March 27, 2023

New itineraries for 2014 include this exciting and unique destination

Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Trail played a pivotal role in WWII, and today is a historic hike that can take 5-12 days to complete.
Papua New Guinea is gaining more and more popularity as a destination for travelers seeking everything from adventure to cultural immersion. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic will be offering inaugural itineraries that include this exciting destination for the new 102-passenger National Geographic Orion, launching in March of 2014. Orion will be equipped with exploration tools ranging from kayaks to a remote-operated vehicle capable of reaching depths of 1,000 feet, plus full snorkeling gear and a scuba program for up to 24 divers at a time.

Exploring Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomans & the Great Barrier Reef
This 25-day journey sails from Auckland, New Zealand on to Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea and the Torres Strait, delving into the history of explorers, convicts, headhunters and traders along the way. The trip then proceeds to Vanuatu and the Soloman Islands for snorkeling, World War II history and an exploration of island cultures. Finally, cruisers head to the Great Barrier Reef, capping off a trip of bucket-list destinations.

The Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea & Micronesia
On this 22-day sailing, travelers will have the opportunity to explore the Great Barrier Reef in all its pristine marine glory. Once the itinerary reaches Papua New Guinea, visitors will discover the unique and fascinating cultures of the island, as well as encounter the vestiges of World War II battles fought here. Travel through Micronesia offers a chance to discover the rare wildlife of the tiny, yet picturesque islands, more WWII history and fabulous snorkeling in Palau.

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