PNG SUP & Trekking Adventures

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Solo Travellers

Stand-up Paddleboarding trip

Surf Skill

Learning - All Levels

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Season

January, February, March, October, November, December

Board Type

SUP

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Summary
Planes, boats, trekking and paddling - if adventure and a real Papua New Guinea experience is what you are looking for then look no further - this trip has it all. We invite you to come and visit this beautiful area of Papua New Guinea. This Expedition is raw and out there. There have been very few tourists walk or paddle this corridor of land. The exploratory for this expedition was only carried out in October 2014.
Quick Facts
    • SUP an unexplored area
    • 6-day trips
    • trekking and kayaking
    • culture experience
    • very few people visited before you
    • experienced guides
    • includes all meals & accommodation

ITINERARY:

Day 1: POM-Alotau-Gumoisu
Flight:   PX154    10:00     POM –GUR (Alotau)       10:50

The flight time is 1 hour from Port Moresby to Alotau; Groups will be greeted by Hiwe Hiwe Lodge staff and transferred to Alotau Wharf. Approximately 25 minutes drive from airport into town.  From here you will board a banana boat for the 2 hour ride to Gumusie Guest Haus. This afternoon is spent sightseeing on Samarai and Kwato Islands. Dinner is traditional kai served on the balcony of your guesthouse situated on the point overlooking the China Passage.

Reverend Abel was not the first white man to step foot on Kwato but he was the first to see the unique possibilities of the small island set in the China Straits of Milne Bay.Rev Abel resolved to create at Kwato and institution where Papuans would not only receive a Christian education but also the necessary training to put them on an equal footing with foreigners. To help finance the work he established coconut plantations which became management training centres, who in turn taught village, people how to mark out and plant coconuts. Not only did the people of Kwato learn life skills but they also experienced music and singing and sport, especially cricket.

Accommodation: Gumusie Guest Haus (LD)

 

Day 2: Trek to Dalidali

This morning wake up is 5am and trekking by 6:30am. You will walk at a leisurely pace learning from the young men escorting you through what they refer to as the “Jungle Grocery Store” teaching you and pointing out the different edible fruits and berries and the plants which are used for medicinal purposes. Trekking in Milne Bay is always hot and humid, very wet and muddy under foot. It is reasonably flat but multiple little streams and log crossings to negotiate. Dalidali is a family hamlet; your hosts are Harry, his wife and 6 pikininis. There is a very small stream to wash in. The afternoon is spent with the family and playing with the children. Approximately 5 hours walking. Accommodation: Guest Haus/Tents (BLD)

 

Day 3: Trek to Gufali, boat transfer to Badilauna Guest Haus

You will be trekking by 6:30am. Although the terrain is flat, it is a long and challenging day. The first half of the day is very muddy, with many high log crossings. You should arrive at the main river crossing in time for lunch. If the weather has been unkind and there has been lots of rain, this river could be flooded. There is a remote possibility that you may have to walk back to Dalidali and Gumoisu. Or take an alternate route which will add on another 2-3 hours walking.

After lunch the terrain is easier, not so wet and a passable track to follow. The last 2 hours of the trek is walking down a tributary of the Dawadawa River. This is an extremely beautiful and interesting sector of the trek, arriving at the river mouth around 4pm. You'll meet your boat transfer here and motor down to Badilana Guest Haus, taking around 20 minutes. The accommodation is on the banks of the Dawadawa River, your hosts are the Andrew family. They are very proud of their guest haus, warmly welcoming guests into their family. Children taking the day off school to meet guests and help Mum and Dad and extended family prepare for guests. This day is approximately 10 hours walking. Very scenic, with lots of bird life and the odd snake. Accommodation: Badilauna Guest Haus (BLD)

 

Day 4: Badilauna to Tree Tops

This morning you will transfer by boat as far up the Dawadawa River as they can go. They will inflate the kayaks and get ready the SUPS and start paddling back downstream. Dawadawa is a wide soft flowing river; it is a smorgasbord of bird life, with the odd challenging little rapid to negotiate. One should not laugh when the not so experienced paddle boarders hit these. Dawadawa is also a working river providing sustainable life for the people that live along its shores. You'll stop off at Badilana Guest Haus for lunch and have a play with the kids on the paddle boards. After lunch, you'll continue paddling down the river to the rivermouth. From here there are 3 options. Paddle the rest of the way to Tree Tops (a long way to paddle), Walk to Tree Tops (approx 3-4 hours) or take boat to Tree Tops. Tree Tops is a traditional Lodge located high up on the hill overlooking the ocean and Alotau Town on the other side of the bay. Cold drinks, hot shower and a balcony with a view to die for await you. Accommodation: Tree Tops Lodge (BLD)

               

Day 5: Sight Seeing  
Explore Alotau and surrounds. (BLD).

