Papua New Guinea sea kayaking holiday

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Papua New Guinea sea kayaking holiday

Environment

We have a social, cultural and environmental conscience! It is vitally important that travel has a positive impact on the social, cultural and environmental aspects of the places we visit. We ensure that when you visit places with us, your presence will help those that live there, that their culture will be respected and that the environment at the very least will not be harmed.

Environmental Policy
There are many aspects to the issue of the environmental impact of travel. Flying to the destination, accommodation, food preparation and human waste control. Each of these is covered either directly by our own environmental policy or we ask you to assist by for example, offsetting your carbon emissions to get to your destination.

While on expedition we will offset all your carbon emissions. We try to use eco friendly accommodation where possible. Food is bought and prepared locally. We try to use fresh produce as much as possible. All non biodegradable material is packed and brought back to main metropolitan centres for correct disposal.

Human waste is a major problem when travelling. It can impact on the environment directly. We attempt to dispose of this waste as effectively and sensitively as possible. We will inform you on how you can help with this goal. We are currently looking to install eco toilets where appropriate in PNG.

Accommodation
While many of our expeditions use tents to accommodate clients, ourother forms of accommodation – hotels and guest houses are always clean and comfortable. On this expedition we use tents and the best eco-friendly hotel in Kavieng. The process of eco-friendly lodgings is a slow one in PNG, however we encourages those establishments that recycle and obtain power through wind or the sun. We try to use these places as much as possible and continually reinforce this to all our local contacts.

Community

We have a social, cultural and environmental conscience! It is vitally important that travel has a positive impact on the social, cultural and environmental aspects of the places we visit. We ensure that when you visit places with us, your presence will help those that live there, that their culture will be respected and that the environment at the very least will not be harmed.

Social Policy
We believe in fair pay for fair work. That is why our local teams are not only paid above market wages (usually these market wages are below standard), but are fed well and equipped well for your expedition. You will see the difference as our teams remain highly motivated and ready to serve you on expedition.

Cultural Policy
All societies have their own rules, borne out of generations of cultural development. We are not here to change these directly, but to witness them and appreciate them as another form of human existence. While on expedition, we will respect local cultures, those developed out of religion or social norms. We ask you to respect these to, as they are no better or worse than our own.

Services of a local guide
All our local guides have been carefully selected for their ability and temperament. Each guide has training and proven abilities in ecofriendly methods, safety and, careful trek operations, keeping the health and happiness of the paddlers as well his crew, uppermost. Your guide will be a friend and companion, who takes pleasure in showing you his/her country's specialties and, perhaps, meet his/her home and family too.

Reviews of Papua New Guinea sea kayaking holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The people in the Tigak region were universally charming and friendly and went out of their way to ensure that we were comfortable and that our needs were
met. It was a real plesure to visit a country where there are so few tourists and made to feel so welcome.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be aware that you actually only kayak for 4 of the 9 days. Pack plenty of mosquito repellant.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Very much so. Probably the most enjoyable aspect of the whole trip was the fact that our guides made very good use of their local connections and we felt that
we were giving back to local communities and not just exploiting them- and the locals we spoke to felt the same.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I have only given the trip a 2 star rating because I felt there were a number of things that could be improved and also because calling it a 9 day sea kayaking
experience is highly misleading given that you only actually paddle for 4 days.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Jane
Many thanks for you review. Reading it I see that overall you did the love kayaking part of the trip, which we are pleased with. Papua New Guinea is not the easiest destination for travelling and for that reason, rather than asking clients to make their own way to the start of the remote kayaking here, the trip duration includes the travel there and back. Thus it is book-ended, firstly 1 nights in Port Moresby at the start and the end and then 1 night at Nusa Island retreat on day 2 and day 8 within that to allow for domestic flights. We have reviewed the trip and we reckon we could add one more paddling day when you first arrive at Nusa Island. The day to day itineary does clearly state how many days are on the water, however we have now added under trip duration (9 days trip - and in brackets we are highlightin 4 days actually kayaking). I hope this will ensure that is clearer in the future. All the best Laurenne

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