TIGAK SEA KAYAKING

TIGAK SEA KAYAKING

9 Days $3500 ex Port Moresby

Accommodation

4 Nights Camping
2 Nights Hotel
2 Nights Eco-Resort

Transportation

Mostly by kayak.
Transfers & return flight from Port Moresby

Included Meals

7 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
6 Dinners

Trip Grade

Category 3
High Heart Rate Holiday

Charity

Remote, foreign, strange.

Like so much of Papua New Guinea’s rich and diverse culture, the lands touched by the Tigak Sea can prove both rich and confronting to the intrepid traveller.

It’s not that its people are strange, but it is a place largely unvisited by tourists, which only heightens the feeling of adventure.

Eighteenth-century whalers made use of its shores to reprovision after long voyages at sea.

In the century that followed, missionaries brought the word of their god to a local people they’d mistaken as uncivilised.

Today, you’ll find the odd surfer, or diver, taking advantage of its unspoilt beauty, as well as an occasional visitor to the growing number of eco-resorts.

That brings us to you.

Uninhabited islands, surrounded by crystal clear waters and pristine coral reefs.

A local people unspoiled by tourism, with genuine warmth and curiosity for their visitors.

That’s what awaits us as we paddle the waters of the Tigak Sea, in and around the Bismarck Archipelago.

Whilst we may be transporting ourselves with the very strength in our arms, we’re on island time, so the pace remains languid.

We’ll get there, however long it takes, right when we planned to!

“In New Ireland, I had some of the most beautiful sea kayaking I’ve ever experienced.”

L. Southerden, Guest & Paddler

Tigak Kayak Green water

The Journey

Arrive Port Moresby and transfer to hotel. 
Pre-expedition briefing by your guide. Get to know your fellow adventurers!

After being met at the airport by one of our team members, we’ll be taken to the Nusa Island Eco Retreat.

In the afternoon we’ll meet with our local guide, before a kayak inspection and a short practice paddle around Nusa Island. 

This evening we’ll have an expedition briefing, before overnighting in the resort. (B,L,D)

(15kms) Today we’ll start with breakfast and a safety briefing, before we commence paddling.

Our first destination, Kabotteron Island, lies approximately 15kms distant and is a great stretch to get into the swing of things.

On route, we’ll visit Nago Island, after a short half hour paddle. Nago is a turtle nesting habitat, so the chance of seeing turtles while snorkelling is very good. We’ll have time to do so, before we head for Enuk Island.

Lunch will be served on the water as we paddle straight to Kabotteron Island on the southern tip and we will set up camp and depending on the time of day, snorkel the reef just down from the village. (B,L,D)

(13.5kms) After breakfast, we will paddle North-West towards the Bangatang shipwreck and  on to the island of Nusaum. We’ll break here, allowing time for a snorkel of its pristine reef.

After a morning tea, we will paddle over the outer reef towards Nupe. Depending on the tides, we may be able to cross into the inner reef, and shadow the coast of Bangatang.

After lunch, we’ll board our support boat and head towards Patio Island and Nupe for a snorkel in what we consider some of the best coral reefs in the world.

Nupe is a small village at the southern tip of the Tsoi islands, and is a great place to rest under some of its enormous trees or explore the rocky shores.

We’ll overnight in tents overlooking the bay after a cultural performance and singsing with the locals. (B,L,D)

(15 kms) A long day with a gentle lies ahead, as we paddle to Ungakumng. Hugging the shores of the Tsoi islands, we’re gifted gorgeous views of the coast of New Hanover.

Arriving in Ungakumng, we’re treated to a traditional local greeting.

In the afternoon, we may have a chance to take an outrigger canoe into the channel, with a local guide explaining some of the more interesting aspects of life in a remote island community.

On the odd occasion we’ll get lucky, and bear witness to local a canoe championships, or a cultural dance and singsing.  (B,L,D)

(10 kms) Today we track the west coast of the Tsoi islands.

Just south of Mansava Village is a great snorkelling reef, which, tides permitting, we’ll take some time to explore.

From there we will paddle to Tsoilik on the northern tip of the island with, more views of New Hanover and beyond.

We’ll be welcomed at the local school, and will also have the chance to explore the nearby lagoon and Bird Island, where birds from all over the region come to nest.

We’ll overnight in Tsoilik.  (B,L,D)

Today we transfer back to Nusa Island Retreat by fast boat, about one and a half hour journey, which covers the entire distance we’ve just paddled.

If we leave early enough we will be back there by lunch.

For those who wish to surf, there should be time in the afternoon, or you can relax and take in the tranquil views of Kavieng.

Congratulations on completing your 55km paddle. (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will transfer to the main island for our flight back to Port Moresby, where we can relax and celebrate the completion of our journey. (B)

Our adventure is over! Fly home or journey onward.

Includes

  • Kayaks, with all safety gear including lifevest, paddle, decks 
  • All accommodation,  including 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Port Moresby and 2 nights at Nusa Island Retreat
  • All domestic flights within PNG (as per itinerary)
  • Professional guide throughout expedition
  • National park fees
  • Local tours
  • Airport transfers
  • Ranger and local guide fees
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary (Breakfast – B, Lunch – L and Dinner – D)
  • Cultural displays

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips for General Guides
  • Any meals not listed as included

Journey Extensions

Check out our Journey Extensions for those that want to stay a little longer or try something different along the way.

