The Mystery of Melanesia

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Cairns/Alotau – Bougainville – Buka/Cairns

This Discovery Cruise (maiden voyage) offers rare opportunity to explore the acclaimed Louisiade Archipelago – one of the great island arcs of the South Pacific stretching some 400km along the northern rim of the Coral Sea. Plus the mysterious Trobriand Islands, spectacular Bougainville and much, much more!

A full itinerary for this new 10 night voyage will be available soon.

Return charter flights ex Cairns ARE INCLUDED in the cruise tariff. This itinerary is provided as example only – prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation. Helicopter flights can be purchased additional to the cruise tariff as a package or individually.

Rates (per person)
Ocean Class$20,995$20,995Book now
River Class$26,995$26,995
Explorer Class$30,995$30,995

Interim Brief Overview:

Day One: Charter jet flight from Cairns to Alotau for overnight cruise to the beautiful Louisiade Archipelago.

Day Two: Explore Deboyne Atoll. Snorkel over a fighter plane and join a village tour on Panepompom. Fly over the Calvados Chain and hike on exotic Panasia!

Day Three: Discover Rossell Atoll and the aptly named “Fish City”. Visit the village at Rambuso and a nearby ‘beach waterfall’.

Day Four: Egum Atoll offers spectacular fishing, snorkelling and diving. Finish the day with sunset drinks on your very ‘own’ palm fringed beach!

Day Five: Join the crew ashore at the mysterious Trobriand Islands. Discover unusual local customs and artefacts.

Day Six: Woodlark Island is surrounded by coral reef and today there’s plenty of opportunity for fishing, snorkelling, diving and sightseeing.

Day Seven: Welcome to Bougainville – an island of jungle and volcanoes! Snorkel and dive in an area renowned for exceptional visibility. Fly over an active volcano and the largest ‘cavern’ in the world!

Day Eight: More Bougainville magic! And, the chance to join a ‘famous’ TRUE NORTH heli-picnic albeit one that is a little different to the norm! Land in a clearing midst dense jungle with a towering canopy and join a short walk to the nearby waterfall and picnic site.

Day Nine: North Bougainville and the bustling town of Buka. Circumnavigate this island and visit a Buka marketplace.

Day Ten: East Bougainville. Last chance for a snorkel and dive. Fly over colourful volcanic lakes and the infamous Panguna mine site.

Day Eleven: After a scrumptious breakfast, join the coach transfer to Buka Airport and your charter jet flight back to Cairns.

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