This 12-day itinerary, handcrafted by Remote Lands, takes you through some of Papua New Guinea’s most beautiful landscapes, that will no doubt leave a lasting imprint on your memory. Scuba dive the pristine shores in the company of whale sharks, explore mysterious caves and thick jungles, and watch locals interact with alligators at the Sepik Crocodile Festival. (NB - the Crocodile Festival itself takes place every August).This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Trek Through Time: Kaironk River Valley is famed for its many archeological sites, and travelers will trek over steep spurs, pig fences, and stream crossings to reach isolated dig sites and villages.
• The Crocodile Men: Normally held in August, the Crocodile Festival features the tribal cultures of the Sepik River, most famously the Crocodile Men of Palembei, Yentchen, and Kanganaman. Some of these tribes use ritual scarification of the back and arms as a rite of passage for young men, producing patterns that look like the scales on a crocodile.
• Diving PNG: Awash in abundant sealife, clear water, and wreck dives from WWII, Papua New Guinea is a unique diving destination. In Lauadi, divers will explore life under the waves and keep an eye out for whale sharks and hammerheads.
Arrive at Alotau’s Gurney airport, where you’ll be transferred by car and boat to your deluxe Ocean Villa at the unique, tucked away Tawali Resort. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, doing whatever you wish - be it exploring the resort’s stunning shoreline, or relaxing by the pool.
Today, you’ll spend an entire day scuba diving the pristine waters of Lauadi, a nearby dive site frequented by whale sharks and hammerheads. Take a midday break for a gourmet picnic lunch, and continue your exotic dive adventure in the afternoon, before returning to your Ocean Villa at Tawali Resort.
Explore the thrilling jungles that surround Tawali Resort, trekking through lush, verdant foliage to discover powerful waterfalls, mysterious skull caves, and charming local villages, accompanied by your seasoned local guide. Bed down once again at Tawali Resort.
Today you’ll head back to Port Moresby, the seaside capital of Papua New Guinea, where you’ll be met by a local guide who will whisk you away for lunch at a great little cafe. Catch your flight to Madang, after which you’ll be escorted to your Waterfront Executive King Bungalow at the Jais Aben Resort. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.
Glide through the azure sea to Planet Rock and Barracuda Point dive sites today, where you may come face-to-face with whale sharks, who are frequent visitors. Return to your luxury room at Jais Aben Resort, to relax before enjoying a buffet dinner.
Today, you can enjoy a choice of activities, from either a full-day canoeing expedition down one of Madang’s picturesque streams, to a morning dive trip followed by an afternoon sea kayak excursion through labyrinths of lush mangroves along the shoreline. Whatever your choice, return in the evening to your luxury room at Jais Aben Resort to rest up for the day ahead.
Catch a plane with your local guide to Simbai, a unique, timewarped village, nestled in the highlands of Medang province, is isolated from the outside world but for charter planes. You’ll be greeted with a spectacular traditional welcome dance featuring exotic feathered headdresses. Next up, pay a visit to the cozy tribal museum, which holds the tribes’ sacred jewels in its coffers. After lunch, trek through the exciting Kaironk River Valley, famous for its wealth of archaeological digs. The challenging hike, which takes you over steep spurs, pig fences, and stream crossings, is well worth the effort. Along the way, you’ll likely be greeted by friendly local tribespeople crossing your path. Camp out overnight in a local village hut.
Another challenging and thrilling day of trekking is ahead; today, you’ll once again hike through the ancient Kaironk River Valley, stopping along the way at famous archaeological dig sites, and enjoying a local village lunch in a stunningly picturesque location overlooking the river. Overnight once again in a local village hut.
A plane will transport you on a picturesque journey to Ambunti today, where you’ll check in to Ambunti Lodge, escorted by your local guides. Once settled, you can venture to the Sepik Crocodile Festival, where you’ll be graced with a ringside seat to the performance area, which often offers displays of groups dancing with live crocodiles. The festival is organized by the WWF, and aims to promote the conservation of wild crocodiles. (NB the Crocodile Festival takes place every August.)
Today, you may either choose to head back to the Sepik Crocodile Festival, or enjoy a full day trip up the Sanchi River, a tributary of the Sepik, on a motorized longboat canoe. The canoe trip will take you to Waskuk village, which holds unique artisan wonders. Your next stop will be Amaki, where you’ll transfer to a traditional dugout canoe for the return journey. Bed down in your air-conditioned room at Ambunti Lodge.
Leave Ambunti via a languid three-hour boat ride downstream, where you’ll be transferred to a four-wheel drive vehicle for a three-hour drive through the grassy plains of the Sepik Basin, lush tropical jungles, and picturesque villages, climbing to the cool Prince Alexander Range. Check in to your charming room at the In Wewak Boutique Hotel just in time to catch the sunset over the Bismark Sea from your verandah.
Rise early today to catch your morning plane to Port Moresby. From here, local guides will help you with your international flight check-in onward.
This remote resort, only accessible by boat, is located on a volcanic bluff with expansive views of Milne Bay. The surrounding waters are crystal clear, and marine protection regulations keeps them that way. Guests can expect to see dolphin pods frolicking from time to time from their rooms overlooking the bay. This is an ideal diving locale, surrounded by pristine nature in and out of the ocean. The accommodation is made up of locally-styled lodges, built without the help of power tools by local workers. The resort’s dining room, decorated with 18-foot carved totems, features an al fresco dining area on the adjacent verandah. The hotel also has its own pool, and plenty of activities in the surrounding areas to keep guests happy and occupied.
Simbai Village Guesthouse provides an extremely basic sleeping quarters for those who truly want to experience the real culture of Madang, Papua New Guinea, spending a few nights living as the locals do in this isolated town with no roads in or out. The rooms here, which come in single and double form, are equipped with pit toilets, kerosene lanterns, and a kitchen with cooking utensils. The friendly staff are always ready to assist, from organizing trekking trips, providing local guides, to doing guests’ washing in the nearby stream.
Perched on the banks of the Sepik River, Ambunti Lodge provides basic accommodation and restaurant services. Guests may choose from twin or double rooms, and recent upgrades have resulted in air-conditioning and private bathrooms in each, making the rooms among the most comfortable available in the area. The lodge also features a generator to keep power going during a power-cut. Ambunti Lodge is the ideal base from which to explore the exotic and fascinating Sepik region, with its rich tribal cultures.
In Wewak Boutique Hotel is perched atop a hill, providing guests with expansive views of the calm waters of the Bismark Sea, in Wewak, Papua New Guinea. Being cocooned as it is in nature, in a residential area, the hotel exudes an aura of tranquility and serenity. Rooms feature air-conditioning, and flat-screen TVs, while the common areas have internet facilities, a cafe and restaurant offering lovely sea views for guests’ dining pleasure, and even a resort-style pool, surrounded by sun loungers and sun umbrellas. The sunset views the hotel and its beachfront provide are a particular guest favorite.
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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