On this 9 day sea kayaking expedition will explore this area, paddling from one small island to the next. We will visit people that have rarely seen outsiders, snorkel beautiful reefs and sample delicious sea food – a real voyage of discovery.
There are few places on earth left to explore, however Papua New Guinea in many respects is an adventurers final frontier. With hundreds of islands and thousands of kilometers of coastline, PNG to this day has so many destinations ripe for exploration.
In New Ireland, I had some of the most beautiful sea kayaking I’ve ever experienced.
– L. Southerden
One such place is the Tigak area of NW New Ireland. On this 9 day sea kayaking expedition will explore this area, paddling from one small island to the next. We will visit people that have rarely seen outsiders, snorkel beautiful reefs and sample delicious sea food – a real voyage of discovery.
The islands in the Tigak are are surrounded by pristine clear water and untouched coral reefs. Inhabiting these islands are small villages that live off the sea. Some live on islands as small as football fields while others live on large islands that produce fruit and vegetables.
This expedition is considered moderate as there are no long walks and our paddling days of 4 hours are broken up by lunch and swims. Accommodation will vary from comfortable eco lodges to tents on the beach. While temperatures can be high (mid 30’s), crystal clear water and pristine coral reefs will be more than enough to keep you cool.
Sea Kayaking Papua New Guinea Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival to Port Moresby
Arrive in Port Moresby and transfer to hotel. Free time to relax.
Day 2: Fly Port Moresby – Kavieng (B,L,D)
You will be met at the airport by one of our team members and taken to the Nusa Island Retreat. This afternoon you will meet with your local Guide. We will check out our kayaks and go for a short practice paddle around Nusa Island. That night we will have our expedition briefing.
Day 3: Nusa Island Retreat – Kabotteron Island (B,L,D)
Today we start paddling we set out for our first destination, after our guide has covered the safety issues. The first destination is Kabotteron Island approximately 2 hrs from the Retreat.
On the way we will stop at Nago Island (30 minutes away). As Nago is a turtle nesting site, the chances of seeing turtles are high. We will do some snorkeling there. Lunch will be served on the water as we paddle straight to Kabotteron Island on the southern tip, we will set up camp and depending on the time of day, snorkel the reef just down from the village.
Day 4: Kabotteron – Nupe (B,L,D)
After breakfast we will start NW towards Bangatang towards Nusaum. We will stop at Nusaum for a snorkel of the excellent reef. From there we head another 30 minutes to Lemus Island. Here we will have the chance to snorkel one of the best beach reefs in the region. After some morning tea we will head off to our days final destination. We will paddle on the outer reef towards Nupe. Depending on the tide, we may be able to cross into the inner reef along the coast of Bangatang. Finally, we will reach Nupe, a small village on the southern tip of the Tsoi group of islands. This is a great place to rest under some enormous trees and
explore the rocky coast. After lunch, we can hop into the support boat and head back towards Patio Island and Nupe for a snorkel in what we consider some of the best reefs in the world. Overnight in tents overlooking the bay. Cultural Dance and sing.
Day 5: Nupe- Ungakumng (B,L,D)
Today we paddle from Nupe to Ungakumng. This will be a relatively easy day, with a gentle paddle along the coast of the Tsoi group. We will have great views of the coast of New Hanover. We will arrive in Ungakumng to a traditional greeting. In the afternoon, we may have a chance to take a traditional outrigger canoe into the channel with a local guide showing us some of the more interesting aspects of living in such a remote community. Cultural dance and singsing.
Day 6: Ungakumng – Tsoilik (B,L,D)
Today we track the west coast of the Tsoi group of islands. Just south of Mansava Village is a great snorkelling reef, which if the tide is right, we will explore. From there we will paddle to Tsoilik on the far north tip of the island with views over New Hanover and beyond. We will visit the local school and be welcomed. We will also have the chance to explore Tsoiliks lagoon and Bird Island where birds from all over the region come to nest. Overnight in Tsoilik.
Day 7: Tsoilik – Nusa Island Retreat (B,L,D)
Today we transfer back to Nusa Island Retreat. 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.
Day 8: Nusa Island Retreat – Port Moresby (B)
After breakfast we will transfer to the mainland for our flight back to Port Moresby. There we will rest and celebrate our trip again. Overnight Holiday Inn hotel.
Expedition ends, flight home (or to your next destination).
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I've paddled a few tropical places - off the coast of Panama, through the Yasawa Islands in Fiji, around Hinchinbrook Island in Queensland and in Palawan in the Philippines. But in New Ireland, I had some of the most beautiful sea kayaking I've ever experienced."