Islands and Culture

Relax on a remote beachfront lodge, be immersed in the rich culture of the highlands.

8 days

 

Overview

Overview

This vacation package includes:
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in Madang (4) and Rondon Ridge (3)
  • All meals
  • Culturally based excursions to the surrounding villages
  • Visit traditional homes, witness ceremonial dances and celebrations
  • Comprehensive touring program taking in traditions and customs of the Melpa People
  • All Transfers
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
  • Complimentary Springboard Vacations Travel Protection Plan

 

Itinerary

Itinerary

Located in the north east of Papua New Guinea, the Islands Region comprises Bismarck Archipelago and North Solomon Islands and is the least densely inhabited region. It also enjoys some of the world's best diving around its warm coastal waters, with striking coral reefs around the mainland coast and the islands of the Bismarck Sea.

DAY ONE - FLY PORT MORESBY TO MADANG

Set amidst palm trees and lush tropical gardens overlooking volcanic islands in the Bismark Sea is a most magical and peaceful retreat - Malolo Plantation Lodge. Malolo Plantation Lodge is a 45-minute drive North of Madang on a good sealed road.

DAY TWO, THREE & FOUR

'Malolo' directly translated from Tok Pisin means 'rest' and the very nature of the lodge, its surrounds and the local people, ensure that one can do just that - relax. A most serene place where one falls asleep to the gentle lapping of the ocean and wakes to the morning calls of tropical birds.

Above and below these tropical waters, the area is alive with an unparalleled diversity in plant, animal, bird and marine life. The entire coastline is a world of discovery for snorkelers, divers and those interested in marine ecology. Experience a traditional canoe trip over crystal clear waters to an exotic uninhabited island for snorkeling or guided nature walks. Sea kayaks and scuba diving excursions can also be arranged from Malolo.

Daily cultural tours visit nearby coastal villages where local people still live mostly off the ocean, the forests and the land, living in complete harmony with their natural surrounds. Learn how these gentle people use the forests plants and fruits for medicinal and ceremonial purposes and watch women make skirts, as they have for centuries, from local grasses, colored from the natural dyes of forest plants, berries and earthen clays. All tours at Malolo are accompanied by knowledgeable local guides and guests travel in new air-conditioned buses.

Spend a relaxing time at the Lodge and slip into “PNG time”…

DAY FIVE

Travel via Port Moresby to Mt Hagen. From Mt Hagen Airport you will be transferred to Rondon Ridge. Set 7100 feet above sea level, on the outer fringes of the Kubor Range, Rondon Ridge boasts panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley below and is the pinnacle of luxury in a remote and rural setting.

DAY SIX & SEVEN

Spend two full days exploring the Hagen Area and Wahgi Valley. The Mount Hagen area is the home of the Melpa people, a people with a strong culture, who in the face of modernity, still live largely traditional subsistence lifestyles. In the mountains surrounding the Wahgi Valley lives a stunning array of bird, orchid and plant life.

Over 180 species of birds have been recorded in the rainforests around Rondon Ridge including ten species of Bird of Paradise. The surrounding area is pristine rainforest and home to numerous orchid species. The lodge has hours of walking trails providing ample opportunity to explore the unique ecology of this area. All nature and birding walks are accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable nature guides.

DAY EIGHT

Fly Mt Hagen to Port Moresby and your international flight home.

Dates & Conditions

Dates & Conditions

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Departs Thursdays

Price is per person based on 2 adults traveling together

Land Cost includes: accommodation, all meals, transfers, tours and local guides.

Does not include international or domestic scheduled airfare, items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, entry visa, departure taxes, nor laundry services.

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Vacation package code: 20406PG01