From  £11475
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Cruise the magnificent Sepik River
  • Explore remote tribal communities
  • Attend the 13th Sepik Crocodile Festival
  • See Sepik fishermen in their canoes
  • Witness colourful performances in local villages
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Cruise the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea

14 Day Tour, from £11475 per person
Itinerary Dates
2019
02 Aug  -  15 Aug

On this tour, you will cruise along Papua New Guinea's Sepik River - where local life is centred on the water. Your comfortable 12-berth river cruiser, the Kalibobo Spirit, will be piloted by Master/Owner Sir Peter Barter and on your journey, you will visit the Crocodile Festival which celebrates the crocodile's cultural significance to the people who live along the river. Explore tribal communities to learn about life on the river, visiting haus tambarans, meaning house of spirits and are important sites for rituals and initiations, as well as colourful sing sing performances in local villages.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
SINGAPORE

After landing in Singapore transfer to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Singapore.

DAY 2
SINGAPORE TO PORT MORESBY
SINGAPORE TO PORT MORESBY

Spend the day exploring Singapore at leisure before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight to Port Moresby. (B)

DAY 3
PORT MORESBY
PORT MORESBY

Arrive in Port Moresby and drive to a hotel close to the airport. In the afternoon transfer to the Port Moresby Adventure Park which is home to a range of indigenous wildlife such as Victoria Crowned Pigeons, cassowaries and the elusive Bird of Paradise. The park offers a great environment with well-kept gardens away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Overnight in Port Moresby. (If you would like an early check-in at the hotel on arrival, please speak to a Regent Papua New Guinea Specialist for the applicable supplement.)

DAY 4
PORT MORESBY TO MT HAGEN
PORT MORESBY TO MT HAGEN

Return to the airport for the early morning flight to Mt Hagen in the rugged Wahgi Valley in the Western Highlands Province. Start by visiting the iconic Skeleton Warriors of the Chimbu tribe, who only made contact with the western world in 1934. Tribal men and boys traditionally painted their bodies as skeletons as a warning to other tribes and as a form of intimidation but today the practice is largely reserved for sing sing performances which we will be lucky enough to witness.

 

From the Skeleton Warriors we continue to Polga village to meet the Asaro Mudmen, who legend has it were chased into the Asaro River and emerged as sunset covered in mud causing the invading tribe to flee thinking the village was protected by evil spirits. Observe a thrilling Mudman performance by the local tribesmen and marvel at the intricacy and detail of the heavy mud masks.

 

End the day at Paiya village to witness a demonstration of a "mumu" lunch (food cooked in an earth oven) and learn about the highland way of life. Overnight in Mt Hagen. (B)

DAY 5
MT HAGEN TO SEPIK RIVER
MT HAGEN TO SEPIK RIVER

Board our privately chartered Grand Caravan C208 aircraft for the flight into the heart of the Sepik, passing over razor sharp mountains and the vast plain of the mighty Sepik River, landing at the airstrip at Ambunti in the Upper Sepik region. The Sepik is one of the most remote provinces in Papua New Guinea where in the past head-hunting was a very real fact of life. This immense waterway meanders through densely forested terrain, dotted with remote villages. Life is largely lived on the water, and local transport is often small dugout canoes used for fishing which is an important source of food and revenue for the villagers. The Sepik is also known for its intricate carvings and other artwork with each village producing work in their own unique style.

 

After landing in Ambunti transfer by speedboat to your home for the next week, the privately chartered Kalibobo Spirit which will be piloted by Master/Owner Sir Peter Barter, and long term resident of Papua New Guinea with a wealth of experience of cruising the the Sepik River region to draw on.

