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Eco Adventures with Tiki Turtle - Located in Kavieng !

A Tiki Turtle Eco Adventure is a unique experience in the pristine P.N.G wilderness. Personalised small group tours on the live aboard "Tiki Turtle, a 38', 6 berth catamaran can be as individual as you are, sail, mountain bike, windsurf, hike, camp, snorkel, fish or just relax. Scuba diving, surfing expeditions and sea kayaking can also be arranged. Meet the local people in their villages, try traditional foods, feast on exotic organic fruits and vegetables and then there is the seafood !.

If the idea of cruising turquoise lagoons, exploring deserted islands or snorkelling amongst beautiful hard and soft corals surrounded by stunning tropical fish appeals to you, then a Tiki Turtle Adventure can provide this, it is there for the asking.

ENJOY FIRST HAND A UNIQUE ECO-PACIFIC EXPERERIENCE ABOARD THE TIKI TURTLE, A POLYNESIAN STYLE 38" CATAMARAN, OPERATING OUT OF KAVIENG, NEW IRELAND PROVINCE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA :
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SAILING, FISHING & SURFING TOUR DETAILS

Two Hour Sail Max 10, Min 3 people
Guidelines:

Tiki Turtle leaves Nusalik Island at about 4.00pm. Transfers are organized or the boat can pick you up at the Market Wharf or Malagan Lodge. Depending on the wind direction the boat will circumnavigate the harbour’s islands. Fresh tropical fruit is provided with coconuts and refreshments are available. A couple of lines will be trawled and if a fish is caught a portion can be cut up with lime and wasabi if you choose for a seafood delicacy. Music is played while you sit back, relax and watch the sun go down. Tiki turtle will return to the harbour at about 6.00pm to transfer you back to your preferred destination.


Half Day Trip Sail & Snorkel : Max 6 people
Guidelines:

Half sails can be organized for the morning or afternoon leaving at about 8.00am or 1.00pm. Transfers are organized or the boat can pick you up at the Market Wharf or Malagan Lodge. Depending on wind the boat will sail amongst the numerous tropical islands surrounding New Ireland. The choice is yours. You can either sail and participate in the running of the boat i.e. helming, navigation, sail trims. The captain is more than happy to give you some sailing tips. Morning or afternoon tea is provided with fresh tropical fruits, tea, PNG ground coffee and biscuits. Icy cold drinks are available. A couple of lines will be trawled and if a fish is caught a portion can be cut up with lime and wasabi if you choose or some lightly battered pan-fried fish. If you choose to stop at any of the surrounding islands the large shaded canvas can be put up and you can relax in the shade on the ample deck space of the boat with a book or you can swim or snorkel and experience the abundant fish life and coral. Snorkelling equipment is provided. A half day sail is about four hours duration.


Half Day Fishing Trips : Max 6 people
Guidelines :

Half fishing trips can be organized for the morning or afternoon leaving at about 8.00am or 1.00pm. Transfers are organized or the boat can pick you up at the Market Wharf or Malagan Lodge. Depending on wind the boat will fish amongst the numerous tropical islands surrounding New Ireland. The choice is yours. You can either sail and participate in the running of the boat i.e. helming, navigation, sail trims or sit at the back and work the lines. The captain is an ex-professional trout and mackerel fisherman and is more than happy to give you some sailing and fishing tips. Morning or afternoon tea is provided with fresh tropical fruits, tea, PNG ground coffee and biscuits. Icy cold drinks are available. Three to four lines will be trawled and if a fish is caught a portion can be cut up with lime and wasabi if you choose or some lightly battered pan-fried fish. All fishing equipment is provided and you can choose to trawl or bottom fish. The large canvas tarp can be put up and you can bottom fish from the shade of the tarp. A half-day fishing trip is about four hours duration.


