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Papua New Guinea: Undiscovered Exploration

Program Number: 3228RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/16/2014 - 10/31/2014; 3/24/2016 - 4/8/2016; 10/13/2016 - 10/28/2016;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: Papua New Guinea
Price starting at: $11,895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 36; 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners    

Papua New Guinea is known for its share of discoveries. As one of the few locations on Earth that is still largely unexplored, it is not unusual for scientists to find never-before-seen plant and animal species within its realm. It is also estimated that more than 1,000 cultural groups call Papua New Guinea home. Explore this beautiful, remote land to unearth the history of its native peoples, and join local experts as they provide keen insight into its ecology and natural wonders.


• Board a “floating lodge” on the Sepik River and travel by jetboat to discover the region’s rich natural history and riverside villages.
• Journey by outrigger canoe to Tadwai Island for opportunities to explore its natural beauty and snorkel in the lagoon’s crystal-clear waters.
• Seek the 10 species of Birds of Paradise and other species on optional birding walks.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day over uneven terrain, some hills; elevations up to 10,000 feet.

The length of program and itinerary may vary due to flight schedules. Study field trips/excursions dependent on local conditions and river level.

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Itinerary Summary

Flight to Papua New Guinea, 1 night; arrival Port Moresby, flight to Madang, 3 nights; flight to Mount Hagen, 2 nights; flight to Timbunke,Sepik River, 3 nights; flight to Tari, 3 nights; flight to Port Moresby, 1 night; flight to Brisbane, 1 night, flight to U.S., 1 night.

Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.

Day 1-2
Flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Cross International Dateline
1 night

Days 3-5
Arrival Brisbane (Australia)
Flight to Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
Flight to Madang
3 nights

The colorful history of Madang and Northern Papua New Guinea comes to life as you hear from local experts who share their knowledge on traditional medicine, education and agriculture. Enjoy a field trip to Hululan Plantation — known for its cocoa and dried coconut factory — and delight in a traditional welcome sing sing at Rempi Village. Journey to Tadwai Island via outrigger canoe and — weather permitting — welcome opportunities to join in a nature walk or snorkel in the crystal waters of the sheltered lagoon. Learn about herbal medicine during a demonstration at Sokaka Village and see how canoes are built in Sugar Village.

Days 6-7
Flight to Mount Hagen
2 nights

At a nearby village, taste local foods as they are prepared according to age-old tradition. Seek native species during a morning of birding, and learn about the daily life and culture of the Melpa people as you enjoy an afternoon in their village.

Days 8-10
Flight to Timbunke
Boat to Sepik River
3 nights

Thrill in the setting of a “floating lodge” as you explore the Sepki River's Blackwater and Upper Middle regions, along with the Chambri Lakes. Ride jet boats to explore villages including Kaminimbit, Palembie, Wombon and more, and embrace opportunities to observe traditional ceremonies, the region's rich artistic tradition and aspects of daily life.

Day 11-15
Flight to Tari
3 nights
Flight to Port Moresby
1 night
Flight to Brisbane
1 night

In Tari, meet native Huli men and learn about rites of passage, the making of traditional human hair wigs and other ceremonies at the Huli Wiegman School. Search for the ten species of Birds of Paradise in the area during birding excursions, and witness a wedding ceremony demonstration during a field trip to Lumu Village.
Spend a day in Port Moresby and learn about its history during field trips to the Parliament House, the Botanical Gardens and Bomana Ware Cemetery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore Brisbane on your own.

