Papua New Guinea,

Papua New Guinea’s Mask Festival 2022 With Madang, Goroka and Sepik River Canoe Safari

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Group Tour
13 Days
From 5888
Culture and Archaeology
Off The Beaten Track
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Tour Introduction

13 Days from 5888 per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote

This 13 day / 12 night itinerary is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the rich cultural variety of PNG in great depth. The group will commence with a visit to Rabaul to witness the annual Mask Festival, an extravaganza of local colour, dancing and ritual performance, where tribes from outlying islands come together to meet and compete in various canoe and dance festivals culminating in the iconic Baining Fire Dance. We combine this with a visit to some seldom-visited villages along the Sepik River by motorised canoe, with a two night stay in a river settlement for a truly authentic taste of village life and culture. Madang adds beautiful coral islands plus rural tribes and we end with Papua New Guinea’s cultural capital Goroka, home to many distinct tribes including the famous Asaro Mudmen.

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Full Itinerary

Price from 5888 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Singapore

Depart Singapore on Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2
Rabaul

Arrive in Port Moresby. Meet with group and assisted with connection to Rabaul. Met and tfr to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Kokopo Beach Bungalows. Includes No Meals.

Day 3
Rabaul

Early morning departure on foot to nearby beach to witness the Kinavai ceremony with the arrival of Tubuan Spirit by boat. Retun to hotel for breakfast and then depart for a volcano tour, including a visit to the foot of Mt. Tavurvur Volcano. Later visit the mask festival venue.

Staying at Kokopo Beach Bungalows. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4
Rabaul

After breakfast, transfer by bus to the mask festival venue. Spend the day at the mask festival. In the evening, transfer by bus to Kainagunan Village outside of Kokopo. This is the home of the Baining Tribe. Enjoy the fire dance performance before returning to the hotel

Staying at Kokopo Beach bungalows. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5
Wewak

Transfer to the airport and catch Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby. Met and assited with connection to Wewak. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at In Wewak Boutique Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6
Sepik

Transfer by road to pagwi and then board motorised dugout canoe and commence the Sepik river canoe safari.

Staying at Wagu Guesthouse. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Sepik

Early morning visit to the rainforest to see the Lesser Bird of Paradise. Later, visit the Wasukuk area Blackwater tributaries, include Meno and Tonginmjam. enjoy a sing sing in one of the villages.

Staying at Wagu Guesthouse. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Wewak

Return to Pagwi by canoe and transfer by road to Maprik and enjoy a mini cultural show. Later, transfer to hotel in Wewak.

Staying at In wewak Boutique Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 9
Madang

Early morning transfer to the airport and catch flight to Madang. Transfer to the hotel for breakfast. Afternoon tour of the town including the Coast Watchers Memorial, Madang Museum and Bilbil village.

Staying at Madang Resort Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10
Madang

Morning harbour cruise to Siar Island, Pig Island and snorkelling. Later, visit Amele Villages, including Hobe, Suyao and Haya.

Staying at Madang Resort Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11
Goroka

Morning pick up from the hotel and transfer by road (c7-8 hours) to Goroka. Transfer to the hotel.

Staying at Pacific Gardens Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12
Goroka

Morning visit Asaro Village to see mudman performance and traditional “mumu” lunch. Afternoon visit to Chimbu Village to experience the traditional culture.

Staying at Pacific Gardens Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 13
Depart Papua New Guinea

Transfer to the airport. Catch flight to Port Moresby. Connect with flight to Singapore.

Includes In-flight Meals.

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Tour Accommodation

Papua New Guinea Coast and Beaches

Kokopo Beach Lodge

Overview

Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort is situated at Blanche Bay in the town of Kokopo in the province of East New Britain overlooking the beautiful Duke of York Islands with views to the Rabaul volcanoes.

Kokopo town has grown rapidly since 1994 when the eruptions of Tavurvur and Vulcan destroyed a large area of Rabaul.

