At a glance

Duration
14 days
Cost
£6495
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


Love adventure? This is proper expedition style adventure travel off the beaten track. Journey with us where very few people have travelled before to the fascinating destination of Papua New Guinea. Not only will you get to explore the world class Watut River, but you’ll get the opportunity to experience the intriguing tribal culture and delve deep into the country and its history. We start and finish our trip in Cairns, Australia where we white water raft the Tully River as a warm up before embarking on our adventure. Post trip we spend time exploring the picturesque islands surrounding the mainland for some world class sea kayaking. If you want to travel somewhere unique and unrivalled for adventure, this is your trip.

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Destination Map & Video


What you will be up to


1

Arrival into Cairns, Australia.
Included:Dinner.

2

Depart for the awesome Tully River. Explore this technical rafting gem for a full day trip.
Included: All meals

3

Depart Cairns for our adventure to Papua New Guinea. We touchdown in Port Moresby before continuing onto Lae. Afternoon at leisure.
Including: All meals

4

After breakfast we drive towards Bulolo where the Watut originates in the mountains. After full outfitting of gear and safety talk, we start our trip with an easy float including a village visit.
Included: All meals

5-7

Amazing rapids such as BARAAHP (Between A Rock And A Hard Place) Bikpela, Four Part Harmony and Brexit to name just a few. This river is packed with Class III and IV rapids amongst stunning gorges and rainforest. After the whitewater we float for a few more miles through to a gorgeous spot for our final night camping on the river.
Included: All meals

8

We paddle a couple of hours down river, before we meet our motorised dugout canoes that transfer us at speed to the take out before we transfer back to Lae.
Included: All meals.

9

Fly from Lae to Kavieng where we have the short transfer to Nusa Island Retrreat. The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Included: All meals

10

Time for some rest and relaxation. From our base here, you have plenty of options to fill your day. A hike to a nearby village or historical points of interest, or if you are feeling more active SUP paddling or surfing.
Included: All meals

11

We’ll take a short trip by motor boat out to the start point of our sea kayaking trip. Paddling in this area is spectacular. Stop for a snorkel at some wonderful sites en route. Overnight camping.
Included: All meals

12

Paddling warm, clear water is spectacular. We paddle from island to island, stopping to meet the villagers and explore this unique set of islands.
Included: All meals

13

A short paddle back to Nusa Resort for a late lunch. Tonight we relive all of our amazing experiences from the past 2 weeks.
Included: All meals

14

Early start for our flight back from Kaviang to Cairns. No international flights should be booked until later this day after 5pm.
Included: Breakfast.

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Saturday 16 September 2023 - Friday 29 September 202314 days£6495€7995$7750
Saturday 30 September 2023 - Friday 13 October 202314 days£6495€7995$7750

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 GYT who can provide you with a competitive flight quote by filling out this form on the Water By Nature website.

In order to secure your place you can pay just your deposit now of £1000 (USD$1250) 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 posession 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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Watut rafting & sea kayaking reviews


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Papua New Guinea a trip of a life time!!!!!

Rated 5 out of 5
23rd October 2022

Papua New Guinea is by far one of the best river rafting trips I have ever been on. The people were so beautiful in every way I can’t even explain it. The river was so full of adventure and excitement there way something new around every corner. The Nusa Retreat and sea kayaking is the perfect way to end this journey. And the beauty of this country was mouth dropping. If you are thinking of doing this adventure don’t think twice just do it. You will be amazed at everything about it. 🫶🏻🙏🏻🥰

Hollee

Papua New Guinea

Rated 5 out of 5
11th October 2022

Before I left for this trip I was warned of warring tribes, of ending up in the cooking pot, don’t go out at night etc. I can honestly say that the people we encountered in the Watut valley and around the Islands in Kavieng are the friendliest and happiest I have ever encountered. The scenery is breathtaking, the food picked from the trees and fish caught fresh from the ocean is the best I have ever tasted.

This is no “My group follow me tour “ It’s a proper expedition. Things will test you but if your the sort of person looking to push your boundaries well the rewards you will find in this country are beyond anything you could possibly imagine.

Thank you Hamish and water by nature for having the guts to run a trip into this wild, beautiful tropical Utopia and let me tick off a Country that has remained top of my bucket list for the last 30 years.

Kindest Regards

Nick McDonald

Nick Mcdonald

Off the Grid!

Rated 5 out of 5
7th July 2018

One EPIC trip checked off my Bucket List. Water By Nature owned by Hamish McMaster has reached a new zenith in adventure travel. My trip to PNG was nothing less than extraordinary. The main thrust of this journey was an exploratory trip down the legendary Watut River which hadn’t been run in about 20 years. So along with Hamish and 4 guides, eight wonderful guests embarked on our trip. We were completely prepared for the unexpected and were not disappointed. The whitewater was spectacular, the villagers were peaceful and plentiful, and the scenery changed from hour to hour. The second part of the trip was a sea kayaking expedition. The ocean was Azure blue and 85-90 degrees. The kayaking was challenging but crazy fun. For the last week of my trip we stayed in luxuriously rustic lodges in the Highlands and Sepik River areas visiting local tribes, villages, clans, sub-clans, and families steeped in traditions from long ago. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe this odyssey.

Sheri Feldman

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