Cruises to Conflict Islands

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Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea (Photo: Joyce Mar/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to Conflict Islands

The privately owned Conflict Islands is a coral atoll located 152 kilometres from the tip of Papua New Guinea. Comprising 21 uninhabited islands, which were once part of an oceanic volcano, the destination is exclusive to P&O Cruises -- the first cruise line to ever call here after negotiations with its owner, Australian entrepreneur Ian Gowrie-Smith.

Passengers disembark onto this piece of paradise defined by its crystal clear blue waters lapping white sandy beaches. Sheltered by an untouched reef system, the island is abundant with marine life and perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.

What sets the Conflict Islands apart from other Papua New Guinea stops is the resort feel. Sandy walkways are groomed and manicured, and beach chairs are available for free.

As well as spending the day floating in the water or reading a book under the shade of a tree, there is also an activities desk where stand-up paddleboards, transparent sea kayaks, glass-bottom boat tours and outrigger canoe adventures can be arranged for a fee. For a free activity, follow the walkways through lush green jungle to arrive at an airstrip and gardens where fresh produce is grown.

The Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative runs projects to protect the environment and marine life, with a special interest in turtles, rays and sharks. Cruise passengers can visit the turtle hatchery as part of a shore excursion.

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More about Conflict Islands

Why Cruise to Conflict Islands?

Pros:

Crystal-clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and a variety of watersports available

Cons:

Souvenir prices are higher than found at other Papua New Guinea ports and jellyfish are found at certain times of the year

Bottom Line:

Picture-perfect private islands that are well organised and perfect for the whole family

Conflict Islands Cruise Port Facilities?

The port is well organised and there are signs to help navigate around the island. The resort staff are all very helpful and will ensure you are in the right place to get to your tour. The activity desk will also store your belongings.

Good to Know?

The Conflict Islands surround a deep blue lagoon, where ships can anchor and tender passengers to the pier. A second pier has been built on the other side of the island so that visits are less likely to be cancelled due to wind and sea conditions. The tender service takes about 15 minutes to reach Panasesa Island. There is no wheelchair access along the jetty or on the sandy island.

Getting Around?

On Foot: The island is easy to navigate on foot as there are no other transportation options

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Prices are displayed in AUD but payment is made using vouchers. Australian dollars and Papua New Guinean Kina can be exchanged for vouchers at a stand on the island. The vouchers can be used for food, drinks, hire of water sports equipment and glass-bottom boat tours. Purchase wisely as you cannot get a refund on unused vouchers.

Language?

All island staff speak and understand English as well as PNG Pidgin.


Conflict Islands Cruise Reviews
Our final stop was the Conflict Islands. I went on the Conflict Island Cruise. It was relaxing just cruising around the lagoon. We learnt about the history and got up closer to some of the other islands but couldn'Read More
Yaya_in_Oz
A beautiful tropical island. There are facilities to store bags and hire snorkeling equipment. There is also a bar, toilets and a place to buy snacks and trinkets. Cards only, cash is not accepted. Access from the shRead More
CGSC6972
Just a lovely place to relax. Great beaches nice scenery. Quiet and peaceful paradise.Read More
Terror666
Fantastic beach and swimming - the water is incredibly clear. Bring your own mask/snorkeRead More
lissie

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