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Cruises visiting D' Entrecasteaux Islands & all D' Entrecasteaux Islands cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting D' Entrecasteaux Islands in the 2019-2021 seasons.

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The D'Entrecasteaux Islands in Milne Bay are situated as close as 30 km NE off the eastern tip of New Guinea in the Solomon Sea. The island group consists of three large islands – Goodenough, Fergusson and Normanby – framed by some of the most steeply-sided cliffs in the world. There are also smaller islands and numerous reefs, shoals and atolls. The islands are volcanically active, extremely mountainous, covered by dense jungle and contain a number of active geothermal fields. The highest peak in the group is the 2536m Mount Vineuo on Goodenough Island.

The islands were passed by French navigator Antoine D'Entrecasteaux in 1792. The group was more accurately charted and individually named by Capt. John Moresby of HMS Basilisk in 1873. During WWII they were the centre of serious conflict. D’Entrecasteaux islanders are still largely subsistence farmers, living in small, traditional villages and fishing the coastal waters. Copra is produced in fertile coastal patches. Today they still follow ancestral traditions, such as cooking meals in a beach-side lake of boiling water, and travelling widely in their sea-going sailing canoes.

The Tourism Esa’ala Initiative is a market plan to promote eco-tourism in these islands as “the Last Eden”. The islands are known for both underwater and land based caving expeditions. For visitors, things to see and do include snorkelling, visiting the active hot springs at Deidei on Fergusson Island, trekking, investigating the mysterious paintings on a large stone in the centre of Goodenough Island, and bird watching. Remember that pearl shells are still part of local trade. Your visit here will long be remembered, as the whole archipelago is off-the-beaten-track travel at its best.

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