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Ulumani Treetops Rainforest Lodge

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Wagawaga Village, Milne Bay Province, Alotau 211 Papua New Guinea
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Wagawaga Village, Milne Bay Province, Alotau 211 Papua New Guinea
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kingfishers16 wrote a review Mar 2020
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam28 contributions11 helpful votes
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Before we even arrived at Ulumani, Warren was so helpful with logistics and answered our questions promply and gave us the information we needed. Warren picked my family and I up from Alotau and took us across the bay in his boat, accompanied by his lovely daughter Dali Delsie. On arrival at Wagga Wagga, Warren took us on a walk to look at the village school and the 200 year old rain tree, before taking us up to Treetops. We stayed in the cottage at the top of the hill, which was a perfect size for our family (two adults and two children aged 14 and 11). The view from the verandah, looking across the bay to Alotau was stunning and having the choice of being able to cook in the self contained kitchen was great. Treetops grounds are stunning and well kept. Our daughters spent a lot of time outside, playing on the grass with the friends they made in Warren's family. The rainforest surrounding Ulumani Treetops is a wonderful place to go for a walk and there are opportunities for birding. Warren also took us on a trip to see the Raggiana bird of Paradise. Each day we opted to have dinner (you can have all three meals if you chose), which was cooked by Waren's sister Lilly and his wife Cathy. We throughly enjoyed the meals, which were mainly local produce and traditional Papua New Guinean food. We did a few trips, our first being snorkelling down in Wagawaga and snorkelling at the ship wreck. We managed to spot a seahorse close to the shore and lots of fish on the wreck. The wreck was an interesting place to snorkel after reading about the history of the wreck, displayed on the cottage wall. After swimming and snorkelling there was a chance to wash off at a fresh water stream where we also met a friendly eel. We visited several coral reefs to snorkel, where the visibility was clear and the coral was colourful and vibrant with different a range of sea creatures. We felt we could have stayed on and on at Ulumani Treetops, as it's such a relaxing place and Warren and his family, made us feel at home. We throroughly recommend this destination and lodge for a wonderful Papua New Guinean experience. We can't say enough for the effort Warren and his family made to make our stay as enjoyable as possible, from bringing us fresh fruit daily to ensuring our excursions were memorable experiences. We learnt a lot from Warren and his family about the local culture and the family involved our girls in a traditional sing sing (dance). We left Ulumani Treestops, feeling that we'd had an experience of a lifetime and that we were leaving behind family. We hope one day to return.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: There's a long house for the backpackers, the bunglaow which is half way up the hill and then...
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Responded 14 Apr 2020
Thank you Ali and Andy for your sweet comments. We are very pleased to have you and your lovely daughters . It's a pleasure to show you what we have.
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Andrew C wrote a review Mar 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom16 contributions4 helpful votes
I booked a tour with Ulumani Treetops Resort when visiting Alotau on board the Queen Elizabeth. It was a great choice. I did the Wagawaga shipwreck snorkelling trip and was lucky enough to have Warren meet me personally and drive me about an hour to Wagawaga, providing an interesting commentary along the way. After an enjoyable time snorkelling, Warren was kind enough to take me up to the lodge which he owns high on the hills, where his sisters provided me with a delicious lunch. I relaxed there for a couple of hours and enjoyed the beautiful gardens and tranquility before Warren drove me back to the ship and we had a chance for a good chat about PNG and world affairs. He is an excellent guide and a delightful person. Ulumani would also be a great place to stay in a peaceful setting for anyone able to spend a few days in the area
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled
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Responded 14 Apr 2020
Thank you Andrew for your lovely comment. We appreciate your review on our page. We hope to have more visitors.