Day Trip Sail : - Max 6 people
Guidelines:

The boat departs at about 8.00am for a full day sail. Transfers are organized or the boat can pick you up at the Market Wharf or Malagan Lodge. Depending on wind the boat will sail amongst the numerous tropical islands surrounding New Ireland. The choice is yours. You can either sail and participate in the running of the boat i.e. helming, navigation, sail trims. The captain is more than happy to give you some sailing tips. Lunch and, morning and afternoon tea are provided with fresh tropical fruits, tea, PNG ground coffee and biscuits. Icy cold drinks are available. A couple of lines will be trawled and if a fish is caught a portion can be cut up with lime and wasabi if you choose or some lightly battered pan-fried fish. If you choose to stop at any of the surrounding islands the large shaded canvas can be put up and you can relax in the shade on the ample deck space of the boat with a book or you can swim or snorkel and experience the abundant fish life and coral. Snorkelling equipment is provided. A full day sail enables you to visit a number of islands in one day to explore on land and in the water. The boat returns back to Nusalik Island at about sunset.


Day Trip Surfing : - Max 6
Guidelines :

Refer to the above day trip description for basic details. The boat gives surfers the option of going a bit further afield and has the comfort of the boat, which enables you to hang out on site all day.

Day Trip Fishing : Max 6 people
Guidelines :

The boat departs at about 8.00am for a full day fishing trip. Transfers are organized or the boat can pick you up at the Market Wharf or Malagan Lodge. Depending on wind the boat will fish amongst the numerous tropical islands surrounding New Ireland. The choice is yours. You can either sail and participate in the running of the boat i.e. helming, navigation, sail trims or sit at the back and work the lines. The captain is an ex-professional trout and mackerel fisherman and is more than happy to give you some sailing and fishing tips. Lunch and, morning and afternoon tea are provided with fresh tropical fruits, tea, PNG ground coffee and biscuits. Icy cold drinks are available. Three to four lines will be trawled and if a fish is caught a portion can be cut up with lime and wasabi if you choose or some lightly battered pan-fried fish. All fishing equipment is provided and you can choose to trawl or bottom fish. The large canvas tarp can be put up and you can bottom fish from the shade of the tarp. You also have the option of going for a quick swim or snorkel to cool off in between serious fishing. All fishing and snorkeling equipment is provided. The boat will return at about sunset.


Overnight Sailing and Snorkeling Trips : Min 2 & Max 4
Guidelines :

Overnighters on the boat can be organized purely for accommodation at anchor in Kavieng Harbour or you can sail to any number of tropical islands to overnight. The boat is flexible in departing when it suits you. Transfers are organized or the boat can pick you up at the Market Wharf or Malagan Lodge. Depending on wind the boat will sail amongst the numerous tropical islands surrounding New Ireland. The choice is yours. You can either sail and participate in the running of the boat i.e. helming, navigation, sail trims. The captain is more than happy to give you some sailing tips. Breakfast, lunch and dinners are provided with plenty of fresh tropical fruits, tea, PNG ground coffee and snacks. Icy cold drinks are available. Picture this, you are sailing in turquoise blue waters the wind on the beam, the sun shining penetrating to the ocean floor 15” down. Ahead is a small coconut fringed atoll with white sands, thick, green forests. We’ve just caught a Spanish mackerel and we have decided to make the island our backdrop for lunch. We anchor at the atoll with an abundance of coral and fish of every colour imaginable below us. A quick dip swimming or a snorkel along the reef soaking in the amazing variety of water life. Relax on board the boat with its shaded deck and ample space to lie down and take in the surroundings of other distant tropical islands. Snack on a coconut, fresh fruit and some freshly cooked fish lightly fried in batter. We pull up anchor and make our way to another island for the night. We are lucky enough to have dolphins on the bow and hook a tuna for dinner. It gets dark the stars are out and you are sitting under the canvas tarp on the boat listening to some music of your choice, feasting on fine fish and maybe a cold glass of wine. Your bed is awaiting, you either sleep inside or up on deck. In the morning you are awakened by children’s voices playing on the beach. A cool morning swim awaits followed by pancakes, fruit and coffee. The day ahead is yours. You get the picture? All snorkeling and fishing equipment is provided plus windsurfer and canoe if requested.


Overnight Fishing Trips : Max 4 people
Includes :

Details for the overnight fishing trips is as above but with a focus on fishing. You can pick and choose from what you want from the above description and fish your heart out.

