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Tribal Islands of Papua New Guinea Ponant Cruise

Papua New Guinea & Australia

Best time to travel
Feb - Mar
Ideal length
15 Nights
Perfect for
From (incl flights)
€10,659 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Brisbane and home from Cairns.
  • Meet & greet on arrival in Brisbane, flight from Brisbane to Honiara, and all private transfers.
  • 4 nights’ pre and post-cruise accommodation in Brisbane and Cairns.
  • 11 nights’ aboard the luxury Ponant vessel on a cruise through the islands of Papua New Guinea.
  • Meet local people across the islands of Papua New Guinea, observing local performances and handicrafts.
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Le Laperouse Exterior
Le Lapérouse is designed to take you on an exploration of some of the most world’s most hard-to-reach places in luxury.
Le Laperouse Bar
The ship’s interiors are modern and trendy with plenty of open-spaces and expansive windows.
Le Laperouse Underwater Lounge
Watch the ocean go by at the underwater lounge.
Le Laperouse Bedroom
Cabins are crafted to showcase the incredible and ever-changing landscapes.


Discover the wonders of Papua New Guinea, a nation of more than seven hundred ethnic groups living within a highly diverse ecosystem. This luxury cruise takes you to the remote and untouched islands of Papua New Guinea, home to rich local cultures and exceptional underwater life. Explore distinct landscapes on every isle, from craggy volcanoes and sandy beaches to ancient forests and vast fjords. Spend nights in Brisbane and Cairns before and after your cruise, revelling in the beauty of Australia’s coast and its famous Great Barrier Reef.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Brisbane.

Upon arrival, be privately transferred to your luxury accommodation in the heart of the city for a two night stay. Lounge by your hotel’s infinity pool’s edge, explore the youthful city and enjoy spectacular dining experiences.

Fly to the Solomon Islands.

Arrive in Honiara and board your luxury cruise ship, your home for the next eleven nights. After settling into your plush cabin, explore the many offerings of this Ponant vessel. Watch marine life go by at the underwater deck or grab a bite to eat at one of the gourmet restaurants.

Board Le Laperouse
Discover the islands of Papua New Guinea.

Explore the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, known for its picture-perfect beaches and long stretch of coral reefs teeming with life. Tour the magnificent volcanoes and historic WWII sites of the Bismarck Archipelago.

Islands of Papua New Guinea
Enjoy some respite aboard your ship.

Days without a port of call are a fantastic opportunity to treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or take a dip in the swimming pool. Enjoy the shows performed aboard your ship or visit the vessel’s upper deck to admire stunning ocean views.

Le Laperpouse Spa
Get to know the customs of local tribes.

Visit Madang, one of the prettiest towns in the South Pacific, and watch cultural performances showcasing local customs, costume and dance. On the Tami Islands, meet local artisans renowned for their intricately decorated bowls.

Madang Island Tribe
Explore unique islands.

Journey through ancient mangrove forests and mighty fjords on Tufi, known as the Scandinavia of the tropics. Follow the old tree-lined road on Samari Island and visited the stonewalled church built in 1937. Snorkel the colourful waters of Deka Deka Island.

Tufi Islands Tribe
Drop anchor in Cairns.

Say goodbye to your ship and privately transfer to your hotel overlooking the Great Barrier Reef. During your two night stay here, wander the town’s boardwalk under the shade of swaying palm trees and explore the surrounding hills, the gateway to Queensland’s rainforests.

Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Emporium Hotel Southbank

Emporium Hotel Southbank

In the heart of Brisbane’s South Bank lies the luxury Emporium Hotel. From imposing gold lacquered mirrors and chandeliers to restaurants filled with hanging plants.

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Le Laperouse

Le Laperouse

A member of the Ponant fleet, Le Lapérouse is designed to take you on an exploration of some of the most world’s most hard-to-reach places in luxury.

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What people are saying

“We have planned several family holidays with OROKO. They always provide us with several creative options and ideas. OROKO are always efficient, creative and offer excellent service. Things always change and they are helpful in all aspects to solve problems effectively and patiently.”

Liam & family – Mallorca, Aug 2018 | Switzerland, Aug 2019 | Maldives, Dec 2019


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