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Reviewed 19 September 2019

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!

Room tip: While all the rooms have great views, the cottage is further up the hill and provides the best views.
Date of stay: July 2019
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Warren D, Owner at Ulumani Treetops Rainforest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 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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Reviewed 13 December 2018

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.

Room tip: Top bungalo is supposedly the nicest. Middle one good but not quite as spectacular. Bunkhouse for more of a budget approach.
Date of stay: November 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Warren D, Owner at Ulumani Treetops Rainforest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 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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Reviewed 3 November 2018

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

Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Warren D, Owner at Ulumani Treetops Rainforest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2020

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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Reviewed 11 September 2018

Warren picked us up from the airport and could not have been more helpful, he took us into town for the supermarket (even though it is the opposite direction to the lodge). We had booked the cottage which has one room with a double bed and a single and then there are 2 singles in the living area. Huge bathroom and Kitchen so you can self cater if you want. We had opted to do our own breakfast and lunch and Warren supplied dinner. We did some birdwatching and snorkelling - all tours I would recommend. Good view of the Raggiana BOP and amazing soft corals on the snorkelling and WW11 trip. There is also a snorkelling trip to a shipwreck which was also amazing with many clams and corals.
Thoroughly recommend - but just so no surprises you do need to walk up a muddy track to the room, no issue to us but good to know.

Room tip: Cottage is the best and the highest.
Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Carol H
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Warren D, Manager at Ulumani Treetops Rainforest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Thank you for visiting and the review.
We are pleased you have enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to having more guests to show them around too.
Cheers!

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Reviewed 25 August 2018

I traveled with a friend to Ulumani Treetops and had a fabulous experience! The bungalows are gorgeous, safe, have electricity in the morning and evening, hot water. The views from the bungalows are incredible. The bungalows and verandas are decorated with flowers from the gardens. Warren supplies mosquito coils, fresh fruits daily, soap. Warren and his family take great care of their guests- cooking meals, arranging waterfall walks, bush hikes, village visits.

Absolutely do not miss the canoe trip up the Dawa Dawa River! One of the most authentic PNG experiences as you go with individual guides in traditional outrigger canoes. Watch as hornbills soar overhead, parrots build nests, and butterflies flutter about.

There are no restaurants or stores in walking distance. Warren's sister prepares all the meals from local ingredients- carrots, green beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, chicken, fish, beef, sausage, eggs etc.

Thank you, Warren. Remember to give Smokey some treats from Emily and me :)

Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Warren D, Manager at Ulumani Treetops Rainforest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Thank you Bree and Emily.
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay here with us.
You seemed to be very cool about the environment and the weather though it was unpredictably.
Smoke has missed the delicious evening meals especially the leftover meat.
He is now back to his normal local diet.
Cheers.

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