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Having travelled quite intrepidly, we wanted a trip that wouldn't fall into the traditional category of 'honeymoon' -- so we decided on Papua New Guinea.
Mark & Katherine - London, UK

Meet the Wigmen: Papua New Guinea Adventure

This trip takes you on a breathtaking exploration through some of Papua New Guinea's most remote locations – Tari in the Southern Highlands and the Sepik River. You'll meet the Huli Tribe's wigmen, see beautiful primitive art and be treated to a tribal performance of Sing-Sing. At the end of your trek, you’ll have time to relax on the beautiful coastline of Madang.

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  • Trekking through virgin rainforest and staying in local village huts
  • Canoeing along the Sepik River to visit remote communities and enjoy ethnic art
  • Leisure time on the beautiful beaches of Madang 
  • Experience the traditional tribal celebration of Sing-Sing
 
Starting at
$800
per person per day
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

On the first day of your Papua New Guinea adventure, you'll land in Port Moresby and check into your hotel. Port Moresby has a selection of great properties that offer the full range of modern amenities for the traveler – we recommend the Comfort Inn, which has tropical gardens and a pool. In the afternoon, head out on a tour of Port Moresby and enjoy the relaxed island pace.

Day 2
Tari

Today your trek begins. In the morning you'll take a flight to Tari where you'll meet your guide and transfer to the trek site. Tari is home to the Huli Tribe with their infamous wigmen. You'll spend your first trek night in a local village guesthouse, including lunch and dinner.

Day 3
Karida

It's onward to Karida Village today, where you'll get to meet more local Huli villagers. On the way, you'll visit Hibure Bachelor Center and Skull Cave. In the afternoon, enjoy bird-watching and spirit dance in the village. Tonight you'll stay in a local guesthouse.

Day 4
Karida

Enjoy another day in the village with the Huli Tribe. Today the wigmen will perform a traditional Sing-Sing celebration, dressed in full tribal costume. After the performance, enjoy a traditional lunch roasted in an underground-oven and in the evening, listen to one of the elders during story-telling time.

Day 5
Kumul

This morning you will be transferred by air from Tari to Kumul, where you can enjoy spotting Papua New Guinea's beautiful tropical birds. On the way, you'll visit Mount Hagen and have the chance to browse through a colorful local market. In the evening, settle into the peaceful Kumul Lodge, an eco-lodge made from all-natural materials and run by local villagers.

Day 6

Rise early today and embark upon a full-day tour to Wabag, returning to Mount Hagen. Wabag Town is the biggest provincial capital in Papua New Guinea and here you can enjoy local coffee. In the evening, check into the Quality Hotel Highlander.

Day 7
Ambunti

Today you'll bid adieu to Mount Hagen and fly to Ambunti. Here, you'll meet up with your guide and begin the four-day Middle Sepik Canoeing Art Tour. By exploring the waterways in this fashion, you'll get to see intricately-carved spirit houses and remote villages dotted throughout virgin forest. Spend the evening in a cozy village hut.

Day 8

Continue your journey through the waterways of the Sepik River, stopping at villages and meeting different ethnic communities. Many villages you meet on this trip still practice ancient customs – secret ceremonies performed within spirit houses. You'll spend tonight in a village hut.

Day 9

Today is dedicated to exploring the waterways of the Sepik River, pushing through thick rainforest and mangroves, passing schools and villages and spotting all sorts of wildlife. It's your final night staying in a local village hut before making your way back to the more developed parts of Papua New Guinea.

Day 10
Wewak

Fly to the beautiful coastal town of Wewak, built on an estuary. Upon landing, you'll be escorted to your hotel, Windjammer Beach Resort. Enjoy the day at your leisure, perhaps exploring nearby islands or just relaxing on the beach with sunset drinks.

Day 11

Today you will fly from Wewak to Madang, where you'll transfer to the relaxed beachfront surrounds of Jais Aben Resort. You have a full day here at your leisure to enjoy Mabang's coastline, the beach and the facilities at the resort.

Day 12

You have another full day of beach time today, where you can relax, swim and sunbathe with the addition options of snorkeling, diving, or going on a day canoe trip to Kranget Island. On Kragret Island, you can enjoy fresh seafood and crystal clear blue waters.

