage to witness the coloured lakes of Kalimutu. The dragons on Komodo will be another tick for the bucket list and, when Batu Tara hurls balls of lava into the sea – Fire and Dragons will have lived-up to its name!

10 nights Darwin/Kupang - Ambon/Darwin
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Raja Ampat Explorer

Raja Ampat Explorer

Cruise a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago consisting of more than 1500 islands, cays and shoals.  Dive and snorkel coral-encrusted lava flow and then celebrate with sunset drinks in a Dutch fort built during the 16th century.  See the exotic Wilson’s bird of paradise, cross the equator and take part in a mantra ray convention!  Snorkel through caves and take guided walks through the jungle!  Perhaps it doesn’t get any better than this!

10 nights Darwin/West Papua/Darwin
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The Wonders of Wayag

The Wonders of Wayag

Throw the anchor and relax in the magnificent Wayag Islands for 7 nights of pure indulgence. Snorkel, swim, dive and explore this truly spectacular world renowned marine park. Detailed itinerary available soon.

7 nights Darwin/West Papua/Darwin
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The Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay

The Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay

West Papua is the last frontier of the Indo-Pacific and deep in the heart of this flourishing equatorial wilderness is a biodiversity hotspot – Cenderawasih Bay, the Bay of the Birds of Paradise.  See the biggest fish in the world interacting with traditional fishermen. Whale sharks gather each morning to be hand-fed sardines, begging like giant puppy-dogs before inhaling bucketful’s of ravenously anticipated sustenance. Then snorkel with these gentle leviathans for hours enjoying countless breath-taking encounters. While these encounters are a cruise highlight, this voyage around the northern coast of West Papua offers a great deal more including exotic Islands, stunning coral reef and fascinating cultural interaction. We look forward to your company aboard the TRUE NORTH as we continue our exploration of this stunning region.

7 nights Darwin/West Papua/Darwin
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The Mystery of Melanesia

The Mystery of Melanesia

The Mystery of Melanesia offers rare opportunity to explore the acclaimed Louisiade Archipelago. The Louisiades are one of the great island arcs of the South Pacific stretching some 400km along the northern rim of the Coral Sea. This journey will also feature the Bougainville Islands and much, much more! Full itinerary available soon.

10 Nights Cairns/Alotau – Alotau/Cairns
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