SeaDream Yacht Club is bringing its own brand of ocean-bound luxury to Papua New Guinea next year, with an exclusive 2014 voyage which will set sail from the Australian port of Cairns, in Queensland in on February 1 and arrive in Bali 14 days later.
One of the world’s most exotic and hard to reach locations, Papua New Guinea is a real-life South Pacific paradise, offering cruisers the chance to step back in time as they explore an unspoiled region rich in ancient tribal cultures.
By way of traditional cruising routes of old, 112 privileged guests will travel on-board the SeaDream II to the region, along with a team of expedition experts, and explore a number of coastal villages by way of the ship’s zodiac craft, which will land them directly on the beach of each region they visit.
Professional wildlife photographer Sue Flood will be on-board throughout the sailing, sharing her expertise and of course documenting the fantastic fauna to be encountered at each port of call.
Among the optional excursions are a visit to Alotau in the Milne Bay Province, where travellers can meet the locals, visit a World War II site or join a bird-watching tour, and a visit to the Trobriand Islands, where the authentic culture remains largely intact and where guest can enjoy dances from warrior villages and experience the local cuisine.
Guests will also have the option of visiting Papua New Guinea’s longest river, the Sepik and the captivating coral islands of Tami.
By Simon Brotherton