This holiday to PNG offers a wonderful overview of the country’s main highlights covering varied and fascinating landscapes and cultures.
The trip begins with time on Cape Nelson visiting the impressive fjords that shape this area. Spectacular enough above water it is the underwater world that is really magical and diving here is a wonderfully unusual experience. Inland to the Highland mountains where you will spend time learning about the cultures and traditions of the Melpa people before ending your journey in the lowland rainforests and rivers of the Sepik region. Here the traditional mode of transport is the pole dugout canoe and traditional village life continues largely unchanged. The rivers here are also home to bountiful bird life.
The choice of accommodation in PNG is fairly limited and this holiday idea includes some of the best lodges on offer. Tufi Resort with incredible views of the tropical fjords, Rondon Ridge, perched high on Mount Kuta in the Highlands and Karawari Lodge, a remote and beautiful spot only accessible by river or a small airstrip.
There are many options to extend this suggested holiday including a three night stay on the tranquil island of Loloata. Many places in PNG are only accessible by air. Steppes Travel can organised private helicopter charters if required. Helicopters allow remote access to otherwise impenetrable regions of this country.
PNG has an extremely variable climate and the weather can vary from area to area, however in general the best time to visit PNG is from May to November which is during the dry season.
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.
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Fly London to Singapore overnight
Fly Singapore to Port Moresby overnight
Day at leisure in Port Moresby
The country's largest city and the nation’s capital.
You will be staying at The Gateway Hotel, Bed & Breakfast
Fly Port Moresby to Tufi
The coast of Tufi's peninsula, or Cape Nelson as it was named by the British, is a place where sea and mountains meet. A paradise accessed only by boat or air. Gnarled green fingers stretch out into the sea creating fjords of hidden surprises - technically they are rais as they were created by volcano as opposed to ice. These rais give the region a very particular fingerprint of turquoise coral bays, surrounded by steep ridges covered in rainforest and kunai grasslands.
You will be staying at Tufi Dive Resort, Full board
Day at Leisure - DivingWhilst the impressive fjords of Tufi are spectacular it is the underwater world that is really magical. The diving here is wonderful.
Day at Leisure
Fly Tufi to Port Moresby
Transfer to Airways Hotel for Lunch
Fly Port Moresby to Mount Hagen
Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands Province is a bustling city attracting workers from all over the country, who come to find employment in the mining and agriculture sectors. Known as the land of eternal Spring, this fertile area is blessed with a huge range of produce, which is sold in the local markets.
You will be staying at Rondon Ridge, Full board
Full Day SightseeingA full day tour featuring the unique culture and tradition of the Melpa people who live near Mount Hagen City, the business heart of the Papua New Guinea highlands, supplying a number of important industries, such as tea, coffee and mining. Journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa People. First contact with the Melpa was made in the mid-1930s when the Leahy brothers were prospecting for gold. The Melpa are said by anthropologists, to be "predisposed to capitalism," because of their complex traditional society in which "big men" earn status by accruing wealth and then giving it all away in ceremonial exchanges.
Fly Mount Hagen to Karawari
Karawari Lodge - Day Tour including 2 or 3 villagesEach village has a speciality. There may be a demonstration of fishing and hunting techniques, a visit to a Men's Haus or a performance of a traditional dance. Villages will have carved figures, drums, and jewelry and bilums bags for sale.A remote and hard to access area of jungle fringed waterways, rich in culture and wildlife.
You will be staying at Karawari Lodge, Full board
Full Day River ExcursionA day excursion along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River where boatmen, standing upright paddle their slender dugout canoes with sculpted silhouettes of crocodile masks. Village life, including carved totems, drums and wood carvings, offers the chance to understand traditional village culture. Birdlife is also abundant along the rivers and nearby lakes.
Fly Karawari to Mount Hagen
Transfer to Banz Cafe for a light lunch before returning to the airport later this afternoon.
Fly Mount Hagen to Port Moresby
Fly Port Moresby to Singapore
Fly Singapore to London overnight
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