Sepik Spirit

Explore the mysterious and beautiful Sepik River and discover the secrets of Northwestern Papua New Guinea with a stay on board the Sepik Spirit. This comfortable floating lodge will transport you along the Karawari River where you can make daily excursions on zippy speedboats into the river’s tributaries to thoroughly delve into the region. You will come ashore to visit spirit houses, villages and tribes, meet the locals and witness the ancient cultures and customs such as tribal dancing, music and discussions with local elders. After a long day of exploration, you will return to the Sepik Spirit for delicious, artfully-prepared meals in the below deck dining room and enjoy sunsets and cocktails on the upper deck.

When the day is done, comfortable and spacious cabins await for a peaceful night’s sleep. With just nine cabins aboard, the Sepik Spirit accommodates just eighteen guests in double or twin rooms.  The comfortable, colorful cabins are each well-equipped with en-suite bathrooms that include toiletries and towels, individually-controlled air conditioning and river-facing windows with the gorgeous scenery passing by.

The Sepik Spirit operates primarily along the Karawari River, the storied tributary of the Sepik River and on to the Krosmeri River which allows entry to the mysterious Blackwater Lakes. Few visitors reach these remote regions of the Karawari, Krosmeri and Blackwater villages. Travelers can look forward to warm welcomes and genuine experiences as they walk through traditional villages that have changed little over the centuries. These villages are renowned for producing wonderful tribal artwork such as masks, flutes and spirit figures. There will be opportunities to view and purchase these traditional handicrafts in the village markets along the way. The densely forested riverbanks of the Karawari River contrast with the wide open expanse of the Blackwater Lakes. If you are a birder, you will be amazed at the rich bird life throughout both regions. There’s plenty of photo opportunities including those of day-to-day life in the villages and along the river.

The Sepik Spirit is accessible by charter flights that operate in and out of the Karawari airstrip. A scenic trip along the Karawari River will transfers passengers from the Karawari airstrip to the Sepik Spirit. You typically arrive by lunchtime and the journey begins. The standard Sepik Spirit tour is 3 nights and it can operate with a minimum group size of 8 passengers.  A 4 night tour can be arranged for a minimum group size of 9 passengers. The Sepik Spirit is accessible by Trans NiuginiTours' air service. Flights depart from Mount Hagen, where Rondon Ridge is located, and from Karawari Lodge and Ambua Lodge. Charter flights from other departure points can also be arranged.