From lush, green jungles to vibrant coral reefs, age-old customs and thatch-roofed stilt houses, white-sand beaches to resplendent rainforests…Papua and the Spice Islands are a feast for the eyes. Here, you’ll find tribes that have never had any contact with the modern world, communities linked only by jungle paths and deep-seated cultural traditions and beliefs.

In Triton Bay, Mother Nature has outdone herself with a magnificent display of unparalleled marine biodiversity and endemism. More fish and coral species can be found in this unique slice of paradise than anywhere else in the world. Divers and snorkellers alike delight in discovering shy clown fish amongst the anemones, or the cheeky black and white damels. Due to the recent introduction of no-fishing zones and vigilant conservation,this is one of the few areas in the world where marine biomass is actually increasing.

As well as the coral and fish, several endangered or rare species are found here. Pygmy seahorses, whale sharks, dolphins, marlin, Triton Bay walking shark, flasher wrasse and numerous other species frequent the area,

making this right up there with some of the best dive spots.

But it’s not just the marine-life that draws people here. These islands are stunningly beautiful. Lush jungle, ringed with pristine white sand beaches and dotted with hidden caves and lagoons, these islands are picture-postcard perfect.

Combine this with the heady experience of strolling the streets of Banda Neira in the Spice Islands, where your eyes are drawn to the eclectic mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture, the remnants of a rich and tumultuous history where every colonial power of significance fought to control these sought-after islands.

This truly is a unique part of the world – a destination you don’t want to miss!


OCEANIAPapua & Spice Islands



ill your senses on this unforgettable journey with Ponant Cruises into Papua and the Spice Islands. Starting in Cairns, Australia, your journey begins a taster of things to come with a spectacular Skyrail adventure over the Tropical Rainforest canopy and a visit to the township of Kuranda.


Once onboard Ponant Cruises’ luxurious Le Laperouse, you’ll enjoy a stop at Cape York before setting sail for Western Papua. Traditional ceremonies and war canoes will greet you on arrival and you’ll have the opportunity to meet the Asmat people and learn of their culture and way of life.


At the beautiful, marine paradise of Triton Bay, your expedition team will take you on an amazing zodiac voyage through the spectacular rainforest capped islands and then you’ll have the chance to explore the underwater spectacle.


Snorkelling, zodiac tours, white-sand beaches, fascinating culture and intriguing history all await your discovery on this voyage. From the perfect beaches of the Kei Islands to the eclectic mix of architecture of Banda Neira, this voyage is a true treat that you can enjoy in five star luxury from start to finish.


Onboard Le Laperouse you'll enjoy every comfort.  The newest edition to the Ponant fleet, Le Laperouse features innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, just 92 elegantly appointed suites and staterooms and lounge areas that open onto the outside. A subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort, this ship is also the first cruise ship in the world with an underwater passenger lounge, allowing guests to hear and see the underwater world.




  • All meals aboard
  • All beverages aboard
  • Zodiac Expeditions with experienced expedition guides


  • Economy class flight from AKL/WLG/CHC to CAIRNS (11 May 2019)
  • Transfer on arrival Cairns to hotel.
  • One night at Shangri La The Marina Hotel Cairns (or similar) pre cruise  - includes dinner ( 2 course)
  • Morning sightseeing tour to Kuranda - with Skyrail Gondola ride Lunch in Cairns
  • Transfer to ship (12 May) Transfer ship to airport in Darwin ( 23 May 2019)
  • BONUS: Chauffeur driven luxury car transfer to your capital city airport and return ( valid up to 35kms distance)
Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • 24 Hr Room Service
  • All meals
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • Disability Friendly

Trip itinerary

1 | 11 May 2019
Arrive Cairns
Airport to hotel
Tour including Skyrail
Board Le Laperouse
At Sea
Cape York
At Sea
Agats (Western Papua)
At Sea
Triton Bay
Sebakor Bay
Kei Islands, Maluku

Technical Details

  • Built Date 2018
  • Crew TBA
  • Capacity 184

Cruise Category

  • Luxury Expeditions

Le Laperouse

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, Le Lapérouse embodies the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.  Le Laperouse is the first ship to offer the underwater passenger lounge, allowing guests to see and hear the undersea world. Images Courtesy Ponant.



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