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14-night Natural Wonders and Cultures of the Coral Triangle Cruise

Cruise Line:
Ponant Cruises
Ship:
Le Bellot
Destination:
Darwin/Honiara
Departure Date:
12/4/2020
Length:
14
Offer ID:
1359844
from
$9480


Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Darwin
Suggested Private Excursion
12/4/2020
12/4/2020

Darwin

Soak up Darwin's balmy weather and the melting pot of food and cultures in the city's many outdoor festivals and markets. Then explore the region's dramatic history - from World War II air raids to Cyclone Tracey - in the museums and galleries. Sail Darwin harbour at sunset, cruise next to crocodiles and bushwalk through monsoon forest. Swim in the crystal-clear waterholes of Litchfield National Park and visit the colourful communities of the Tiwi Islands. This vibrant, tropical capital has a youthful energy you'll find hard to resist.


Five ways to discover Darwin and its surrounds:


1. At festivals, markets and on the harbour In Darwin, the action happens outside - in markets, parks, by the beach or on boats. You can join the locals with a crate and a plate of sizzling satay at The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets from May to October. Or watch them build boats out of beer or soft drink cans at the annual Darwin Beer Can Regatta in July. At the Deckchair Cinema from April to November you can watch movies under a canopy of stars with a drink from the bar and a picnic dinner. Soak up Darwin's tropical weather with a harbourside dinner at Cullen Bay Marina or a sunset harbour cruise complete with a history lesson.


2. With wildlife and in tropical parklands

Cycle past orchids and bromeliads and traditional Aboriginal plants in George Brown Botanic Gardens. Swim, have a sunset barbecue and explore sacred Aboriginal sites at Casuarina Coastal Reserve. In Berry Springs Nature Park, you can spot birds in monsoon forest and fish in the crystal clear swimming holes. Get up close to fish, birds-of-prey, nocturnal animals and reptiles in the Territory Wildlife Park, a 45-minute drive from Darwin. Have a close crocodile encounter at Crocodylus Park, the Darwin Crocodile Farm or on a crocodile cruise along Darwin's coastal fringe and rivers.


3. Hot on the heels of history

Learn more about Darwin's rich Aboriginal heritage in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Here you can also relive the tragic Cyclone Tracy which hit Darwin on Christmas Eve in 1974. See the Chinese Temple it nearly destroyed in Litchfield Street. Darwin endured 64 Japanese air raids in World War II, and you can watch dramatic footage of the bombings and visit the bunker where Top End defense strategy was planned at East Point Military Museum. See original B52 bomber planes at the Aviation Heritage Centre and a network of walking trails leading to World War II oil tunnels around the Wharf Precinct. In Myilly Point Historical Precinct you can see some of the few surviving cottages designed by architect B.C.G Burnett in the colonial style popular before World War II.


4. Under the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park

Make time for a day trip to the waterfalls and plunge pools, wildlife and birdlife, ranges and rainforest of Litchfield National Park, a one-and-a-half hour drive from Darwin. Swim in the crystal-clear swimming hole at the base of Florence Falls and bush-walk through monsoon rain-forest to Walker Creek. Picnic next to roosting fruit bats at Wangi Falls and see sweeping valley views at Tolmer Falls. Take a wildlife cruise on the Reynolds River, part of a working cattle station. Explore this Tarzan landscape with traditional Aboriginal owners the Wagait people or peer into a pastoral past in the ruins of Blyth Homestead.


5. On a trip to the Tiwi Islands

Join in the excitement of the Tiwi Islands Grand Football Final, held every March in Nguiu. Browse and buy Tiwi art, distinctive for its strong design, decorative features and vivid colours. Take billy tea and damper tea with Tiwi ladies as they demonstrate traditional weaving and painting. Then watch them perform a traditional dance and a smoking ceremony to clear bad spirits. Catch big barramundi on a fishing tour on the Tiwi coast. You'll find a warm welcome and a lush landscape of rainforest, beaches and rock pools on Melville and Bathurst Islands, together known as the Tiwi Islands. Explore them on a day or overnight tour, traveling a 20-minute flight or two-hour ferry from Darwin.

Suggested Private Excursions

Darwin: WWII History Tour - 4 hours

Darwin: City Sights and Surrounds - 8 hours

Darwin: Litchfield National Park Discovery Tour - 8 hours

At Sea
12/5/2020
12/5/2020

No information currently available.

Banda Neira
12/6/2020
12/6/2020

No information currently available.

Mommon Waterfall
12/7/2020
12/7/2020

No information currently available.

At Sea
12/8/2020
12/8/2020

No information currently available.

Cenderawasih Bay
12/9/2020
12/9/2020

No information currently available.

Cenderawasih Bay
12/10/2020
12/10/2020

No information currently available.

At Sea
12/11/2020
12/11/2020

No information currently available.

Jayapura
12/12/2020
12/12/2020

The capital of Irian Jaya (Papua), this busy seaport was founded by the Dutch in 1910. Surrounded by steep hills and the Teluk Yos Sudarso Bay, this picturesque town is a perfect place to stop for lunch while watching the ships come into harbor.

Vanimo
12/12/2020
12/12/2020

No information currently available.

Kopar
12/13/2020
12/13/2020

No information currently available.

Madang
12/14/2020
12/14/2020

Madang is a port on the northeastern coast of New Guinea lying on Astrolabe Bay near the mouth of the Gogol River. It is the centre for a large timber industry based on the Gogol forest about 25 miles (40 km) inland. Nearby is an island studded lagoon, coral reefs and a rainforest with fruit bats. Abandoned by the Germans in 1899 because of the prevalence of malaria, it was occupied by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945. Kalibobo lighthouse at the harbour entrance commemorates the New Guinea coast watchers who aided the Allies during WW2.

Tami Island
12/15/2020
12/15/2020



Located off of the southeast coast of Papua New Guinea’s Huon Peninsula, the Tami Islands consist of a group of four coral atolls.  The indigenous inhabitants of the islands are famous for their bowls, figurines and ceremonial masks; all elaborately carved out of wood.  Reefs surrounding the islands contain a stunning array of marine life such as Blue Sea Stars, jellyfish and many schools of various fish species.   With their sandy white beaches, top notch snorkeling spots and friendly islanders, the Tami Islands are an excellent choice for a vacation from urban life.



 

Trobriand Islands
12/16/2020
12/16/2020

No information currently available.

At Sea
12/17/2020
12/17/2020

No information currently available.

Honiara
12/18/2020
12/18/2020

Known as the "Happy Isles," the Solomons are one of the best-kept secrets in the Pacific. These are islands of great natural beauty from jungle-clad peaks and active volcanoes to dashing waterfalls, misty rainforests, turquoise lagoons, and brilliant coral reefs. The islands' variety of cultures and customs is also striking. In Honiara, backstreet quonset huts and an occasional, rusty wreckage provide grim reminders of World War II; over 25,000 Japanese and American soldiers were killed or wounded on Guadalcanal. Honiara has been the capital of the Solomon Islands since Tulagi was devastated during World War II.

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Departure Date:
12/4/2020
Number of Nights
14
Cruise Inclusions:
  • Discover the mysteries of Indonesia and Papua-New Guinea, the land of a thousand cultures.
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Discover the Malukus, the paradisiacal Spice Islands.
  • Encounters with local people: cultural performances, dances, arts & crafts.
  • Many opportunities for swimming and snorkeling in idyllic sites.
  • Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team.
Remarks:
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All fares are quoted in US Dollars.



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Offer ID:
1359844

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Sun Travel
4420 North Mesa
El Paso, TX 79902
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800-874-4042