Overnight Surfing Trips : Max 4 people
Includes :

Details for the overnight surfing trips is as above but with a focus on surfing. You can pick and choose from what you want from the above description and surf your heart out. The boat generally will anchor at Nusa Lomon or Raul and these islands will serve as a base for outer island surfing trips.

Massage :

Relaxation or therapeutic massage. Homemade organic coconut oil used with a superb beachfront view, ambient music set in the village in a traditional thatched house. Massages are half an hour or an hour in duration but longer massages can also be organized.


Note: Clients have a responsibility to pay for or replace any excessive damage or loss of fishing and boat equipment and facilities.

About the Boat :

The prime design principles of Wharram catamarans have been:
  • Freedom from capsize
  • Structural strength
  • Regarded as one of the most sea worthy catamaran designs
  • Timeless, distinctive style
Wharram catamarans have always been praised for the spacious open decks where on warm nights at anchor you can sleep. Below decks are two 4ft (1.2m) wide double bunks and two fair sized single bunks in private cabins.

The TIKI 38 uses epoxy/ply/glass laminate construction and a special aerodynamic soft wing sail rig, that has been proven to be very efficient when sailing to windward.
The two masted (schooner) soft wing sails will point 45 to 50 degrees off true wind. Lightly loaded, the rig will drive the TIKI 38 at peak speeds of 15 knots. More importantly for family cruising, the TIKI 38 will comfortably cruise at 7 to 8 knots.

The two masts with two light mainsails are easier to rig, easier to handle than the conventional single masted high Bermudan rig. Very suitable for family or single-handed cruising.

Boat Details:
  • Owner/Operators, skipper and hosts
  • Fully set up six berth sailing catamaran - 2 doubles, 2 singles (one single for crew)
  • Heaps of open deck space
  • Toilet/fridge/oven and grill/CD and tape deck/fans/timber finish
  • No sailing experience necessary
  • Small numbers (Max 4 overnight) (Max 6 day trips)(Max 10 two hour sails)
  • Learn to sail and navigate (AYF Off-Shore Yacht Master)
  • Families welcome, safe boat for kids
  • Canoe and snorkel crystal clear waters
  • Surfing and windsurfing (optional)
  • Fishing off the boat
  • Rare fish life/beautiful hard and soft corals/WW11 wrecks
  • Exotic organic fruit and vegetables
  • Plentiful seafood
  • Indigenous cultural experiences
  • Take it easy laid back style
  • Low impact and sustainable

About the Owner/Operators :

Anita Priadko is a jeweller and Anthony Turner is a wooden boat builder and they are both teachers. Anita majored in Anthropology and Indonesian language and Anthony studied Physical Education and majored in Recreation.

They met six years ago, and sailed to Africa soon after. Back in Australia they spent two years building their 38’ Polynesian style catamaran from all recycled and plantation timbers.

After their maiden voyage from Lakes Entrance, VIC, they sailed to Arnhem Land and the Torres Strait Islands where they taught in local schools.

Now they have sailed the boat to Kavieng, PNG where they have set up a small, low impact Eco Adventure yacht charter business.

They plan to keep the business small and sustainable, thus a focus on sailing rather than motoring, plenty of fresh foods and cultural input.

In addition to being part of the local community they are interested in sharing Anthony’s skills as a wooden boat builder and Anita’s as a jeweller and hope to set up voluntary workshops for the local community.

EQUIPMENT – WHAT TO BRING :
  • 1 pair of Teva type sandals or thongs if you prefer.
  • A wide brimmed hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Shorts and swimmers.
  • A long sleeve lightweight shirt and trousers (for sun and mossie protection)
  • Running shoes and socks
  • T-shirts
  • Toilet kit,
  • Towel or sarong
  • Sun cream, chap stick with sun block
  • Insect Repellant
  • Torch
  • Pocket knife
  • Camera and gear
  • Small food treats
  • Snorkel and mask (for cycle trip only)
  • Book to read
And don’t forget
  • Passport
  • Money
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tickets
  • Spare film
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Sea Kayaking Tour Details

Half Day Trip Sea Kayaking Min 1 & Max 20
Guidelines :

Start and finish in Kavieng
Kayak to one of a number of islands
Includes lunch and island fees
Average fitness required
Local guide supplied and safety equipment
Outside local area with guide and safety equipment at extra cost per person


