Amboin is usually reached by private flight on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from Mt Hagen or Ambua Lodge. From the village it’s a short distance up the river to the luxurious Karawari Lodge. The lodge river trucks will take you to nearby villages such as Maramba, Marvwak and Chimbut, where traditional Sepik-style tree houses are still used. Singsings and re-enactments of the Mangamai skin-cutting ceremonies are all part of the deal. Special birdwatching tours to the Yimas Lakes can be organised.
The Karawari Lodge is a luxury base, operated by Trans Niugini Tours, for exploring the Sepik near Amboin. The main building, built in the style of a haus tambaran with impressive carved totem poles and stools, is surrounded by 20 mosquito-proofed bungalows. The lodge has dramatic views across the Karawari River and a vast sea of jungle. Tourists arrive as part of a larger itinerary or cruise on the MV Sepik Spirit and it’s possible to opt to stay at nearby villages (far less luxurious).