A shirt 10 minutes drive from our hotel, the Port Moresby Nature Park is a colourful addition to an PNG getaway. This half day tour showcases PNG’s fascinating wildlife, allowing you to get up close to the Tree Kangaroo, Cassowary, Crocodile, Bird of Paradise and a plethora of parrots and reptiles.

The park’s facilities are world class (including a great little coffee shop so you can buy water and food there if needed) with great enclosures and information signage, and you’ll be fully guided by a park expert throughout.

If you’ve a few spare hours before or after your trip, we highly recommend this tour (the park opens at 8am so you can get there early and do a tour before your flight home).

Per person is $60 

Includes: Transfers to and from park and an expert guided tour of the park.

 

Rabaul is an hour and a half flight away from Port Moresby and is a great town to explore and lots of activities.

You can go snorkelling, cruising, visit the Duke of York Islands or climb a volcano.

There are also bustling markets and great bird watching. A great additional trip for someone who wants to see other areas of Papua New Guinea, but wants to do more than just rest and relaxation.

Price per person is $600.

 

Nusa Island Retreat in Kavieng, on the island of New Ireland, is only an hours flight from Port Moresby, but feels a world away, with crystal clear waters, incredible scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and surfing. 

After finishing a Kokoda trek, Nusa Island Retreat is the perfect place to recover, and to see a whole new side of PNG.

We can help you with your domestic flights to Kavieng.

Premium Room
Single Room: $330 per person/per night
Double/Twin: $240 per person/per night

Includes all meals and airport transfers

Tufi Resort is an hours flight from Port Moresby and is situated in the world’s largest tropical loch system where palm trees flow all the way down to the water’s edge.

Tufi is a boutique resort, built to overlook the stunning landscape by which it is surrounded.

With access to some of the best SCUBA and snorkelling in PNG, waterfalls, local villages and secluded beaches, Tufi offers excellent accommodation and food for those that want to get away from it all.

After finishing a Kokoda trek or for those want to relax, dive or fish Tufi is a perfect oasis.

Tufi is serviced by flights every second day from Port Moresby. 

Check out their website at www.tufidive.com

Accommodation

Deluxe Bungalows (1 queen and 1 single) Sea facing balconies

Single $330
Double $250
Child $140

Deluxe Rooms (Balcony facing resort)

Single $295
Double $210

Standard Rooms (no balcony or sea views)

Single $235
Double $160

Includes all meals, accommodation, return airport, tea, coffee and GST.

Diving

Outer Reef

2 tank outer reef dive $200
3 tank outer reef dive $250
6 tank outer reef dive $460

House Reef Wharf Diving

1 tank wharf dive FOC
2 tank wharf dive $100
3 tank wharf dive $120

Night Wharf Dive

1 night wharf dive $110

Speciality Wreck Dive

Black Jack B17 Bomber $3000 minimum 6 pax Nov-April only

PISTOFF B25 Mitchell Bomber $1800

Includes tanks, air, weight belts, fresh fruit, cold drinks, tea, coffee, cookies, hot showers, towels and GST per person per day.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling on outer reef (per person on Dive Boat) $95

Fishing

Masalai (Shark Cat) 4 hour trip $650 seats 1-6 people. All staff and equipment provided.

Talio Mono Hull 4 hour trip $450 seats 1-4 people. All staff and equipment provided.

Cultural Tours

There are plenty of other Experiences you can take part in at Tufi resort from Full Day Tours, Bird Watching and Lookouts. Chat to the No Roads team if you would like ideas for day tours from Tufi Resort

Less than one hour from Port Moresby is the paradise that is Loloata Island Resort. This beautiful and intimate island is just off the coast of Port Moresby and is home to some of the best island reefs in the world. 

If you have friends or family who would like to meet you in PNG after your trek, this is the perfect holiday destination for them.

There are dozens of sunken ships and even an aircraft to explore for SCUBA divers. For snorkelers, there are the reefs of Lion Island.

Each room and suite has a guaranteed ocean view.

Take advantage of the spa facilities onsite, where you can book in your next massage or any other pamper treatment.

For those that don’t want to travel too far away but just far enough to relax after their expedition, Loloata is a perfect place to spend a few days. 

Your Guides and Safety

An excellent guide can make the difference between a trip of a lifetime and just an ordinary trip. Our handpicked professionals come from a range of backgrounds. Each has extensive outdoor and paddling experience and a passion for the beautiful place that is Papua New Guinea.

The guide will ensure that your trip is truly inspiring, a huge amount of fun, and safe. All guides are trained in Safety First Aid and are connected to our Port Moresby and Melbourne offices by satellite phone.

Accommodation

We’ll make you as comfortable as we can, but outside of Port Moresby and Kavieng, there’s no escaping the fact, that we’re inhabiting remote islands.

Whilst there are a lot of tents involved, the trade-off is you get to stunning sea views and the sound of water gently lapping against the shore.

“A wonderful adventure supported by some of the friendliest and most considerate guides I have ever met!

This was an unspoilt corner of the world!”

S. Zethraeus, Guest & Paddler

“Next day we paddled across water in more shades of blue than Eskimos have words for snow to Enuk, five miles to the south.

Under a palm-frond shelter the village women presented a lunch of parrotfish, fried plantains and rice.”

Food in PNG

Food in Papua New Guinea.

Its reputation isn’t great.

Fortunately, here amongst the Bismarck Archipelago, we’re surrounded by the sea, and as such are spoiled with the bounty it provides.

Freshly caught and prepared seafood, coconuts plucked directly from the palm.

Here, the food is pretty much as good as it gets anywhere in the country!

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