Day 13

On your final day, you'll take a flight from Madang to Port Moresby, where we will assist with your onward travels and departure flight.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
PORT MORESBY
Crowne Plaza Port Moresby

Crowne Plaza Port Moresby

The Crowne Plaza is Papua New Guinea's only proper business-class hotel and provides all the necessary comforts for international travelers. Situated on a hilltop in the heart of the business district, the hotel has panoramic views of the Coral Sea and surrounding inland areas. There are 157 well-appointed, modern rooms and suites, including an Executive Club lounge floor. For dining, there are two restaurants - Rapala Grill, a fine-dining restaurant with a menu of Continental cuisine and grill specialties, and The Cafe, a casual spot for all-day dining. There are also two bars - The Heritage, a lounge serving fine cigars and cognacs, and the Pondo Tavern. Other amenities include a well-equipped fitness center, an outdoor pool, a full-service business center, and available wired and wireless high-speed Internet. The Crowne Plaza is a 15-minute drive from Port Moresby's Jackson's International Airport (POM).

 
 
LOCAL VILLAGE
Homestay

Homestay


A village homestay in Papua New Guinea provides the ultimate culturally-immersive experience, though it is not for everyone. This type of accommodation is quite basic, without electricity or modern amenities, but there's no more authentic way to be a part of local village life. Beds are light mattresses on the floor, the bathroom has a pit toilet and an eco-friendly bucket bath. Breakfast is whatever your host family has prepared for you – usually sago and taro. Village life in rural Papua New Guinea remains largely unchanged over the centuries, and a homestay affords unparalleled insight into everyday village rituals.  


 
 
KUMUL
Kumul Lodge

Kumul Lodge


Located in the lush rural highlands of Papua New Guinea, Kumul Lodge is a renowned eco-lodge offering comfortably rustic accommodation. Owned and operated by people from the local community, guests staying at Kumul Lodge contribute to the immediate area through their commercial support and in turn, guests enjoy cozy accommodation surrounded by native wildlife and enjoying local hospitality. The architecture is of simple, traditional style using local materials, comprising wing rooms or separate private cabins and a communal lounge with a wide verandah great for bird-watching. One of the highlights of staying here is the abundance of endemic bird species, many of which are vividly colored and accustomed to humans. 


 
 
MOUNT HAGEN
Quality Hotel Highlander

Quality Hotel Highlander

The Highlander Hotel in Mount Hagen, gateway to the Western Highlands and its vibrant culture of tribal sing-sing rituals, is one of the best hotels in PNG and offers many comforts one might not expect in the region, such as an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts, and a choice of dining options. The hotel's buildings are inspired by traditional architecture, with thatched roofs, and are surrounded by landscaped grounds. Each of the 60 rooms has a color television, IDD telephone, air conditioning and of course a private bathroom. Some rooms are equipped with broadband Internet, and access is available to all guests in the business center. The Poolside Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch on an outdoor terrace and Palmuri serves an à la carte dinner menu by an open stone fireplace. The Highlander is 10 miles from the Mount Hagen Airport (HGU).

 
 
SEPIK REGION
Windjammer Beach Resort

Windjammer Beach Resort


This beachfront resort is in a convenient position halfway between Wewak town and the airport, offering comfortable accommodation for all ages. The Windjammer is one of Wewak’s oldest and most iconic resorts with a strong local following and a peaceful position on the waterfront, fringed by swaying palms. The Windjammer offers a wide selection of rooms and of of its highlights is a carved crocodile bar. The Windjammer is within walking distance of shops, parks and restaurants and the beach is suitable for swimming and surfing.


 
 
MADANG
Jais Aben Resort

Jais Aben Resort

Jais Aben Resort is located on 22 acres of a former coconut plantation, situated beautifully on the tip of a peninsula between the Bismarck Sea and the Nagada Harbour. Located directly on the seafront with beautiful views facing the open sea, it features twin bungalow style units, all strategically located to catch the sea breezes. All bungalows come with air conditioning, ceiling fan, TVs, fridges, and coffee/tea-making facilities, with some units featuring private verandas. The stylish Coco's Restaurant offers local and international cuisine, and the informal Bridge Bar & Grill is perfect for relaxed beachfront dining. The resort also boasts a well-stocked games room.
 
 
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