At a glance

Duration
14 days
Cost
$6300
Arrival Airport
Cairns (CNS) Australia
Grade
river grade
Air Temp
35°C (95F)
Water Temp
24°C (84F)
Camping
7 nights
Hotel
6 nights

Overview


Join Water By Nature and Tr­acy Jackson, MD for a joint whitewater rafting adventure and continuing medical education (CME) event in Papua New Guinea. We believe this to be the FIRST CME event to be held here.  Anyone who is interested in learning more about opioid-sparing options for chronic pain in a decidedly non-clinical environment.  8 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM available. Experience ten days of whitewater rafting, kayaking and adventure with interspersed education about how to effectively manage chronic pain without opioids.  Tracy will also be teaching daily yoga and meditation as two examples of said management strategies.  Being digitally detoxed, in a beautiful remote natural setting, and paddling/hiking for exercise are three other ways!

Worldwide, chronic pain affects 30-40% of the population; despite a devastating opioid epidemic and US costs of $630 billion a year, treatment success has been elusive in a pill and procedure-heavy system.   A growing body of research shows a new paradigm of integrative, holistic care of pain and addiction is critical to healing.

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Destination Map & Video


What you will be up to


1

You’ll be met by your Trip Leader in Cairns and escorted to your central hotel. Arrival meal together.
Included: Dinner

2

This morning we depart for a day trip on the Tully River. Paddle this world class technical river.
Included: All meals

3

The adventure begins. An early transfer for our flight to Port Moresby and onto Lae in Papua New Guinea. We’ll be collected from Lae Nadzab airport and dropped at our centrally located hotel. Afternoon conference.
Included: All meals

4

This morning, we’ll be transferred to the rafting start point near Bulolo. You’ll get a full safety briefing before we start rafting the Watut River down to our overnight camp.
Included: All meals

5

Today as we pass villages on the riverbank, the pace of the river and the rapids increases. One of our first rapids is the incredible Four Part Harmony. We arrive to camp mid afternoon with time for a hike up to a nearby village.
Included: All meals

6

Today we will have incredible rapids all day including Between A Rock And A Hard Place. This is thrilling rafting punctuated by stunning jungle scenery including a hike to a waterfall.
Included: All meals

7

From our camp, we paddle a short distance into the Watut gorge. Barely a boat width wide, this brings us to what is surely one of the best whitewater sections in the world. Thrill a minute rafting. We emerge from the gorge onto flat water and spend our final night camping on the river.
Included: All meals

8

After breakfast, we’ll pack up camp and raft a short distance to where we meet our motorised canoes that will take us at speed along the flat water. We’ll drive back to Lae and enjoy dinner together before a night in a bed!
Included: All meals

9

We’ll transfer to Lae Airport for our flight to Kavieng in New Ireland Province for some serious R and R!
Included: All meals

10

Today is ours to rest and relax. Go surfing, Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUPing), take a hike or just relax in your hammock on the front of your room and read your favourite book.
Included: All meals

11

Today after breakfast we’ll take a short boat ride to start the next part of our adventure, sea kayaking. We take short boat ride to our boats and start paddling the calm azure water, island hopping. We’ll stop and snorkel along the way before reaching our camp for the evening.
Included: All meals

12

After breakfast, we have a relaxed plan to explore the nearby islands. Plenty of amazing snorkelling spots within easy reach with fantastic coral and fish to enjoy. Arrive into camp this evening in time for an ice cold beer and sundowners.
Included: All meals

13

Our final day sees us arrive back to Nusa Island resort for lunch. This afternoon, you’ll have the last minute opportunity to shop for souvenirs, or just relax at the hotel.
Included: All meals

14

This morning we leave early for our journey back to Cairns in Australia. Don’t book any outward flights before 16:00 on this day, in case your flight is delayed.
Included: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Saturday 28 September 2019 - Friday 11 October 201914 days£4500€5195$6300

FLIGHTS TO CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

Excellent options exist to fly to Australia from The UK, Europe and North America. You are required to be in Cairns on the first day stated below and you can choose a departure on the last day stated after 5pm.

We suggest getting flights to the hubs of Brisbane or Sydney with QantasSingapore AirlinesUnited AirlinesAmerican or Delta. We also recommend investigating flight options through Skyscanner if you are in the UK or Kayak if you are in North America. Connections can be made  to Cairns (CNS) with Jet Star or Virgin Blue. If you require help with your flight connections or advice, please contact our office teams. Alternatively we have teamed up with EXITO Travel in the US who can provide you with a competitive flight quote. E mail us for details.

In order to secure your place you can pay just your deposit now of £750 (USD$1000) per person. The remainder isn’t due until 120 days before your tripPlease note that if you book this trip less than 120 days before departure, there will be a 10% surcharge, given the increased flight costs.

Please note that prices shown in GBP & USD are payable. UK residents should pay in GBP and USA residents should pay in USD.

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What you should bring


We find most of our clients have in their possession already what is needed for a river journey. We have broken down here the items into what you’ll need on the river and in camp. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure.

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