Melanesian Tourist Services (MTS) is one of Papua New Guinea’s biggest inbound tour operators based in Madang Province.  

Popular MTS tours include boat charters along the Sepik River, and outer islands of Madang Province, especially Karkar, Manam, and Bagabag.  

MTS provides accommodation, boat charters, cultural experiences, Madang harbor cruises, snorkeling and scuba diving.  

MTS is located at the famous Madang Resort and Kalibobo Village.  

Scuba diving enthusiasts can also enquire with Niugini Dive Adventures – a subsidiary of MTS, and also located at the Madang Resort.   

For further information and bookings, email: info@mtspng.com  or call, +675 7999-1665 / +675 422-2766 

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Papua New Guinea cultural experiences with Melanesian Tourist Services

The remote and sparsely populated South-Western corner of Papua New Guinea is home to our most isolated Wilderness Lodge – Bensbach. Unlike most of the country there are no towering mountains, no waterfalls, only wide, sweeping flood plains abundant with all forms of wildlife.

Bensbach is our premier wildlife location in PNG. The grasslands teem with herds of deer, wallabies, snakes and monitor lizards and the flood plains are a vital stopping point for migratory birds on their incredible journey between their breeding grounds to the North and their feeding areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Curlew Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones (which breed in Arctic Siberia) and Yellow Wagtails (which breed in Eurasia) are some of our more special visitors fond here.

The wetlands are also home to massive flocks of pelicans, pygmy geese and sea eagles and other raptors hunt fish from the skies above. A complete list of the 191 different species of birds that have been recorded at Bensbach lodge is available here.

Life at Bensbach however, is not only abundant above the water. Bensbach is a sport fisherman’s paradise -renowned as one of the Barramundi capitals of the world. Catering to the serious angler as well as those who just want to experience catching one of these magnificent fighting fish, Bensbach practices sustainable catch-and-release fishing and only what is needed for that nights’ meal is kept.

Stands of malaluca (paper bark eucalypts) provide building materials for the local people and the bark is used as insulation in traditional ovens. Sago and yams are the staples of the Bensbach people, storing their yams for up to six months at a time in yam houses, this seasonal crop is the life blood of the Bensbach people.

Bensbach accommodates up to sixteen guests in two separate wings, each linked to the main lodge building that houses the dining area, a well stocked bar and comfortable lounge. The lodge is built entirely from local materials, adapted to the tastes and comfort of its visitors with 220V electricity, ceiling fans and hot and cold water. The dinner menu features delicious freshly caught Bensbach Barramundi and venison purchased from local hunters.

BirdQuest, founded in 1981, has an unequalled repertoire of birding tours and combined birdwatching and wildlife holidays and cruises that will appeal to every kind of birder. Our tours are celebrated as the very best available, and we have shown our clients and friends over 10,200 bird species worldwide, more than any other birding tour company (and not that far off the total for all other birding tour companies combined!), as well as an extraordinary variety of mammals and many other fascinating aspects of the natural world.

 UNCHARTED PAPUA NEW GUINEA EXPEDITION

Papua New Guinea Birding Tours: Birdquest has been operating tours to Papua New Guinea for over 30 years, but this phenomenally biodiverse country still conceals hidden avian gems which have been seen only by a handful of intrepid researchers and expeditioners. This special expedition will explore well off the beaten track in search of an enticing array of endemic birds which have previously been considered ‘off-limits’ to world birders, and our adventurous itinerary will certainly break new ground, potentially even rediscovering one or more lost species!

Sicklebill Safaris birding tours of Papua New Guinea takes you through the Highlands, the island of New Britain, Manus, Port Moresby observing some of the most fascinating birds in the world.

Try the ‘Taste of New Guinea’ tours or the ‘PNG Highlights’ and see a selection of famous and endemic bird life, plus cultural experience tours.