Madang: Seaside lodge on former coconut plantation. Mount Hagen: Luxury lodge with views of Wahgi Valley. Sepik River: MV Sepik Spirit, a “floating lodge” vessel. Tari: Lodge with views of the Tari Valley. Port Moresby: Boutique airport hotel. Brisbane: Four-star hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Malolo Plantation Lodge
  Madang, Papua New Guinea 3 nights
   Rondon Ridge
  Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea 2 nights
   Sepik Spirit
  Sepik River, Papua New Guinea 3 nights
   Ambua Lodge
  Tari, Papua New Guinea 3 nights
   Airways Hotel
  Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 1 night
   Mercure Hotel Brisbane
  Brisbane, Australia 1 night
 Malolo Plantation Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Malolo Plantation Lodge boasts a picturesque seaside setting which looks out over the Bismark Sea with the active volcano of KarKar on the horizon. The lodge is the size that allows personalised service and the small touches that really count. Just under one hour's drive north of Madang, this redeveloped former coconut plantation boasts a relaxed South Pacific style with its extensive lawns and gardens reaching down to the waterfront.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 413
Madang,   Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 852 1662
  Room amenities: All rooms are air conditioned with private facilities within a grand colonial style plantation house.
  Facility amenities: Malolo Plantation Lodge has fourteen air-conditioned rooms, tennis court, dive facilities, restaurant, bar and lounge, freshwater swimming pool and beautiful extensive lawns and gardens.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Rondon Ridge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Situated at 7100 feet above sea level and sporting magnificent views of the incredible Wahgi Valley, it is the pinnacle of luxury in a rural setting. Only 30 minutes drive from the major centre of Mount Hagen, it offers convenience for guests, while still offering the unique and unforgettable ecological and cultural experiences.Rondon Ridge is also on the edge of an untouched karst region, with ten species of Bird of Paradise and an unspoiled environment; there is ample opportunity for those wishing to get up close and personal with the unique ecology of this area.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 371
Mount Hagen,   Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 542 1438
  Room amenities: Rondon Ridge has twelve tastefully furnished rooms with modern bathrooms, warmed beds and quilts for those chilly highlands nights.
  Facility amenities: Power is supplied by its own hydro system, providing uninterrupted clean electricity. Business and conference visitors will have access to a fully functioning conference room equipped with digital project for presentations.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Sepik Spirit
Type: Other
  Description: The Sepik Spirit is a deluxe "floating Lodge". This live-aboard vessel was built in 1989 along the lines of the traditional and sacred spirit house. Originally commissioned as a vessel for cruising the Sepik and Karawari Rivers, the Sepik Spirit is now permanently moored at a strategic site on the Sepik River. In its new role as a "floating lodge" fixed in the middle Sepik, the Sepik Spirit offers greater booking flexibility, enhanced programs and even more comfort. Returning travelers will note the updated decor. As for the Sepik Spirit's renowned hospitality, some new flourishes have been added. From their base on the Sepik Spirit, guests explore the Sepik River and the connecting tributaries and lakes on eighteen seat jet-boats. These boats have shallow drafts and the ability to maneuver where large vessels cannot go
  Contact info: P.O. Box 371
Kaminimbit I,   Papua New Guinea
phone: + 675 542 1438
  Room amenities: The 9 deluxe and spacious twin bedrooms each have a private bathroom.
  Facility amenities: Facilities aboard also include a dining room, lounge, bar, video and covered upper observatory deck. The entire vessel is air conditioned.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Ambua Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Located at 7000 feet in the Tari Gap area borders on pristine mid montane rainforest at the beginning of the valley grasslands. This location promises the visitor eternal spring weather and magnificent views of the Tari Valley. The forest canopy, a dense mass of interlocking tree tops of all shades of green and the occasional bright splash of color, provides a natural setting and an exhilarating climate for venturing along the nature trails - cross traditional vine bridges, discover a secluded waterfall, and spot high altitude orchids and rhododendrons.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 371
Tari,   Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 542 1438
