Papua New Guinea sea kayaking holiday
Min 8 people - surcharge applies if less.
Description of Papua New Guinea sea kayaking holiday
There are few spots left on earth that have barely been explored, but remote Papua New Guinea is one of them. Comprising hundreds of islands and thousands of kilometres of coastline, Papua New Guinea feels like a final frontier, ripe for exploration.
This sea kayaking expedition will explore the Tigak area of northwest New Ireland, a long chain of islands that stretches out from New Ireland and skirts the east coast of New Hanover. Paddling from one small island to the next, you will meet local people who have rarely seen outsiders, snorkel beautiful reefs and sample delicious seafood.
The Tigak region is a 1.5 hour flight from the capital Port Moresby. These islands are surrounded by pristine water and coral reefs which are home to a huge quantity of sea life. Inhabiting these islands are local people who live mainly off the sea. Some live on islands as small as a football fields while others live on large islands where they also cultivate fruit and vegetables.
This expedition is considered moderate, as there are no long walks and each of the four full days of kayaking involves about four hours of paddling, broken up with lunch and swims. Accommodation will vary from comfortable eco lodges to tents on the beach. While temperatures can be high (mid 30s), crystal clear water and pristine coral reefs will be more than enough to keep you cool. You can tavel on a group departure or request a tailor made trip.
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1 Reviews of Papua New Guinea sea kayaking holiday
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2016 by Jane Brook
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:
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
PlanetWe 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.
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.
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.
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.
PeopleWe 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.
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.
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.
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