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There's much more to Kokoda than the Trail.

You don't have to walk the Trail to experience Kokoda's historical, cultural, and natural attractions. Kokoda Homestay offers visitors a unique holiday opportunity to enjoy traditional village life in a safe and beautiful setting. It's also perfect for trekkers needing a rest and time to slow down and enjoy the amazing Kokoda area. You can be as active or lazy as you like—it's your holiday.

You'll stay in a thatched guest house, eat fresh, locally grown foods and enjoy the cool (not cold!), clear mountain streams. The accommodation is not luxurious. It is very basic and there are few frills. However, the welcome and quality of care more than make up for the absence of traffic jams, TVs and vast shopping malls.

Some visitors will be interested in the unique birds and butterflies in the gardens and surrounding forests, while others will take the opportunity to learn traditional crafts. If you prefer, just lie back, relax and enjoy your vacation.

If you don't feel like walking the entire Kokoda Trail you can take day walks along short sections of it with local guides who know every part of the forest and its history. Many people prefer to remain in the Kokoda Valley and visit some or all of the Homestay villages there, where both Orakaiva and Biage cultures are represented.

Your own tour
Because each village offers something different, you choose places to stay that offer what you want. Most villages are only a few kilometres apart so you can easily move between them. Walking is the normal mode of local transport and porters are always available. If your prefer, a vehicle can usually be arranged (at additional cost).

What is Homestay?
In Kokoda Homestay villages your accommodation will be a traditional guest house. These stand about a metre above the ground to allow air to circulate. They have skilfully thatched roofs that keep you dry and shaded.

Guest houses have a wooden floor and are divided into rooms to provide privacy. Being built in the traditional way means they don't have doors and there's no glass in the windows, so it's a good idea to carry a mosquito net.

One person from the village will sleep next to the door to ensure only guests enter the building and to provide assistance should you need it.

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  Guest huse room

Your Homestay includes all meals. The food is simple but highly nutritious. All the villages have extensive gardens that provide fresh, nutritious vegetables and fruit. Meat is used sparingly except for ceremonial occasions, partly due to its limited availability and also due to religious practices in some villages. Simple breads are a popular addition to meals, as are fresh eggs, noodles and spreads. All villages can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

All villages have excellent clean water supplies.

Other services
As well as food and a place to sleep, each Kokoda Homestay village provides you with a porter (should you need one) and an English-speaking guide. Your guide will accompany and assist you in every way possible until you are introduced to the next village.
Each village has its favorite, special places and your guide is available to take you to any that you wish to visit. This may involve walks ranging from five minutes to a full day. Birds and butterflies abound in the area and watching them is a popular activity. Villagers are also happy to teach you the basics of their traditional crafts, always a great way to get to know people better.

Who gets the kina*?
Part of the money each village receives from Homestay visitors pays the people who look after you (guides, porters, cooks, gardeners and so on). The rest goes towards improving village facilities and especially their elementary schools, which receive almost no support from the government.

  *A kina (PGK) is the basic unit of PNG currency.Current exchange rates are available here.

We were looked after 24 hours a day

"The village people allowed us to become members of their community for a short time, and each day they displayed their caring, kind and thoughtful nature to us ensuring we were looked after 24 hours a day." Peter Close

"Each village has its own unique character and nearby attractions. All are extremely welcoming of travelers."

Read the full article at Dave's Travel Corner. It includes handy suggestions for accommodation in Port Moresby and Popondetta.

A fantastic opportunity for anyone wanting an alternative to the usual tourist package...

"If the majestic scenery doesn’t soon captivate and charm you the people of Savaia and Foke Villages soon will. From the moment we stepped off the Sunbird we found ourselves surrounded by warm, friendly and giving people who soon became ‘family’. They are enthusiastic to share their knowledge and culture and have retained community and family values that are often lacking in our society.
"In no time at all you will be an active part of village life and find yourself engaged in diverse activities such as weaving mats and grass skirts, beading, making traditional bilums, assisting in garden duties or playing sport with the kids. Our hosts ensured we were well provided for and safe at all times, traditional, fresh fruit and vegetables arrived with efficiency and pride. The ingenuity of people especially children was inspiring. For instance, a flooded creek was easily traversed with the construction of a log bridge. It was incredible to see young boys, at most 10 years of age, taking responsibility in the process and showing great pride in their accomplishments.
"The homestay is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wanting an alternative to the usual tourist package. We are certainly glad we took the opportunity to visit Savaia and Foke Villages as part of Kokoda Homestay and wait with anticipation to return next year." Dianne Young

We all agreed it was an amazing experience...

"After walking the trail in July four of our group went to Foke village for a homestay for four days. We all agreed it was an amazing experience. The welcome they gave us really blew us away and the villagers could not do enough for us. The accommodation and food were great but, most of all, the people of the village made our stay something we will never forget." Noel Francis

Kokoda Homestay is generously supported by the Rotary Club of Bendigo.


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Updated 4 January 2018


Many villages in the Kokoda area
are located on steep hills
a long way from local rivers.

Villagers walk considerable distances
each day to cart water and wash.

Water on tap in the villages makes
an enormous improvement
to the lives of adults and children.

$8000 has already been dontated
and the first three tanks
are already being installed.

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Kokoda Homestay offers...

Home-style accommodation


Village life and activities
away from the tourist trail

Walks to suit all ages and abilities

Superb scenery

Kokoda Trail
(but only if you want to)

Unique wildlife

Knowledgable guides


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Beleni family's guest house
Beleni family's guest house



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