Papua New Guinea,

Sepik River Crocodile Festival and the spectacular Mount Hagen Show

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Group Tour
15 Days
From £6098
GEOIP Not Available
Culture and Archaeology
Off The Beaten Track

Tour Introduction

15 Days from £6098
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote

Led by various local regional guides, this 15 day /14 night itinerary offers the opportunity to experience TWO exciting cultural festivals in Papua New Guinea.  The tour begins with an adventurous canoe safari in the Sepik River to experience the Sepik crocodile festival. The Crocodile Festival highlights the importance of the crocodile and its cultural significance to the people of the Sepik River. Next visit the coastal resort of Madang with some time to explore the nearby islands and villages before travelling into the highlands to visit Goroka, home of the famous “mudmen”. Finally, the tour ends with opportunity to visit Mount Hagen for the spectacular Mount Hagen Show providing an incredible vista of cultures from all over Papua New Guinea. A truly fantastic tour highlighting the cultural diversity of Papua.

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Full Itinerary

Price from £6098
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Singapore

Depart Singapore on Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2
Wewak

Arrive in Port Moresby. Meet with group and assisted with connection to Wewak. Met and tfr to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at In Wewak Boutique Hotel. Includes No Meals.

Day 3
Sepik

Transfer by road to pagwi and then board motorised dugout canoe and commence the Sepik river canoe safari.

Staying at Ambunti Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Sepik

Enjoy the Sepik River Crocodile festival

Staying at Ambunti Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Sepik

Enjoy the Sepik River Crocodile festival

Staying at Ambunti Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Wewak

Return to Pagwi by canoe and transfer by road to Maprik and enjoy a mini cultural show. Later, transfer to hotel in Wewak.

Staying at In Wewak Boutique Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 7
Madang

Tfr to the airport and catch PNG Airlines flight to Madang. Met and tfr to the hotel. Afternoon town tour to include the museum, Bilbil village and Balek Habitat.

Staying at Madang Resort Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8
Madang

Morning harbour cruise to visit Siar Island and Pig Island for snorkelling

Staying at Madang Resort Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9
Goroka

Tfr by road (c.7-8 hours) to Goroka with stop at Yonki Hydro dam en route. Tfr to the hotel.

Staying at Pacific Gardens Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 10
Goroka

Morning visit to Asaro village for Mudman performance and tradtitional "mumu" lunch. Afternoon viis tot Chimbu Village

Staying at Pacific Gardens Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 11
Mount Hagen

Tfr by road to Mount Hagen. En route visit Mindima Village for Oma Masalai prformance

Staying at Shine Inn Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 12
Mount Hagen

Morning visit to Paiya village for mini cultural show.

Staying at Shine Inn Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 13
Mount Hagen

Day to enjoy the Mount Hagen cutlural show

Staying at Shine Inn Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 14
Mount Hagen

Day to enjoy the Mount Hagen cutlural show

Staying at Shine Inn Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 15
Depart Port Moresby

Tfr to the airport and catch Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby. Catch Air Niugini flight to Singapore.

Includes In-flight Meals.

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Tour Accommodation

Shine Inn Lodge

Overview

This simple small lodge is conveniently located between Mount Hagen town and the airport with a good position for access to  the Mount Hagen Show ground.

The single and double rooms are small and simple, with en-suite facilities and there is a restaurant providing meals.    The lodge has no bar and alcohol is not allowed in the lodge. However, during the show period, international guests are allowed to purchase  alcohol outside and drink in the premises.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
20
Facilities

Rooms with private bathroom, including hot and cold water, dining room serving meals. Laundry facilities available.

Optional Activities

Cultural tours

Madang Resort Hotel

Overview

A large comfortable hotel ideally located at the entrance of the beautiful Madang harbour. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and offers a range of accommodation types to suit all budgets from standard rooms to executive waterfront bungalows.

The standard rooms are small and simple with en suite facilities, while the spacious en suite premier rooms are much more comfortable and spacious, recently refurbished with flat screen tv and balconies overlooking Dallman Passage.

The hotel has two restaurants including the new “Haus Win” featuring open dining along the waterfront.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
120
Facilities

Private facilities, 2 restaurant, 2 bars, 4 swimming pools, tennis courts, air conditioned gymnasium and fitness centre, as well as a lagoon with kayaks and canoes available for guests. There is a dive shop with full PADI Dive training facility.

Local Wildlife

Hundreds of species of coral, small fish, larger pelagic species including barracuda, jacks, rays and turtles.