  Room amenities: Guests are accommodated in thirty individual units set in a sea of flowers, each unit featuring 180 degree picture windows, modern bathroom, and electric blankets and continental quilts for the cool highland evenings.
  Facility amenities: The Lodge features Highlands architecture with a main building housing the lounge, bar, dining room, and a cozy center fireplace. Separate are the video room, heated spa, and sauna. Ambua generates electricity from its own mini hydro electric power plant.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Airways Hotel
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: In close proximity to Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby, the Airways Hotel is Australasia's leading airport hotel and one of the most unique airport hotels in the world. With stunning views from crystal clear waters of Bootless Bay to the majestic mountains of the Owen Stanley Ranges, this treasure is nestled into the mountainside and even has its own botanical gardens.
  Contact info: Jacksons Parade
Port Moresby,  121 Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 324 5200
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Mercure Hotel Brisbane
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Nestled along the Brisbane River, in the heart of the city, Mercure Brisbane completed a multi-million dollar room renovation. The quintessential ‘River City’ hotel boasts some of the most spectacular views Brisbane has to offer. The hotel's refurbished interiors reflect the Brisbane area’s local character through the use of vibrant colors and emblazoned black and white imagery of the river on the bed heads. The hotel is just steps from the Queen Street Mall - Brisbane’s best shopping, the central business district, Treasury Casino and Queensland Performing Arts Centre. A stones throw away from the renowned cultural precinct of South Bank Parklands, home to the Queensland Art Gallery, internationally acclaimed Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and 16 hectares of cafes, restaurants, cycle paths, gardens and weekend markets.
  Contact info: 85-87 North Quay
Brisbane, QL,  4000 Australia
phone: +61732372300
  Room amenities: •Individually controlled air conditioning •Remote controlled television •Television internet access •High speed wired/wireless internet access •Pay to view latest release movies •Tea and coffee making facilities •Mini bar •Clock radio •Direct dial local, STD and ISD telephone •Shower over bath •Shaver outlets and razor adaptors •Hairdryer •Iron and ironing board •Security electronic key card system •Additional modem point
  Facility amenities: •4 hour reception •Quays Restaurant and Bar •Business center •Outdoor swimming pool and sauna •Meeting and conference facilities •High speed wired/wireless internet access •Laundry and dry cleaning services (charges apply) •100% Non-smoking hotel from January 1st 2011 •Porter service •Luggage storage •Concierge •24 hour in-room dining •Safety deposit boxes •Currency exchange
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Group flight departs LAX in the PM, arrives Brisbane, Australia on Day 3, connect to flight to Port Moresby and take short flight to Madang. Orientation before dinner at approximately 7:30 pm. You will be staying at Malolo Plantation Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Group flight from Brisbane arrives at LAX in the early morning on Day 17 (after crossing International Dateline & regaining 'lost' day). You will be staying at Mercure Hotel Brisbane the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. The Assumption of Risk Agreement & Liability Release signed waiver is required for program participation. This waiver is included in the preparatory material participants will receive after enrolling in the program and must be returned prior to the program's commencement to Pacific Islands Institute.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Madang
  Nearest city or town:  Madang
  Nearest highway: North Coast Highway
  Nearest airport:  Madang Airport (MAG)
  Transportation to site: Program Only participants need to make their own way to Brisbane, Australia. The flight to Papua New Guinea from Brisbane and return to Brisbane from Papua New Guinea in included in the program price. Group transport is provided from airport to hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Brisbane
  Nearest airport:  Brisbane Airport
  Transportation from site: The group departs together PNG to Brisbane on to Los Angeles. POP Participants make own arrangements from Brisbane, Australia. Transportation is provided from departure hotel to airport.
Elevation Note: 7,000 - 9,000 feet at some sites; up to 10,000 feet in small aircraft between sites.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: International Flight from Los Angeles to Papua New Guinea
(Thursday, October 16)
 Depart From: Depart Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) late night

