m/s Paul Gauguin

Shore Excursion Terms & Conditions

Please note that not all shore excursions are available on all sailings. Descriptions and pricing may vary.  Shore excursions will not be available for pre-booking until approximately 60 days prior to sailing (with the exception of the Romantic Escapades excursions) and can be added to your booking via the "Manage your trip" online tool. New tours, not previously listed for online sales, may be available onboard without prior notice. If you have questions please contact our Reservation Department at 1 (800) 848-6172 for assistance.

Once onboard, please refer to the tour descriptions for full details or consult with the Travel Concierge Team for further information.

Exploring the Papuan Customs & Traditions
Duration:
3.5 Hours - $99

Although a common language of Motu is spoken throughout the Papuan coastal villages, customs and traditions differ to the east and up the western coastlines. Experience this for yourself by visiting two different villages of Motuan origin.

The first, Tatana-a village toward the west and not too far from the city-is a more modern village because of its location and because traditional customs and values have largely vanished as the local people have adapted to Western influences. These are villagers who do not have any land for gardening and building houses, as their land was taken by the government. Their means of survival is fishing and employment in the city.

You'll also visit Barakauis, another Papuan village, approximately a 45-minute drive out of Port Moresby to the east. This is a true, traditional-style village. Although most of the houses are built on land, some houses built on stilts over the water remain from the devastation of a tidal wave that swept through the village several years ago. Although the houses may appear modern, the peaceful people here still follow and maintain their traditional values, beliefs, and practices, and depend on food from their gardens and fish from the sea to survive. Among their customs are bride price exchange, village feasts, compensation payments, and more. Enjoy a traditional welcome, witness traditional cultural performances, and more during your visit.

Please note: Tour routing and times are subject to change, depending on operational requirements, road conditions, and any unforeseen circumstances at the time of your visit. Transportation used may not be air conditioned and may not have a PA system and toilets. Walking surfaces will be rough in places-especially at Barakau village. Maximum distance walked will be no more than 164 feet (50 meters) except at Barakau village. Guides are not professionally trained but possess local knowledge.

Excursion Code:
POM-009
Port Moresby City Highlights
Duration:
4 Hours - $99

Your tour of Papua New Guinea's capital city departs from the wharf starting with a drive along the Ela Beach road to Koki market, where local fruits, vegetables, and fresh fish are sold. Then, continue the drive along Sir Hubert Murray Highway, passing the Taurama Army Barracks and Boroko shopping center en route to Waigani. Here, visit the National Parliament House, which blends modern architecture and traditional design. Continue to the National Museum & Art Gallery to view a collection of unique artwork from around the country, as well as artifacts from the country's early agricultural history and exhibits that reveal its different cultures and traditions. From here, drive to the Port Moresby Adventure Park, located on the outskirts of Port Moresby. This magnificent garden offers a unique display of birds, flora, and fauna. The orchids are spectacular and comprise many different species, most of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The many different species of birds are amazing to see, including the Raggiana Bird of Paradise.

Return to the ship along the Freeway with a stop at an artifact market, where you'll have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs and artifacts or just view different items from around the country. From here, arrive at Burns Peak for excellent views of the Motuan Villages of Hanuabada and Port Moresby CBD and the harbor area. After a drive through Konedobu, the old colonial administration center, you'll board the ship.

Please note: Tour routing and times are subject to change depending on operational requirements, road conditions, and any unforeseen circumstances at the time of our visit. Transportation used may not be air conditioned and may not have a PA system and toilets. Walking surfaces will be even and mostly on grass or at some sites on paved paths or walkways. There are no hard or long walks at each site of the visit. Maximum distance walked will be no more than 164 feet (50 meters) except at the Adventure Park, where you are on your feet for a period of the visit. Guides are not professionally trained but possess local knowledge.

Excursion Code:
POM-007
Port Moresby History on WW II
Duration:
4 Hours - $99

Depart the wharf and head out of the city and up the freeway to MacDonald's Corner in the Sogeri Plateau. Climb in altitude and pass through cattle farms and rubber plantations along the way. After enjoying the cool, pleasant temperatures, drive back, with a brief photo stop at Rouna Falls. Your next stop is the Bomana War Cemetery, where Allied soldiers and Papua New Guineans who died during the Kokoda campaign were laid to rest. This well-kept cemetery is one of the largest World War II graveyards in the Pacific region. As you continue back toward the city, visit the World War II monument that was erected to commemorate the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels who served in the war. You'll then return to the wharf along the freeway, pausing en route to admire the harbor views at Burns Peak.

