How do I get there?
What can we do there?
Canoe Festival
DawaDawa River
WW2 History
Samarai Island
Native Bird Life
Native Orchids
Milne Bay - Papua New Guinea
Paradise like no other is on your doorstep
Trek from Bodaboda to Aisapi (5-7 hours, intermediate to difficult) (Transfers to Bodaboda with Warren Dipole from Treetops Rainforest) The trek goes from Bodaboda village (a few kilometres from Wagawaga) to Aisapi village on the Dawadawa River (middle of the catchment area). The majority of the walk is through forest, along rivers and past small waterfalls. Many birds can be heard and seen on the walk. The trek begins at Bodaboda and goes up a river. There are many places where the river must be forded, and scrambling over rocks is required. Take care as many of the rocks are very slippery. After approximately 1 1.5 hours following the river, the track heads uphill, beside and in a tributary. Some sections are steep, muddy and slippery. The top of the first ridge will be reached after approximately 3-4 hours. From here, the track goes slightly downhill and back up again to reach the ridge which bounds the Dawadawa catchment.
Once into the Dawadawa catchment, the track heads downhill quite steeply, following a ridge line for a while. After this the track flattens out and crosses several small ridges and streams. After a couple of hours in the Dawadawa catchment, the track reaches Aisapi village. Bring: insect repellent, shoes/boots that can get wet, sleeping bag, food for day walk. (Overnight at Aisapi village, at John Horace's place) (Optional trip up the Dawadawa River in an outrigger, dugout canoe for half a day)
Canoe Trip from Aisapi to Dawadawa River entrance (2.5-3 hours) From Aisapi village, it is a relaxing few hours down the river in an outrigger, dugout canoe to the entrance of the Dawadawa River. The river winds past gardens and villages, and offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It is a stunningly peaceful and quiet river. Many birds, including kingfishers and bird of paradise can be seen on the canoe trip. (Optional pick-up from the entrance of the Dawadawa River. Transfers with Warren Dipole from Treetops Rainforest)
Trek from Dawadawa River entrance to Wagawaga (2-4 hours, easy) From the entrance of the Dawadawa River, it is an easy walk along the shores of Milne Bay back to Wagawaga. For the most part the track follows an old road, and passes through villages along the way. The walk offers beautiful views of the bay, and across to Alotau. (Transfers back to Treetops Rainforest or Alotau with Warren Dipole)
What does it cost? The local currency in Papua New Guinea is the Kina (K). At current exchange rates K3 are equivalent to $1 US.
Daily exchange rates can be found on Bank of South Pacific website www.bsp.com.pg on exchange page
Daily flights from Brisbane with Qantas & Air Niugini
Brisbane - Port Moresbay 1300 miles - 3 hours flight
Daily flights from Cairns with Qantas & Air Niugini
Cairns - Port Moresby 524 miles - 1 hour 25 minutes flight
Daily flights from Port Moresbay with Qantas & Air Niugini
Port Moresby - Alotau 223 miles - 1 hour flight
Your host and guide, Warren Dipole, Kuwelo Bonaruwa and Owen Podi
Phone and Fax: + 675 641 0916
Mobile + 675 6593 202 Digicel Mobile +675 7189 8150
email info@pngbackpacker.com