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There is always something happening in our area that is of interest. Here we post the news and activities taking place at the TreeHouse, within the Islands Region and other relevant events in PNG. This is to assist you in planning your visit with us.
PNG Cultural Events
See the PNG Tourism Authority Website.
The TreeHouse has now completed one year of upgrades and rebuilding at the TreeHouse property. There has been no marketing or promotion during this time some of our intended guests may be forgiven if they thought we had shut down. But no... we have continued to accept guests during this past year and they have been enjoying the upgrades. The owner has now taken over the management of the resort to ensure the quality and standard of service is maintained.
The TreeHouse is located on a beach at sea level. There is no passing water supply and we have only recently received power from Kavieng. Designing a reliable water supply to provide for the eight building was quite a challenge. Luckily there is a freshwater spring that feeds the mangroves and we have been able to source from that. The eco toilets have been replaced with regular flushing toilets and the hot showers work great.
There is a new Reception/Office building under construction and it will have two air-conditioned luxury units on the second floor.
TreeHouse Diving offers a world class experience. Our diving area covers schooling palegis, channel drift dives, coral reefs and ocean walls, ocean bommies, soft corals, WWII aircraft, vessels and a submarine, We are located just 2.5 degrees South of the equator and our tropical climate provides for all year diving.
Here we were swimming with dolphins near Raul Island, all of us enjoying the pristine water of our northern dive sites....
The northern hemisphere storm swells roll in season from November through to April. There are many great beach access sites along the coastal highway..... and even a small break right in front of the Treehouse. There are also a number of islands and channels near Kavieng that provide a formidable selection of surfing sites like this one at Edmagau Island
To check it out click on 'THV Poster'
Air Niugini Jets into Kavieng
We have jet flights connecting to and from Port Moresby daily.
Rainforest Day Trek
The TreeHouse ownsPoton Mountain rainforest area and down to the West Coast .... over 2000 hectares that has been purposely retained by the TreeHouse in its original state. It includes the impressive rainforest of the west coast Kaut area about 35 minutes drive directly across the island from the TreeHouse. It is only accessible by a fine weather 4WD track or banana boat. It is the starting point of many interesting nature walks.
Geographic & Weather Information
We are located only 2.4 degrees South of the equator so our weather is always mild with balmy 28 degree days and cooler evenings. The sea temperature averages 26 degrees year round. The North West - Kavieng - THV end of New Ireland is flat and generally enjoys low humidity with plentiful breezes. From April to November it is the South East trade wind season with predictable sunny days and the occasional afternoon shower. December to May is the NW season with mostly days of calms, or occasionally, squally with breezes of up to 25 knots.
Air Niugini (PX) operate a number of international flights that depart from Tokyo (Narita), Singapore, Manila, Fiji, Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns. These aircraft connect with the PX internal F28 jets via Port Moresby to Kavieng (120 minutes direct). Qantas (QF) also service Port Moresby from Sydney & Brisbane, Some flights out of Cairns will connect same day to Kavieng. All other flights have to overnight in Port Moresby (POM). Most internal PX flights from POM to Kavieng will make one or two stops on the way. Click here to see the current PX POM - KAV - POM flight schedules
For travelers with more time there are weekly passenger vessels which connects with Rabaul, Kimbe & Lae.
Additional PNG travel information is available at PNG Business Directory,
New Ireland Tourist Bureau, or the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority
PNG is a vast country with many ethnic groups and lifestyles. It is a country with so much to offer in scenery, wilderness, culture, adventure, lifestyle and hospitality. On occasions the international Embassies issue Travel Alerts. These are to warn intending travelers of a problem in a particular area or an incident. This is procedure whilst necessary at the time relates to a very small group or community. Unfortunately it reflects poorly on the vast remaining regions of PNG where the communities live the normal, peaceful, Melanesian lifestyle. New Ireland is one of these quite but interesting places. Kavieng is often referred to a sleepy Somerset Maughn Town.
All air travelers currently have to connect through the Port Moresby - Jackson's Airport. You can plan to connect the same day to Kavieng orwhen over-nighting there are many fine hotels near the airport like the Airways Hotel or Gateway Hotel who provide a very high standard of safe, secure accommodation and free transfers.
The other popular areas for travelers to visit in PNG are some parts of the highlands, the north coast of the mainland, Milne Bay area and the Islands Region to the north including.... the Bismark Archipelago where New Ireland and Kavieng are located.