Day 2: Cross International Date line
(Friday, October 17)
 In Transit Overnight: In flight to Australia for transfer to Papua New Guinea

Day 3: Arrive Madang, Papua New Guinea
(Saturday, October 18)
 Arrive To: Arrive Brisbane connect to flight to Port Moresby and take short flight to Madang, PNG.
 Afternoon: From Port Moresby, take a short flight and arrive in Madang, Papua, New Guinea. Transfer to and check-in upon arrival at lodge. After check-in, there will be a brief Orientation and familiarization with the Lodge and activities.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner- Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room
 Evening: Free Evening to rest and relax from the long journey.
Accommodations: Malolo Plantation Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: Hululan Plantation & Guided Nature Walk/Snorkeling
(Sunday, October 19)
 Breakfast: Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room
 Morning: Field Trip to Hululan Plantation where we'll visit a local cocoa and copra (dried coconut) factory.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch.
 Afternoon: Field Trip From Hululan Plantation, we take a leisurely stroll along the lagoon to Rempi Village for a traditional welcome sing sing, and an outrigger canoe ride across the small lagoon to Tadwai Island. We take a guided nature walk around this advanced coral cay, then to finish off the day, snorkeling in the sheltered lagoon-weather permitting. Return to the Lodge for Social Hour and participate in a Madang Question & Answer Session.
 Dinner: Malolo Plantation Dining Room Lodge
 Evening: Briefing on Next Day's Activities.
Accommodations: Malolo Plantation Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: North Coast Villages
(Monday, October 20)
 Breakfast: Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room
 Morning: Morning field trip along the North Coast Road to Sokaka Village, a beautiful place located a few miles inland, where you will meet people that live in traditional fashion and learn about how plants and trees are used for making herbal medicine for the village. From here we proceed to Sugar Village – a very large and traditional village right on the coastline beach, where we'll observe a demonstration of traditional canoe making techniques.
 Lunch: Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to rest, relax and prepare for tomorrow's early morning departure. Social Hour before dinner.
 Dinner: Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room
 Evening: Briefing on Next Day's Activities. Settle personal room charges at Lodge and prepare for early morning departure
Accommodations: Malolo Plantation Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fly to Mount Hagen/Paiagona Village/Introduction to the Highlands Region/ "First Contact"
(Tuesday, October 21)
 Breakfast: Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room
 Morning: Early morning hotel Check-out and departure to airport. Fly to Port Moresby and catch a connecting flight to Mount Hagen. Arrive in Mount Hagen and proceed to a village study program which includes a traditional mumu where local foods cooked traditionally can be tasted. Depart for an hour scenic drive to Rondon Ridge Lodge.
 Lunch: Late lunch at Rondon Ridge
 Afternoon: Attend an Orientation and Introduction to the highlands region before viewing an educational video - "First Contact". A briefing on the Next Day's Activities will be conducted before Social Hour.
 Dinner: Rondon Ridge Dining Room
Accommodations: Rondon Ridge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Birding/The Melpa People/ "Joe Leahy's Neighbors"/Village Visit/"Ongka's Big Moka"
(Wednesday, October 22)
 Breakfast: Rondon Ridge Dining Room
 Morning: Pre-breakfast Optional Activity - Wake-up early and do some Birding in the nearby forest before returning to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast attend a class on The Melpa People and view the video "Joe Leahy's Neighbors" - a follow-up to "First Contact".
 Lunch: Rondon Ridge Dining Room
 Afternoon: Take a Field Trip to a local village and learn more about the daily life and culture of the Melpa people. Return to the lodge and watch the educational video "Ongka's Big Moka" - a glimpse into the traditional way of life in Kawelka a New Guinea village, and the "Moka" ceremony of Ongka, the village leader. Briefing on the Next Day's Activities followed by Social Hour.
 Dinner: Rondon Ridge Dining Room
Accommodations: Rondon Ridge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Flight to Timbunke/ Arrive at Sepik River/Village Visit/Introduction to the Sepik River Region
(Thursday, October 23)

Note: NOTE: Villages visited will depend upon river levels. There will be a combination of villages in the Black Water Lakes and the Iatmul people of the Sepik River.

 Breakfast: Rondon Ridge Dining Room
 Morning: Pack, settle bills, relax before check-out of Rondon Ridge. Charter flight to Timbunke. Transfer by riverboat to the floating lodge, Sepik Spirit, based at Kaminimbit I. Inspired by the architecture of the "haus tambaran" or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. The transfer takes 2 hours, with a slow cruise on jet boats. Relax and enjoy the scenery on the main Sepik river.
 Lunch: Aboard the Sepik Spirit
 Afternoon: Field Trip to Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II and Kororua in the middle Sepik. - Note all jet boat cruises will to the different areas will take approximately 2 and a half hours one way, depending on traffic. If the river traffic is not too busy, it will take less time. There will be a discussion on the day’s experiences, a briefing on the next day’s activities, and a talk on various aspects of the culture, art and village life
 Dinner: Aboard the Sepik Spirit.
 Evening: Optional educational documentary video
Accommodations: Sepik Spirit
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Village Visits
(Friday, October 24)

Note: NOTE: Villages visited will depend upon river levels. There will be a combination of villages in the Black Water Lakes and the Iatmul people of the Sepik River.

 Breakfast: Aboard the Sepik Spirit.
 Morning: Field Trip: Village visits to study the cultures, art forms, traditions and daily life. (Itinerary as the river levels permits during cruise). The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world - in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. Part of the mystery and attraction of the Sepik people is their amazing carvings, now famous the world over. After breakfast, begin your voyage of discovery into the mystical world of the Sepik with a slow jet boat cruise to the Upper Middle Sepik. Visit Palembie, Yentchen and Kangaman
 Lunch: Aboard the Sepik Spirit or a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Village visits continue before returning to the Sepik Spirit for a class and a Briefing on the Next Day's Activities.
 Dinner: Aboard the Sepik Spirit.
 Evening: Optional educational documentary video
Accommodations: Sepik Spirit
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Village Visits
(Saturday, October 25)

Note: NOTE: Villages visited will depend upon river levels. There will be a combination of villages in the Black Water Lakes and the Iatmul people of the Sepik River.

