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Off the Grid in Papua New Guinea

Mount Hagen, Lake Murray, Karawari River & Kokopo Beach

Best time to travel
May – Nov
Ideal length
14 nights
Perfect for
From (incl flights)
€8,399 pp

At a glance

  • 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.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Port Moresby.

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.

Melpa tribe, Papua New Guinea
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.

Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea
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.

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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.

Papua New Guinea Huli Tribe
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.

Papua New Guinea Huli Tribe
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.

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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.

Karawari River, Papua New Guinea
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.

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Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Rondon Ridge

Rondon Ridge

Rondon Ridge lies in the Western Highlands Provence, 7,100 feet above sea level, with eye-catching architecture that has been created to ensure optimum views throughout.

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Lake Murray Lodge

Lake Murray Lodge

Lake Murray Lodge sits on the banks of the lake that bears its own name. The largest lake in Papua New Guinea, it offers exceptional birdwatching opportunities.

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Ambua Lodge

Ambua Lodge

Ambua Lodge lies amongst the Doma Peaks of the Tari Valley. Set amid indigenous forest, the property provides wonderful views of the surrounding area.

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Karawari Lodge

Karawari Lodge

Karawari is a wonderfully remote lodge in the undisturbed landscape of East Sepik Province, offering guests an exclusive and private experience in Papua New Guinea.

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Airways Hotel Papua New Guinea

Airways Hotel

Airways Hotel is a luxurious property set within its own botanical estate overlooking Bootless Bay, with bright and airy interiors featuring floor to ceiling windows for optimum views.

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Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort

Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort

Kokopo Beach Bungalow is a traditional resort which lies on the shores of Blanche Bay. The property comprises a selection of wooden bungalows.

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What people are saying

There are no words to express how great that holiday was! We absolutely loved it and all agreed that it was our best holiday ever! Huge compliments to OROKO for this trip and we will be recommending you for certain. The itinerary was perfect in terms of variety and length of time at each place. The accommodation was fantastic and we haven’t a single thing we could complain about in that regard.

Susan & family – Costa Rica, 2022


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