Day Trip Sea Kayaking : Min 1 & Max 20
Guidelines :

Start and finish in Kavieng
Kayak to one of a number of islands
Includes lunch and island fees
Average fitness required
Local guide supplied and safety equipment
Outside local area with guide and safety equipment at extra cost per person

Overnight Sea Kayaking Min 2 & Max 20
Includes :

Camping equipment – tents, sleeping mats, sheets etc
All meals, island fees, support boat and guides and safety equipment
Perfect for environment for sea kayaking adventures with numerous island destinations
Snorkelling equipment available

Sample extended trip :

Day 1: 3-4hr paddle to Nusa Lomon. Introduction to sea kayaking techniques and safety. A quick get-to-know-the boat paddle at Nusa. Head of for Nusa Lomon Island stopping at an island along the way for lunch if necessary. We arrive at Nusa Lomon and set up camp and settle in for the afternoon. There is great snorkeling, walks, Japanes war relics and a village to visit on the island.

Day 2 : 3-4hr paddle to Usen Island. After a breakfast cooked by the guides we begin our paddle to Usen Island. We make our way to Limus Island and circumnavigate it then stop for a spectacular snorkel at the southern point of the island. Lunch will either be at Limus or at Usen when we arrive. Set up camp at Usen and settle in for another afternoon in paradise on another beautiful uninhabited tropical island, commonly known as Jurassic Park because of it’s wild vegetation. Both these islands are marine park nature reserves where you can walk straight off the beach for a snorkel.

Day 3 : Paddle back to Nusa. This day is optional on the direction you take and the islands you visit. Arrive back in Kavieng in the afternoon.

Extended trips in the Tsoi, New Hanover Island group are available for the more adventurous with dozens of islands and beaches to choose from.
Any of these trips can be combined with a sailing or cycling trip if you wish, i.e. 3 day seakayak followed by a 3 day sail or cycle.

Note: Clients have a responsibility for any damage or loss of equipment of bicycles, sea kayaks, fishing equipment and boat equipment and facilities.
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Cycling Tour Details

Cycling requires moderate fitness level with some cycling experience. Early starts are required to maximize time spent riding in the coolest parts of the day i.e. morning and afternoons. If guests are struggling, it is very easy to pick up a lift to wherever necessary at their cost.

Tour Option 1: (4 days) – Most recommended as Dalom is a sight to see.

Day 1 : 50km cycle to Lauan. Stop for lunch at The Tree house and experience the amazing four-story tree house. Great shaded area for lunch with plenty of rainwater to drink. Ride another 26km to Lauan village and sleep in a guesthouse with dinner and continental breakfast provided. The guesthouse at Lauan has a shower and a toilet and is situated right on the beach with beautiful shade trees and plenty of kids to keep you entertained. The host provides fresh fruit, coconuts and drinks on arrival followed by a bountiful traditionally ground cooked dinner later in the evening.

Day 2 : 63km cycle to Bol. After a substantial breakfast we generally like to leave by about 8.00am to ride 37km to Kathy’s place at Laraibina. The scenery is stunning with a view of the ocean and plenty of villages the whole way. Kathy’s place is situated on the beach with a gorgeous winding fresh water stream running directly through the village in which you can cool off. Kathy provides a delicious seafood lunch. After lunch she will show you her pet eels, which she hand, feeds and you can pat. From here we ride 13km to Fissoa to swim in the most beautiful fresh water hole. It is then a short 15km ride to Bol guesthouse with dinner and continental breakfast provided. Bol has a shower and toilet and also another beautiful freshwater swimming hole a short walk through the village.

Day 3 : 64km on dirt road to Dalom. This section can be slightly more demanding due to the dirt road. We leave again at about 8.00am for Dalom. Our first stop is 6km down the dirt road at the village of the master carver Ben.

Here you will see him at work on famous Malagan carvings. Stop for lunch at Katedan approximately 34km further down the highway. This place is an unbelievable coastal village where the locals will set up a table for lunch with a hot cup of tea or coffee if you wish or a coconut. Katedan also has another infamous freshwater hole for a cool midday swim.

