Papua New Guinea
Is truly the land of the unexpected! With a rich tribal culture, incredible bird life and wonderful scenery both above and below the water.
All the destinations we feature offer amazing holidays options and many of them are easy to combine. We have put together some touring ideas to help you with holiday planning. Don’t forget that if you can’t see what you’re looking for one of our team will be happy to put together the itinerary which suits you.
Explore the land of the unexpected – 10 nights
Day 01 – Arrive into Port Moresby and catch a connecting flight to Rabaul. On arrival you’ll be met and transferred to Kokopo Beach Bungalows where you’ll spend the next 4 nights.
Day 02 – After breakfast head out to the Duke of York Islands which is an unspoiled group of islands located to the east of the Resort. It is approximately 40 mins by boat, at the island you can snorkel and swim in the clear waters and picnic on the white sandy beach. Return to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 03 – This morning head out on a harbour cruise which takes you up close to both volcanoes Mt Vulcan – dormant and Tavurvur – active. Cruise into the famous Simpsons Harbor, see the ‘Beehives’ (two remarkable rocks in the middle of the harbor), cruise around Matupit Island to the hot springs, with the highlight of the trip getting off at the base of Mt Tavurvur to see the men from Matupit Island ‘mine’ the Megapod eggs. It is an experience to see these men mine the eggs by literally digging holes of 1‐2m deep in the ash in an attempt to find them. Continue on to Pigeon Island for some snorkelling. Pigeon Island is a nature reserve and hosts some spectacular marine life. After lunch at a local hotel continue to Yamomoto’s Bunker which was the headquarters and nerve centre of the Japanese during the Pacific War. Return to your hotel in the afternoon to relax.
Day 04 – Most of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, this evening you have a real highlight to look forward to the Baining Fire Dancers. Probably one of the most spectacular dances you’ll see in all of PNG.
Day 05 – Head to the airport for your flight to Port Moresby and on to Mt Hagen in the Highlands of PNG. On arrival you’ll be met and transfer for your lodge, Rondon Ridge where you’ll spend the next 2 nights. You’ll notice the contrast in temperature here as you ascend up to 5000 ft.
Day 06 – Spend a full day visiting tribal communities including the famous Asaro Mud Men and learn a little about their customs and traditions. The highlands region of PNG was only ‘discovered’ in the 1930’s and many people today still live by the old traditions and beliefs. Visit a village elder and traditional witch doctor before returning to your lodge for sundowners and dinner.
Day 07 – Take an early flight to Port Moresby and onward connection to Tufi in Oro Province where you spend 3 nights on the coast. At this delightful lodge you can swim, snorkel and dive. There’s also the chance to take a canoe safari with local tribes people to learn about their way of life.
Day 08 – A relaxing day of enjoying the snorkelling and remote beaches around Tufi. Have a picnic lunch on the beach before heading back to the lodge.
Day 09 – Take a cruise around the waterways this morning and you might like to do a village visit to one of the communities close to the lodge. The day is yours to do as you please and the lodge staff will be happy to help with suggestions.
Day 10 – head down to Tufi’s tiny airport for your flight to Port Moresby and onward to your next destination.
Highlands & Islands 10 nights
Day 01 – Morning arrival into Port Moresby and transfer to the Gateway Hotel to freshen up and relax. In the afternoon take a trip to Port Moresby Nature Park. This excellent facility is a real must see on any visit to the capital. You’ll have the chance to see a wide variety of native flora and fauna. After lunch at the park transfer back to the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 02 – Take an early flight to Tari, home to one of the most immediately recognizable cultures in Papua New Guinea – the Huli Wigmen. A proud, flamboyant tribe known for their ornate ceremonial “wigs” with dances and songs fashioned on that of the mating rituals of the Birds of Paradise – an encounter with the Huli’s is bound to be memorable. You’ll have the chance to learn a little about the Huli way of life, little changed by the passage of time. Overnight at Ambua Lodge.
Day 03 – In the early morning, head out in search of local birdlife, Ambua’s rain forests have been the star of many a wildlife documentary. An incredible 217 species have been recorded here and Ambua is home to 13 different species of Bird of Paradise. Return to the lodge for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.
Day 04 – Fly via Port Moresby to Hoskins on the island of New Britain and head to Walindi Lodge where you spend 3 nights. Here you can relax and enjoy island life. There’s excellent diving and snorkelling as well as visits to hot springs and excellent birdlife to be found in the surrounding countryside. Don’t miss an after dinner visit to see the firefly’s and witness nature’s natural ‘Christmas decorations’
Day 07 – Travel on to New Ireland (via Port Moresby) and arrive in Kavieng, on arrival take a short drive to the jetty and then a 20 minute boat ride to Lissenung. A small and charming island with soft white sand beaches, an informal atmosphere and really excellent diving and snorkelling. Just the place to relax for a few days at the end of your trip to PNG.
Day 10 – Head back to Port Moresby for your onward flight. Papua New Guinea is easily combined with a number of Asian destinations including The Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong as well as Australia with frequent flights to Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney.