Cruises to Papua New Guinea
Cruise to a land of biological diversity, white sand beaches and coral reefs to dive for
Papua New Guinea is the next hot cruise destination. A cruise to Papua New Guinea could take you to the beautiful Conflict Islands or Alotau and many more places of untouched beauty. Cruise to Papua New Guinea and experience natural resources such as volcanic sites, thick rain forests, rich highlands and other attractions which will make for an adventure-packed holiday.
Don't forget to pack your scuba gear or rent some on the island, as Papua New Guinea is known for its underwater marvels - coral reefs, coastlines and islands. Walking the Kokoda Trail is also recommended, where you will be immersed in paradise and even spot some exotic birds. Furthermore, fishing here is like no-other as Papua New Guinea has some of the strongest fish.
This Melanesian nation is at the very north of Australia and has the same equatorial climate, making it a perfect all-year round cruising destination. Get ready for an adventure filled, sunny cruise holiday!
Alotau is the capital of Papua New Guinea's Milne Bay Province, located in the south-east of the island. The town is spread out along picturesque hills and features a local market that attracts a great deal of activity. Don't miss out on trying some of the best regional cuisine at the local restaurants. Alotau serves as a great starting point for those moving on to the coves and islands of Milne Bay.
Rabaul is located at the northernmost point of the island of New Britain - part of Papua New Guinea. Rabaul is a port city that connects the Bismarck lake with the Solomon Sea. The landscape of the city is dominated by an active volcano which lies behind the town. In addition, you will find beautiful beaches and a truly breathtaking underwater world which is perfect for swimming and recreation.
Kiriwina is an island in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea and is part of the Trobriand Islands. The island is the largest of its group with an area of around 290km². Kiriwina's tiny capital, Losuia, located on the island's west coast, is the largest settlement here boasting a wharf, police station, health centre and stores. The rest of Kiriwina is dotted with small traditional villages whose inhabitants are mostly subsistence farmers.
The Conflict is a group of 21 islands that form an atoll in the Coral Sea, off the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The name is not at all reflective of the nature of the region. The area is one of the most peaceful and paradise-like in the world. The atoll is privately owned by a passionate conservationist, so the islands' diverse flora and fauna are well looked after.
Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea and the country's largest city. Despite its reputation for being one of the least safe places to visit in Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby has its charm and points of interest that are definitely worth seeing. The friendly, welcoming locals and the deliciously gourmet local dishes served at some restaurants will be the highlights of your visit.
Milne Bay is a province located in the southern part of the Oceanian nation of Papua New Guinea. The province is made up of over 600 islands, only around 160 of which are inhabited. Milne Bay's capital is Alotau. The province is known as one of the most beautiful places to dive in, there are pygmy seahorses, manta rays and hammerhead sharks that will swim alongside you. The biodiversity of the region is said to be one of the highest in the world.
Samarai is an island in the Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea. Although, very small, it used to be the capital of the region and its most important port, until the government decided to move its function to Port Moresby in 1968. Samarai has since fallen into disrepair with declining population, however it still offers a picturesque walkway, superb diving and a beautiful beach.
Dobu is a small island located south of the Fergusson Island in Papua New Guinea. The island is part of the D’Entrecasteaux Group of islands. After an anthropological study of the island done by Reo Fortune in the 1930s, Dobu was feared for its black magic and witch doctors described in the study. However, many other scientists have challenged Fortune's findings since. Dobu Island consists of about 10-12 villages and around 10000 people living on it.
Fergusson is an island in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea. The island is one of the province's biggest and most mountainous and is world-famous for the natural hot springs in its south, the Dei Dei geysers. The latter are still used by the locals to cook their food by placing leaf baskets in the boiling water. Furgusson is also famous for sorcery, magic and bird watching.
Garove is a small and low volcanic island north of New Britain in the Witu Group, Papua New Guinea. It is the largest island in the group. The island is dominated by the Garove volcano that has a 5 km wide flooded caldera open to the sea through a narrow breach on the southern side, where it forms Johann Albrecht harbour. Garove is famous for its fumarole fields and thermal areas.
Manus, the largest of the Admiralty Islands, is rugged and heavily timbered, with central hills rising to over 700m. The vast sea area around it is rich with marine life and beautiful coral reefs. In addition to the local inhabitants, Manus Island was, until November 2019, populated by refugees, seeking asylum in Australia. The latter set up their Manus Regional Processing Centre in 2001 but following the request of the Papua New Guinea government, dissolved it in 2019.
Bonarua Island is located south of Milne Bay in China Strait, Papua New Guinea. It has an area of 0.07 km² with the highest elevation of 24 meters. It is uninhabited since 1999 when the last sea pearls farm was closed down. The locals welcome visitors with fishing and weaving demonstrations and, of course, home-made delicacies. Bonarua offers beautiful snorkelling and sea life stopping opportunities. The Sacred Ancient Burial Cave-sites are also a must-visit when on the island.
Bodulan Islands are a group of islands located near Papua New Guinea.
Doini is an island in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea. It boasts spectacular natural beauty with pristine beaches and lush rainforests. Doini Island is a privately owned holiday resort with stunning beach front bungalows and a fantastic range of activities on offer. Along with the traditional snorkelling, fishing and kayaking, you will enjoy bird and turtle watching, visiting the skull caves and bush walking.
Tsoilaunung (also known as Tsoi) is an island located off the east coast of the New Hanover island in Papua New Guinea. The waters around the island are great for diving and snorkelling and are filled with beautiful sea life. The island itself is uninhabited.
Papua New Guinea is located in the south-west of the Pacific Ocean, right at the top of northern Queensland. The country occupies the western part of the second biggest island in the world and consists of inland and numerous smaller offshore islands.
Papua New Guinea is one of the most diverse places on the globe in many ways.
- Linguistically - there are over 700 different native tongues
- Biologically - the country is full of beaches, coral reefs as well as mountains, volcanoes and rainforests
- Culturally - every tribal village has its own culture, traditions and language
The region is one of the least explored in the world. There are still tribes living inland that have not been discovered. Scientists believe that there are also undiscovered species of flora and fauna in the interior.
Papua New Guinea Cruises
Cruising Papua New Guinea is the best way to discover this pacific paradise of pristine beaches, blue lagoons, picturesque villages and diverse cultures.
Cruise ships will take you to the country's most beautiful ports:
- The Conflict Islands
Most cruise lines will also offer fascinating shore excursions around the ports and islands you visit. Don't miss out on:
- Reef Snorkel Adventure
- Conflict Island's Turtle Conservation
- Outrigger Canoe Ride
- Private Island Picnic
Cruising Papua New Guinea from a port near you has never been so easy, Princess Cruises, P&O Australia and Carnival Cruises Australia will depart from:
The Best Time to Visit
If its a beach holiday you are after, consider booking a cruise for the month of November - the hottest month of the year. The temperatures will go up to around 32°C and the prices will go down.
The period of time from late May to October is very comfortable:
- There is little rain
- Cooler temperatures of high 20°C
- Very good