From Katedan it is another 24km to reach the breathtaking village of Dalom. This village with its background setting of mountains and fresh water steam into the ocean is a sure reward for you cycling efforts and definitely a highlight of the trip. You will not be disappointed. Dalom guesthouse is set up with mattresses and mossie nets, a flushing toilet and the fresh water stream for washing in. Dalom will provide another traditional feast for dinner and breakfast the next morning.

Day 4 : The following morning after breakfast your guide can walk you up to the source of the fresh water stream and using bamboo or a boogie board float downstream through the jungle back to the beach.

This is an amazingly surreal but stunning trip through the jungle. Have a relaxing morning exploring the area, cycling, walking, and swimming. Lunch is supplied by Dalom guesthouse and then ride back on a truck in the afternoon to Kavieng. Cost covered for truck.

It is also possible for the more adventurous to organize the Tiki Turtle catamaran for a return trip sailing via Tabar Island back to Kavieng. You would need to allow another three days minimum for this component.

Option 2 : (4 days) 226km total distance.

Day 1 : 50km cycle to Lauan. As above.

Day 2 : 63km to Bol. As above.

Day 3 : 63km return trip to Lauan. Stop for lunch along the way. Sleep in Lauan guesthouse with dinner and continental breakfast provided. Lauan village has a swimming hole nearby and nice snorkelling out front.

Day 4 : 50km return trip to Kavieng. Stop for lunch along the way at any of the numerous beaches.

For people flying out on the 4th day is as follows: Option 3: (4 days)

Day 1 : 50km cycle to Lauan. As above.

Day 2 : 50km to Fissoa . Fissoa is set in a vocational school for boys learning mechanics and carpentry. Brother Dan has offered the area for us to camp overnight. Toilet is provided and the fresh water swimming hole is drinkable. The guides will prepare a barbeque for dinner and breakfast will be cooked on the fire as well. This fresh water hole is straight out of a picture book.

Day 3 : 80km return trip to Koselak. This day requires an early start. It is a 50km ride to Lauan for lunch, which is provided by the host of the guesthouse. Camping at Koselak overnight with dinner provided. Koselak is local village and we will be looked after by one family in a beautiful setting right on the beach. Superb ground cooked traditional food.

Day 4 : 15km ride return to Kavieng ready for the morning flight. Shower can be arranged.

Option 4: (2 days) 100km distance in total

Day 1 : 50km to Lauan. Details as above.

Day 2 : Return to Kavieng. Lunch along the way in a local village.

Option 5 : (3 days) 128km distance in total

Day 1 : 50km to Lauan. Details as above.

Day 2 : 63km to Bol. Details as above.

Day 3 : 15km cycle to Fissoa for a swim and lunch. PMV transport return to Kavieng (90km). Truck cost covered.

Option 6 : (3 days) 95km

Day 1 : 48km cycle to Lauan. Stop for lunch at a The Treehouse 23km down the highway and experience the amazing four storey tree house. Great shaded area for lunch with plenty of rainwater to drink. Sleep in a guesthouse with dinner and continental breakfast provided.

The guesthouse at Lauan has a shower and a toilet and is situated right on the beach with beautiful shade trees and plenty of kids to keep you entertained. The host provides fresh fruit, coconuts and drinks on arrival followed by a bountiful traditionally ground cooked dinner later in the evening.

Day 2 : 37km cycle to Laraibina. This ride takes place in the morning to be at Laraibina in time for lunch. The scenery is stunning with a view of the ocean and plenty of villages the whole way. Kathy’s place is situated on the beach with a gorgeous winding fresh water stream running directly through the village in which you can cool off. Kathy provides a delicious seafood lunch.

After lunch she will show you her pet eels, which she hand, feeds and you can pat. A truck then picks you up and takes you back to the village Lasuk near Lauan where the Tiki Turtle will be anchored waiting for your arrival. Transfer to the Tiki Turtle with dinner and a sundowner waiting for you.

Sleep on the boat at the anchorage then the captain will get an early start in the morning to sail you back to Kavieng. The lines will be out trawling for fish and the captain is more than happy to have you relax on deck or down below or participate in the sail trims, helming and navigation.

