Natural Wonders and Cultures of The Coral Triangle (17 Days)

Cruise Line: PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Ship: L'Austral  |  3 Reviews
Darwin, Australia to Honiara, Solomon Islands
Dates: 28 Aug 2018 - 13 Sep 2018

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28 Aug 2018
Darwin, Australia
6:00 PM

Capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin stands on the shores of the Timor Sea on Australia's North Coast. Its lush urban areas exude a tropical, multicultural atmosphere. You can also soak up aboriginal culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory or take in colonial heritage as you walk the historical discovery trail around the harbour. Pristine nature surrounds Darwin with waterfalls and virgin forests welcoming you to Litchfield National Park.

29 Aug 2018
30 Aug 2018
Bandanaira, Indonesia

In the south of the Moluccas archipelago, in the Banda Sea, ten little scattered islands form the Indonesian Banda Islands reputed for their production of nutmeg and mace flower. From Neira Island and its capital Banda Neira, you will get an exceptional view of the impressive volcano, Gunung Api, still active today. To discover the island's historical heritage, you can walk along Banda Neira's tree-lined streets. After this cultural foray, you can enjoy exploring the marine life in the crystalline waters around the island. Between sea and land, there are treasures everywhere here.

31 Aug 2018
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
01 Sep 2018
Raja Ampat, Indonesia

If you are travelling the world in search for the most beautiful diving spots, you'll find what you're looking for in the Indonesian Raja Ampat islands. Off Sorong, ideally located in the heart of the illustrious "Coral Triangle", the 1,500 or so islets that make up the archipelago are the ideal place for admiring some outstandingly diverse coral reefs. At the junction of the Pacific and Indian oceans, the Raja Ampat islands, covered with lush jungle, are also extraordinary lands for hiking. Between multi-coloured lagoons, immaculate beaches, and green landscapes, the Raja Ampat islands offer you a breath-taking palette of colours...

02 Sep 2018
03 Sep 2018
Pulau Lamsutu, Indonesia
04 Sep 2018
Jayapura, Indonesia

Located in the far east of Indonesia, the provincial capital of Papua New Guinea huddles at the foot of steep forested slopes of the hills overlooking the bay. From Jayapura, you can easily go and explore the Papuan hinterlands. Before setting off, a visit to the Loka Budaya Museum gives you some insight into the indigenous culture. To get an all-round view of the city, go to the General MacArthur memorial on top of one of the hills overlooking the port. If you are after a magnificent beach to relax on, you won't be disappointed by Pantai Base G, about 10 kilometres from the centre.

05 Sep 2018
Kopar, Papua New Guinea

The people of the Sepik region speak more than 250 languages and are knitted together in systems of trade and cultural interaction. Kopar village's location at the mouth of the Sepik River makes it an important trading point for surrounding villages. Here the crocodile is worshiped as the water spirit. As is custom in all Sepik societies, the men's house is the place where important decisions regarding the village are made, where boys are initiated and become men, and ceremonies to please the spirits are performed. Guests will be welcomed ashore with a ceremony and cultural performance, including the famous "dragon dance". There will be an opportunity to walk around the village of Kopar to experience traditional life in the lower Sepik.

DAY 10
06 Sep 2018
Madang, Papua New Guinea
DAY 11
07 Sep 2018
Tami Islands, Papua New Guinea
DAY 12
08 Sep 2018
Kitava Island, Papua New Guinea
DAY 13
09 Sep 2018
Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea
DAY 14
10 Sep 2018
DAY 15
11 Sep 2018
Gizo, Solomon Islands
Njari Island, Solomon Islands

Off Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands cover more than 1,000 kilometres in the Pacific's turquoise waters. Boasting countless diving spots, this archipelago will satisfy your thirst for beauty and adventure. The sea beds do not only shelter splendid corals and rich marine life, they are also strewn with shipwrecks, the aftermath of military operations that took place in this former English colony during the Second World War. In Gizo, you'll discover an impressive collection of Japanese seaplanes. Then you can head off on the trail of JFK on Kennedy Island, equipped with your mask and tuba to explore its magnificent coral garden.

DAY 16
12 Sep 2018
Roderick Bay, Solomon Islands

Part of the Florida Islands, Roderick Bay is surrounded by beautiful white-sand beaches and fringing coral reefs. These clear warm tropical waters give rise to a myriad of colourful corals only metres from the shore. To add to this stunning environment, nosed up onto a nearby beach, listing heavily to its starboard side is the wreck of the World Discoverer; an expedition cruise ship beached here in 2001 after striking a charted rock at the Northern entrance to Sandfly Passage. Venture ashore for a welcome ceremony, take a walk through the village, or snorkel around the wreck to witness the marine environment attempting to reclaim this invader.

DAY 17
13 Sep 2018
Honiara, Solomon Islands
7:00 AM

Honiara is the capital city of the Solomon Islands, administered as a provincial town on the northwestern coast of Guadalcanal Island. Honiara comes from the local Ghari language "naho-ni-ara" meaning 'facing the ara', the place where the southeast winds meet the land. During your stop, discover this city, its beautiful landscape, and the significant role it played in World War II. Particularly the Battle of Henderson Field, the last of the three major land offensives conducted by the Japanese in 1942. Alternatively, you can discover a traditional village, its culture, and way of life.

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