Site seeing options can be organised upon arrival.
K30         Boat transfers to Alotau Township
K10         per person Tree Tops Lodge transfer down to beach for snorkelling etc.

Accommodation: Tree Tops Lodge (BLD).

OR may you wish to fly back home on this day. POA

 

Day 6: Transfer to Airport

Accommodation

Accommodation is traditional village guest houses. Made out of traditional materials. One large room with foam mattresses and mosquito nets. It is very basic accommodation. Either buckets to wash in or streams to wash in. Pit latrine toilets. 

Surf & Other Activities

SAMARI ISLAND: You will visit Samariai Island, the former administrative capital in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. The island is historically significant as the site of a trading port and stop-over between Australia and East Asia. Samarai town was established on the island and at it height was the second largest after Port Moresby in the Territory of Papua. At present, little is left of the town which covered Samarai as it was destroyed during World War 2. The island was declared a National Historical Heritage Island by the government of Papua New Guinea in 2006.

KWATO ISLAND: This island is 2-3 kilometers west of Samaria Island. The Reverend Charles Abel and his wife, Beatrice founded a non hierarchical church in 1891 on Kwato. The Mission Dwato functioned as a successful education and boat building centre. The mission's boas were used to supply the Australian Coast watchers during WW2.

TREK & PADDLE: Trek around beautiful little bays and mangroves, past surprised yet very friendly locals all calling out greetings as they go about their morning routines in their simple yet idyllic houses and gardens. The jungle is relatively flat and you will walk at an easy pace chatting with your guides and learning about their "Jungle Grocery Store" - the vast array of cooking plants, edible fruits and berries,including coffee, vanilla and cocoa trees-cafe in the making. There are many river crossings, a variety of wildlife includes the numerous bird calls, the illusive Bird of Paradise, the the large and colourful Horn Bills flying overhead.

Either Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Boards down the magnificent Dawadawa River. This is a genuine working river and you will see many people going about their daily business: families fishing together in carefully balanced dug-out canoes and women bathing toddlers outside neat houses and gardens. Be greeted with broad smiles and enthusiastic waves at every turn. The river is calm and it is an enjoyable experience with plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and admire the magnificent scenery. The deep water flows steadily, a few small rapids pepper your journey with some excitement. The thick jungle hugs the river's edge providing a backdrop for the abundance of bird life.

Inclusions
  • PNG Guide & Trek Leader - Pam Christie
  • Cultural and environmental aspects of the Track 
  • PNG Carriers food and equipment
  • PNG Carriers accommodation, food and repatriation home
  • Risk Management and responsible ecological practices on the track
  • 5 nights’ accommodation and all meals where specified on itinerary
  • Tents, if required.
  • IMPP Permit to operate within in this trekking/kayaking corridor
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Licensed PNG Tour Operator
  • Satellite Phone
  • Medivac Procedures
  • Life jackets
  • Kayaks
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Support/Safety boat
  • Airport Transfers
  • $60 per trekker is being donated to all communities along this trekking/kayaking corridor

Boat transfers:

  • Alotau to Gumusie
  • Site seeing transfers to Samarai and Kwato
  • Pick up at Gwafili to Badilauna Guest Haus
  • Dawadawa River Mouth to Tree Tops Lodge
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Inclusions:

  • PNG Guide & Trek Leader - Pam Christie 
  • Cultural and environmental aspects of the Track 
  • PNG Carriers food and equipment
  • PNG Carriers accommodation, food and repatriation home
  • Risk Management and responsible ecological practices on the track
  • 5 nights’ accommodation and all meals where specified on itinerary
  • Tents if required.
  • IMPP Permit to operate within in this trekking/kayaking corridor
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Licensed PNG Tour Operator
  • Satellite Phone
  • Medivac Procedures
  • Life jackets
  • Kayaks
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Support/Safety boat
  • Airport Transfers
  • $60 per trekker is being donated to all communities along this trekking/kayaking corridor

Boat transfers:

  • Alotau to Gumusie
  • Site seeing transfers to Samarai and Kwato
  • Pick up at Gwafili to Badilauna Guest Haus
  • Dawadawa River Mouth to Tree Tops Lodge

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