Luxury Papua New Guinea Itinerary

Indigenous Immersions: Uncharted Papua New Guinea Adventure

Thanks to our special relationships on the ground all over the world, we have access to communities far beyond the tourist path and are committed to introducing clients to these people in only the most responsible and sensitive way.

There is so much we can learn from other walks and ways of life; let us connect you with their world.

The dream: A once-in-a-lifetime couples’ trip in a highly unusual and remote destination, offering unique community immersion and unparalleled wildlife viewing.

The vision: An epic adventure in Papua New Guinea, exploring its least accessible regions and spending time with various seldom-visited tribes that call it home.




From GBP £32,600 USD $38,750 pp excl. flights


13 days


25 hours from London
27 hours 35 mins From NYC


Papua New Guinean Kina


Tok Pisin, English, Hiri Motu

Where you'll go

Port Moresby

Mount Bosavi


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Papua New Guinea is home to an impressive array of over 850 distinct languages and around 1000 diverse cultures, solidifying its status as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.

Experience highlights

  • Touch down in raucous Port Moresby and explore city life, before a meeting with the Asaro Mudmen in their fertile river valley community. .
  • Next up, at the Gorkora Festival, you’ll witness VIP performances from more than 100 tribal cultures, before taking a helicopter to remote Mount Bosawi.
  • Over three days based in a remote village, you’ll visit spectacular waterfalls and scour the rainforest for birds of paradise, before heading to meet the remarkable Huli Wigmen in Tari, where traditional attire is still worn.
  • Share a mumu or traditional banquet and more with your hosts, then travel to Sepik, a region made up of vast river systems, beautiful coastlines and mountain ranges and home to the distinctive Spirit Houses.
  • Enjoy a crocodile safari on spectacular Kuvanmas Lake, and even the chance to observe a scarification ritual as the Crocodile Men administer hundreds of tiny cuts on the body to mark the transition from boyhood to adulthood.
c+l special?

An immersive cultural experience of unprecedented proportions with the Kasua people. Be the guest of honour for an all-night banquet, with pigs slaughtered in your honour, as is customary for special guests. A ‘sing-sing’ performance in a traditional long-haus lit by bamboo torches and tree-sap candles follows, before a night spent in a private lodge within the village.


Where to stay

Nothing but the best. On this suggested Papau New Guinea itinerary these are our handpicked, tried-and-tested choices.

Bird of Paradise Hotel, Goroka

The Bird of Paradise is the best hotel in Goroka, and while hardly posh, it is relatively clean and comfortable. It has 52 rooms, cable TV, IDD telephones, laundry, room service and an outdoor heated pool and gym.

The Lahani Restaurant offers exotic dishes such as crocodile, buffalo, venison and pigeon, as well as fresh Highland vegetables and fruit. The hotel also has a more casual café with outdoor dining, the Deck Bistro, and a bar called Birdy's Piano bar. The Bird of Paradise is conveniently located in the centre of town near the J.K. McCarthy Museum, Raun Raun Theatre and Mount Gahavisuka Provincial Park, an 8,000-acre park featuring walking trails, a scenic lookout, and a variety of native flora and fauna.


Rondon Ridge Lodge, Mount Hagen

Boasting panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley below, Rondon Ridge Lodge is situated in a pristine rainforest, just 40 minutes' drive from the town of Mount Hagen. Guests are accommodated in 24 tastefully appointed rooms with modern en-suite bathrooms and warmed beds for the cooler highlands temperatures.

A restaurant and bar serve cuisine cooked using fresh local produce and the communal lounge has a cosy fireplace and floor to ceiling views from which to enjoy the views. The lodge is powered by 24-hour eco-friendly electricity, provided by its own hydroelectric power plant that generates clean, natural energy from a nearby mountain stream.


Ambua Lodge, Tigisbi

Nestled amongst the Doma Peaks near Tari, almost 2000m above sea level, sits Ambua Lodge - an award-winning, eco-friendly lodge boasting magnificent views of the Tari Valley below.

Guests are accommodated in thirty round houses, set amongst landscaped gardens and built almost exclusively from natural materials. Each unit features 180 degree picture windows to soak in the view, en-suite bathrooms. A sought after destination amongst birders, Ambua's rain forests have been the star of many a wildlife documentary, and an incredible 217 species of bird have been recorded here.


Karawari Lodge, Amongabi

Standing majestically on a lone ridge, 300 metres above the banks of the Karawari River and overlooking an endless expanse of dense tropical lowland rain forest is Karawari Lodge. The lodge is surrounded by one of earth’s most complex of habitats, housing an immense variety of flora and fauna – a staggering 229 different bird species have been recorded at Karawari.

Here you can spot elusive 12-Wire Birds of Paradise, cockatoos, parrots, hornbills, cormorants and other water birds. Guests are accommodated in ten separate cottages, each built out of local bush materials and inspired by traditional architecture. Despite its remoteness, the lodge has 220V electricity, hot and cold water, comfortable mosquito-netted beds, ceiling fans and a breezy veranda – all make for a welcome sanctuary after a day’s exploration.


Airways Hotel, Port Moresby

Airways Hotel is nestled in the mountainside surrounded by its own botanical gardens with stunning views across the crystal clear waters of Bootless Bay and up to the majestic mountains of the Owen Stanley Ranges. While its surroundings are remarkable, the hotel's international reputation has been built on equally unique interiors, not to mention first-class service and a passionate attention to detail.

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