Scouting PNG’s Sepik River - From Madang To Madang - 7 Nights

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Flowing for 1,100 km from the Central Highlands through Papua New Guinea to the coast, the mighty Sepik River has nurtured tribes and cultures for millennia. With dense terrain ensuring this part of the world remains largely inaccessible by road, the river provides access to untouched villages and towns along its course. New for 2018, you can be one of the first to discover the middle Sepik region on one of just four landmark expeditions in February 2018, each of seven days duration. Positioning Coral Expeditions I at the Sepik for a short month-long window, we will take advantage of her shallow draft and manoeuvrability to travel as far as the middle Sepik, where few have ventured before. Allowing the flow of the river to determine the daily itinerary, you will visit local tribes who have had little contact with 21st century technology, pass through some of the oldest and densest rainforests in the world, and look out for local species including the famed Bird of Paradise. Reconnaissance voyages up smaller tributaries can be taken in smaller tender vessels, returning after each excursion to the comfort of Coral Expeditions I.


4 Departure dates in February 2018.

Your cruise price includes:

Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary

All meals

House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service

24 hour soft drinks, tea and barista-style coffee

Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks

Access to islands, marine and national parks

Guided tours on Explorer expedition vessel, zodiacs, glass-bottom boat and kayaks

Touring as described in each itinerary

Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions

Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities

Tipping not required on board

Your cruise price does not include:

Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels

Entry visas/travel permits

Travel Insurance (highly recommended)

Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases


Day 1


Board Coral Expeditions I at 3:00 PM for a 4:00 PM departure. Leaving Madang, settle in and explore the ship and meet fellow travellers while sailing through the Lagoon, past many coral-laced islands to Sek Harbour and then out to the Bismarck Sea. In the evening, pass the volcanic island of Manam, where you may see the crater spewing hot ash and lava.

Day 2


Leaving Coral Expeditions I by tender, follow the barak (canal) through rainforest to the Murik Lakes and the village of Mendam were you will be introduced to the Sepik people. A traditional drama may be performed by the youths, and unique carvings are available at the market. In the afternoon, visit Bien where the school will welcome you with a ‘sing sing’ and a chance to purchase billum bags and a range of handicraft before continuing by tender to Taway.

Day 3


After overnighting in Angoram, the main trading township on the Sepik, visit Kambaramba, a village built entirely on stilts over the river. Arriving at Tambanum, the largest village on the Sepik, you will have the chance to have your face painted in the traditional way – an unforgettable experience.

Day 4


An early morning departure takes you past the Catholic Mission Station and upriver through the Iatmul Region. At Kamindimbit you will witness traditional village demonstrations, a ‘sing sing’, and a chance to visit the local markets. In the evening it may be possible to see the sacred flutes played aboard as they cannot be played within earshot of the women in the village.

Day 5


Today you will be taken by tender through a beautiful canal that winds its way to the lake. Chambri Lake, with many islands and backdropped by the Hunstein Mountains, is home to vibrant birdlife and pukpuks (crocodiles). In Chambri you will visit Aibom, famous for its pottery.

Day 6


Kanganaman is home to the largest Haus Tambaran (spirit house) on the Sepik River. These buildings play an important role in the life of the Iatmul people, being used by the men to administer village and cultural affairs, including initiations. The carvings, hooks, garamut drums, and sacred flutes are a significant part of life in this region. You will see a demonstration of the garamut drums played by the elders in the village.

Day 7


As Coral Expeditions I cruises back down the river, several stops will be made at villages as time permits. Leaving the river, sail to Boisa and enjoy the crystal clear waters. Visit the village before settling in for a final evening on board as this thrilling expedition draws to a close.

Day 8


Arriving in Madang at 10:00 AM, farewell the Captain, his crew and fellow expeditioners before disembarking Coral Expeditions I. Ask us for details about extending your stay in PNG to discover more.

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