Seeing New Guinea the Easy Way

April 7th, 2008

Mudmen cropped resized.jpgFrancis and I are a bit over travel as hard slog, so when a friend recommended that we see PNG aboard the expedition ship ‘Orion’, it sounded right up our alley. This Australian owned, small luxury ship (takes 100 passengers with 70 crew) is part owned by Paspaley Pearls and everything about it spells class.  Menus are by Serge Dansereau (of Bathers Pavilion fame) and the food was superb.  Likewise, the service, spaceous cabins, friendly efficient staff … absolutely flawless.

The ship goes only to small, remote locations — having first organised the villagers to welcome us with special dances, firewalking, historic tours (related to World War 11), and just to show us their way of life.  We mostly did “wet landings” via Zodiacs and the ship has very knowledgeable expedition leaders who have great local knowledge.  Highly recommended.

On a small ship like this you meet everyone, it’s quite a personal experience.  One amazing 92 year old gentleman, who had been in the area during the War, went on all the tours including being transfered from Zodiacs to traditional outrigger canoes for a paddle up the Sepik!

Genuine, well-priced artifacts (carvings, pots, baskets and shells) were a bonus of our visit. 

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