Louisiades Archipelago- into the wild!

Louisiades from the mast, 2017. Image Emma Sant
Dates Jul 16 - Jul 25, 2019 (10 days)
Ports of CallAlotau
Air79
Water78.6
Mean Avg Wind11-13 ESE
Miles100

A repeat of #302. The Louisiades are one of the great island arcs of the South Pacific stretching some 400km along the northern rim of the Coral Sea. A wonderland of islands, lagoons, and extensive barrier reefs; this remote area is the home of the seafaring Dobu people and boasts some of the best diving, snorkelling and fishing to be found in Papua new Guinea. Snorkel over the Japanese Zero wreck at Deboyne lagoon, swim with Manta Rays at Losai Island and finish your day with a drift snorkel amongst the huge trevally at Nivani Pass. Of all of the places we've been in the world, the Louisiades were ranked #1 by nearly all of the members who have been with us from the beginning. Sport fishermen can expect to tangle with sailfish, Spanish mackerel and giant dog-tooth tuna whilst postcard-perfect beaches and islands will inspire the inner photographer. Did we mention kitesurfing? You've hit the season in the heart of the trades, you shouldn't be disappointed!

"Traveling in PNG can be challenging. With almost no tourism infrastructure and limited information available in books and on websites, it can feel like you’re stepping into the great unknown. But this is exactly why travelers find this country so compelling. Nothing is contrived for tourists and every experience is authentic - even the main island of Bougainville is a largely DIY travel experience. The striking natural beauty and myriad complex cultures offer some riveting and truly life-affirming experiences. The island of New Guinea, of which Papua New Guinea is the eastern part, is only one-ninth as big as Australia, yet it has just as many mammal species, and more kinds of birds and frogs. PNG is Australia’s biological mirror-world. Both places share a common history going back tens of millions of years, but Australia is flat and has dried out, while PNG is wet and has become mountainous. As a result, Australian kangaroos bound across the plains, while in PNG they climb in the rainforest canopy.

PNG is one of earth’s megadiverse regions, and it owes much of its diversity to its topography. The mountainous terrain has spawned diversity in two ways: isolated mountain ranges are often home to unique fauna and flora found nowhere else, while within any one mountain range you will find different species as you go higher. In the lowlands are jungles whose trees are not that different from those of Southeast Asia. Yet the animals are often startlingly different – cassowaries instead of tapirs, and marsupial cuscus instead of monkeys." - Lonely Planet

Getting there: From Cairns, Australia you can fly direct to Alotau. Or you can fly to Port Moresby internationally and then domestically to Alotau. When we sailed this area extensively in 2017 we did not find much in the way of waves, but the flatwater kiting was about as good as it gets. If you are seeking surfing and wave kiting, better to go with the trips in Sumba and Sumbawa later this season. These PNG trips are the reason we set off all those years ago- to find remote and unspoiled places like this. It's not easy- but trust us, it's worth it.

Pluses

  • Absolutely remote and wild
  • Clean and unspoiled
  • Friendly locals
  • Great fishing, spearfishing
  • Stunning beaches, water
  • Super reliable wind and great flatwater kiting

Minuses

  • Difficult to get there
  • Lack of provisions
  • Lack of waves
  • Some sailing into wind

Reservations

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Cabin 1 - Available
Cabin 3 - Available
Cabin 4 - Available