Please note: Tour routing and times are subject to change depending on operational requirements, road conditions, and any unforeseen circumstances at the time of our visit. Transportation used may not be air conditioned and may not have a PA system and toilets. Walking surfaces on this tour will be rough at places, especially at the Bomana War Cemetery. Guides are not professionally trained but possess local knowledge.

Excursion Code:
POM-010
SCUBA 2 Tanks - Reef Dive & Wreck with Lunch
Duration:
7 Hours - $250

This a two-tank dive with lunch.

You will be transferred from the ship is dock to the dive boat by bus located approximately 45 minutes away at Bootless Bay. Once on the dive boat you will receive your boat briefing and scuba equipment, then the dive boat will head toward the first dive site about 45 minutes away. Upon arrival, you will receive your dive briefing. Depending on the weather and sea conditions, you will be visiting a wreck covered with sea fans, soft and hard coral, nudibranch and multicolored fish. In between the two dives, a light lunch will be served onboard before heading to the second dive site.

The second dive will be a reef dive along a wall with lots of soft and hard coral, big sea fans and abundant marine life. The depth for both dives will be around 90 feet. Once all the divers are back onboard, you will then head towards the pontoon and be transferred back to the ship.

Please note that this dive is not recommended for persons sensitive to seasickness. This dive is for certified divers only.

For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba

Excursion Code:
POM-300
Snorkeling tour and Day at the resort
Duration:
6 Hours - $225

Leaving the pier, heading eastward along the Magi Highway with approximately 30 minutes drive time, you reach Tahira Marina where you will be met and greeted by friendly staff of Loloata Island Resort. You will board a ferry that will take you to Loloata island for tea/coffee and preparing for the snorkeling and hiking. Snorkeling will be at Pig Island, 5 minutes by ferry where there is white sandy beach and excelent spot for snorkeling. An hour will be spent snorkeling and proceed back to Loloata. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken on a hike on the islands while the hikers will be taken off for more snorkeling. After an hour, both groups gather back at the Resort for a buffet lunch. On completion of the activities, the ferry transfers you to the Marina where your waiting buses will take you back to the wharf and board the ship.

Please note: The tour routing and times are subject to change depending on the operational requirements, conditions of roads and any unforseen situations at each sight of visit. Transport used may not be air-conditioned and may not have PA system and toilets. Surface walked on this tour will be rough at places with uneven surfaces, but most of it will be on paved paths and walkways. Please bring your snorkel gear and beach towels from the ship. Guides are not professionally trained.

Excursion Code:
POM-011
Varirata National Park Hiking Tour
Duration:
4 Hours - $99

Enjoy an hour-long scenic drive with panoramic views that takes you up to the Sogeri Plateau, where the climate is cool and pleasant. Your visit takes in the beautiful Rouna Falls and Varirata National Park, which is home to many different species of birds, including the Raggiana Bird of Paradise. Get close to nature and see the local landscape at its best as you hike up and down bush trails and over slopes with noiseless creeks beneath. From the park, you can witness excellent views of Bootless Bay to the east and the outskirts of the city of Port Moresby to the north. To take full advantage of your hike, it is recommended that you bring binoculars and/or a high-definition camera.En route to/from Varirata, you will see Korowai Tree House, a traditional house built high in the treetops that used to accommodate the Korowai people-the inland people of the Central Province who still believe and practice sorcery and witchcraft.

Please note: This tour is NOT suitable for persons with disabilities or mobility restrictions, and the tour requires physical fitness. The bush tracks will be slippery and steep, and have rough edges. Suitable and comfortable footwear is recommended, as is bottled water from the ship, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Tour routing and times are subject to change depending on operational requirements, road conditions, and any unforeseen circumstances at the time of our visit. Transportation used may not be air conditioned and may not have a PA system and toilets. Guides are not professionally trained but possess local knowledge.

Excursion Code:
POM-008