Hi again, you can also contact Futi diving resort --it is on the east coast about an hour from Port Moresby--the resort is upmarket and is expensive to stay there.If you are into diving my friends say it is fantastic.Also there are villages and schools you could visit but they rely on donations to keep going as they are poor people, but they will welcome you with open hearts.
My friends say it is a Great diving experience and warm welcome from villages and schools close by to the resort,they rely on donations such as pencils,writing and drawing paper,books etc.
The resort is well set out and a bit upmarket for the area.
The diving pic is compliments from my friends.
My stay at Walindi Plantation in Kimbe surpassed expectations.
When we visited Kimbe Bay, Walindi Plantation had only five bungalows. They've since expanded but the owner (we called him Mad Max, since he was a bit of a crazy Australian who bought the property back in the early 80s I believe, and moved his family to PNG to run this dive resort) counts for part of Walindi's charm and appeal.
Meals were served in a beautiful, partially open air dining area which also functioned as the social center. After dives, we usually gathered here since it is next to the pool, and recounted our experiences or exchanged notes or planned the evening's games (see separate Activity tip!).
Max would usually join us and he was always great for laughs...his wife ran the kitchen and locals were employed here as well. Max brought a bit of the Aussie pioneering spirit to the place, and a great sense of fun.
The bungalows were charming , right along the beach front and of course, the ubiquitous mosquito netting above the beds.
For more info on activities offered through the Walindi Plantation, visit their website below.
Nothing short of spectacular can be used to describe this floating lodge. It was more than I expected: a first class live-aboard vessel, all the way.
The captain was friendly and professional, and the staff (consisting of one female housekeeper/crew, one chef/bartender, and a guide) were likewise warm and engaging.
It was a one-of-a-kind experience!
Large, comfortable rooms (9 in total, sleeping up to 18 people) with private bathrooms, twin beds, large picture windows in every room and throughout the boat, delicious food, and best of all: the "Observation Deck", specially designed and located at the bow of the boat - it's where some of us gathered before the dawn hours, sipping our strong coffee while we gazed out the large picture windows that tiered down the front...this was an absolutely magnificent experience - a perfectly serene and motivating way to start the day.
Nestled in the jungles of the lower Arambak country of the Sepik Region, this wildnerness lodge is the perfect "home base" for Sepik exploration of the nearby Karawari villages.
The lodge itself is exquisite - fashioned like a native "Haus Tambaran" (Sepik Spirit House, which is a special structure of spiritual and coming-of-age significance for the Sepik peoples)...but with private bungalows and terrific views, running water, mosquito netting for the beds (a necessity in these parts), and a lovely dining hall housing gorgeous artifacts like masks and other wooden carvings indigenous to the region.
I felt like I'd stepped right out of the pages of National Geographic!
The Karawari Lodge provides "river trucks" which is the mode of transportation to get around when visiting the villages, and that's where we spent the majority of our time.
For those of you who like to take a morning or evening dip, the Karawari Lodge also has a beautiful swimming pool.
And finally, I made a nice little friend who likes bananas. According to the General Manager (seen laughing in the photo no. 2), this lorikeet is a regular "guest" of the Karawari Lodge!
If you want to see the jungle, this is the way to go!!!
The artwork and the atmosphere of the main dining area is rivaled only by the chicken coq au vin and other delicious dishes (and many using indigenous foods as well) as I recall...
Hot steaming coffee in the morning, hearty breakfasts prepared to send you on your way as you explore the day....
Large, cozy fireplace to warm you up at night as you sip on a cognac or maybe have an award winning PNG lager beer....
And best of all, the design mimics that of the smaller, private bungalows and thus creates this open, round feel with more spectacular window views, past the mountains and toward the Tari valley....
Does it GET any better than this?!!
Isn't the view lovely?
And they even provide electric blankets for the beds...it gets chilly in the Highlands at night.....brrrrrr!
And in the afternoon when you return to your cabin, you find a sweet hibiscus flower resting on your bed, and another on the table, with a pot of fresh coffee.
The air is so clean and crisp up there, and the rooms had a great open feel to them. Very comfortable and clean, too.
You don't get a wake up call here, you get a wake-up "knock-on-the-door"!
Ambua Lodge is a series of small, private bundgalows nestled at about 7,000 feet up (2100 m) in the Southern Highlands, overlooking the Tari valley below.
The views were breathtaking, and I'll never forget the first impression I had of this place as our jeep made its way up the road - seeing the thatched roofs of the bungalows dotting the hill - it was like a little peek at a strange kind of mountain paradise in the middle of an unknown wilderness....
The design of the bungalows is deliberately intended to blend in with the surroundings, and it does a fantastic job. The cabins themselves are round, with wonderful picture windows that offer stunning views of the mountains and further down to the valley. I probably could have remained in our little bungalow all day - if it weren't for the great activities we had planned!