For more information and bookings, email: info@sicklebillsafaris.com or call +61 7 4093 7318

The nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) comprises the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, second largest island in the world, as well as many other Pacific islands, some of a considerable size such as New Britain and New Ireland, and many much smaller islands and atolls.

The most linguistically diverse country on earth, PNG has more than 850 mutually unintelligible, indigenous languages reflecting at least as many different traditional tribal societies. This astonishing cultural variety has given rise to many different forms of expression, including art, carving, dance, singing, music and flamboyant costumes and hairstyles. The colourful cultural heritage is celebrated annually at numerous large regional festivals and sing-sings, including Goroka and Mt Hagen and lesser-known Tumbuna and Kundu.

Habitats range from dense tropical rainforest to savannah and wetland plains, volcanic mountains to white sand beaches and coral reefs. The forests are home to many rare species of marsupial such as tree kangaroo, insects including the Queen Alexandra birdwing (the world’s largest butterfly) and birds such as the cassowary. However, PNG is best known for Sir Richard Attenborough’s favourites: the brilliantly coloured birds of paradise, with 38 of the 43 known species found there.

Papua New Guinea is truly one of the world’s last travel frontiers. Nature and humanity unite in a heady mix of sights and sounds, and many parts of the country remain blissfully unaffected by the ever-advancing ways of the western world. However, PNG is definitely up and coming (it received the Most Emergent Destination award from Wanderlust Magazine in 2014) and, now that Reef & Rainforest can put together tours at reasonable cost, there should be many more visitors, so go now while it’s still authentic and unspoilt.

The Walindi Plantation Resort is located near beautiful Kimbe Bay in West New Britain Province.

The resort has been been proudly showing off the many wonders of Kimbe Bay’s reefs to visiting divers for over three decades and has since developed a sterling reputation for its quality of diving, warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere.

Walindi’s room options include bungalows and house rooms.  While its on-site restaurant offers a delicious choice of international and local cuisines, including a well-stocked bar.

Apart from its world-class diving tours, the resort has a selection of land tours allowing visitors to explore West New Britain.

Walindi Resort is also home to the boutique live-aboard dive vessel, MV Febrina.

For further information and bookings call: +675 7234 8460 or +675 7373 4199

Rondon Ridge overlooks the Wahgi Valley and Mount Hagen town in the Western Highlands Province.

A 40-minute drive from Mount Hagen town, this Trans Niugini Tours lodge is situated in a pristine rainforest where birdwatching and nature-walks form part of the accommodations activity options.  Guests are also offered tours of the Western Highlands, sampling the provinces unique culture and history.

Through Rondon Ridge, Trans Niugini tours also offer tours to the Kuk World Heritage site – a prehistoric archaeological site where the worlds oldest gardening implements and plots were first discovered.

Rondon Ridge has some of the finest dining options in the province, a fully stocked bar, gift shop and a unique reception showcasing portraits, painting and crafts from the Trans Niugini Tours collection representing the Highlands and the Sepik.

For further information and bookings, email: service@pngtours.com or call +675 542-1438

Established in 1976 in the highlands city of Mount Hagen, Trans Niugini Tours operates lodges, ground transport and even its own aircraft throughout PNG.

As Papua New Guinea’s leading inbound tour operator, Trans Niugini Tours offers trips & tours for discerning travelers with a taste for adventure.

Trans Niugini Tours own and operate award winning wilderness lodges, as well as a fleet of boats, mini-buses and aircraft.

Trans Niugini Tours operates the following lodges:

For further information and bookings, email: service@pngtours.com or phone +675 542-1438

Ornitholidays is the longest established birding company in the world, having started in 1965.

It has grown gradually over this period to offering around 70 tours a year. From 2018 Ornitholidays will be managed by SKUA Nature Group s.n.c., an Italian company that has collaborated with the old Ornitholidays managers for years.

The new management, as the old one, is perfectly able to guarantee the best safeguards for your money.

Tours

Our tours range from short breaks in Europe to 3 weeks holidays further afield.

To enjoy these holidays to the full, all you need is a love of birds and wildlife and the desire to travel.