When you arrive in Kavieng it is your option to continue with the boat for another overnighter and some snorkeling on the islands or jump off and continue your elsewhere

Option 7 : 2 days 50-60km

Day 1 : 40km to Lasuk. Cycle 23km in the morning and stop for lunch at The Tree house then continue to the village of the Lasuk about 17km down the highway. Here the Tiki Turtle will be anchored waiting for your arrival. Transfer to the Tiki Turtle with dinner and a sundowner waiting for you.

Sleep on the boat at the anchorage then the captain will get an early start in the morning to sail you back to Kavieng. The lines will be out trawling for fish and the captain is more than happy to have you relax on deck or down below or participate in the sail trims, helming and navigation.

When you arrive in Kavieng it is your option to continue with the boat for another overnighter and some snorkeling on the islands or jump off and continue your elsewhere.

Option 8 : 3 or 4 days This option is suitable for people looking for adventure but less strenuous cycling.

Day 1 : 30km to Lavanglus. Stay overnight at the guesthouse here with dinner and breakfast provided. Lunch will be at the Tree house where you can experience the 4-story creation built in a tree. Lavanglus is only another 7 km where you will stay overnight.

Day 2 : 18km cycle to Lauan. This day you can take it easy and decide when you would prefer to ride. If you are happy exploring around Lavanglus then we can ride in the afternoon.

The guesthouse at Lauan has a shower and a toilet and is situated right on the beach with beautiful shade trees and plenty of kids to keep you entertained. The host provides fresh fruit, coconuts and drinks on arrival followed by a bountiful traditionally ground cooked dinner later in the evening.

Day 3 : You have two options.
  • (3 days) to catch a truck back to Kavieng in the afternoon after exploring the wonders of Lauan.
  • (4 days)You can go bush walking or fishing with the local boys of the village or sit and chat with the women of the village who are experts at the traditional ground cooking. Then ride back to Lavanglus in the afternoon to spend another evening at the guesthouse there.
Day 4 : 30km ride back to Kavieng. Lunch can be at any number of spots on the way back to Kavieng.

We can cater for people who are not cyclists and are unfit and also to those who are experienced cyclists and super fit. We just need notice.

The Equipment :

We have very good quality mountain bikes. We also have 2 children’s seats. Generally it is max 4 cyclists on an overnight trip with two guides and max six for a day or half day trip with one guide. Larger groups are considered.

Each bike is equipped with :
  • Panier rack
  • Paniers for personal gear
  • Water bottle
  • 21 speed easy change gears
People might like to bring a small backpack each as well but generally we find everything can be stored in the panniers supplied.

We do not supply helmets due to specific sizes required so if people are worried about this they should bring their own. There are no requirements in PNG for helmets.

We carry a comprehensive repair kit with spare tubes, chain, cables and spokes, tools and a first aid kit. We can also carry tents, sleeping mates and sheets if required. Each trip will have two guides who can carry out repairs, maintenance and administer first-aid.

Guides also service the bikes at the end of each day as well as answer any questions and help explain any cultural aspects.

Guides will prepare picnic lunches and eat breakfast and dinner with you. Guesthouses are equipped with mattresses and sheets.

Some supply mosquito nets but all. If you prefer, bring your own sheet and mossie net.
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National Capital: Port Moresby
Area: 771,900km2
Population: 4.2 million

Papua New Guinea (PNG) lies south of the equator, about 150 kms north of Australia. The country consists of a mainland, which is part of the island of New Guinea (the second largest island in the world), and a collection of over 600 islands of varying sizes.

PNG has been independent since 1975. It is part of the British Commonwealth and governed by a democratically elected Parliament.

Banking, currency : The unit of currency is the Kina, divided into 100 toea. Highest Kina note is the K50. Most hotels and restaurants accept travellers’ cheques and international credit cards. Bank hours: Monday to Thursday 0900-1500. Friday 0900-1700. Money can be changed at Jackson’s airport.

