New Guinea Cruises

New Guinea lies in the southwest of the Pacific Ocean and is an island whose territory is shared between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. 

Across the island, savannahs, grasslands, wetlands, rainforests and glaciers provide stunning views and important ecosystems that help to put New Guinea on the map as a place of utter natural divinity. It’s also home to some of the largest mangrove forests in the world.

Captivating flora and exotic wildlife aside, a cruise to New Guinea means you can immerse yourself in World War Two history, as well as gain insight into the country’s colourful culture.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Over 850 indigenous languages are spoken in the country.
  • The Hooded Pitohui, a poisonous bird, is an island native.
  • Pigs are often given to guests at ceremonies.
  • Until 1933 the country used seashells as its national currency.
  • The shape of the country is often likened to a bird of paradise.


Diverse landscapes

From the mountaintops of the highlands to the lowlands and jungle life, New Guinea has some of the most diverse landscapes in the world. The coral reefs and nearby bubbling volcanoes of Ulawun and Tavurvur help to retain that much-desired crown. 

The wonders of the Kawanasausau Strait and Milne Bay are close to Alotau and easy to access, while visitors can see magnificent underwater creatures by diving at the Tawali Resort or fishing in Milne Bay. The marlin, sailfish, mackerel, barramundi and Papuan black bass are the favourites to spot here.  


Stunning shores

Water lovers will adore the stunning shores of Pilapila Beach near Rabaul , as well as the black sand beaches of Ahioma and Trobriand Islands close to Alotau. Unparalleled in their beauty, they promise visitors crystal waters and pristine sands to indulge their passion.

Inland, Alotau’s Didi Falls offer amazing views of the cascading water where the Laloki River Gorge meets the falls, showcasing just a tiny part of a country covered in vast natural wonders.




New Guinea is a land of vibrant indigenous culture and language. 

Hundreds of tribes of varying sizes are based around the New Guinea landscape and each comes with its own traditions, dances and art, from the face painting of the Huli in the Highlands or the carvings of the Ngala in the Sepik Valley.

Visitors can witness how the Tolai and Baining people live by wandering around the island. There are also many stories concerning the world wars, which found their way to the Rabaul shores. The Bitapaka War Cemetery, Kokopo War and Cultural Museum, Admiral Yamamoto’s Bunker and the Japanese tunnels detail the island’s war stories, giving visitors a better understanding of the fascinating past that has played out here.  


Ports in the country


Cruises visiting New Guinea

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