Madang

Bismarck Sea in Papua New Guinea
Bismarck Sea in Papua New Guinea

Madang, capital of Madang Province on the north coast of Papua New Guinea, is often referred to as the 'prettiest town in the Pacific' – not least because of its location on a peninsula, surrounded by azure waters and the most picturesque islands.

Despite suffering war-time devastation, Madang has retained much of its natural charm, and has an abundance of pleasant parks with water-lily filled ponds.[ReadMoreMob] The town has a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere, and the thriving, friendly market at its centre is well worth visiting. One truly unmissable sight are the huge Casuarina Trees that tower over the streets, and the colonies of Flying Foxes that live in their branches.

The fascinating Madang Museum has many cultural exhibits, and while the 30m-high Coastwatchers Memorial Beacon is impressive but not particularly attractive, the 3km beachfront road next to it offers a pleasant walk with views across Astrolabe Bay. The coast to the north has beautiful beaches lined with palm trees and they provide access to some of the most spectacular diving in the world.

Cruises to Madang

Australia, Papua New Guinea & Indonesia

Australia, Papua New Guinea & Indonesia

Departs: Benoa • Wed 11 Dec 2019
42 nights • Boudicca • D192901

  • Explore three sides of the land ‘Down Under’ to discover Australian icons including native wildlife, world-famous landmarks and even legendary New Year’s Eve celebrations before heading to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia for feast of history, culture and spectacular natural beauty.
  • In Australia, you’ll visit beautiful Broome, Fremantle – for tours to Perth – and historic Albany on the west coast; sail the south coast, stopping at Kangaroo Island, Melbourne and Hobart; and on the east coast, visit Sydney on New Year’s Eve and marvel at the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Calls at Alotau, Wewak and Madang present opportunities to immerse yourself in Papua New Guinea’s authentic tribal culture and fascinating war-influenced history; while in Indonesia, magical islands await, including Komodo Island – home to the world’s largest lizard – and idyllic Bali.

From £5,699pp

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Cultural Treasures of the Far East

Cultural Treasures of the Far East

Departs: Cairns • Thu 09 Jan 2020
42 nights • Boudicca • D200103

  • After visiting Alotau, Wewak and Madang to experience Papua New Guinea’s fascinating tribal culture and war history, you’re in for an unforgettable insight into Asia’s remarkable diversity as Boudicca guides you to a collection of contrasting destinations including gorgeous islands and energetic cities.
  • You’ll discover magical Indonesian islands, including Komodo Island – home to the world’s largest lizard – and stunning Bali; enjoy an overnight stay in vibrant Singapore; taste paradise in Phuket; and in Myanmar, stop at Thilawa, gateway to the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda and sacred Bagan.
  • A call at Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, is followed by an immersive Indian exploration including two days at Kochi, allowing time for an overland tour to the Taj Mahal; an overnight in beautiful Goa; a full day in bustling Mumbai; and a call at Porbandar, birthplace of Gandhi – the ‘Father of India’.

From £7,799pp

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Singapore, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Singapore, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Departs: Cairns • Thu 09 Jan 2020
28 nights • Boudicca • D200102

  • Cruise from Cairns to Papua New Guinea, rich in engrossing culture and history, before heading to Asia for an epic adventure encompassing a collection of contrasting destinations and highlights, from beautiful islands and iconic scenic landscapes to vibrant cities and spectacular spiritual sites.
  • Calls at Alotau, Wewak and Madang present opportunities to connect with Papua New Guinea’s authentic tribal heritage and discover fascinating war ‘relics’; while in Indonesia, magical islands await, including Komodo Island – home to the world’s largest lizard – and idyllic Bali.
  • Stopping overnight in Singapore will offer you the chance to experience Asia at its most modern, before Phuket, where you can take a boat tour to Phang Nga Bay, provides a taste of paradise. In Myanmar, Thilawa is your gateway to the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda and sacred Bagan.

From £4,649pp

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Papua New Guinea & Indonesian Culture

Papua New Guinea & Indonesian Culture

Departs: Cairns • Thu 09 Jan 2020
14 nights • Boudicca • D2001

  • 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.
  • You can marvel at the Great Barrier Reef on tour from Cairns, before heading to Papua New Guinea for a chance to experience Alotau’s extravagant Cultural Festival. Your calls at Alotau, Wewak and Madang present opportunities to connect with Papua New Guinea’s fascinating war history, too.
  • In Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelagic country, a myriad of magical island scenes await. Visit Ambon Island, another maiden Fred. Olsen call, with its gently mountainous landscapes; go ashore at Komodo Island, home of the world’s largest lizards; and discover paradise at beautiful Bali.

From £1,799pp

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