Expeditionary Cruise (2 Departures,
October 14, and November 8, 2014)

Raja Ampat Expedition and PAPUA NUGINI

Access from or to Australia

We are very excited to present a one time departure on what will prove to be a trip of a life time aboard the vessel Oceanic Discoverer, scheduled for October and November 2014. (Advance bookings are SUGGESTED) The 2014 program, provides special access to Indonesia, from the Australian port of Darwin and ends in the Great Barrier reef Port of Cairns. SongLine Offers you the opportunity to divide this expeditionary program in two parts by disembarking or boarding in Jayapura, the Captial of Papua Provience. This will allow the 12 day expedition to be broken into two parks, making a great two week expedition of Indonesia, including the area of Raja Ampat or by boarding in Jayapura an option of exploring all the best parts of PNG, with a start point here in Indonesia. This program is offering you the opportunity to see some of the world’s most diverse and exciting regions as they emerge into the 21st century, and see how real contact with the outside world has only started to take place in the last few decades. So in summary you can visit the fragrant Spice Islands and the ‘Four Kings’ of Raja Ampat, to the scenic coastline of West Papua and the Sepik River and Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea,on this 25-night expedition which is sure to leave you spellbound.


THIS IS THE PROGRAM for DARWIN TO BANADA TO RAJA AMPAT TO JAYAPURA

Departing Darwin, our first port of call will be a warm and colourful welcome in the remote “Forgotten Islands”. Located in the Banda Sea between Timor and Irian Jaya these islands are among the most exotic destinations in Indonesia. Our visit to Tanimbar and Kai will be memorable. We’ll learn how headhunting was practised here until well into the mid-20th century and discover how copra, tortoise shell, and trepang provided wealth to the villagers over many generations.

map circle exped

Centuries ago the Spice Islands of Indonesia were the only source of the world’s most valued spices. The most treasured and valuable commodities of their time in the 12th to 15th centuries, the world’s entire supply of nutmeg and mace was grown in the Spice Islands before being shipped to the grand cities of Europe, where they were highly values. amongst the elite. Travel ashore to Banda Island where a stroll through the local market promises all of the aromas, colours and characters of the vibrant Spice Islands.

The centrepiece of our expedition will be a 5-day exploration through the spectacular Raja Ampat region, otherwise known as the ‘Four Kings’ after the major islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. The archipelago is made up of about 1,500 islands in seven Marine Protected Areas, and harbours over 75% of the world’s coral species and over 75% of the world’s fish species. After farewelling Raja Ampat, Oceanic Discoverer will cross the equator and visit the spectacular Wayag Island and Mapia Atoll before travelling ashore to meet the locals in their provincial West Papua capital of Jayapura. A small city of just over 200,000 residents, Jayapura has a fascinating World War II history and was occupied by invading Japanese forces during 1942.

Here in Jayapura you can terminate your space in this expeditionary program and extend your time in Indonesia.

PROGRAM "A"


12 Nights Biak, North Papua- Darwin, Australia.

  

Departs:

From Biak, North Papus, Oktober 14,2014

 

Valid 2014

Main Deck
B

Main Deck
A

Promenade
B

Promenade
A

Bridge
Deck

Twin Share

$10,790

$11,140

$11,640

$11,990

$12,590

Sole Use

$16,185

$16,710

$17,460

$17,985

N/A

 



THIS IS THE PROGRAM for Cairns, Australia To Rabaul, Papua Nugini

Our exploration of Papua New Guinea’s east coast includes a memorable two days cruising the mighty Sepik River. Aboard Oceanic Discoverer we’ll cruise approximately 100 kilometres upriver to the remote villages of Bien and Angoram, home to the great Sepik woodcarvers renowned for their unique artefacts. These remote villages are inaccessible to most other ships. This is a unique opportunity to spend time with these fascinating and rarely visited people in their traditional communities, truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Enjoy a full day ashore exploring historic Madang, and savour a visit to the remarkable Lababia Wildlife Management Area. Our Expedition Staff will lead us on a walk through Lababia’s prehistoric rainforest and along the David Suzuki Trail, where a myriad of wildlife and exotic birds including hornbills and the Raggiana Bird of Paradise can be seen in their natural environment.

Following an exploration of the Tufi Fjords in the south-east of Papua New Guinea, we’ll meet the locals of the fascinating Trobriand Islands, known as the “Islands of Love”. Then, returning to the PNG mainland we’ll discover the fascinating wartime history of Alotau and Milne Bay before commencing our crossing of the Coral Sea, en route to remote Osprey Reef. Located more than 100 kilometres off the Queensland coast, its remote location means visits to this spectacular 25 kilometre long reef system are rare. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel in the protected lagoon at the heart of the massive reef, SCUBA dive and join glass bottom boat tours, before our expedition concludes in tropical Cairns.

PROGRAM "B"


12 Nights Cairns, Australia - Rabaul, Papua Nugini

Departs:

November 8, 2014


Valid 2014

Main Deck
B

Main Deck
A

Promenade
B

Promenade
A

Bridge
Deck

Twin Share

$9,390

$9,690

$10,090

$10,390

$10,890

Sole Use

$14,085

$14,435

$15,135

$15,585

N/A

 

 

As this is without question an Expedition of a life time, you should want to do the whole program. Boarding in Darwin and Ending in Cairns, will make this whole experience happen in comfort aboard the special vessel. Remember book in advance to insure your place is held.

PROGRAM Papua Nugini, Raja Ampat & Spice Islands Expedition

25 Nights Darwin-Cairns, Australia

Departs: March 24, 2014

 


 

Valid  2014

Main Deck
B

Main Deck
A

Promenade
B

Promenade
A

Bridge
Deck

Twin Share

$18,990

$19,780

$20,490

$21,130

$22,120

Sole Use

$28,485

$29,670

$30,735

$31,695

N/A

 

 

 


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