 Breakfast: Aboard the Sepik Spirit.
 Morning: Continue Field Trip visits to accessible villages to see their Sing-sings, cultures and art. (Itinerary as the river levels permits during cruise) Continue your journey of exploration to the Chambri Lakes. In this region are rarely visited villages where the spirit world and the people’s everyday life merge in a fascinating mixture of ceremonies, carving and haus tambarans. Visit Aibom, Wombon and Krimbit villages in the area.
 Lunch: Aboard the Sepik Spirit or picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Field Trip continues before returning to the Sepik Spirit. Attend a class before a Briefing on Next Day's Activities.
 Dinner: Aboard the Sepik Spirit.
 Evening: Optional educational documentary video
Accommodations: Sepik Spirit
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Chartered Flight to Tari/Huli Wigmen/ Sun Worshippers/Orientation/ Social Hour/"Attenborough in Paradise"
(Sunday, October 26)
 Breakfast: Aboard the Sepik Spirit
 Morning: Early morning Check-out and departure to the airport for flight to Tari. Arrive in Tari and head to Akau. Meet the Huli men and visit the Huli Wigman School. Learn about their initiation rites, wig growing and other aspects of their colorful culture. Then visit the Sun Worshippers to learn about their history and witness their ceremonies.
 Lunch: Late lunch.
 Afternoon: Check into Ambua Lodge. Orientation and a Briefing on Next Day's Activities followed by Social Hour .
 Dinner: Ambua Lodge Dining Room
 Evening: Optional Educational Video - "Attenborough in Paradise"
Accommodations: Ambua Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Birding/Huli Village/The Huli / "The Mendi"
(Monday, October 27)
 Breakfast: Ambua Lodge Dining Room
 Morning: Pre-breakfast Optional Activity - Wake-up early and take a short bus trip to do some Birding and search for the elusive Bird of Paradise before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Field Trip after breakfast to the village of Aluakambe where you will be welcomed by a Sing-sing, observe a face painting demonstration, and visit the Village of the Spirit Dancers.
 Lunch: Ambua Lodge Dining Room
 Afternoon: After lunch, attend class: "The Huli - Customs, Weapons, and Warfare", including a demonstration of the firing of a traditional bow and arrow. Briefing on Next Day's Activities followed by Social Hour before dinner.
 Dinner: Ambua Lodge Dining Room
 Evening: Educational video viewing this evening of "The Mendi" - A study of the Mendhi tribe of Papua New Guinea. .
Accommodations: Ambua Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Birding/Tomalia Village/"Bower Birds"
(Tuesday, October 28)
 Breakfast: Ambua Lodge Dining Room
 Morning: Pre-breakfast Optional Activity - Wake-up early and take a short bus trip to do some Birding before returning to the lodge for breakfast. An All-Day Field Trip will take you to Tomalia Village where traditional cultural dances, ceremonies, and rituals will be performed by village men and boys.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch.
 Afternoon: Tomalia Village Field Trip continues before returning to the Lodge. Free time followed by Social Hour and Departure Briefing.
 Dinner: Ambua Lodge Dining Room
Accommodations: Ambua Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Fly to Port Moresby/Overview of Port Moresby
(Wednesday, October 29)
 Breakfast: Ambua Lodge Dining Room
 Morning: Check-out of Lodge and depart to airport for flight to Port Moresby. Arrive Port Moresby. Half Day Field trip of Port Moresby and Surrounds. Includes the Parliament House and its grounds, Botanical Gardens, and the Bomana Ware Cemetery.
 Lunch: At a Port Moresby restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to hotel and Check-in. Free Afternoon to relax and rest
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner- Bacchus Restaurant, Airways Hotel
 Evening: Free time to relax, rest, and prepare for next morning early departure.
Accommodations: Airways Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Fly to Brisbane/Overnight Brisbane/Free time
(Thursday, October 30)
 Breakfast: Bacchus Restaurant- Airways Hotel
 Morning: Check-out of hotel and depart for airport. Fly to Brisbane, Australia. Arrive late morning, transfer to hotel and check in.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore beautiful Brisbane on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own.
Accommodations: Mercure Hotel Brisbane
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16: Fly Brisbane to Los Angeles
(Friday, October 31)
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Check out of hotel and transfer to airport.
 In Transit Overnight: Fly Brisbane to Los Angeles. Cross International date line. You will arrive in Los Angeles on the day you departed.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Brisbane Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the first and largest koala sanctuary in the world. Set in attractive natural settings located on the Brisbane river, over 130 koalas live here, alongside kangaroos, dingoes, wombats and many other Australian natives. You can cuddle a koala any time through out the day and have your photo taken. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was established in 1927 with just two koalas and is now home to over 130 koalas. The sanctuary is home to a large variety of Australian wildlife with shows and activities presented daily. Hand feed 130 kangaroos and wallabies in the 2-acre reserve, handfeed wild Rainbow lorikeets twice a day all in a natural setting on the Brisbane River. If your feeling brave you can have your photo taken holding a snake or baby crocodile! Afterwards watch the amazing birds of prey fly high and swoop low in the free flight shows and then have your photo taken with an owl or wedge tailed eagle after the show. For additional information, visit
  Queensland Museum
Queensland Museum is a museum of natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement that tells the changing story of Queensland. The Museum houses permanent and changing exhibitions and also provides in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. We aim to connect visitors to Queensland, its people and Queensland’s place in the world - past, present and future, through exhibitions, displays and public programs. For additional information, visit
  Port Moresby Port Moresby Nature Park
Port Moresby Nature Park (formally the National Capital Botanical Gardens) is PNG's only combined botanical and zoological parks and gardens dedicated to the promotion of PNG's flora and fauna. A number of major upgrades occurred over the last 16months and will continue to occur over the next few years. The park is home to many native animals including bird of paradise, tree-kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, crocodiles, hornbills and multiple parrot species. The grounds offer a lush change from the hustle and bustle of Port Moresby City and is home to the only tract of rainforest within the Capital City District and the only place in the world to showcase all three-species of cassowaries in a world-class boardwalk and display facility.Thousands of tropical plant species including palms, gingers and heliconias and native timber tree species are found within the grounds which also include three main picnic areas available for hire. Bookings essential, particularly on weekends as often facilities are fully booked. The Park is home to over 11,000 orchids, many of which are native to PNG. For additional information, visit
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Suggested Reading List

