Of all the regions of the world, the Pacific is probably the one that is the most difficult to get to. We get it, you want to visit the Pacific, you have time on your hands for the summer but can’t afford to fly there every year? This is the combo for you! We have crammed two of our best classic tours of the Pacific into one neat combo which will blow your mind and gives you a summer filled with daily once-in-a-lifetime memories. In this tour, we will visit four of the world’s least visited countries, including the world’s least visited: Nauru and then we head to one of the world’s most vibrant festival – the Mount Hagen Festival to watch the dances and songs of hundreds of tribes.
Our trip starts in the US pseudo-colony of the Marshall Islands, where we check out the capital before checking out the beautiful island of Eneko, which was linked to a fraudulent micronation in the 90s.
After that, we head to Nauru where we will spend the next 5 days but exploring every last inch of the 3rd smallest country in the world until we can catch, well, the next flight. Nauru has recently been made famous by the Australian detention centre, and the continued presence of refugees and YPT get right to the heart of this, with us not only being guided by an asylum seeker but also getting lots of chances to discuss the contemporary situation with them. Nauru is at the heart of the migrant crisis, and our trip gives us a real understanding of it.
Following this, we’ll have two nights and three days in Kiribati, one of the most beautiful and interesting countries in the world. Something that is evident as soon as the plane makes its initial descent. Kiribati was one of the fiercest places for fighting during World War 2, and the shipwrecks, pillboxes, gun turrets, old hospitals and a whole host of other WW2 stuff making a great day tour, before we do a day on an island.
We then head to the 15th least visited country in the world – the Solomon Islands, which lies next to Papua New Guinea. We stay at the Honiara Hotel, which has been visited by the Queen, Prince William, and Princess Kate. Here we enjoy a great day tour full of remnants of the pacific campaign and some wreck diving.
We fly over to the neighbouring country, Papua New Guinea where YPT will be taking full advantage of the festival celebrations allowing you to see the traditional New Guinean life in all its feathered glory. The Mt. Hagen Show, which goes on over the whole weekend, consists of hundreds of tribes from all over the island showcasing their tribe’s traditional dress and dancing.
We will not only spectate the show, but also get opportunities to take part in the daily life of the people of PNG. We’ll attend a school’s culture day and stay in a village for a traditional feast. It doesn’t get more real than that!
After the frenetic pace of our Least Visited Country incursion, we take the time to visit Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s most diverse country, in depth. We will visit more of the highlands provinces stopping by the very seldom visited cities of Goroka and Lae before we catch our flight back to Port Moresby. Other companies will fly you in and out for the festival only, we take you behind the scene, to real PNG.
In Group B, we will be exploring one of YPT’s favourite secret, the island of Bougainville. Bougainville is extremely distinct from mainland Papua, with its own cultures and languages. It is also a land of adventure with not even a proper city around. There, we’ll go thick in the jungle hunting not only abandoned tanks and cannons but also the pride of WWII relics hunter: the planewreck of Admiral Yamamoto. Bougainville is a pristine part of the world with peaceful lodges and incredible snorkelling, which we will partake in fully!
Don’t miss out on this incredible chance to spend a summer going around one of the least explored region of the world!
*Flights in this part of the world are few, prompt to changes and limited in capacity. We advise you to book the tour as soon as you can but wait two months before the tour before booking any flight to and from the tour. In the event of a late booking (less than two months before the tour) causing a hike in the price of included flights, YPT reserves the right to charge a surplus.*
Single Supplement (USD)
|Group A: Least Visited Countries and PNG: Mont Hagen
|Group B: Least Visited Countries, PNG: Mont Hagen and Bougainville
*Twin room have not yet made it to Bougainville and as such, accommodation there will be single or double rooms (for couples)
*At the time of writing the itinerary, the (very infrequent) flights connecting the different countries of this trip have not been published. This itinerary was made based on our knowledge of previous years. Dates are tentative and might be subject to change. The final itinerary shall be confirmed around May 2020*
Friday 31st July – Majuro
Saturday 1st August – Majuro
Sunday 2nd August – Nauru
Monday 3rd August – Nauru
Tuesday 4th August – Nauru
Wednesday 5th August – Nauru
Thursday 6th August – Nauru
Friday 7th August – Tarawa
Saturday 8th August – Tarawa
Sunday 9th August – Honiara
Monday 10th August – Honiara
Tuesday 11th August – Honiara
Wednesday 12th August – Mount Hagen
Thursday 13th August – Mount Hagen
Friday 14th August – Mount Hagen
Saturday 15th August – Mount Hagen
Sunday 16th August – Mount Hagen
Sunday 16th August – Mount Hagen
Monday 17th August – Goroka
Tuesday 18th August – Lae
Wednesday 19th August – Port Moresby/Buka – START OF GROUP B
Thursday 20th August – Buka/Arawa
Friday 21st August – Siwai Region
Saturday 22nd of August – Buin Region
Sunday 23rd of August – Pokpok Island/Arawa
Monday 24th of August – Kieta
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– All flights between the islands and travel as per itinerary
– Accommodation in twin share hotels/guest houses
– Mt Hagen show admission tickets
– Mumu feast
– Local guide fees
– Visa (we can provide support if needed)
– International flights to Majuro and out of Papua New Guinea
– Single supplement ($1345)
– Drinks and personal expenses
– Most meals
– Tips for the local guide
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.