Optional Activities

Snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, jungle hiking, coastal boat tours and tours to BilBil village,

Ambunti Lodge

Overview

The only hotel on this part of the mighty Sepik River, Ambunti Lodge offers basic accommodation but is the best option for those undertaking the three-day canoe trip, which takes you into the heart of authentic Papuan life and culture.

Electricity comes from a generator which goes off at 22:00hrs and comes back in the morning. Rooms are small and beds have mosquito nets. En suite bathrooms have flush toilet, cold water shower (very refreshing in the heat) and air-conditioning in each room (limited hours).

Ambunti Lodge is the only accommodation in the area apart from bush-material guesthouses in the villages which are even more basic.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
10
Facilities

Private facilities, dining room, lounge, bar, air-conditioning (restricted hours)

Optional Activities

Cultural tours along the Sepik River and its tributaries. Bird watching.

In Wewak Boutique Hotel

Overview

In Wewak Boutique Hotel is a beautiful colonial-style property situated on a hillside on the outskirts of Wewak town overlooking the beautiful Bismarck Sea.

The rooms have private facilities, fridges, direct dial telephones, flat-screen satellite TV and air conditioning: the deluxe rooms also have private balconies. All rooms are cleaned daily and a laundry service is available.

There are two restaurants on site, both with good service and air conditioning. The Cocoa Café offers breakfast and lunch daily and the Vanilla Room serves dinner. The hotel has a small outdoor swimming pool and showcases excellent examples of local East Sepik Province artefacts and art throughout the building.

The hotel is ideally placed for trips in the Pagwi district, famous for its diverse culture, village worship houses and wildlife.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
68
Facilities

En suite bathrooms, two restaurants, bar, lounge, direct dial telephones, TV, fridge, laundry service, swimming pool, sundeck area and Wi-Fi.

Optional Activities

Cultural activities in the nearby Pagwi region.

Pacific Gardens Hotel

Overview

The Pacific Gardens Hotel is a simple but comfortable hotel located in the lush Pacific Gardens Estate close to the airport in Goroka. The property, one of the best options in Goroka, is within a safe gated park with walking trails and BBQ area.

The hotel has a well-stocked bar and lounge, and a good a la carte restaurant serving international and traditional Papuan dishes.

The standard rooms are small and simple with en suite facilities, while the spacious premier rooms are set further away and much more comfortable and spacious, having en suite bathroom and direct dial phones. Wi-Fi is available in the main building (charged locally) and there are self-catering apartments for rent.

Other facilities include conference room, laundry service, room service, currency exchange, gift shop and pleasant gardens to enjoy.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
39
Facilities

Private facilities, restaurant, bar, lounge, direct dial telephones, Wi-Fi (charges apply), laundry service and currency exchange.

Optional Activities

Cultural tours in Goroka villages where the Asaro mud men tribes are found. The famous Goroka show is held every year close to Independence day (16 September), when over 100 different tribes from around the country gather to showcase their traditional dance, dress and music.

Route Map

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Pacific Gardens Hotel: -6.064770, 145.393450
In Wewak Boutique Hotel: -3.550000, 143.633333
Ambunti Lodge: -4.214166, 142.815195
Madang Resort Hotel: -5.208234, 145.810305
Shine Inn Lodge: -5.856691, 144.243591

Departure Dates

Tour Dates
Adult Price
Single Supp
03/08/2020
£6098
£960

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

Yes

Flight Info:

Return flights with Air Niugini from Singapore to Port Moresby are included. Please enquire for flight fares from London Heathrow.

Best Visited:

May to October

Claire Pote

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

We write to express our thanks for organising another highly successful special itinerary tour [to Papua new Guinea], despite the last minute changes to our tour schedule. We were very impressed with [your representatives]. They ran a highly professional service in all aspects. The three lodges, all with their own very special character, were well run with friendly staff, clean and with good facilities. The food at all three was excellent -including the vegetarian provision. The transfer arrangements…were excellent…The excursion opportunities at all the lodges were good.. .The three contrasting locations of the lodges…enabled us to sample three very different village cultures, and their remoteness and juxtaposition to primary rainforest. . .made for excellent wildlife viewing especially for birds.. .In all our world travels so far, we have never been able to match the very special experience that combined the comfort of these individually unique lodges.. .with the opportunities to explore some of the world’s dwindling rainforest and meet its ancient and charming peoples and witness its unique birdlife. To step outside our lodge cabin [at Tari] and observe three species of birds of paradise was just magic!