Papua New Guinea People, Politics and History Since 1975

Author: Dorny, Sean

Description: From back cover - Papua New Guinea is a country careering away from its past. Its tribal heritage is ever-present, but the demands of the 20th century grow more insistent - men whose fathers can remember the arrival of the white man are now helicopter pilots. Sean Dorney, long-serving correspondent, has written a fascinating and authoritative portrait beginning with a brief overview of its history.

Birds of New Guinea

Author: Beehler, Bruce M., Pratt & Zimmerman

Description: This book is the first definitive ornithological field guide to New Guinea, the world's second largest island and one of the richest tropical environments in the Old World. Because of its isolation, New Guinea's biota includes spectacular radiations of unusual plants and animals (of which the birds of paradise are perhaps best known). The region has long attracted naturalists, ecologists, and anthropologists. This book treats all of the more than 700 species of birds recorded from the region, illustrating more than 600 of them in forty-seven fine color plates and eight black-and-white halftone plates. The text contains species accounts treating identification, distribution, ecology, vocalizations, and behavior. This is preceded by a detailed introduction to the region, with sections on climate, biogeography, rainforest ecology, and conservation. A chief contribution of the book is the wealth of information on the habits of many of the region's little-known species. Included is an ornithological gazetteer, along with four maps showing natural features and important ornithological localities

Growing Up in New Guinea

Author: Mead, Margaret

Description: Following the sensational success of her first book, Coming of Age in Samoa, Margaret Mead continued her brilliant work in Growing Up in New Guinea, detailing her study of the Manus, a New Guinea people still untouched by the outside world when she visited them in 1928. She lived in their noisy fishing village at a pivotal time -- after warfare had vanished but before missions and global commerce had begun to change their lives. She developed fascinating insights into their family lives, exploring their attitudes toward sex, marriage, the rearing of children, and the supernatural, which led her to see intriguing parallels with modern Western society. Reissued for the centennial of her birth and featuring introductions by Howard Gardner and Mead's daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson, this book offers important anthropological insights into human societies and vividly captures a vanished way of life.

Papuan Wonderland

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Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands

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Oceania: The Native Cultures of Australia and the Pacific Islands. (2 volumes).

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Oceanic Art

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As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:

Plus these special experiences...

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And included with all Road Scholar programs:

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