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In conjunction with Air Niugini Holidays, MTS have scheduled the luxurious Kalibobo Spirit to allow combination stopovers at the famous Madang Resort or the recently completed Kalibobo Village Resort with expeditionary cruises to the uniquely majestic lower and middle Sepik River via Manam and Kar Kar Island, two magnificent volcanic islands located in the Bismarck Sea, a short distance off the North Coast of Papua New Guinea.

Your voyage begins or ends in Madang, home base for the luxurious Kalibobo Spirit.

In Madang you will stay at either the Madang Resort or the newly completed Kalibobo Village, set amongst 15 acres of scented, tropical gardens, lining the Dallman Passage at the entrance to the beautiful Madang Harbour. Madang Resort and adjacent Kalibobo Village share 3 restaurants, 4 swimming pools, 2 lagoons, a world class PADI Dive facility, marina, tennis court, gift shops and PNG’s major convention centre and facilities.

This truly is a tropical paradise, wander the gardens with their magnificent orchids, take a leisurely stroll by the lighthouse to the Madang Country Club and it's magnificent 9-hole golf course, set along the shores of the Astrolabe Bay, here guests are afforded complimentary membership with access to all club facilities, which also include more tennis and squash courts as well as a lawn bowls green. For the divers, Niugini Diving Adventures are based at the Resort and are able to provide full PADI dive instruction and excursions in 3 dedicated dive boats. Whatever your pleasure Madang Resort and Kalibobo Village can accommodate.

The ultimate luxury adventure in a true paradise and available exclusively through MTS and Air Niugini Holidays


SEPIK EXPEDITION –27th December 2016 – 2nd January 2017

Reflections by Dame Carol Kidu DBE Dr (Hons)

Download the KS Log Dec 27-Jan 2 2017 - Dame Carol Kidu [PDF, 399KB]




The Sepik, pronounced "sea-pick", is one of the world's great river systems and at 1126 km, the longest river system in PNG. It has an enormous catchment area and landforms that include swamplands, tropical rainforests and mountains. Biologically, the river system is possibly the largest uncontaminated freshwater wetland system in the Asia-Pacific region, with a drainage basin that covers some 80,000 square kilometres.

Make no mistake, this is an adventure into one of the world's last great wilderness areas, still largely intact both ecologically and culturally.

Expect to visit some extraordinary villages along the river, including Perembei & Kanganaman, famous for their maginficent Haus Tambarans (Spirit Houses), fine carvings and warm, friendly people. Further along your voyage, in the village of Wombun, in the Chambri Lakes, you may be among the lucky few to witness a drama played out by local youths or witness traditional artisans making pottery using method almost as old as time itself in the village of Aibom.

Further along the mighty river at Kamindimbit local people will give you a unique insight into village life and perhaps a traditional “sing sing”. A little further upstream we will visit Tambanum Village, the largest village in the middle Sepik, Taumbanum features superb houses and people who are amongst the most skillful and prolific carvers along the river.

From Kambarindo a rapid speed boat ride up the Nagam River to Mundox Village will provide you the opportunity to witness and participate in many as pects of village life. Further along the lower Sepik we pass villages including Moim, the remarkable Kambaramba, built on stilts to adapt to the ebb and flow of the river in the backwater, Angoram a commercial trading town and further down river, Bien and an exciting excursion by speed boat to the Murik Lakes and village of Mendam. The last villages along the Sepik are Kopar and Wotam. If conditions permit, a visit will be made to Manam or Boisa Island and Buson Village on Kar Kar. Finally, the Kalibobo Spirit will cruise through the beautiful Madang Marine Park to berth at the Madang Resort.

Whilst the cruise up or down the Sepik aboard the Kalibobo Spirit is basically the same in either direction, the villages and waterways you visit will be in the reverse order.

Please note: As all of cruises are expeditionary in nature and are subject to change depending on local conditions and weather.

Sepik River Cruise-Small Kalibobo SpiritSepik Haus Man-Tambunum Village