Hot water showers, comfortable beds, spectacular views....and first class meals in the main dining lodge which by the way, was cozy with a large fireplace and a bar.
Ambua Lodge is owned and operated by Trans Niugini Tours - and I cannot say enough good things about these people.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you what their accomodations rates are because the friend with whom I went, was a magazine advertising account executive and she traded in ad space with Trans Niugini, in exchange for lodging and dives. So basically it means we stayed there without any exchange of currency.
Even though I can't tell you the typical rates, I must INSIST that you stay here...the owners have worked hard to make their tour operation eco-tourism friendly and they employ PNG staff and are respectful and encouraging toward locals and their economy.
Very good hotel, excellent food, try the all you can eat buffet for dinner daily !! very friendly service and everytime cold beer..
excellent clean pool, outstanding view overlooking the hills...try the Balus Bar !!
I never had the need to stay in a Hotel but on occasion I would come to Airways to eat at the restaurant or drink and play 8 ball in the Nightclub. Also this is where the Dive Centre is located if you want to have Scuba diving trips organised for you. They have a nice swimming pool right next to the open restaurant. It is a safe place to stay and will most likely be the Hotel you stay in if your over nighting in Port Moresby. It's located less then 5 minutes from the airport.
Good swimming pool, it overlooks the runway, the nightclub is good, the employees are friendly, The Dive Centre is located right near the pool and it's safe!
I can't tell you much about the actual accomodation and prices because I never needed to stay here but just on appearence alone, the place looks really good!
. From the office we change vehicles to a Land Rover and head out of town. The roads are more as we know them from Tari, and one stretch is partly blocked by a land slide. Where are we going? This chap doesn’t seem to know any more than the others, he’s just been told to collect us. It appears we are staying at the Haus Poroman Lodge tonight rather than the Highlander Hotel, and when we arrive at the lodge we are absolutely delighted. What a super place. The main cottage houses the dining room, lounge, bar, gift shop and reception (all one room with an enormous fireplace in the middle) and the guest rooms are scattered around the rolling grounds of the hotel. Each room is a thatched, woven reed cottage on stilts with wonderful views of the valley. Every one has a little balcony and they are all set in beautiful flower-filled gardens with the most enormous trumpet-flowers I have ever seen. Lizards abound in the grounds and the room, so David is in his element.
We spend the afternoon lazing in the spa with Leonie and Helen, surrounded by verdant vegetation and protected from the continuing rain by a straw roof, the thunder sounding awfully loud and very near. What a perfect place this is.
The lodge is rustic and beautiful, an incongruous opulence in the midst of all this pristine rainforest and the primitive villages. It is a modest luxury, with each room being a thatched rondavel balanced on the ridge leading down from the main building.
The view from the chalet is stunning! We can see across the roofs of the other cottages, along through the valley and right down to the flat ground several thousand feet below. The room is furnished with all mod-cons: a comfortable double bed complete with electric blanket (the nights do get cold here at this altitude), seating to relax and admire the view, 180° panorama windows, an open-fronted wardrobe and a lavish hot shower. The water here is straight from a mountain stream, and with no habitation or grazing above us, it is safe to drink. There is no running water, sanitation, telephones or electricity in this area, the lodge has its own hydroelectric plant. The lights fade at regular intervals, adding to the charm of the surroundings. I am rapidly falling in love with this place.
The Ambua Lodge ranks as on of the top "eco" lodges I have been anywhere in the world. Located high up in the hills overlooking the Tari valley in the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea, the view from the lodge is absolutely breathtaking. The lodge was built using primarily materials from the surrounding rainforest and the water drawn from nearby waterfalls and brooks. Electricity is generated perpetually from several waterfalls raging down the hillside venue. Activities for guests include nature hikes on the magnificent and pristine rainforest surrounding the lodge. You can expect to see several species of unique wild orchids and birds, including the spectacular birds of paradise. The lodge itself is quite comfortable and spacious with hot running water. Although not too opulent, guests will be pampered by the friendly staff and impeccable service.
On my single trip into Angoram, inland on the mighty Sepik River, we stayed at the Angoram Hotel - basically the only game in town.
The Angoram was quite a pleasant stop-over, good rooms and the food was quite edible as well. No worries mate!
The Sepik Hotel was the accommodation that we usually used when staying in Wewak. It was located more centrally in town than the Windjammer and had a great restaurant as well. I do not really know how much the rooms cost (relatively speaking, it was costly) because we did all our trips on Elcom travel vouchers.
View from the balcony outside my room over the Wind Haus evening relaxation area, looking out toward the Bismarck Sea.
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