• A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard.
  • A cruise to meet the indigenous people of Australia's Northern Territory and Papuans of the Asmat region.
  • Zodiac® shore visits with your expedition team.
  • Cultural performances and traditional welcomes in several remote Aboriginal communities.
  • Encounters with the local populations and the possibility of buying Aboriginal works of art directly from the artists.
  • Discover the Asmat region and its small traditional villages, inhabitants and warrior ceremonies.
Cruise Pacific and Oceania December 2019
Departure Port Darwin
Arrival Port Cairns

Embark with PONANT aboard Le Lapérouse for an 11-day tropical expedition to discover the traditional cultures of Northern Australia and Papua.

During this all new voyage you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Indigenous people living in remote communities and learn about their customs, traditions, spirituality and art.

From Darwin, the capital of the 'Top End' of Australia, you will sail to the Tiwi Islands, home of the Saltwater Tiwi People, renowned for their wooden carvings-particularly of birds which have a special place in Tiwi mythology.

Your ship will then continue to sail along the coast of the Northern Territory to reach Elcho Island and Yirrkala. The Yirrkala community is home to several renowned Aboriginal artists recognised for their spectacular traditional bark paintings and whose work can be found in art galleries around the world. It is also the traditional home of the Yidaki (didgeridoo) with some of the world's finest didgeridoos being made here.

Further north into Western New Guinea you will come face-to-face with the legendary Asmat tribes. Here you will learn about their lives and customs in a traditional and authentic village setting.

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