Cruises in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea boasts some of the largest and most impressive waterways in the world. If you want to spend time on a river, there are plenty of options - from traditional or motorised canoes to chartered boats and cruise ships with all the mod cons.

The upmarket Sepik Spirit travels the waterways of the Sepik River (East Sepik Province), taking in the seldom visited Middle Sepik and Blackwater Lake areas. Often compared to the Amazon and Congo Rivers, the Sepik River is flanked by pristine rainforest filled with native flora and fauna. The Sepik Basin is one of Papua New Guinea's cultural storehouses, and a rich variety of tribal arts and traditional cultures flourish in this diverse region.

The luxurious Melanesian Discoverer cruises both the Sepik River and the waters of the Bismarck Sea, offering visitors a relaxed option for experiencing the 'island' lifestyle. Based in Madang, it carries visitors across to the island provinces including the remote Trobriand Islands, famous for their yam festivals and ornate carvings.

Morobe Tours also run trips out to the Huon Gulf aboard the luxury MV Endeavour. Day trips to Salamaua, Busamang and Jawani Island with 'sing sings' and mumu lunches can be arranged.