Friday, January 25, 2008

R&R Itinerary & Activities

The tour company Ecotourism Melanesia will be our guides for this part of our trip. This is what they have scheduled for us:

Friday afternoon - we will leave Wewak waterfront in open speed boat* transfer to Muschu Island. Accommodation at village guest house.** Nice evening meal based on seafood and vegetables dry-roasted wrapped in leaves in hot sand pit. Sing-sing entertainment.

Saturday - full day at Muschu Island - beachwalking, rainforest, swimming,snorkelling on beautiful coral reef, paddling native canoes, napping on the beach under the shade of overhanging trees (watch out for falling coconuts!). Beach barbeque for lunch. Late afternoon open speed boat transfer to larger Kairiru Island. Accommodation at village guest house. Evening entertainment: drama performance by village youth group about islandlegends (very funny). They are accomplished performers.

Sunday - choice of activities on Kairiru Island: 1. hike to crater lake(biodiversity hotspot) 2. hike to waterfall, caves and hot springs 3.rainforest walk 4. go fishing in native canoes with locals using traditional fishing methods - cook your catch for lunch. 5. village culture study 6.more beachwalking and swimming/snorkelling. The group can split up into smaller groups according to preferred activity. Packed lunch based on village-style picnic (fruit, dried fish, dry-roasted vegetables) is carried with you wherever your guide is taking you for your activity. Late afternoon open speedboat transfer to Wewak - disembark on the beach right in front of our accommodation at Surfside Lodge which is right opposite the airport for hassle-free check-in Monday morning.

* Information on speed boats: transfer from Wewak to Muschu Island is 30 minutes and from Muschu Island to Kairiru Island is another 30 minutes. The boat is an open dinghy that can carry up to 12 people with bags. If more than 10 people we use 2 boats. The boats are privately owned by people on the island and we hire them. Our company guide based in Wewak will accompany your group on the trip. Our company provides life jackets in the boat. The boat does not travel out of sight of land at any time. Sometimes the weather is choppy in the afternoons (and even raining) but in this case the boats just take it slowly and hug the coastline as much as possible.

** Guest houses - The village guest houses have a mixure of small rooms (2 people) and large rooms (4-6 people) so various permutations are possible. The village guest houses have mattresses on the floor covered with mosquito nets. Bedding is supplied, just BYO towel.a

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