Mount Hagen, Lake Murray, Karawari River & Kokopo Beach
Best time to travel
May – Nov
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International return flights from Dublin to Port Moresby.
All domestic flights, charter flights, private transfers and shared vehicle and boat transfers.
14 nights’ accommodation in Mount Hagen, Lake Murray, Tari Valley, Karawari River, Port Moresby and Kokopo.
Guided village tours and cultural experiences with the Melpa, Huli and Sepik tribes.
Exclusive cruise along the Karawari River and a sailing excursion along Mioko Bay.
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Journey to the remote reaches of Papua New Guinea, encountering the fascinating tribal culture that is unbeknownst to many. An incredible expedition through the lakes, rivers and mountains, this is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to journey off the grid and interact with native tribespeople. From the flamboyant headpieces of the Huli tribe to the ancestral traditions of the Melpa people, we’ll take you on an authentic and experiential exploration. For a touch of relaxation, this suggested itinerary will finish on the shores of Kokopo Beach, promising a peaceful ending to a holiday filled with adventure.
On arrival, you will be greeted by a local representative who will aid in your domestic flight transfer to Mount Hagen. Upon landing in the heartlands, you will be transferred to your luxury ecolodge for your three-night stay.
Discover the traditions and customs of the Melpa tribe.
The indigenous people continue the traditional farming methods of their ancestors, which you will learn about on your guided tour. Afterwards, meet villagers and learn about fascinating tribal traditions and ceremonies.
Take a chartered flight to the remote banks of Lake Murray.
Spend two nights in the remote reaches of Papua New Guinea, surrounded by incredible vistas and diverse wildlife. Take a nature walk to familiarise yourself with the unique surroundings.
Visit local villages and learn the customs of native tribes.
Journey by boat to lakeside villages, gaining insight into the daily lives of various tribes. Villagers will share stories and their unique crafts and customs including face and body painting and tribal rituals.
Transfer to the airstrip and fly to the wonderful Tari Valley.
Spend three nights in an authentic rondel lodging and meet the flamboyant Huli tribe. You’ll also enjoy a guided rainforest walk, taking in the colourful fauna and sounds of the birds in the canopies above.
Tour the villages of the famed Huli tribe.
The Hulimen take pride in their traditional bila dress and create elaborate headpieces using flowers, moss and colourful bird feathers. Learn the tradition behind their customs and visit the wig school where they learn to create these intricate works of art.
Fly by charter deep into the depths of the jungle of Karawari.
Journey to a remote river lodge where you’ll spend two nights visiting stilted river villages and learn the process of preparing sago palm, a staple food for the Sepik tribe.
Cruise along the Karawari River.
Journey along the peaceful river, stopping off at local villages. Admire the tribe’s wonderful creations like woven baskets, carved masks and sculptures. The following morning you’ll enjoy lunch in Mt Hagen before spending the night in Port Moresby.
Depart for Rabaul for your beach stay.
Upon touchdown, transfer to Kokopo Beach for your three-night stay on the shores of Blanche Bay. Enjoy a harbour cruise tour, take a drive to the hot springs of Mt Tavurvur and set out on a scenic sailing trip to Mioko Bay.
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.
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