The vast majority of our holidays are run at a relaxed pace, anyway you will find a big variety of proposals: from the most adventurous ones – as the tour to Kyrgyzstan – to the most easy ones – as the Portugal tour at leisure; from birdwatching and wildwatching tours to specially-organized wildlife photography expeditions; from holidays that combines birds and culture – as Birds&Wine tour in Italy – to short breaks to focus on specific species – as the Kerkini tour for Pelicans.

Is Ornitholidays Right For Me?

There are a large number of factors that have to be considered when booking an escorted holiday, especially one that Involves birdwatching or wildlife photography

Tour leaders

Our tours are escorted, so your leader is a very important ingredient of the holiday.

There are many companies offering escorted holidays, but few use full-time leaders. Ornitholidays has a group of professional guides, expert birders who spend their whole year taking birding parties around the world – most of them have led over 150 tours and some over 250.  Their job is to make sure you enjoy your holiday and see the wildlife.They are not taking their annual holiday, but are well paid, highly motivated and dedicated leaders who are there for you and you alone. Most of our tour leader are exellent all-round naturalists, having a very deep knowledge about other groups of animals too (insects, reptiles, etc.) that add an important plus to the tour itself.

Not to mention our local guides in some destinations, the best experts on their land, among which we mention editors of Birding and Wildlife guides.

When booking a holiday consider the advantages of being led by such a leader – there is no choice really! On many holidays we also employ local guides to accompany the group, providing valuable insight into their country, its history and traditions, as well as its birds and wildlife.

Prices

What about the cost of the holiday – why are some companies cheaper than others for a similar itinerary? When you compare holidays think about what each company is providing.The accommodation we use is often the best available, our tour leaders have years of experience and a very deep knowledge on the destinations and their fauna.

Wildlife Expeditions: a new section for Ornitholidays

The new management, apart from offering new exciting birding tours, added a new specialised selection of tours to the 2019 brochure: wildlife photography expeditions.

Thanks to our other SKUA’ big project, the INNATE Network, we manages several private and public (with entrance restrictions) estates specially developed for nature tourism, with a special focus on wildlife photography.

Estates are located in several countries of the World and are now destinations of our photo expeditions. In addition to those we also offer short breaks photo tours for people that haven’t so much time free from the job but do not want to loose opportunities to fulfill their passion.

Our leaders for the photographic session are skilled photographers, able to help you getting the best out of your photographic holiday.

In conclusion…

We have been organising holidays for a long time, so we know the best ground agents to use and the best areas to visit. How many other companies can boast they have been visiting many destinations for over 53 years?

THE JULES VERNE DIFFERENCE

That sense of adventure to discover the world is at the heart of Jules Verne. Established in 1978, our innovative small group escorted tours offer authentic travel with a twist for people who love to see the world. Packed with special touches and little extras, our expert guides will show you the true character of each destination and take you beyond the norm, whether your chosen destination is closer to home or far-flung. Fully ABTA and ATOL bonded and winner of many travel awards, our expert staff organise every detail so you can book in complete confidence.

Jules Verne Sightseeing

This most important of Key Features indicates that sightseeing is tailored just for our group, taking into account your preferences and our experience over many years and not combining with other visitors. Sightseeing is undertaken by expert local guides and escorts who we consider to be the best source of information. A few programmes such as cruise or rail programmes will show ‘Excursions Included’, indicating that sightseeing may be shared with non-Jules Verne guests.

Special Events

To enhance the experience of Jules Verne travellers, we arrange exclusive and memorable special events, illuminating the country and peoples you are visiting. Attend a special ceremony, performance, meal or drinks party at characteristic and spectacular locations; learn about cooking and the local way of life; discover less-visited corners or special locations not normally open to the public.

New Tour/Improved Itinerary

Following our customers’ feedback from our questionnaires and other sources, we improve itineraries and introduce new tours, taking into account special opportunities and changed accessibility.

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