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Cruises visiting Duke of York Islands & all Duke of York Islands cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Duke of York Islands in the 2019-2021 seasons.

Future sailings will be shown here as they become available, and alternative ports in the region can be viewed at South Pacific Cruises. Please contact one of our cruise specialists today on 1800 121 187 if you require further assistance.

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Duke of York Island is the largest island of a group of thirteen islands of the same name, located in East New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea. The surrounding islands of New Britain and New Ireland form part of the Bismarck Archipelago. As this name suggests, the islands were annexed as part of German New Guinea in 1884. It came under Australian jurisdiction in 1919, until PNG became independent in 1975. While most of the islands are volcanic, the Duke of York Islands rise barely to 100m. Nearly every family on the islands is involved in fishing, and there is some copra production.

The lagoons encompassed by the islands are known for providing all-weather canoeing, wind surfing, water skiing, and are spectacular for swimming and snorkelling. As WWII wrecks litter the surrounding reefs, and visibility in the water is excellent, the island is also an all year round exciting sport diving location. Armoured tank relics from WWII lie on the shallow sea bed and on shore overgrown Japanese bunkers remain. Interestingly, the same area saw naval action in the Great War of 1914. Today there is local concern about strip mining of the seabed 55 km to the NW, that may affect fishing stocks.

You may prefer to simply relax on the white sandy beaches under the coconut trees, soak up the atmosphere, or take a peaceful stroll to get to meet the islanders and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Though the island lies in a seismic active zone and earthquakes and tsunamis are not uncommon, the lagoons of this group of islands are always safe as evidenced by the frequency of visiting yachts. To the west 25 km from Duke of York Island is the township of Rabaul and the active Tavurvur volcano on the island of New Britain. In 1994 a volcanic eruption in the Rabaul caldera devastated the town.

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