Click on the following area of our website to obtain the latest exchange rates : http://www.pngbd.com/finance/index.php

Climate : The climate is generally warm with a "wet" and "dry" season, the timings of which vary from one part of the country to another. The wettest months for most regions are November to March but rain falls mainly in the evenings and rarely disrupts daily activities. Temperatures around the coastal areas are reasonably stable and vary between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. The Highlands are cooler and temperatures can fall dramatically at night.

Customs : Imports: Usual restrictions apply. Check with travel agents for prohibited and special approval lists. Exports: Items made pre-1960, Bird of Paradise plumes and stone artefacts (except axes) are restricted. Special permits are issued by authorities in PNG.

Departure Tax : K30.00 for everyone over 2 (two) years. This is usually pre paid and included on your ticket to Papua New Guinea

Pre departure tax : This recently introduced airport tax which cannot be part of your airline ticket needs to be paid at the duty free shop prior to entering immigration on departure. A stamp will be attached to your ticket and it will be voided by immigration. The current amount to be paid is K30.00 per adult passenger. Please remember to keep this amount in cash.

Duty Free : Adults over 18: general goods up to K250; 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco; one litre of spirits; reasonable amount of perfume.

Dress : Informal – Women: dress should always be modest. Men – shorts, open neck shirts or ramis, sulus, laplaps throughout the year. Thongs, sneakers and sandshoes not allowed in some bars and restaurants. Sturdy walking shoes for the Highlands with sweaters or jackets for cool evenings there.

Electricity : The electric current on the National Grid is 240 volts AC 50hz, 3 prong slanted points for electrical appliances. Voltage converters to operate domestic appliances are available in most hotels.

Health : Certification against yellow fever or cholera required for travellers over one year of age coming from or through infected areas. Malaria is the only serious health risk. You should consult your doctor about anti-malarial preparations before arrival. Use insect repellent and cover your body in the evenings.

Insurance : It is strongly recommended that travel insurance is taken out at the time of booking to cover cancellation fees, medical evacuation, loss of baggage, expenses attributed to delay of services due to industrial action or severe inclement weather conditions etc. Please note that Niugini Holidays can only issue Travel Insurance on line for participants who are residents of Australia.

Language : There are over 800 distinct languages spoken, (45% of all the languages spoken in the world). The official language is English, with Pidgin and Police Motu being the other 2 (two) common languages.

Medical Services : Available in all major centres. Trained health workers man medical clinics and aid posts in remote areas. Some hospitals are privately owned.

Time : Ten hours ahead of GMT. Same as Australian EST (no daylight saving in PNG).

Tipping/Gratuities : Neither expected or encouraged.

Water : Most towns have reticulated supply within WHO standards. Bottled water is available. In rural areas it is always advisable to boil water.

Visa Requirements : All visitors to Papua New Guinea require a Tourist Visa which is valid for 30 days. It is recommended that you acquire a visa prior to arrival to ensure quick clearance through immigration.

If you arrive without a visa and without PNG currency, immigration will direct you to the airport bank to change money.

Immigration will only accept PNG currency for the issue of a visa on arrival. The charge for a Visa on arrival is K25.00 per adult.

Note : - For non residents of Australia, please also check that your Australian Visa allows for re-entry into Australia after travel to Papua New Guinea.

Note Carefully : - Visitors from all Asia and Middle East countries except Hongkong and Singapore must have a visa prior to arrival.
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Kavieng, the base for the start of a Tiki Turtle Eco Adventure is located at the tip of New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea. The only point of entry for customs and immigration is Port Moresby. You will then need to take an Air Niugini domestic flight to Kavieng.

From 01 September 2002 Air Niugini, the National Airline of Papua New Guinea will operate the following schedules from Australia to Papua New Guinea. Please note that these schedules are subject to change without notice, you need to check with your Travel Agent to confirm bookings.

From Sydney :
On Monday and Saturday - arriving Port Moresby on Monday at 1355 and on Saturday at 1300
Currently there is no same day commection to Kavieng from Sydney, an overnight in Port Moresby is required.

To Sydney :
On a Friday and Sunday - departing Port Moresby at 1500
Currently ther is no same day connection from Kavieng to Sydney on Friday. There is a same day connection on Sunday

From Brisbane :
Every day except Tuesday - arriving Port Moresby at 1355 except on Saturday, arriving 1300
Currently there is no same day connection to flight from Brisbane through to Kavieng, a night in Port Moresby is required.

