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Led by renowned archaeologist Dr Ben Shaw, our latest expedition explores the culture of PNG in depth, venturing off the beaten track to three of the country’s most fascinating regions – the Sepik River, the Highlands and the Coral Sea. 

Led by archaeologist and PNG specialist Dr Ben Shaw, our brand new ‘Voices on the Wind: 60,000 Years of Culture & Trade’ expedition tells the story of the most culturally diverse country on the planet through the lens of the ancient trading routes that connect those cultures. Through interactions with various tribes and local academics, the story is told by the people of Papua New Guinea. Travellers hear first-hand tales of innovation, resilience and adaptation that help enrich their understand of this unmatched cultural melting pot.

We have curated the most unforgettable and thought-provoking local experiences and will gain insider access to some of PNG’s most breathtaking sites. In a world first, we have arranged for two communities who are part of the ancient Kula Trading Ring exchange system to conduct negotiations and a Kula ceremony for the groups on idyllic Dobu island.  Our travellers will visit the famed Huli Wigmen in a highland village completely off the tourist trail, allowing for an authentic and immersive experience which includes a traditional mumu feast with the villagers. We gain special access to a new archaeological dig site on the Sepik River and join the curator of the National Museum & Art Gallery in Port Moresby for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the museums rarest collections.

Arcadia Expeditions Co-Founder, David Mannix says an expedition of this nature has never been seen before in Papua New Guinea. “Trade amongst the various cultures of PNG has taken place over 2500 generations. Our expedition visits some of the country’s most dramatic landscapes to bring together a fascinating anthropological story that has never been told to travellers”.

David adds: “We have limited our group size to 12 for this expedition, allowing for a more intimate experience with the remote tribes and villages we will visit. We stay in PNG’s best luxury lodges such as Rondon Ridge and Tawali Resort, and have incorporated a wealth of unforgettable experiences, from seeking out Birds of Paradise with expert nature guides to snorkelling the crystal clear waters of the Massim Archipelago.”

This 16-Day expedition has set departures from 3rd – 18th November 2021 and 2022 that are limited to just 12 travellers. The expedition is also available for private departures with a flexible range of dates available in 2021 and 2022.

For more information, visit our Papua New Guinea trip page.

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