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Kwame Guesthouse and Activities

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£ GBP 526 | $ USD 679

Lease Term: Maximum of 6 Months
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Max Occupancy: 4 guests
Furnishings: Furnished
Utilities: Included
Type: Villa-House
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Kwame Guesthouse and Activities

House is situated in rainforest on a cliff above beach and overlooks bay. It is on a private property and secluded near a family that will look after you. Guesthouse has easy access to activities including canoeing over pristine coral lagoons, fishing, snorkelling, swimming, traditional dancing, live string bands, sailing canoe rides, market visits, traditional cooking demonstrations, traditional crafts and excursions to nearby islands and attractions.
Minimum length of stay is 1 days
Change over day: FLEXIBLE
Minimum stay may vary by time of the year.
Smoking NOT allowed on premises.
Mobility: NONE
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Daily rate from: 63
Weekly rate from: 441

Prices are quoted in AUD
Monthly rate from: 1082 AUD
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Postcode: East Cape
City: Alotau
Region: Papua Region
Country: Papua New Guinea
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Sleeps/Guests up to: 4
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With coral every bit as spectacular in variety and colour as the Great Barrier Reef, and fishing to enthuse the most seasoned angler, the East Cape district of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, should be attracting scores of visitors. The good news from a visitor’s point of view is that it isn’t. East Cape glides along largely below the tourist radar. In June 2019 I stayed nine nights at Didigilo Lodge, a guest house in the small village of Kwame, 12 kilometres from East Cape, and saw no other tourists. My small party, comprising my grandson, nephew and his wife, were the only outsiders. This is not a tourism experience so much as a homestay, harking back to an era before mass holiday travel and the comforts and kitsch of commercial resort accommodation. Located in a clearing in thick tropical forest, metres from a rugged limestone cliff overlooking the sea, Didigilo is a stunning spot to spend a week. The house is highset in the traditional village style, with two insect-screened bedrooms, a storeroom, kitchen and a large verandah serving as the dining and living area. The toilet and shower are in a separate block adjacent to the main house. A small solar system powers the lights. There is no refrigerator as food is prepared and consumed fresh each day or in the case of fish, smoked over coals for preservation. Village elder, concierge and raconteur Aunty Thelma serves as chief cook and host, while the fish smoking duties are relegated to the men. In addition to Kedu Thelma’s expertise in the traditional cuisine of local vegetables, rice and fish, she is a master of baking scones over glowing-hot coconut husks, a treat not to be missed. The people of Kwame are gifted story tellers and dancers, always willing to explain their traditions and history. A local dance troupe, ranging in age from adults to tiny tots, will happily arrange a performance of their traditional repertoire. Although the villagers are welcoming and always keen to help, they are not intrusive. Didigilo sits about 400 metres down a forest track from the main community, offering guests privacy and the opportunity to engage with village life at their discretion. Meals are served in the village cookhouse or, upon request, at your accommodation. Guests are free to prepare their own meals. A caretaker, Nase, lives in a separate house on the site. He is there to assist and advise if needed but is very discreet. No village roosters will disturb your slumber at Didigilo; the weary adventurer drifts off each night to the rhythmic chirruping of insects and wakes each morning to the beguiling choruses of native birds. The deep whoosh of hornbill wings can be heard each day as these remarkable birds head to and from their feeding grounds. Cockatoos occasionally wheel and screech overhead before returning to their hollows high in the treetops. In the evenings sometimes you can hear the splashes and surface breaths of dugongs as they feed on the seagrass just offshore, below the cliff. Kwame is a snorkeler’s paradise. The coral reef begins only a few metres from shore and stretches for kilometres along the coastline. Snorkelers can simply walk out from the water’s edge or paddle across the reef in a borrowed dugout canoe. The usual reef precautions apply. Dive boots or similar protective footwear are particularly important to avoid coral abrasions. The water is warm, still and glass clear, allowing a spectacular view of the aquatic life. Coral and tropical creatures of every imaginable type, shape and colour abound. If you are lucky, as I was during one of my paddling forays, you might spot a dugong, dolphin or turtle. Fish of the edible type, including Spanish mackerel, giant trevally, coral trout, jobfish and yellow- and bluefin tuna, are plentiful too. Nase will show you where to fish off the reef in a dugout. More adventurous visitors can arrange a day’s outing with the vastly experienced local fishers. These intrepid men of the sea will take you in their motorised ‘banana boats’ to offshore islands and fishing areas where you are virtually guaranteed to land something. Be aware, though, that this is not catch and release fishing. Everything caught is food for the community, nothing is wasted. And when the fishing is over, consider gifting your host some line or tackle; East Cape is not a wealthy area and your generosity will be appreciated. Kwame is about one hour’s drive from the Milne Bay provincial capital of Alotau, which is a comfortable one-hour flight from Port Moresby. While Alotau is a working town rather than a tourist haunt, it does contain interesting general shops, a few enticing bay-front bars and a fascinating market. The latter is worth visiting to see the fresh local produce and purchase the locally-made woven baskets and wood carvings. For people seeking an authentic cultural and ecological getaway, and who don’t mind skipping the comforts of mass tourism, Didigilo Lodge at Kwame has a lot to offer. You won’t forget the beauty of the place or the people. My tip: go now while it remains an off-the-grid destination.
Written by: (Brisbane, Australia), Visit Date: 2019-06, Source: TripAdvisor