Guided adventures in Papua New Guina
Guided adventures depart Cairns on a regular basis. You'll meet your experienced guide there and fly with them to Papua New Guinea and then on to the Milne Bay region. Your Wild PNG guide will travel with your group arranging all transportation, meals and accommodation along the way. Your guide will show you the traditional way of life and also introduce you to the local people in the villages you pass through.
Wild PNG guides are hand picked. They are well trained, resourceful and knowledgable of the Milne Bay region and it's local customs. Your guide will open your eyes to a way of life that is as old as time itself.
Day 1 - Alotau ( 1 night) - Friday
Friday - Your Adventure kicks off in Cairns where you'll boardyour flight to Papua New Guinea. On arrival there, you'll meet a connecting flight to Alotau in Milne Bay. You'll spend one night here taking in the sights of an outer regional township and then move off to East Cape the following day.
Day 2, 3 - East Cape (2 nights) - Saturday/Sunday
Saturday- We get to East Cape by chartered local transport. Basically this means the rear of a flat bed truck decked with basic seating and weather covers. The ride itself is an experience passing villages dotted further and further apart along a dirt road that becomes increasingly rough. We'll stop occasionally to enjoy the view or visit a particularly interesting village. The trip takes about 2 hours.
Once we arrive at East Cape, we will move into the first of the Wild PNG Outposts. The outpost here is simple and basic and built in a traditional way with bush materials. We've simply added a few basic creature comforts. You won't find air-conditioned rooms or electric lights here. There is excellent snorkelling located off the beach just a hundred meters or so away from the outpost and plenty of people to meet around the often bustling small boat market, arrival and departure point. East cape is often used by local people travelling from outer islands to Alotau. Many small boats ranging from simple wooden dug out canoes, to larger dugout sailing canoes and even small fibreglass 'fastboats' powered by outboard motors are constantly arriving and departing from this point, and a thriving little market selling local foods and snacks operates to keep everyone fed. It's a very social atmosphere with relatives, clans and friends catching up with each other after many months apart.
It's here that you'll first find the curiosity of the local people. Many will approach you and want to know everything about you. This is not like some parts of the world, where the curiosity is often simply an act to befriend you and sell you something. Here the people are truly friendly and will sit and 'tell stories' (A local tradition) all day with you.
Sunday- We'll spend 2 nights here and travel to the closest neighbouring island by traditional sailing canoe (or dinghy depending on the weather) for a day visit. Here you can swim and snorkel and enjoy the local caught fish and local vegetables cooked on the fire on the beach. We'll also visit a local garden where vegetables are grown. The locals will show you each plant and explain how it's traditionally grown and harvested and finally prepared for the table.
Day 4 & 5 - Boia Boia Waga (2 nights) - Monday/Tuesday
Monday - We'll board our own 19' fast fibreglass dinghy and head for a tropical island experience like no other. Just a short distance from East Cape, the island of Boia Boia Waga lies surrounded by the most amazingly blue water and abundant coral reefs. Completely encircled by white sandy beaches, and coconut palms, this little jewel will be our own deserted tropical island for 2 nights. We'll camp here for 2 nights, breaking the days with snorkelling, spear fishing, reef fishing, resting and exploring. The evenings will be spent in modern tents under an unbelievably bright blanket of stars, with oil lamps providing subtle light away from the camp fire. Our meals will be traditional and prepared over open fires. Fresh coconuts will be our sunset drinks.
Day 6 & 7 - Nuakata Island (2 nights) - Wednesday/Thursday
Wednesday- Using our fast dinghy, we'll travel about another 5 nautical miles to the larger island of Nuakata. Here we will stay at a Wild PNG outpost again for 2 nights. The outposts are traditionally built from timbers grown on the island and located absolute beach front. There are small villages nestled along the shore line of the island in the shadow of steep hills covered in thick tropical rainforest that reach up to some of the deepest blue sky you'll ever see.
There is so much to do here at Nuakata. The coral reefs start right at the shore line and within a very short distance drop off in sheer walls, some over 40m deep. Huge fish meander their way along the reef ledges and the coral form beautiful swim throughs and hiding places for all sorts of colourfull tropical fish. In the late afternoons, you'll see the local fishermen in dugout canoes made from a single tree trunk, paddling in the calm waters and casting their lines for a family dinner.
Wednesday night we'll be entertained by traditional dancing from the young men and women of the island who will join us for dinner and plenty of story telling around the camp fire.
On Thursday the day will be filled by your imagination. Local people from the island will offer their own tours and adventures to you. You will be able to take part in guided island walks, traditional fishing lessons, snorkelling on some of the nearby reefs, village visits and guided visits to hidden traditional skull caves. It's up to you.
Day 8 - East Cape (1 night) - Friday
Friday - we'll take a dinghy trip to another nearby island where you'll have a chance to visit the village and swim and snorkel from the beach. We'll enjoy another traditional lunch here before returning to the outpost at East Cape for the night.
Day 9 - Alotau (1 night) - Saturday
Saturday - We'll board our chartered transport and head back to Alotau and our first taste of western living for a week. You'll find even this small outlying town fast paced now, and it will take some time to readjust. You'll have a new outlook on the order of importance of things in your life by now and people often find themselves deep in reflection over a quiet beer at the hotel bar.
Day 10 - Cairns - Sunday
Sunday morning we board our aircraft and it slips into the blue sky leaving us with a beautiful view of Papua New Guinea and the tropical rainforests and coral reef studded oceans below. We then catch a connecting flight to Cairns and say sad goodbye's at the airport. We've no doubt you will join us again, this type of adventure is far beyond a simple holiday, it is an adventure that will change your life if you let it.