Explore: Papua New Guinea


Papua New Guinea with Mahonia Na Dari

Our field expert led expedition to Papua New Guinea is based in beautiful West New Britain Province. We will explore the region in association with our NGO partner, Mahonia Na Dari, which translates to Guardian of the Sea in the local Bakovi language. This trip is open to high school age students on their own or with their parents or guardian. Students will obtain a Certificate of Proficiency in Marine Conservation.

MND’s Marine Education Environmental Program (MEEP) supports conservation of the natural marine environments and biodiversity of Kimbe Bay, increasing environmental awareness and inspiring local action to protect reefs, waterways, turtle nesting areas, sea grass beds, mangrove areas and cultural sites. The program includes practical sessions covering a wide range of subjects including marine biology, conservation, scientific survey methods, coral reef ecology, ecosystem connectivity, land use and human impacts on the marine environment and threats including climate change and adaptation practices. In addition, for the last 20 years, Professor Geoff Jones and his lab group based at James Cook University (Australia) have collected one of the most significant long-term reef monitoring data sets in the region and have published some of the most important studies to date in the fields of marine ecology and conservation.


July 6 to 17, 2020



 $8,500 (not including airfare)


Guidelines for Participation

We’re accepting high school age students on their own or with their parents or guardian for this expedition.


Trip Highlights

Upon Arrival in Port Morseby, the group will fly directly to Mahonia Na Dari (MND), an NGO based on the shores of Kimbe Bay, situated in the West New Britain Province (WNB) of Papua New Guinea. After settling into their bunk rooms at the MND facility, and getting a night’s sleep, students engage in an intensive five-day Marine Environment Education Program (MEEP).  

MEEP is a home-grown WNB PNG marine education initiative run by Mahonia Na Dari whose mission is “to understand and conserve the natural environment of Kimbe Bay and Papua New Guinea for the benefit of present and future generations.” Topics covered in the MEEP intensive include Environment, Biodiversity and Conservation, Shoreline Ecosystems, Marine Ecosystems, Mangrove Nursery, Mangrove Rehabilitation Project, Marine Vertebrates, Marine Invertebrates, Fish Biology, Coral Biology, Marine Interactions, Threats to Marine Environment, and Marine Conservation.  

After finishing 32 hours of coursework, field expeditions, and hands-on learning, students graduate with a Certificate of Proficiency in Marine Conservation.  Upon completion of MEEP, students will move to the adjacent Walindi Plantation for three days at the Walindi Resort.  Opportunities during the three days at Walindi will include SCUBA (if certified) or snorkelling on the outer reefs, Garbuna volcano hike, village walk Garu hot river tour and nature walks. 


Day 1           July 6     Depart USA (a flight for the group will be recommended)

Day 2          July 7     Overnight and layover

Day 3            July 8     Arrive Port Moresby

Days 4-8      July 9-13 MEEP course study, stay in bunk style rooms at MND

Day 9            July 14 Dive trip or snorkelling/activities, stay at Walindi Plantation Resort

Day 10          July 15 Volcano hike/activities, stay at Walindi Plantation Resort

Day 11          July 16 Half-day river and village/activities, stay at Walindi Plantation Resort

Day 12         July 17 Depart for USA

Terms of Payment

We will reserve a space on a particular program upon receipt of the $4,250 Deposit, processed as a donation through the Givvor fundraising platform, through the link above. Note that a portion of your trip is tax deductible, as a donation to the non-profit partner associated with the expedition.

For reservations received after May 29, final payment is due within five business days after the initial payment is made. 

Payment Includes:

Meals, lodging, activities, excursions, ground transportation, taxes, and gratuities. 

Payment Excludes:

Airfare, costs associated with passports or visas, baggage charges, trip cancellation/travel insurance and personal expenses. 

Travel Fees: If your arrival in Papua falls outside of the designated window(s) indicated in pre-trip materials, you will be charged a minimum of $200 to cover the cost of logistics. 

Transportation Details

International and domestic airfare and any internal flights during the expedition are not included in the cost of the trip. We have a travel agent that will assist you.

A $4,250 Reservation Deposit is required. The deposit is credited to your trip. Payment must be made via the provided link, on the Givvor platform. 

Final Payment: Final payment of the full tuition is due on May 29, 2020. For reservations submitted after May 29, final payment is due within five (5) business days after the initial $4,250 payment is made. Final payment must be made to the expedition for Terra Conservation Initiative via the provided Givvor link. 

If space is not available, the full $4,250 Reservation Deposit amount will be refunded, or if full payment has been made, the amount of the full payment will be refunded.

Waiting List: Wait-listed participants must include the $4,250 Reservation Deposit, which will be fully refunded if space does not become available. 

Withdrawal: If a participant withdraws from a program for any reason, the following terms will govern any refunds. For a withdrawal on or before May 29, all payments will be refunded, less the Reservation Deposit. For a withdrawal after May 29, no refunds of the $4,250 payment, payment in full, or (if applicable) group flight airline tickets will be made.

Cancellation: Terra Explore Expeditions further reserves the right to revoke a reservation when payment is past due. No refund of the payments made to date is provided in this circumstance. If Terra Explore Expeditions cancels a reservation on or before April 2, all payments will be refunded, less the Reservation Fee. If Terra Explore Expeditions revokes a reservation after April 2, the $4,250 payment and, if applicable, any non-refundable airline tickets, will be forfeited. If Terra Explore Expeditions cancels or revokes a reservation, written notification will be sent to the address provided on the application form. Leaving a program in progress, for any reason, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portion of a program. Terra Explore Expeditions reserves the right to cancel any program because of inadequate enrollment that makes the program economically unfeasible to operate or because of good faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If Terra Explore Expeditions cancels a trip prior to departure, a full refund of monies paid, except in the event the cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the trip as planned, in which case Terra Explore Expeditions will provide a refund and/or trip credit equivalent to monies paid. If Terra Explore Expeditions cancels the trip in progress, TEE will provide a prorated refund based on the number of days not completed on the trip. Terra Explore Expeditions will not be responsible for any refund for any expenses related to nonrefundable airline tickets.


July 6 to 17, 2020



 $8,500 (not including airfare)


Guidelines for Participation

We’re accepting high school age students on their own or with their parents or guardian for this expedition.


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