Sydney to Sydney CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUSTRALIA 36 Nights Departs Dec 15, 2018 Seven Seas Mariner

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

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  • Port Moresby Highlights

    Papua New Guinea's lovely capital of Port Moresby comes alive on this revealing city tour of its most alluring attractions and historic sites.

    From the pier, you'll drive along the Ela Beach road to the Koki market where local fruits, vegetables and fresh fish are sold. Following a brief stop here, you'll continue on along the Sir Hubert Murray Highway passing Taurama Army Barracks and Boroko shopping center en route to Waigani. Here, you will pass the contemporary-designed National Parliament House before arriving at the National Museum and Art Gallery.

    The museum holds a vast collection of anthropological, archaeological and natural science items collected throughout Papua New Guinea. You may learn about traditional methods of hunting, early agricultural techniques, and even see examples of native artwork culled from around the country.

    Next, you will make your way to the Port Moresby Adventure Park. This magnificent garden offers a unique display of birds, flora and fauna. The orchids are spectacular which comprises of many different species and most can not be found anywhere else in the world. The many different species of birds found here are also amazing to see, including the Raggiana Bird of Paradise.

    Heading back to the ship, you'll stop at an handicraaft market where you'll have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs or just peruse the different collection of artifacts from around the country. You will also stop at Burns Peak for an excellent view of the Motuan Villages of Hanuabada and downtown Port Moresby and the harbour area. Finally, you will make your way through Konedobu, the old colonial administration center before reaching the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking, portions of it at the guests' discretion. All wheelchair guests must have a collapsible wheelchair, be able to make their own way on and off the transportation and have an able-bodied companion to assist them; however, dependent upon the type of transportation, the tour may not be available to wheelchair guests. Please check with the Destination Services Desk onboard. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. The local tour operator reserves the right to deny participation to anyone whose physical limitations they deem makes the tour not suitable for them. Neat, yet casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests may wish to bring a bottle of water from the ship and should be prepared that the transportation used may not have air-conditioning. Restrooms are available at the museum, botanical gardens and PNG Arts. The tour sequence may vary.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 1/4 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      POM-001 Free
    • Activity Level

      Moderate Activity/Walking
  • World War II Memorials

    The island of Papua New Guinea was hotly contested during World War II, as you will see by visiting a fascinating war cemetery and memorial.

    Starting off from the pier, you will first drive toward MacDonald's Corner and the Sogeri Plateau, a densely forested area where the Australian and Japanese armies battled fiercely during the early part of World War II in what became known as the Kokoda Track Campaign. In time, you'll notice the scenery changing from jungle to cattle farms and rubber plantations, with the highlight being thundering Rouna Falls.

    After a brief stop for photos, you'll continue on to the nearby Bomana War Cemetery, a serene yet sobering site. The largest war cemetery in the Pacific, Bomana contains the remains of more than 3,800 Allied soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the Kokoda Track Campaign and on nearby Bougainville Island. Sadly, more than 700 of the soldiers buried here are unidentified.

    On your way back to the city, you will stop for a visit at the WWII monument that was erected to commemorate the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels who served in the war and make a brief photo stop at Burns Peak before reaching the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces. All wheelchair guests must have a collapsible wheelchair, be able to make their own way on and off the transportation and have an able-bodied companion to assist them; however, dependent upon the type of transportation, the tour may not be available to wheelchair guests. Please check with the Destination Services Desk onboard. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. The local tour operator reserves the right to deny participation to anyone whose physical limitations they deem makes the tour not suitable for them. Neat, yet casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests may wish to bring a bottle of water from the ship and should be prepared that the transportation used may not have air-conditioning. Restrooms are available at the cemetery.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      POM-003 Free
    • Activity Level

      Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Varirata National Park Hiking

    Hike a winding nature trail through the rainforest of Varirata National Park while admiring the spectacular natural beauty and wildlife, especially the indigenous birds.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a one hour picturesque drive inland that slowly ascends until reaching Varirata National Park, the first national park established in Papua New Guinea. While its area is only four square miles, the park is incredibly scenic and wildlife thrives in the rainforest, which stays relatively cool because of the altitude.

    As you hike along the trail, you can expect to see Port Moresby in the distance and a traditional tree house similar to those that the indigenous Koari people once lived in. You might even spot a wallaby, as they frequently graze here. Your guide will point out the most fascinating sights, but feel free to ask questions about the exotic flora and fauna.

    Birds are particularly abundant. You may see yellow-billed kingfishers in the eucalyptus forest, black-billed brush turkeys walking about, and fruit doves sunning themselves. Red-cheeked parrots are always a thrill to see because of their bright colors. While bowerbirds aren’t quite as flashy, they make up for it by building elaborate homes of sticks to impressive females. They then strut about their bowers in theatrical mating dances. It’s quite the show should you happen to come upon it.

    Thundering Rouna Falls is equally impressive, especially from the elevated lookout where you will pause for photos before returning to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking/hiking which will include natural, uneven and steep surfaces to negotiate that may be slippery in spots. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility issues. Guest should be adventurous and in good physical condition. The local tour operator reserves the right to deny participation to anyone whose physical limitations they deem makes the tour not suitable for them. Weather appropriate casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking/hiking shoes with a closed-toe and non-slip sole are recommended. Guests may wish to bring a bottle of water from the ship and should be prepared that the transportation used may not have air-conditioning. Of special note, the only restrooms on this tour are at Varirata National Park and are rudimentary pit toilets.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      POM-005 Free
    • Activity Level

      Most Active or Strenuous
  • Papuan Coastal Villages

    Visit two entirely different villages inhabited by the native Papuans: the first, where western ways have been adapted over time, the second a much more traditional village.

    Your tour begins with a drive along the scenic coastline, and before long, you'll come upon Tatana Island and its namesake village. Because of the island's location within the inner harbor, the native villagers here have had continued close contact with westerners since the early 1870s. This outside influence can be seen in several ways. Most of the villagers have either sold off their land or had it taken by the government and now live in stilt houses over the water. Rather than gardening, their diet now relies more on fishing. And perhaps most noticeable, the culture on the island tends to be more western and modern rather than traditional. Managing to survive here is a concern for these villagers as growth in population increases and the rising cost of goods and services continues.

    However, life is dramatically different in Barakau, a native village on the ocean that lies about 45 minutes east of Port Moresby. Here, you'll see that the traditional values and beliefs are still widely practiced because contact with westerners was minimized for years. While the villagers fish and there are some stilt houses, they mostly live on land and maintain their own gardens as a source of food. As has been the custom for centuries, a prospective husband must pay his future in-laws a "bride price" before he can marry their daughter. The Papuan customs become all the more evident as you receive a traditional welcome, watch a traditional cultural performance and perhaps observe other local activities such as highly competitive canoe races, highlights of your tour. These wonderful local pastimes have changed little over time and give true insight to an earlier, simpler time.

    Following your visit at Barakau, you'll travel directly back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing, at times over natural and uneven surfaces. All wheelchair guests must have a collapsible wheelchair, be able to make their own way on and off the transportation and have an able-bodied companion to assist them; however, dependent upon the type of transportation, the tour may not be available to wheelchair guests. Please check with the Destination Services Desk onboard. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. The local tour operator reserves the right to deny participation to anyone whose physical limitations they deem makes the tour not suitable for them. Neat, yet casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests may wish to bring a bottle of water from the ship and should be prepared that the transportation used may not have air-conditioning. Of special note, the only restrooms on this tour are at Barakau Village and are mostly rudimentary pit toilets.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      3 1/2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      POM-002 Free
    • Activity Level

      Light Activity /Walking

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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