In response to an increased demand from consumers to see more of Papua New Guinea, Coral Expeditions has planned a series of four landmark expeditions for February 2018.

Combining ocean and river cruising, each seven-day Sepik River Scouting Expedition will delve deeper into the heart of Papua New Guinea following the course of the river further into its interior. With dense terrain making this part of the world largely inaccessible by road, the river passes through some of the oldest rainforests in the world, encountering local tribes and exotic wildlife.

The operator has been exploring the Lower Sepik River for several years and has collaborated with local experts – some of whom have many decades of experience and relationships with these remote communities – to create an itinerary that explores the rarely visited sites of the Middle Sepik on expedition vessel, Coral Expeditions I.

Highlights of the itinerary include: experiencing a ‘sing sing’ demonstration at the very remote Kamindimbit village; viewing the vibrant wildlife at Chambri Lakes; a traditional face painting at Tambanum; exploring the rich artistry of the region, from the pottery at Aibom to the carvings at Mendam; and visiting the village of Kambaramaba which hovers over the river on stilts.

In true expeditionary style, the voyage offers guests a flexible itinerary as the captain sets his watch to local time and follows the rhythm of the river. This allows for an element of discovery, as guests will be advised the day prior where their next journey lies, and prices start from $4,990 per person.

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