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Day 1: Port Moresby arrival
We will meet on arrival at Port Moresby airport and transfer to our hotel. We gather this evening for our orientation meeting and dinner.
Day 2: Port Moresby, to Madang
After breakfast you will begin the city for your city tour includes the outside view of the National Parliament house, National Musuem, Adventure Park and the Hanuabada villages. We return for lunch at one of the local Chinese Restaurants. After lunch, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Madang.
Day 3: Sites of Madang
After breakfast, we begin the tour of Madang and the surrounding area including the Madang local market, Kalibobo light house, Madang Museum and arts gallery. This afternoon we visit the Balek Wildlife Sanctuary, home of an interesting sulphur creek pouring out of a limestone formation. The creek is filled with turtles, eels and fish. The creek is said to cure illnesses by the local people. The park also has a variety of tropical trees and plants, hot springs and sulphur caves. Following our visit to the Sanctuary, we visit the local Haus Tamburan (spirit house) before heading for Hobe village to enjoy a traditional dance ceremony.
Day 4: To the Eastern Highlands
After breakfast, we begin our road transfer to the Eastern Highlands Province via Ramu sugar. We stop at Ramu Sugar for lunch. After lunch, we continue to the Eastern Highlands Province.
Days 5 - 6: Goroka Singsing Festivial
A yearly event in Papua New Guinea, the Goroka Cultural Show is one of the best shows in Papua New Guinea to witness some of the amazing traditional dances and tribal attire from over 40 different tribal groups. An early morning wake-up call gets us to the show grounds to see the preparations before the formal show begins. We see the performers preparing their traditional clothing and body decorations and practicing for their “dances”. We spend the day at the Goroka Arena taking in the “singsing” performances.
Day 7: Goroka Sites
After breakfast, we begin our tour of Goroka and including Goroka coffee, JK McCarthy museum and the University of Goroka. After lunch, enjoy a scenic tour the Asaro valley to see the eerie mud man performance.
Day 8: To Mt. Hagen
After breakfast, we depart Goroka for the Western Highlands via Simbu and the Jiwaka Provinces. Upon arrival at Molka lodge, we stop for lunch followed by the Waghi valley courtship ceremony performance. After the performance, we continue to Mt. Hagen for overnight.
Day 9: Mt. Hagen Sites
After breakfast, we begin our tour of Mt. Hagen including the local town market and local villages to see how the villagers live. We also visit tea and coffee plantations, local markets, schools etc. After lunch, we can enjoy a scenic drive to Rondon Ridge for a panoramic view of Mt. Hagen town area.
Day 10: To Kumul Lodge
After breakfast, we depart Hagen and stop at Tapola village to see the chief and his wives and visit the local arts display. After the visit, we continue to Kumul Lodge. After getting the rooms take a nature walk around the lodge. After lunch, we enjoy a scenic drive to Wapenamanda whilst stopping along the way for pictures.
Day 11: Fly to Wewak
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Wewak.
Day 12: Sepik River Excursion
After an early breakfast, we drive to Pagwi on the Sepik River. The drive can take between 5 and 6 hours as we visit markets and viewpoints along the way. Arriving in Pagwi, we board our motorized dug out canoes and travel down river to Kanganamun village —home of the crocodile cult — and set up for our next two nights in the village. On the Sepik River, we will be spending 2 nights in basic dormitory accommodation (bush longhouses) with limited bathing and toilet facilities. Each person will have a foam mattress with sheets and a pillow with pillowcase as well as a mosquito net.
Day 13: Sepik River, Return to Wewak
Today we travel by dugout canoes along the Sepik River and its tributaries. Before heading out, we explore Palimbe village and see their beautiful hand carved totem pole. We stop at stilted villages to learn about the local way of life, see their Spirit Houses (Haus Tamburan) where rituals and initiations take place and as much as possible, try to meet with the villagers. We visit Aibom Village — known for its clay pot makers, and Kanganum village to meet the people and see how they fish, make sago and build their canoes.
Day 14: To Wewak
This morning we visit another village and Haus Tamburan before arriving in Pagwi, a small scattering of houses, where we disembark from our canoes and continue by road to Wewak.
Day 15: Tour of Wewak and surrounding area
After breakfast, we visit the colourful Wewak Market where locals sell fresh produce. Hand made Bilum string bags are also available to purchase. Later we visit the war memorial at Cape Wom where the Japanese surrender in WW2 took place and time permitting, we visit a local village.
Day 16: To Port Moresby, city tour
We have an early morning departure for our flight to Port Moresby. We have a full day city tour of Port Moresby city and surrounding areas, including the National Parliament and the Botanical Gardens. We have time to enjoy the fabulous views down to the coast and of Port Moresby, and the beautiful Rouna Falls before visiting the Bomana WW II cemetery.
Day 17: Fly to the Trobriand Islands
Today after breakfast we transfer from our hotel to the airport for our flight to the island of Kiriwina in the Trobriand Islands. The Trobriand Islanders have a fascinating and rich culture and a unique feature of these islands is the importance of yams. The crop is an indicator of how well the producer is at gardening and there is a yearly festival held to show off the best of the yams grown that season.
Day 18: Kiriwina Island, Trobriand Islands
The label of a “free love society” has been placed on the islands, but the sexual practices of these people have been misunderstood. The society does encourage free choice and “casual encounters” as the norm for teenagers, however, people are encouraged to settle down to married life. The belief in this society is that all children are in spirit form until they enter a woman through her head and then are born. In addition to spending time with the villagers, we also explore the island including its beautiful beaches, WWII relics and nearby caves. Our time on Kiriwina Island is flexible so that we can explore according to the group’s interests and local events.
Day 19: Kaibola Village
This morning we leave the lodge and drive to Kaibola village where we can enjoy a swim, walk on the beach or snorkel. We will have time to relax at our hotel in Kiriwina in the afternoon.
Day 20: Fly to Port Moresby
This morning we leave Kiriwina for our return flight to Port Moresby. The rest of the afternoon is free or at leisure. This evening we enjoy our Farewell Dinner.
Day 21: Departure
We say a fond farewell to this fascinating and beautiful country as we
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