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Jungles, Rivers & Beaches of Papua New Guinea

Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Price Per Person
From $18,700
Destinations
Papua New Guinea
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This itinerary promises an unforgettable experience exploring 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, visit villages with beautiful primitive art and be treated to a tribal performance of Sing-Sing. At the end of your trek you have time to relax on the beautiful coastline of Madang.

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Highlights

• Wigmen Sing-Sing: First known to Westerners in 1934, the Huli Wigmen of Hela Province are known for their distinctive face makeup and ornate headdresses, decorating themselves with the colorful plumage of the birds of paradise. While in a Huli village, travelers are treated to a traditional sing-sing.

• Sepik Canoeing: Travelers take a motorized canoe down the Sepik River — known for its vibrant wildlife and isolated river cultures — to search for indigenous art and explore the riverside villages among the rainforest and mangroves.

• Beaches of PNG: Explore the isolated beaches of Papua New Guinea at Wewak and Madang, where travelers will find rich underwater sealife and crystal clear water for snorkeling and diving.

Day-by-Day

Day 1 Port Moresby

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 Gateway Lodge, which is set in tropical gardens and has 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 at the traditionally-styled Ambua Lodge in your private spacious hut, positioned on the hillside with spectacular mountain views.

Tari

Day 3 Tari

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 return to the modern comfort of Ambua Lodge.

Day 4 Tari

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 via 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 Mount Hagen

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.

Mount Hagen

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 at the Ambunti Lodge.

Day 8 Ambunti

Continue your journey through the waterways of the Sepik River via motorized canoe, 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 the fully self-contained Ambunti Lodge.

Day 9 Ambunti

Today is dedicated to exploring the waterways of the Sepik River on your motorized canoe, pushing through thick rainforest and mangroves, passing schools and villages and spotting all sorts of wildlife. It's your final night staying at Ambunti Lodge on the banks of the beautiful Sepik River, before making your way back to the more developed parts of Papua New Guinea.

Ambunti

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 Madang

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 Madang's coastline, the beach and the facilities at the resort.

Day 12 Madang

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 Kranget Island you can enjoy fresh seafood and crystal clear blue waters.

Madang

Day 13 Departure

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

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