scouting expeditions on the sepik river
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DESTINATION MADANG - SEPIK MOUTH MURIK LAKES - MENDAM KAMBARAMBA - TAMBANUM KAMINDIMBIT CHAMBRI LAKES KANGANAMAN / PELAMBEI BOISA MADANG
CORAL EXPEDITIONS I > FOUR DEPARTURES FEBRUARY 2018
explore a wild & unspoiled land The Sepik is one of the world’s great river systems. Meandering 1,100 km through Papua New Guinea, this mighty river has nurtured tribes and cultures for millennia. With dense terrain making this part of the world largely inaccessible by road, the river provides access to villages and towns along its course. In response to increased demand to see more of Papua New Guinea, Coral Expeditions has planned a short series of four landmark expeditions. Positioning the Coral Expeditions I at the Sepik for a short month-long window, we will take advantage of her shallow draught and manoeuverability to travel as far as the middle Sepik, where few have ventured before. Allowing the rhythm of the river to determine our schedule, we will visit local tribes who have had little contact with modernity, pass through some of the oldest and densest rainforests in the world, and look out for local species including the famed Bird of Paradise. Learn about the Sepik people and their customs, their spiritual practice and reverence for the crocodile. Visit their Haus Tambarans and experience how they live close to, and at the mercy of, nature. A cruise through this ancient land is a voyage of discovery and amazement.
Itinerary 7 nights madang to madang Each itinerary may vary, subject to local conditions and availability DAY 1: MADANG / SEPIK MOUTH Board at 3:00pm for a 4:00pm departure. Leaving Madang, we sail through the Laggon, past many corallaced islands to Sek Harbour and then out to the Bismarck Sea. As you pass the volcanic island of Manam, you may see the crater spewing hot ash and lava. DAY 2: MURIK LAKES / MENDAM / BIEN Leaving the ship by tender, we follow the barak (canal) through rainforest to the Murik Lakes and the village of Mendam were you will be introduced to the Sepik people. A traditional drama may be performed by the youths, and unique carvings are available at the market. In the afternoon, visit Bien where the school will welcome you with a “sing sing” and a chance to purchase billum bags and a range of handicraft before continuing by tender to Taway. DAY 3: KAMBARAMBA / TAMBANUM After overnighting in Angoram, the main trading township on the river, we visit Kambaramba, a village built entirely on stilts over the river. Arriving at Tambanum, the largest village on the Sepik, you will have the chance to have your face painted in the traditional way - an unforgettable experience.
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