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New Guinea Paradise

See some of the most remarkable wildlife on the planet while exploring the uncharted land of Papua New Guinea. Immerse yourself in tribal interactions, traverse untouched lands and embrace a culture unlike anything you're familiar with. Incredible discoveries are waiting for our in Papua New Guinea.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Sun & Sand, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Mount Hagan (via Port Moresby)
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.

Day 3 – Welcome to Mount Hagen
On arrival into Mount Hagen you will need to clear customs and make your way through the main arrivals hall from where you will meet your local transportation to your accommodation.

Rondon Ridge is a 40-minute drive from the town of Mount Hagen and just under an hour from the airport. Guests are accommodated in twenty-two tastefully appointed rooms with warmed king beds for those fresh highlands nights, with modern en-suite bathrooms. Rondon Ridge has 24-hour, eco-friendly electricity, provided by its own hydroelectric power plant that generates clean, natural energy from a nearby mountain stream.

Starting Accommodation: Rondon Ridge (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Touring at Mount Hagen
A comprehensive touring program takes you on a journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa People. First contact with the Melpa was made in the mid-1930s when the Leahy brothers were prospecting for gold. The Melpa are said by anthropologists, to be 'predisposed to capitalism' because of their complex traditional society in which 'big men' earn status by accruing wealth and then giving it all away in a ceremonial exchange called "Moka".

Starting Accommodation: Rondon Ridge (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Mount Hagen to Lake Murray
Nestled among the trees on an island spit, Lake Murray Lodge, overlooking beautiful Lake Murray. The lodge has found its home in this very remote area and on the largest lake in Papua New Guinea. Lake Murray is the largest lake in Papua New Guinea, and during the wet season it spreads to occupy an area of about 2,000 square kilometers. This afternoon you will embark on a tour of the surrounding region.

Starting Accommodation: Lake Murray Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Lake Murray Touring
Lake Murray Lodge arranges excursions around the lake in 8-seat river boats to visit local villages, birding sites and fishing spots. Spend a full day exploring Lake Murray and the natural habitat with your guides.

Starting Accommodation: Lake Murray Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Lake Murray Touring
With a rich population of birds, fish and a unique culture, this lodge is an exceptional experience for travelers wanting to experience this remote Papua New Guinea destination in comfort. Another full day of touring will take to surrounding villages, bird watching, and exploring the region on the river.

Starting Accommodation: Lake Murray Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Lake Murray to Southern Highlands
Fly by charter aircraft to Ambua airstrip over the Central Ranges, which are some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. The country between Ambua and the Sepik region is an amazing array of jagged limestone that seem to rise and drop at impossible angles. The Tari Valley is home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people, still largely living the same way that their ancestors did. The afternoon is spent exploring the area surrounding Ambua – high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls beckon the intrepid traveler.

Starting Accommodation: Ambua Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Cultural and Ecological Tour
A full day of ecological and culturally based touring is sure to satiate those yearning for discovery. The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise, as well as numerous orchid species.

Starting Accommodation: Ambua Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Tari to USA (via Port Moresby)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Port Moresby. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle.

Transfer to international flight out.

Starting Accommodation: Ambua Lodge (B)

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Included Activities

Mount Hagen Touring
Mount Hagen Touring
Mount Hagen
Length: Full-day


Mount Hagen
Rondon Ridge
Lake Murray
Lake Murray Lodge
Southern Highlands
Ambua Lodge


Pricing for this package is on request. Please call a Swain Destinations Specialist to customize this journey.

Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Price does not include airfare unless otherwise stated. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: www.swaindestinations.com/terms