(PORT MORESBY – KOKODA – SANANANDA)
This tour has to come out on top of your list of “things to do” when you travel to Papua New Guinea. If you’re not just about seeing the country but learning a thing or two about its history then this tour is for you. It begins with Port Moresby followed by Kokoda and the villages of Sanananda, Gona and Buna on the northern beachheads. These areas had great military significance and some were major battle sites in WW2.
Begin with a round-trip tour of Port Moresby to kick-start your trip. From your hotel, we’ll get you to tour Bomana War Cemetery, the resting place of over 3000 soldiers from WW2, before continuing on to Owers’ Corner via McDonald’s Corner. At Owers; Corner, you’ll be greeted by the grand vista of the towering and rugged Owen Stanley Range, which will help you to appreciate the difficulty of fighting a war in the mountains of PNG. Following Owers’ Corner, we head back to Port Moresby for a look at the city and insights into its role during the conflict. After doing the rounds, we finish off the day at the beautiful Port Moresby Nature Park. The wildlife sanctuary is home to many native, rare and exotic flora and fauna. From there, we get you back to your hotel for the night. The next day, you collect your bags and head for the airport where we catch our plane into Popondetta for the next leg of our tour. In Popondetta, we get you to see Kokoda, a famous battle site during the Kokoda campaign before travelling to Sanananda village, which is where you’ll spend the remainder of your tour. Your tour begins with Sanananda followed by Gona and Buna. These villages on the northern beachheads witnessed some of the fiercest encounters in 1942/43 which claimed the lives of many Allied soldiers. It’s where the Australians, with the help of their American ally, drew first blood with the Japanese following numerous setbacks along the Kokoda Trail.
|DESTINATION||Port Moresby, Kokoda, Buna|
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Port Moresby|
|EXPERT GUIDE||Papua New Guinean|
|TOUR DURATION||5 Day|
|TRAVEL DURATION||2-Days (Transit – your hotel in Port Moresby)|
|TOTAL TRIP DURATION||7 Days|
|WEAR||See Plan Your Trip|
- Bilingual Australian tour leader.
- Experienced PNG tour guide.
- Battle site and areas of military significance tours and commentaries.
- Safety and security plan.
- Daily safety and administrative briefs.
- Medevac plan.
- Pre-tour health and medical check plan.
- Reliable mobile communications.
- First aid support (trained attendant and complete kit).
- Staff Reception and airport transfers in Port Moresby and Popondetta.
- Transit hotel and resort accommodation and breakfast in Port Moresby (Holiday Inn Express /Holiday Inn).
- Welcome dancing group (Sanananda village /Popondetta).
- Stringband entertainment (Sanananda village / Popondetta).
- Guesthouse accommodation and all meals (Sanananda village/Popondetta).
- Domestic flights (Port Moresby-Popondetta-Port Moresby).
- Road transport (Port Moresby – Owers’ Corner – Port Moresby, Popondetta – Kokoda – Sanananda).
- Sea transport (Sanananda – Gona – Buna – Sanananda).
- Guesthouse and campsite landowner fees.
- Village guesthouse accommodation.
- Wage, flights, hotel accommodation, meals and transport for guide.
- Cooking and meal preparations.
- Water resupply plan and procedure.
- Daily situational tour updates.
- Daily social media updates and images.
- Souvenir Kokoda Trail Expeditions t-shirt and cap.
What’s Not Included
- Dinner at hotel.
- Travel insurance.
- Visa and passport costs.
- Medical expenses.
- Baggage cost.
- Spending money.
- Local museum fees.
- Reception and airport transfers in Port Moresby.
- Hotel accommodation and meals.
- Trip – book your trip by browsing through our list of tours on this site.
- Travel itinerary – have a return international travel itinerary. If you’ve included flights with your booking, we’ll handle this for you.
- Passport – have a valid passport; if not contact your local passport office for assistance.
- Visa – PNG has visa on arrival for Australian tourists but you can apply here in Australian by lodging your application in person or by registered mail with the PNG consular offices in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns. Countries other than Australia click this link to see if you have VOA.
