Cultural & Historical Papua New Guinea
(Ex Port Moresby) - Thu 11th June 2020

Max Participants:
14
Location:
(Ex Port Moresby) Papua New Guinea  
Date:
Thu 11th June 2020
Start Time:
8:00am
End Time:
5:00pm
Duration:
9 days
Meals:
8 Lunches 8 Dinners 8 Breakfasts
Non-Member Cost:
$2995.00 per person
Member Cost:
$2950.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$600.00
Tagged:
culture png
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Are you ready for an adventure!!!  A remote & still relatively undiscovered destination, Papua New Guinea is certainly off the beaten track and it's one of the few places left in the world still rich in culture!


We're extremely excited to provide you with an insight into the remote indigenous culture of PNG, the wildlife and natural landscapes, along with exploring the history of Kokoda without the trekking! Come with us and meet the locals, spend time in their villages, learn traditional practices and discover more about this fascinating, diverse country untouched by mass tourism.

Gallery

Friendly locals
Parliament House
Beautiful Children
Entering the Village
Simple Guest House
Welcoming Villagers
Stunning Sunsets
Kokoda Arches

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Itinerary

Arrive at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby. You’ll be met by your Australian guide and Adventurous Women Host at the airport and together we will make our way to the domestic terminal. Our domestic flight takes us to New Girua Airport, Popondetta, Oro Province.

We are collected at the airport and driven 45min to New Buna Village, where we're treated to a Traditional Village welcome by our hosts and introduced to our beach-side guesthouse.

Buna is made up of two parts – Old & New Buna. Old Buna remains to this day in original village location that was destroyed during the Second World War. New Buna developed post-war to accommodate the growing population of the village which currently stands at 800 metres above sea level.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

This morning we wake up to the beautiful ocean views and sounds, right outside our guest-house. Perhaps take a swim in the balmy 25 degree water of the Solomon Sea before breakfast!

After breakfast we begin a tour of the local area with a focus on the military history from WWII.

We visit the historic grave-site of T.T Logan from the 2/12th Battalion, next we visit an anti-aircraft gun still in position next to the old Dobodura airstrip.

We check out the old bomb craters and aircraft engine in the Buna Primary School yard, then walk along the road where Raphael Oimari found George Whittington.

In the afternoon you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the local beach, with an ocean shoreline populated with coconut palms and beautiful tropical vegetation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we take a stroll up to the village of Old Buna where we enjoy a morning tea break on the edge of their picturesque river that flows through the village. We visit the magnificent Buna museum with excellent weapon and artefact collection. We then walk back toward New Buna through magnificent lush vegetation, observing delightful local homes nestled amongst the jungle. We explore the area known as the "Japanese Triangle" defensive position with several old bunkers.

After lunch visit the garden area of our local host family where they explain their traditional method of growing and preparing their food.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we take a 90 min walk along the beach to the stunning village of Sanananda. After exploring the amazing military museum we are treated to a delightful local lunch by our host family.

After lunch you are free to explore the village and even help the villagers with one of their projects such as carving an outrigger canoe that they use for their local fishing expeditions.

We spend the night in our ocean-side guest-house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we leave the coast and take a drive to the intriguing village of Ilimo. Although located on the road to Kokoda, Ilimo has rarely hosted tourists for overnight visits and as result they offer an incredible traditional welcome which will leave a lasting impression upon you.

After a generous lunch expertly prepared by our village hosts, we are free to explore the local surrounds and interact with the local children as they show off their cliff jumping abilities into the stunning river that flows past the village!

We spend the night in a rustic open air guest-house, under the caring and watchful eye of village elders who offer endearing and sincere appreciation of the interest we take in their lives.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our day begins with a drive to Kokoda Village, nestled at the base of the Owen Stanley Range. Here we are hosted at the family property belonging to Henry Amuli, the local member of Parliament for the Sohe Electorate.

After lunch we visit the Bert Kienzle Kokoda Memorial Museum and explore the Kokoda plateau where the first major engagement of the Kokoda Campaign took place on July 29th, 1942 when the Japanese attacked the Australian positions. We learn about the history and incredible performance of our young soldiers from the 39th Battalion as they faced their baptism of fire.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you have the option of walking the first part of the Kokoda Track, up the delightful villages of Kovelo and Hoi. We take this walk at a very leisurely pace and the terrain is not too hilly. You get to see the might of the Owen Stanley Ranges up close and personal.

After lunch we spend the afternoon exploring the Kokoda area and learn about traditional farming and cultivation techniques the locals have used for many years.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we bid farewell to our fantastic hosts and catch our charter flight from Kokoda back to Port Moresby.

Our next stop is an emotional visit to the Bomana War Cemetery where we pay our respects to the 3779 Commonwealth personnel buried here.

We then check into our comfortable accommodation at the Lamana Hotel where we can enjoy a well earned shower and a few hours of rest.

Our day concludes with a quiet drink and dinner overlooking the Harbour at the Port Moresby Yacht Club.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we have one last little adventure before we leave! After breakfast we venture out to the PNG Parliament House where take a tour of building and learn about how their government process work.

We then re-group back at our hotel before heading to the airport for our journey back to Australia.

Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

Experienced & Knowledgeable Australian Guide from Kokoda Crossing (Cert in Remote & Wilderness First Aid)

Adventurous Women Group Host (Cert IV Outdoor Rec - Bushwalking / Senior First Aid)

10 Million Public Liability Insurance

Experienced PNG based operational team - Porters and Management

Twin share accommodation in Port Moresby (1 night)

Accommodation on Tour (a mix of single rooms, communal guesthouses & tents)

Meals as stated in the itinerary

Internal flights and transfers within PNG.

Access to Australian owned security company in Port Moresby if required.

Satellite phone for emergency calls.

Fees for access to artefacts and war relics.

Use of private tent – one per person if required (if you prefer to use instead of bunking into guest house)

Campsite fees.

Kokoda Crossing t-shirt.

Adventurous Women Peak Cap.

8 Lunches

8 Dinners

8 Breakfasts

Excludes

Personal Travel Insurance

Flights to/from Port Moresby

Meals not in the itinerary

Spending Money, Snacks & Items of a Personal Nature

What To Bring/Wear

- A Gear List will be sent to you once you book and pay a deposit.

No Princess Policy

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This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller. It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a unique and rewarding 'experience' (Once in a Lifetime)! You should be able to adopt a "Go With The Flow" attitude, after-all we are in a foreign country and things don't always go to plan...this will help you chill out and therefore get the best out of your holiday.  Accommodation & facilities in the areas of PNG that we visit are very basic - please be aware that you are travelling through relatively untouched parts of PNG.  We also travel in the back of a open truck at times on rugged terrain... while adventurous, it can be a little uncomfortable on the backside - using your pillow or sleeping mat may help!!

 

You will also need to be mobile without assistance - some of the sights require you to be on your feet, navigating steps and uneven surfaces at times. We also have a couple of extended walks as part of this tour, one along the beach for approximately 90 minutes in humid conditions - these walks can be achieved by anyone with a general level of fitness, but again mobility is the key, as with all of our tours and obviously the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the walking experiences.

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Cancellation & Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be in writing, with an email as an acceptable form of communication, directly to Adventurous Women with the following conditions:

  • 60 days plus prior to trip departure - Loss of deposit
  • 59 - 30 days prior to trip departure - 50% Of The Tour Cost
  • 29 - 15 days prior to trip departure - 75% Of The Tour Cost
  • Within 14 days of the trip departure - 100% Of The Tour Cost

No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.

Please ensure you read our complete  cancellation policy  before booking