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The TRUE NORTH Adventure Cruise first visited untamed Papua New Guinea in 2005. Since then we have continued to refine 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 this untouched paradise home.

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The Papua New Guinea Itinerary Options

Papua New Guinea Cruises 2024 & 2025

10 night cruise Sepik Soiree

Sepik Soiree (10 Nights)

Cairns/Kavieng to Madang and Return (or reverse)
Explore the mysterious Sepik River. Witness the infamous crocodile initiation ceremony and visit the stilt houses on Lake Kambaraumba. Wander idyllic tropical isles fringed with sandy white beaches and bounded by endless coral reef. Discover Papua New Guinea’s distinctive landscapes – both above and below the water.
10 night cruise Adventures in Paradise

Adventures in Paradise (10 Nights)

Cairns / Kavieng to Alotau and Return
This is our most refined Indo-Pacific voyage – an adventure packed with diverse destinations and fascinating experiences. From the Bismarck Sea to the beautiful Louisiade Archipelago, this itinerary travels through a stunning tropical landscape of island and reef. Fly in the 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. Our Melanesian friends greet us with a warm hospitality that is normally reserved for returning family and the smiles and laughter of their children will leave lasting and cherished memories.
10 night cruise The Mystery of Melanesia

The Mystery of Melanesia (10 Nights)

Cairns/Alotau to Bougainville and Return (or reverse)
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!
10 night cruise Solomon Sojourn

Solomon Sojourn (10 Nights)

Cairns/Kavieng to Solomon Islands and Return
The much anticipated return of our Solomon Islands itinerary features an exhilarating mix of culture, vibrant coral reef, history and classic South Pacific vista - all laced together with the TRUE NORTH's much respected line-up of snorkelling, diving, fishing and helicopter flights. Includes return flights ex Cairns.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How many optional ‘heli-flights’ are offered?
We offer approximately 8-10 different flights on each of our Paupa New Guinea itineraries. Heli-packages, a selection of flights the pilot recommends are 'not-to-be-missed' are a great way to maximise your enjoyment and can be booked once on-board. The Kokoda Scenic Flight option on Adventures in Paradise is subject to limited numbers due to the changing weather conditions.
What species of fish are commonly caught?
Spanish Mackerel, wahoo, tuna, coral trout & sailfish. We’ve got all the fishing gear you need onboard!
What time is embarkation & disembarkation?
Guests will be collected in Cairns city centre at approximately 0600 for a charter flight. It is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive in Cairns at least the night prior to embarkation. After disembarking in Papua New Guinea, the charter flight back to Cairns will arrive around 1700 where guests will need to clear customs and immigration.
Are transfers to & from the vessel included in the cost?
Included in the cost is the early morning coach transfer from Darwin City centre hotels to Darwin International airport for check-in as well as local transfers to and from the airport in Indonesia. On arrival back in Darwin (approximate arrival time 1700) guests make their own way from the airport as the time it takes for each guest to clear customs and immigration varies greatly.
Does SCUBA diving feature on this cruise?
Absolutely! There are fantastic opportunities to explore the many coral reefs of these amazing islands. A limited selection of diving equipment is available for hire onboard with prior arrangement. However, bringing your own personal equipment will ensure a perfect fit. Not a certified diver? Don’t worry, the snorkeling is just as good!
Do I need a passport for this voyage?
Yes. Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity on it after your return travel date. We will ask for this information 2-3 months prior to embarkation. General information concerning travel in PNG will be included with your guest documents. True North will arrange entry visa into PNG.
Is there any foreign currency exchange onboard?
We recommend exchanging Kina before travel. Kina is used for purchasing souvenirs, donations and resort purchases as the local villages tend to be cash only.
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