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6th – 19th October 2018 (14 Days) $6999 Ex Cairns

5% OFF for all bookings received before April 1, 2018

A fascinating and unique culture, this adventure explores the tribal element of this friendly country, along with rafting the incredible Watut River in the Morobe Province, followed by incredible sea kayaking to remote islands in the crystal clear waters off New Ireland and New Hanover. With so many destinations, now over run by trips and tourists, we offer you a journey back in time to this wonderful outpost. If you are after a vacation well off the tourist trail, welcome to our new adventure exploring the gorgeous rivers and oceans of Papua New Guinea.

For a detailed information download: PAPUA NEW GUINEA NOTES

The Itinerary

Day One

Arrival into Cairns, Australia. You will be met by your Trip Leader who will escort you to your hotel in the heart of Cairns. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this wonderful destination, or perhaps catch up with some rest after your journey.

Included: Dinner

Day Two

We get up early and depart by bus to raft the Tully River. This incredible and iconic trip is a wonderful day trip to what is arguably Australia’s best river. We’ll raft this technical and fun river, before returning by bus back to Cairns.

Included: All meals

Day Three

We depart after breakfast for the airport, for our flight to Port Moresby and onto Lae. We’ll arrive late afternoon and transported to Lae International Hotel. Tonight prior to our evening meal together, we’ll have a pre-departure meeting and some of your equipment for the river trip will be handed out including your drybags and pelicases. Excess baggage for the rafting portion of your adventure, is left here whilst we are on the Watut River.

Included: All meals

Day Four

We leave Lae after breakfast, on the 3 hour drive bound for Mapos in the mountains, which is the source of the Watut River. We’ll meet the rest of the river crew and have our picnic lunch whilst we unload drybags from the bus. Once we have had a full and thorough safety and paddle instructions from our trip leader and safaty kayaker, we’ll start our journey on this wonderful river. We’ll stop at a village where the curious locals watch us in amazement with our bright colored equipment.

Included: All meals

Days Five to Seven

We challenge rapids like Bikpela, BARAAHP (Between a Rock and a Hard Place), Four-Part Harmony, Tombstone, and many more. Almost two full days of the trip are packed with Class III and IV drops, with a couple Class Vs in higher water levels. The action is constant. We’re swept through rainforest and into narrow gorges. Tributaries pour into the Watut, increasing its size and creating beautiful rapids and beaches. We stop at villages to see firsthand how the locals live, and to talk with the curious locals and buy fresh fruit from them. We visit a pretty waterfall to bathe and swim, and camp on riverside beaches. The food is great and the scenery never stops. By Friday night we have navigated the whitewater and are on a big, slow river. We row downstream on Saturday to a point where we are met by a motorized dugout. We lash on to the 40-foot long craft and are towed to our last campsite not far above the junction of the Watut with the Markham River. The cruise is a relaxing end to our adventure as we motor by mud cliffs and riverine forests and negotiating snags.

Included: All meals

Day Eight

A two or three hour row takes us to Forty-Mile, where we enjoy a last river lunch while derigging the boats. Then it’s back to Lae, less than an hour drive away. Afternoon at leisure to take in some of the sights such as the Rainforest Habitat or take a stroll up the fascinating Mt Lunaman with it’s history of war during the Japanese invasion. Dinner at the Lae Yacht Club.

Included: All meals

Day Nine

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll fly from Lae to Kavieng where we will transfer to the Nusa Island Retreat. Hello paradise. This afternoon, we will outfit you with your kayaks, paddles, spraydecks and PFDs and Josh and your other guides will give you a rundown on paddling, safety and our plan for the next few days.

Day Ten

Today we start paddling… we set out for our first destination, Kabotteron Island approximately 2 hours from the Retreat. On the way we will stop at Nago Island (30 minutes away). Nago is a turtle nesting site so the chances of seeing turtles is very good. We will do some snorkeling there, before we head off for Enuk Island where we will have lunch and explore the island, escorted by one of the local villages. From Enuk we head for Kabotteron and its southern tip where we will set up camp.

Included: All meals

Day Eleven

After breakfast we will start northwest towards Bangatang an onwards to Nusaum. We will stop at Nusaum for a snorkel of the excellent reef. From there we head another 30 minutes to Lemus Island. Here we will have the chance to snorkel one of the best beach reefs in the region. After some morning tea we will head off to our days final destination – Nusakelo, a small village on the southern tip of the Tsoi group of islands. This is a great place to rest under some enormous trees and explore the rocky coast.

Included: All meals

Day Twelve

Today we paddle from Nusan Kelo to Lamalangit. This will be a relatively easy day, with a gentle paddle along the coast of the Tsoi group. We will have great views of the coast of New Hanover. We will arrive in Lamalangit to a traditional greeting. In the afternoon, we may have a chance to take a traditional outrigger canoe into the channel with a local guide showing us some of the more interesting aspects of living in such a remote community.

Included: All meals

Day Thirteen

Boat transfer back to Kavieng and Nusa Resort. We can all just relax or there may be time for those who wish to partake in a surf. This evening at the resort, we’ll have our celebration meal together.

Included: All meals

Day Fourteen

After breakfast at the resort, we’ll take the short shuttle to the airport. We’ll board our flight back from Kaviang back to Cairns in Australia. No international flights should be booked until later this day after 5pm and you may wish to extend your trip by an extra day or so to take in the stunning diving in the area.

Included: Breakfast

If you would like a follow up call or information regarding this adventure please fill out the form below or Call Us on 1300 001 060

This Tour is Delivered by WaterbyNature, a world leader in Expedition river journeys. By Booking this tour through Region X you will receive:

  1. Pre – departure Training Day Sea Kayaking in Batemans Bay
  2. Region X Trip Leader on your tour to PNG
  3. Expert Paddling Knowledge and coaching on the PNG tour
  4. Sunsmart Expedition kit including Sunglasses strap, Hat and UV headwear
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