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ryangear wrote a review Sep 2019
Brisbane, Australia12 contributions2 helpful votes
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A friend and I stayed at Ulumani for just shy of 3 weeks in the war house. I have travelled extensively, and it is one of the great, if not the greatest, experiences that I have had. If you are planning a trip to PNG, then I can't recommend Ulumani enough. I will go into further detail in the following paragraphs about why I think it's one of the best places around. The people: Warren and his family are some of the nicest and most hospitable people you will ever meet. The lodge is located within their village, Wagawaga, which is set in a beautiful tropical setting. Warren's family constantly provided us with copious amounts of fresh fruit direct from their garden. The area surrounding the village is also completely safe and we never felt unsafe in the village or in town, even for a second. The people are a big part of what makes this place so special! The environment: The lodge is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens that are expertly manicured by Moses the gardener. As you can see from the pictures, the gardens are a bounty of tropical flowers that harbor countless stunning butterflies and birds. Warren also cares deeply about protecting the environment and is passionate about educating the local populace. The activities: There are so many fun activities to do around Ulumani that we simply didn't have time to do it all in 3 weeks. However, we did a lot, including a trip to see the Reggiana bird of paradise in the wild, hiking up the mountain to an observation rock used by the forefathers, hiking to a beautiful waterfall and exploring Milne Bay. There is also a ship wreck just off the shore at the local village that provides excellent snorkeling. We saw many beautiful corals and fish, including colourful tusk and clown fish. There are many more activities on offer that I will do on a return trip. The cost: If you are considering a trip to PNG then you already know that, in relation, it's an expensive country to travel to. Despite this, staying at Ulumani is affordable with different accomodation options for different budgets. Food is also relatively cheap with a local market only a short walk away and the larger shops in Alotau only a short drive. The activities will also cost money; however, most of this money goes to the local land holders as an incentive for keeping their respective places in a good, natural condition. In my opinion, the money you spend at either the local market or on local activities, is the best way to support the local community. I also wanted to make a note about security, as Alotau received numerous bad reports in the media towards the end of last year. Despite this, I never felt or saw anything that made me feel even slightly unsafe. While there are certainly some areas which aren’t as safe, like there is anywhere in the world, Warren has in depth and up to date knowledge of the security situation. The areas surrounding his village are completely safe and if you wish to venture further afield, Warren will only take you to areas which he is 100% confident that they are safe. If you are interested in staying at Ulumani and require more information, please don't hesitate to contact me. In summary, I can’t recommend this place enough and I can’t wait to return!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Room Tip: While all the rooms have great views, the cottage is further up the hill and provides the best...
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Responded 14 Apr 2020
Thank you Ryan and Coen for your long stay with us. We had a guest that stayed with us through your recommendation and we hope to have more in the future.
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Rad R wrote a review Dec 2018
Seattle, Washington1 contribution1 helpful vote
When you spend your vacation time and money to travel to PNG you want to find a local contact you can trust who can help you make the most of your trip. Warren is that person. He is simply one of the best hosts/local guides I've met anywhere in the world. He picked us up at the airport despite road closures and arranged boat transport and local guides for us to go up the Dawadawa river on a 3 day/2 night village stay. He'd never done that before, but everything went very smoothly. I felt very comfortable having him keep our passports while we were out on that trip, and then he picked us up and transferred us to Gonubarabara island in his trusty boat. He even got us more kina so we didn't have to go into Alotau. He adapted as we changed plans, was a great communicator during planning and while we were there, and he even guided us on the waterfall hike at a time when he was busy coordinating transfers of several other guests. He never missed a beat with any of the people he was hosting. The lodge was very well appointed, comfortable, had lovely orchids on the grounds, and has lovely views. We stayed in the upper bungalo. Food and company were very good as well. We didn't do the bird of paradise visit but heard from others it was great. Same for snorkeling on the shipwreck near Wagawaga. I cannot recommend Warren enough and would be glad to connect with you to give him a reference and answer any questions you have.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Room Tip: Top bungalo is supposedly the nicest. Middle one good but not quite as spectacular. Bunkhouse for...
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Responded 14 Apr 2020
Thanks Rad. It was a pleasure having you and your friend. We really appreciate your beautiful comments and we look forward to having more visitors.
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Strietzels wrote a review Nov 2018
Kristiansund, Norway53 contributions53 helpful votes
ein fantastischer Platz, friedlich, freundlich, bezaubernd, Warren ist der perfekte Gastgeber mit einem grossen Wissen. Wir hoffen das mehr Gäste diesen Platz entdecken. We was here in september 2018. The most beautiful place in PNG. Dont miss it! Quiet. peaceful. We hope more people will enjoy this paradis. We was kanuing on Wagawaga river, birdwatching, village walk, jungelwalk. Warren is a wonderfull host. PNG need more spots like this. Very very god homemade food. greetings from Annette and Frank
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Thank you Strietzels, We appreciate your review on our page and we thank you for staying with us. We wish to have more visitors to show them around.
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Yes, Ulumani Treetops Rainforest Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.