From volcanic tropical fjords and the flooded crater that is Rabaul's Simpson Harbour to pristine white sand beaches, the beauty of Papua New Guinea is wonderfully varied.
It is one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth, with over 800 indigenous languages and at least as many traditional societies, out of a population of just under seven million.
It is also one of the most rural, as only 18% of its people live in urban centres.
The country is one of the world's least explored, culturally and geographically, and many undiscovered species of plants and animals are thought to exist in the interior of Papua New Guinea.
Due to the poor infrastructure a Papua New Guinea cruise enables you to see this extraordinary destination from the comfort of your floating hotel.
Orion Expedition Cruises operate culture-centric voyages of Papua New Guinea focusing on the people and there way of living along with the Second World War history of this unique island.
These Papua New Guinea cruises start or end in Cairns, an excellent location to extend your holiday with an international airport and several daily internal flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Melbourne.
Day 1-2 - Fly London to Cairns, via Hong Kong
Day 3 - Cairns. At leisure
Day 4-6 - Travel to Daintree Rainforest in north-east Queensland for a 3 night stay. From here explore the Daintree River, Cape Tribulation and the Great Barrier Reef
Day 7 - Embark in Cairns for an evening sail away
Day 8 - At sea
Day 9 - Alotau, Milne Bay. Visit Battle of Milne Bay War Memorial
Day 10 - Samari & Kwato Islands. Explore the historical areas of former colonial capital of the territory of Papua
Day 11 - Kitava, The Trobriands. Visit a local village famed for Trobriand Yam houses and traditional dance the Tapioca. Swimming, snorkelling and sea kayaking also available in the lagoon
Day 12 - Tufi. See over 30 fjords surrounded by dense rainforest. Sandy beaches meet thriving coral reefs in this untouched region
Day 13 - Tami Islands. Explore the local village small uninhabited islands
Day 14 - Madang. Visit the colourful market and witness and traditional sing-sing from the local Bilbil people
Day 15 - Sepik River & Watam Village. Travel by Zodiac along the Sepik River and visit the remote Watam Village
Day 16 - At seas
Day 17 - Rabaul. Visit the Rabaul Volcano
Day 18 - Disembark and fly to London via Cairns
Day 19 - Arrive London
The best time to take a Papua New Guinea holiday is towards the end of the Southern Hemispheres summer when the humidity is more manageable and temperatures are around 30°C. The majority of the rain falls between December and March due to the northwest monsoon, although Port Moresby enjoys a dry season at this time.
Tropical, lightweights and cottons are recommended. In the highlands, warmer clothing is needed. Rainwear is also advised as this is the rainy season.