Papua New Guinea & Indonesian Culture
After meeting Boudicca on the gorgeous northeast coast of Australia, visits to a trio of destinations in Papua New Guinea, including two maiden calls for Fred. Olsen, and three breathtaking Indonesian islands will offer a feast of history, culture and natural beauty on this colourful 14-night cruise.
Cairns is not only the starting point for this rewarding journey, but also your gateway to botanical gardens, tropical rainforests and dense wetlands alive with native Australian wildlife. [ReadMoreMob] Also within reach is the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef, a wonderland of over 400 coral species, over 1,500 species of fish and various other exotic fauna and flora. Take your pick of these natural wonders before you set sail to Papua New Guinea, where you’ll have a chance to experience Alotau’s Cultural Festival, an extravagant expression of tribal culture. [ReadMoreDesk] The festival is rich in performances of traditional music, dance and chanting from groups from around the country, and with locally made gifts and souvenirs available for you to take home too; this very special event is not-to-be-missed. During your time in Papua New Guinea, your maiden calls at Alotau and Wewak, as well as a stop at Madang, will also present opportunities to connect with the country’s fascinating war history and go in search of war ‘relics’ such as battle-scarred airfields and impressive cave and tunnels networks that were used by the Japanese in World War II.
Once in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelagic country, a myriad of magical island scenes await you. Ambon City, another maiden call for Fred. Olsen, welcomes you to the fertile lands of Ambon Island, boasting gently mountainous landscapes and picturesque bays that beg for exploration. The city, which was one of the first places in Indonesia to be ruled by Colonial powers, is a delight to explore in itself; its rich history is highlighted in the mix of Ambonese and European architecture. Then, when your ship drops anchor at Komodo Island, you can head ashore to seek-out Komodo Dragons – the world’s largest lizards – in their extraordinary, UNESCO-listed natural habitat; and discover the shimmering Pink Beach. Finally, it is on to beautiful Bali. Before heading home, Bali’s remarkable Ubud rice terraces, sacred Goa Gajah Elephant Cave and an abundance of ancient temples are just some of the many attractions you could discover, if you can manage to leave the inviting sun-soaked beaches of Benoa behind.