Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Papua New Guinea Crocodile Festival (12 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Alotau, Papua New Guinea To Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Mar 2020


Day 1
Alotau, Papua New Guinea
Tawali Resort Dinner

Arrive at Alotau’s Gurney airport, where you’ll be transferred by car and boat to your deluxe Ocean Villa at the unique, tucked away Tawali Resort. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, doing whatever you wish - be it exploring the resort’s stunning shoreline, or relaxing by the pool.

Day 2
Alotau, Papua New Guinea
Tawali Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll spend an entire day scuba diving the pristine waters of Lauadi, a nearby dive site frequented by whale sharks and hammerheads. Take a midday break for a gourmet picnic lunch, and continue your exotic dive adventure in the afternoon, before returning to your Ocean Villa at Tawali Resort.

Day 3
Alotau, Papua New Guinea
Tawali Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the thrilling jungles that surround Tawali Resort, trekking through lush, verdant foliage to discover powerful waterfalls, mysterious skull caves, and charming local villages, accompanied by your seasoned local guide. Bed down once again at Tawali Resort.

Day 4
Madang, Papua New Guinea
Jais Aben Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll head back to Port Moresby, the seaside capital of Papua New Guinea, where you’ll be met by a local guide who will whisk you away for lunch at a great little cafe. Catch your flight to Madang, after which you’ll be escorted to your Waterfront Executive King Bungalow at the Jais Aben Resort. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Day 5
Madang, Papua New Guinea
Jais Aben Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Glide through the azure sea to Planet Rock and Barracuda Point dive sites today, where you may come face-to-face with whale sharks, who are frequent visitors. Return to your luxury room at Jais Aben Resort, to relax before enjoying a buffet dinner.

Day 6
Madang, Papua New Guinea
Jais Aben Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you can enjoy a choice of activities, from either a full-day canoeing expedition down one of Madang’s picturesque streams, to a morning dive trip followed by an afternoon sea kayak excursion through labyrinths of lush mangroves along the shoreline. Whatever your choice, return in the evening to your luxury room at Jais Aben Resort to rest up for the day ahead.

Day 7
Simbai, Papua New Guinea
In Simbai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Catch a plane with your local guide to Simbai, a unique, timewarped village, nestled in the highlands of Medang province, is isolated from the outside world but for charter planes. You’ll be greeted with a spectacular traditional welcome dance featuring exotic feathered headdresses. Next up, pay a visit to the cozy tribal museum, which holds the tribes’ sacred jewels in its coffers. After lunch, trek through the exciting Kaironk River Valley, famous for its wealth of archaeological digs. The challenging hike, which takes you over steep spurs, pig fences, and stream crossings, is well worth the effort. Along the way, you’ll likely be greeted by friendly local tribespeople crossing your path. Camp out overnight in a local village hut.

Day 8
Simbai, Papua New Guinea
In Simbai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another challenging and thrilling day of trekking is ahead; today, you’ll once again hike through the ancient Kaironk River Valley, stopping along the way at famous archaeological dig sites, and enjoying a local village lunch in a stunningly picturesque location overlooking the river. Overnight once again in a local village hut.

Day 9
Ambunti, Papua New Guinea
Ambunti Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A plane will transport you on a picturesque journey to Ambunti today, where you’ll check in to Ambunti Lodge, escorted by your local guides. Once settled, you can venture to the Sepik Crocodile Festival, where you’ll be graced with a ringside seat to the performance area, which often offers displays of groups dancing with live crocodiles. The festival is organized by the WWF, and aims to promote the conservation of wild crocodiles. (NB the Crocodile Festival takes place every August.)

Day 10
Ambunti, Papua New Guinea
Ambunti Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you may either choose to head back to the Sepik Crocodile Festival, or enjoy a full day trip up the Sanchi River, a tributary of the Sepik, on a motorized longboat canoe. The canoe trip will take you to Waskuk village, which holds unique artisan wonders. Your next stop will be Amaki, where you’ll transfer to a traditional dugout canoe for the return journey. Bed down in your air-conditioned room at Ambunti Lodge.

Day 11
Wewak, Papua New Guinea
Wewak Boutique Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leave Ambunti via a languid three-hour boat ride downstream, where you’ll be transferred to a four-wheel drive vehicle for a three-hour drive through the grassy plains of the Sepik Basin, lush tropical jungles, and picturesque villages, climbing to the cool Prince Alexander Range. Check in to your charming room at the In Wewak Boutique Hotel just in time to catch the sunset over the Bismark Sea from your verandah.

Day 12
Manila, Philippines
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
None Breakfast, Lunch

Rise early today to catch your morning plane to Port Moresby. From here, local guides will help you with your international flight check-in to Manila, before escorting you on a quick city tour, complete with picnic lunch. Depart for Manila in the late afternoon.

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This 12-day itinerary, handcrafted by Remote Lands, takes you through some of Papua New Guinea’s most beautiful landscapes, that will no doubt leave a lasting imprint on your memory. Scuba dive the pristine shores in the company of whale sharks, explore mysterious caves and thick jungles, and watch locals interact with alligators at the Sepik Crocodile Festival. (NB - the Crocodile Festival itself takes place every August).


  • Trek through lush throngs of jungle foliage to waterfalls, caves, and local villages

  • Dive with exotic Papua New Guinea sealife

  • Experience the Sepik Crocodile Festival in all its glory

  • Play Indiana Jones at one of the Kaironk River Valley’s many archaeological sites

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