To Brisbane :
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday departing Port Moresby at 0700
Currently there is no same day connection from Kavieng to Brisbane, a night in Port Moresby is required.

Additional flight to Brisbane operate on a Friday and Sunday with departure from Port Moresby at 1510

From Cairns :

Every day of the week with two flights on some days - please check with your agent.
Currently same day connections are available on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

To Cairns :

Every day of the week with two flights on some days - please check with your agent.

Currently same day connections back to Cairns ar available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

Air Niugini also flys regular scheduled flights from: Manila, Singapore and Narita in Japan.

Please check our updated Flight Schedule which can be found by clicking on the following :

http://www.pngbd.com/travel/flights.php


If you are interested in any of the above mentioned Tiki Turtle Tours, please contact the following email address :

tours@pngbd.com
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Tiki Turtle Eco Adventures - Paradise In flight with Air Niugini Magazine

Feel like being adventurous and doing it in style? Well, here's your chance.

Tiki Turtle Eco Adventures is based on Nusalik Island across the main harbour in Kavieng, New Ireland. Offering cycling, sailing, snorkeling, fishing, sea kayaking, surfing and massage, they cater for Eco Adventurers looking for a holiday with a difference.

The owner-operators of this small but high quality operation are Anita Priadko and Anthony Turner. Anita is a jeweller and Anthony a wooden boat builder. These teachers - Anita majored in languages and anthropology, Anthony in physical education and health - met six years ago, and sailed to Africa soon after.

Back in Australia they spent two years building Tiki Turtle, their 38' Wharram catamaran from recycled and plantation timbers, lashed with rope. Based on the canoes of Polynesia it has heaps of open deck space (26 square metres) for fishing, relaxing and socialising.

After their maiden voyage from Lakes Entrance, Victoria they sailed to Arnhem Land and the Torres Strait Islands where they taught in local schools.

They then sailed the boat to Kavieng, where they set up a small, low impact eco-adventure yacht charter business. They plan to keep the business small, cost effective and sustainable, focusing on sailing rather than motoring, snorkeling rather than diving, offering plenty of fresh foods and cultural input, incorporating cycling and sea kayaking on day and overnight tours. Interested in sharing Anthony's skills as a wooden boat builder and Anita's as a jeweller, they plan to set up workshops for the local community.

On an overnight trip we experienced sailing in turquoise blue waters, the wind on the beam and the sun rising. We saw a small coconut fringed atoll with white sands covered with thick, green forests. After catching a Spanish mackerel, we made the island our backdrop for lunch.

We anchored at the atoll with an abundance of coral and fish of every colour imaginable below us. Before lunch, we took a quick swim and a snorkel along the reef, and soaked in the amazing variety of water life. After lunch, we relaxed on board the boat with its shaded deck and ample space to lie down, snacking on a coconut, fresh fruit and some freshly cooked fish lightly fried in batter.

We pulled up anchor and made our way to another island for the night. We were lucky to have dolphins on the bow and hooked a tuna for dinner. The stars came out and we sat under the canvas tarp on the boat listening to music, feasting on fine fish and a cold glass of wine. In the morning we were awakened by children's voices playing on the beach. Pancakes, fruit and coffee followed a cool morning swim. Do you get the picture?

Tiki Turtle Eco Adventures have a variety of cycling trips you can choose from. One of the most popular is the trip from Kavieng to Dalom, taking about four days to complete the 170km. Highlights of the cycling are the many hospitable villagers handing out flowers as you ride by, fresh water swimming holes, unbelievable coastal scenery, breathtaking views, feeding Kathy's fresh water eels, sampling local cuisine including a traditional mumu, arriving in Dalom, one of the many jewels of New Ireland, where mountains meet the sea and beautiful, flowing fresh water streams run into the ocean.

Trips can be made for individual requirements depending on fitness levels and time, for example cycling down and sailing back.

When you return to Kavieng, Anita can massage you with homemade organic coconut oil while you gaze at the beach from their home on Nusalik Island.

Contact : tours@pngbd.com

For booking enquiries.
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