Last year, YPT decided to see more of Papua New Guinea and went to Bougainville, a province until recently stuck in the civil war. We instantly fell in love with the place, its pristine nature, raw adventure feel and its locals. Here you will meet people rebuilding their part of the world under the new hopeful motto of “United in Diversity”. Bougainville is a land filled with history as it was an important part of WWII in the Pacific but also a land with its own very unique cultures. We will learn more about these very seldom seen cultures as we will witness our very own sing-sing, or traditional dance and song festival.
This tour takes us all around the province, starting in Buka, renowned for its passage and the many WWII shipwrecks. We’ll stop and visit the parliament house as well as Japanese WWII bunkers. We will head deeper in the province, passing by a decommissioned mine, the biggest in the world when it was in operation, stopping along the way for many breathtaking views.
Expect boat rides, either on banana boats or on the iconic Austronesian out-riggers, with some island hopping on the way and visits to villages where we will be amongst the first non-locals to visit. One of these villages includes a living bridge made out of vines, which the bravest amongst us will get to cross!
One of the major highlights of this tour is to be the first group of foreigners to visit the micronation of the Twin Kingdom of Me’ekamui and Papaala. The Kingdom rules over a single village where the locals have access to their own currency and defence force. The king wears an actual crown of gold.
Knowing that Bougainville is not your everyday tourist destination, we do it the right way as our tour includes expert local guides and security everywhere we’ll go. If you thought our tour to Mount Hagen wasn’t off the beaten-track enough or have seen it already, this is the tour to get you ever deeper into Papua New Guinea!
Wednesday 24th August – Port Moresby – Buka
Thursday 25th August – Buka – Arawa
Friday 26th August – Siwai Region
Saturday 27th August – Buin Region
Sunday 28th August – Pokpok Island – Arawa
Monday 29th August – Kieta
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– Flights from Port Moresby to Bougainville and back
– All meals from Buka to Kieta
– Transportation (hired bus and boats)
– Entrance fees
– Guide, cook, security guard fees
– Visa fees for Papua New Guinea if applicable (most countries get a free visa on arrival, YPT can assist for those of countries which don’t)
– International Flights to and from Port Moresby
– Tips for local guides
– Drinks and souvenirs
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.