- Travel insurance – have travel insurance to cover you in case of an emergency. We highly recommend QBE’s Travel C plan otherwise go with a travel insurer who can cover you in PNG.
- Medical – see your GP or family doctor for anti-malarial treatment and inoculations against cholera, typhoid and hepatitis including booster shots like tetanus.
- Diet – inform us if you have specific dietary requirements, for instance if you’re on a gluten-free diet.
- Travel – email us copies of your travel documents i.e. passport (only front page that has your photo ID and personal details), completed medical form, travel insurance, and travel itinerary.
- International flights – to and from Moresby ex Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth or Darwin.
- Accommodation – supplement for an extra night at the hotel in Port Moresby pre-tour or post tour.
- Photos – capture your tour moments with photographs.
- Photos & video – capture your tour moments with photos and a video.
Port Moresby - Bomana War Cemetery – Owers' Corner – Port Moresby (approx. 8 hours)
After breakfast, we leave our hotels and travel by to Owers’ Corner, the drop-off point of the Kokoda Trail. Our first stop is Bomana War Cemetery, where we tour the largest war cemetery in the Pacific, and McDonald’s Corner, the original road head of the Kokoda Trail in WW2, where many soldiers setoff for battle for the first time over the Owen Stanley’s. Owers’ Corner is named after Captain Noel ‘Jerry’ Owers, a surveyor with the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, who was given impossible the task of surveying a road over the Owen Stanley’s. Australian engineers later cut a road from McDonald’s Corner past Owers’ Corner zigzagging its way down to Goldie River but work stopped when impossibility of the task was realised. After a tour of Owers’ Corner, we travel back to tour Port Moresby via the Sogeri area before stopping at Port Moresby Nature Park to catch a glimpse of PNG’s unique and vast array of flora and fauna. Following the tour, we return to our hotel for the night before our flight to Popondetta the next day.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Day 2: Port Moresby – Popondetta – Kokoda - Sanananda (approx. 8 hours)
Today, you pack our bags and make our way to the airport for our flight to Popondetta. In Popondetta, we meet our welcoming party before travelling by road to tour Kokoda. The drive takes past Awala, Wairopi, Oivi and Gorari. Awala is where the first shots were fired, marking the start of the Kokoda Campaign, and Wairopi is where Australian forces came in to contact with the advancing Japanese. Oivi and Gorari were also sites of skirmishes and later the location of a fierce and bloody battle of Oivi-Gorari. Kokoda is the site of the first and second battle of Kokoda. Kokoda was strategically important to the Allies because it had the only airstrip between Port Moresby and northern beachheads of Gona and Buna. After Kokoda, we head down to the coast to Sanananda village which will your home for the tour of the beachheads.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Sanananda - Gona - Sanananda
After breakfast, we begin our tour of the Sanananda, Gona and Buna beachheads. The Battle of the Beachheads at Gona, Buna, and Sanananda, formed the final and bloody chapter in the Papuan Campaign from 1942-43. Exhausted, battle-weary Australians, and inexperienced American troops, began a brutal and a daunting mission to destroy fortified Japanese bunkers and trenches. It wasn’t easy against desperate defenders who were prepared to fight to the death. We begin with a tour of the battle of Sanananda before moving to take a look at the Gona battle site. After the tour, we return to our guesthouse at Sanananda in time for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4: Sanananda – Buna – Sanananda (approx. 8 hours)
Today, we’ll take you to tour the Buna battle site. Of the three locations, Buna was main base for the Japanese advance along the Kokoda. After a guided tour of the area, we return once more to Sanananda. Tonight is your last night so we’ve organised with a couple of the village elders to talk to you about their experiences during the war. It’s also an opportunity to present tips and gifts to the locals for their lovely hospitality.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5: Sanananda - Popondetta – Port Moresby (approx. 8 hours)
Today brings us to the end of your short but historically-fueled and culturally-enriched tour of PNG. You pack your bags, say your goodbye and make your way to the airport for your flight back to Port Moresby. On arrival, we organise your transfer back to your respective hotel to end the tour.