Yup..... the big question... there is malaria in the lowlands of PNG. I get it from time to time. You can take a propylaxis (preventative dose usually weekly) or consult your local doctor for the best medication to suit you. We suggest that you do take a preventative prior to your departure and complete the course up to two weeks after your return home depending on your type of medication and Doctors instructions. In PNG we currently use the Chinese Herbal treatment - Artisinate. But there is Maloprim, Larium, Doxycyclin, Chloroquin etc.
Digicell mobile phone service (675 - 726 44433) is available at the TreeHouse and you can use our Kavieng office for Fax / Phone / Email services.
Travel Information and Payments
Tourist Visas can be issued on arrival at Jackson/s Airport. There is the Bank of South Pacific Foreign Currency Exchange at Jackson's.
In Kavieng we have the Bank of South Pacific and the Westpac Bank. The THV will accept most credit cards or cash payments in USD, YEN, EURO, AUST. For local cash we suggest you use your credit card at the bank. Hire vehicles are available with Hertz, Avis & Budget. There are also some local hire car company's at very competitive rates.
All units have large balconies, ensuite flushing toilet, basin & hot shower, one Queen bed & one Single bed.
Contact us direct email@example.com our latest rates.
The initial enquire is only Provisional and may be cancelled at anytime without notification by the TreeHouse should another Confirmed booking be accepted for these dates.
To Confirm a booking a deposit of 50% or full payment is required. Final payment is required 60 days prior to date booked.
A refund is provided less a 10% booking fee for a cancellation prior to 60 days before the booked arrival date.
A refund is provided less a 50 % cancellation fee for a cancellation made between 59 days & 15 days before the booking arrival date. No refund is provided for a cancellation made less than 14 days before the booked arrival date.
Approved Companies, Govt Departments & NGO's need to fax (9842693) a copy of Govt. or Company cheque to upgrade from Provisional to Confirmed, the cheque must be presented on date of arrival.
Bookings include airport transfers, but do not include meals, drinks, other transfers, activities or tour costs unless specified on the invoice.All payments to be made to: TreeHouse Village Resort, Account #80 47 6000887664, Westpac Bank, Kavieng Branch, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea ( Swiftcode: WPAC-PG-PM ). When transferring funds a copy of the payment amount and method must be faxed or emailed to us as the bank does not notify us of any deposits.
All persons taking part in diving and other tour activities will be requested to sign the following Release Agreement.
TreeHouse Village Resort
Tours & Diving Release Agreement
THE UNDERSIGNED, WHILE PARTICIPATING IN ANY ACTIVITIES PROVIDED BY TREEHOUSE VILLAGE RESORT, HEREBY EXONERATES AND AGREES TO INDEMNITY TREEHOUSE VILLAGE RESORT, THEIR OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR SERVANTS, FROM AND AGAINST ALL LIABILITIES FOR ANY PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY, LOSS OR WRONG-FULL DEATH SUSTAINED BY THE UNDERSIGNED IN THE COURSE OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY DIVING, BOATING, TOURING, TREKKING OR OTHER ACTIVITY ORGANIZED BY TREEHOUSE VILLAGE RESORT. THE UNDERSIGNED AGREES THAT IT IS THEIR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THEIR OWN TRAVEL INSURANCE TO COVER ANY INJURY RELATING TO TRAVEL, DIVING, TOURING, TRANSPORT OR AN ACCIDENT THAT WILL PROVIDE FOR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL AND MEDIVAC SERVICES AS REQUIRED AND FOR LOSS OF SERVICES RELATING TO ANY FORM OF TRAVEL OR TRANSPORT DELAYS.
THE UNDERSIGNED AGREES THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL HE/SHE OR HIS/HER HEIRS EXECUTORS. ADMINISTRATORS AND ASSIGNS PROSECUTE, PRESENT ANY CLAIM FOR PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR WRONGFUL DEATH AGAINST TREEHOUSE VILLAGE RESORT, OR ANY OF ITS OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OR SERVANTS FOR NAY SAID CAUSES OF ACTION WHETHER THE SAME SHALL ARISE BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF ANY SAID PERSONS OR OTHERWISE.
THE UNDERSIGNED AGREES TO HONOuR AND RESPECT THE COMMERCIAL CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE TREEHOUSE VILLAGE RESORT OPERATIONS, DIVING, TOURS AND SERVICES AND WILL NOT PASS ON TO OTHER PERSONS, COMPANIES OR COMPETITORS INFORMATION THAT WOULD DISADVANTAGE IN ANY WAY THE TREEHOUSE VILLAGE RESORT AND ITS OPERATIONS.
THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY AGREES TO LEAVE ALL SITES OF SAID ACTIVITIES UNDISTURBED THAT HE/SHE WILL NOT WILLFULLY DAMAGE, COLLECT NOR REMOVE ANY LIVE ANIMAL, SHELLFISH, FISH, CORAL, FLORA & FAUNA AND ITEMS PERTAINING TO SHIPWRECKS, INCLUDING FIXTURES FROM THEIR PRESENT ENVIRONMENT.
THE UNDERSIGNED ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ALL SUCH ANIMALS, SHELLFISH, FISH, CORAL AND SHIPWRECKS ARE THE PROPERTY AND NATIONAL HERITAGE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA AND MAY NOT BE REMOVED/COLLECTED WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE PAPUA NEW GUINEA GOVERNMENT.
THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY STATES THAT HE/SHE IS IN GOOD HEALTH FOR DIVING, TOURING & TREKING. THAT HE/SHE HAS NO MEDICAL HISTORY OF CARDIO-VASCULAR DISEASE, ASTHMA OR EPILEPSY, NEITHER HAS HE/SHE WILL OBTAIN AND FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVISE BEFORE UNDERTAKING DIVING. HE/SHE AGREES THAT IF HE/SHE HAS ANY MEDICAL CONDITION CONTRARY TO DIVING, THEN HE/SHE WILL PRODUCE A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE PRIOR TO DIVING.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION CARD
Birth Date: .
In emergency contact - Address: ..
Any Medical Problems we should be advised of:
Phone no . ..
Required Medications ..
Evacuation Insurance company & Contract No . ..
In an emergency, I hereby authorize medical treatment and / or treatment in a recompression chamber. I consider myself fit to dive and do not know of any medical reason to prevent me from doing so.
Signature of parent or guardian if under age 18:
CERTIFYING AGENCY..................... LEVEL....................... DATE CERTIFIED.................
APPROX. No OF LOGGED DIVES .. No LAST 12 MONTHS........ ....
DATE OF LAST DIVE:................... MAXIMUM DEPTH TO WHICH YOU
Travel Agents that will get you to the TreeHouse
Sportours for reservations in the US or call 800 660-2754
Scuba Safaris - International dive tour operator with PNG experience
Frontier Travel - A PNG & Aust. based travel agency experienced in all PNG destinations
Narita Trading - Japanese Agency for eco/adventure, diving, film Crews, specialist travel packages to the TreeHouse & PNG
South Pacific Tours - Australia & PNG agent for dive travel and eco adventure into PNG
Niugini Holidays - Experienced PNG Based Eco Tour & Dive Tour packages
Pacific Dream - Our European Booking Agents
Eco Melanesia - A professional booking and tours service covering all areas and interest of PNG
INNBB - Charming B&B of Barcelona (Spain)
Internet Hotel Directories - Hotel Directories with thousands of accommodation properties online
Hotels & Bed & Breakfast Bookings - online accommodation reservation system - detailed info
ScubaLinx - A world of Diving
Other useful Links
PNG Business Directory - current PNG statistics, useful and interesting PNG information
Pacific Islands Travel - An excellent site for Pacific Island travel services to Europeans
BC Resorts.Com - An international link to the world of accommodation and adventure
Pacific Island Travel Directory - Information about PNG and the region
Int'l Hotel Directory - select and book the best international Hotels
Post Courier Newspaper, - Daily PNG News
The National Newspaper, - Daily PNG News
PNG Gossip Email Newsletter - Factual and succinct news for persons familiar with PNG
Napatana Lodge - Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Napatana offers a range of eco tours.
Lonely Planet - PNG section travel information - (we hope to be included in the next update)
hotel-base.com - World Accommodation Directories
hotel-r.com - Hotel International Reservations
Argus Car Hire Worldwide - Argus Car Hire. Low cost car hire service world wide
browse-hotels.com - Instant and secure online hotel reservations
hotel-land.com - Book your hotel quickly, easily and securely
hotel-d.com - Hotel Directories
Central Coast QLD Austalia - The complete guide to travel, accommodation & real estate
Ecotourism Melanesia - New Ireland page - a site promoting local travel in the SW Pacific
Rocky Roe Photographic - PNG based photographer - a vast selection of culture & scenery
Underwater & Scenic Photography - Rick Tegeler at PhotoDive has a huge collection of international award winning underwater & scenic photos.
For current information on Treehouse availability and rates Capt. Alun Beck MBE- firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone (675) 945 1464 Mobile (675) 726 44433 PO Box 506, Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
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On arrival at the TreeHouse you will be required to sign a Claim Release similar to the type used for diving or adventure activities. We strongly suggest you need to have your own personal travel and/or Dive insurance.