I am hoping to visit independently using the PMV boats (travelling alone, so cant afford a guide)
do you know how much the guest houses on the sepik cost? and would they be willing to cook
for me (my food) for a fee?
I would say it would be very difficult to travel alone with a boat having in mind that weather changes, there is no phone signal, proper mapping etc. It is time consuming to travel on the Sepik as well. We would travel for hours between villages and sometimes get lost even being with locals, depending on the current and weather. I don't think it's worth spending all the money it costs to get there and risk not experiencing it the proper way, which would possibly happen if you go alone.
Everyone goes there accompanied so not sure how much it will cost you independently. Pretty sure though they would agree to cook for you if you at last make it. They are warm hearted people. Do bring your own food and water though, as there is not much more than banana, sago and crocodile. Good luck!
Are you sure you like to go on an overloaded , often poorly maintained PMV Boat? I have been on one, not in the Sepik, but at the coast - and never again for me. My life is more important that saving a bit of money.
Why not going with a local PNG company to the Sepik? It is so much safer and they know where are the interesting places, and how to get there.
Even with a company it is quite an adventure.
Hello, there! I'm hoping it is not too late for my answer as I am currently traveling and not paying too much attention on my account, sory about that. My personal opinion is that is much better to have a guide, it is very dificult and could be dangerous to travel alone, specially on the river. There are not many places to stay though. The hotels or guesthouses are truly expensive and probably there could be an option for you to go and ask locals to stay at their places, but be prepared to maybe sleep on the floor and shower with river water as they do, and in regard the food I don't think they could provide you much, those people are too poor and likely they eat once a day this dry sago tasteless bread and rice and that's it. But I promise you that is worthed to go and spend all your money to that great adventure. In the end of the day this is what makes you rich indeed. Cheers and happy travels - Mariya
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