 

Cabins may not be available until later this afternoon so the remainder of the day will be spent at the Ambunti Show Ground to attend the 13th Sepik River Crocodile Festival, a three-day cultural festival celebrating the importance of the crocodile and its significance to the people of the Sepik River. After enjoying the events of the festival spend your first night aboard the Kalibobo Spirit. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
SEPIK RIVER
SEPIK RIVER

We will spend the next 5 days exploring the Sepik, a region which is home to 70,000 people with a unique culture and artefacts made by skilled locals craftsmen which are much sought after around the world. We will cruise parts of the upper, middle and lower Sepik River and visit many of the villages and waterways including Korogo, Yentchen, Parembei and Kanganaman villages where you can see the magnificent Haus Tambarans. We will also visit Kaminibit, Aibom and Wombun on the Chambri Lakes, a beautiful stretch of shallow water where locals are renowned for their artistry.

 

In this remote region of Papua New Guinea the schedule will necessarily be flexible but time-permitting we will visit Timbunke, Tambunum, Kambaramba, Angoram and Mendam in the Murik Lakes and finally Kopar which sits at the mouth of the mighty Sepik. During the journey we will stop to visit villages and learn about local life, experience traditional sing sings and have the chance to pick up hand-carved wooden crafts. As you pass riverside communities on the boat you will hear snatches of traditional music played on local flues and garamut drums floating across the water. (B,L,D) 

DAY 7
SEPIK RIVER
SEPIK RIVER

Continue cruising along the Sepik River stopping to visit villages, experience local culture and take-in the beautiful scenery whilst relaxing on board. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
SEPIK RIVER
SEPIK RIVER

Continue cruising along the Sepik River stopping to visit villages, experience local culture and take in the beautiful scenery whilst relaxing on board. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
SEPIK RIVER
SEPIK RIVER

Continue cruising along the Sepik River stopping to visit villages, experience local culture and take in the beautiful scenery whilst relaxing on board. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
SEPIK RIVER
SEPIK RIVER

Continue cruising along the Sepik River stopping to visit villages, experience local culture and take in the beautiful scenery whilst relaxing on board. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
SEPIK RIVER TO MADANG
SEPIK RIVER TO MADANG

Today is our final day in the region and we will be close to the mouth of the Sepik for a final day of exploration. Tonight we will hit the high seas for our overnight cruise to the small coastal town of Madang. (B,L,D)

DAY 12
MADANG
MADANG

Arriving in Madang Resort harbour mid-morning and have breakfast on board before disembarking and saying goodbye to the Kalibobo Spirit. Stroll across the jetty and check-in to the resort. The remainder of the day is free at leisure to relax by the hotel swimming pool or in the pretty resort gardens. (B)

DAY 13
MADANG
MADANG

After breakfast head out into the harbour on a small cruise ship and stop at one of the many picturesque islands and enjoy swimming and snorkelling over the coral reef, before returning to the hotel for lunch and a chance to freshen up. In the afternoon visit Madang's lively local market before heading to Bilbil village which is famous for its clay pottery, still crafter using traditional techniques. Returning to Madang, stop at the Coastwatchers' Memorial Beacon in recognition of those who provided valuable intelligence during WWII and which also serves as a war memorial for those who served in the war. (B)

DAY 14
MADANG TO PORT MORESBY
MADANG TO PORT MORESBY

Transfer in the morning to the airport for the short flight to Port Moresby. On arrival transfer to an airport hotel for breakfast before a short tour of the city, visiting the Parliament Haus and National Museum. We will also visit the Port Moresby Nature Park which features an abundance of native animals, many plant species, a small cafe (where you can purchase lunch) and a souvenir shop. After touring transfer to Port Moresby airport for the flight back to Singapore. (B)

Pricing Information

14 day tour, from £11475 per person
(Single person supplement + £225)

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Air Niugini From Singapore to Port Moresby
  • Internal flights as stated on Air Niugini: Port Moresby to Mt Hagen // Madang to Port Moresby
  • Private charter flight Mt Hagen to Ambunti airstrip
  • Meals as stated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide/driver
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Early check-in or late check-out at any hotels
  • Meals that are not listed on the itinerary

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

Flight times subject to change



Due to the size of the aircraft the private charter flight from Mt Hagen to Ambunti airstrip allows for only a 10kg luggage allowance per person. Excess luggage must be left with our staff in Port Moresby.


Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
02 Aug 2019
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15 Aug 2019
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  1. Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby
  2. Papua New Guinea, Mt Hagen

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