Accommodation is in comfortable air-conditioned bungalows. The bungalows have private bathrooms and balcony (some with sea views) and mini bar and TV Other facilities include a lagoon swimming pool, a treetop bar, conference centre, gift shop with locally made crafts.

The lodge has a bar and a restaurant built in traditional PNG hauswin style and overlooks the view of the ocean and surrounding islands. A range of optional excursions can be arranged at the lodge including: cultural and historical tours of the New Britain peninsula. Excursions can be arranged to the active Mt Tavurvur, which continues to release, steam clouds and hiking, mountain climbing, snorkeling and caving.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
39
Facilities

En suite facilities, TV, balcony, bar, restaurant, lagoon swimming pool, private beach, conference centre, gift shop, laundry service, room service and Wi-Fi,

Local Wildlife

An abundance of bird life can be seen on the island, notably the Melanesian megapode. It lays and incubates its eggs in volcanic ash mounds, which are often dug up as a traditional source of food for the locals. The young are unusual in that they are born fully able to fend for themselves.

Optional Activities

Cruises around the harbour, trips to Duke of York Island, climbing of Mount Kombui volcano, bird watching, diving and snorkelling.

Papua New Guinea The Lowlands

In Wewak Boutique Hotel

Overview

In Wewak Boutique Hotel is a beautiful colonial-style property situated on a hillside on the outskirts of Wewak town overlooking the beautiful Bismarck Sea.

The rooms have private facilities, fridges, direct dial telephones, flat-screen satellite TV and air conditioning: the deluxe rooms also have private balconies. All rooms are cleaned daily and a laundry service is available.

There are two restaurants on site, both with good service and air conditioning. The Cocoa Café offers breakfast and lunch daily and the Vanilla Room serves dinner. The hotel has a small outdoor swimming pool and showcases excellent examples of local East Sepik Province artefacts and art throughout the building.

The hotel is ideally placed for trips in the Pagwi district, famous for its diverse culture, village worship houses and wildlife.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
68
Facilities

En suite bathrooms, two restaurants, bar, lounge, direct dial telephones, TV, fridge, laundry service, swimming pool, sundeck area and Wi-Fi.

Optional Activities

Cultural activities in the nearby Pagwi region.

Papua New Guinea The Lowlands

Wagu Guesthouse

Overview

Wagu Guest House offers very basic accommodation in a remote Sepik village. The beds provided have mosquito nets. There is a flush toilet and cold water shower adjacent to the accommodation building.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
6
Facilities

Flush toilet and cold water shower, adjacent to the main accommodation building. Mosquito nets provided.

Optional Activities

Cultural tours along the Sepik River and its tributaries. Bird watching.

Papua New Guinea Coast and Beaches

Madang Resort Hotel

Overview

A large comfortable hotel ideally located at the entrance of the beautiful Madang harbour. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and offers a range of accommodation types to suit all budgets from standard rooms to executive waterfront bungalows.

The standard rooms are small and simple with en suite facilities, while the spacious en suite premier rooms are much more comfortable and spacious, recently refurbished with flat screen tv and balconies overlooking Dallman Passage.

The hotel has two restaurants including the new “Haus Win” featuring open dining along the waterfront.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
120
Facilities

Private facilities, 2 restaurant, 2 bars, 4 swimming pools, tennis courts, air conditioned gymnasium and fitness centre, as well as a lagoon with kayaks and canoes available for guests. There is a dive shop with full PADI Dive training facility.

Local Wildlife

Hundreds of species of coral, small fish, larger pelagic species including barracuda, jacks, rays and turtles.

Optional Activities

Snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, jungle hiking, coastal boat tours and tours to BilBil village,

Papua New Guinea The Highlands

Pacific Gardens Hotel

Overview

The Pacific Gardens Hotel is a simple but comfortable hotel located in the lush Pacific Gardens Estate close to the airport in Goroka. The property, one of the best options in Goroka, is within a safe gated park with walking trails and BBQ area.

The hotel has a well-stocked bar and lounge, and a good a la carte restaurant serving international and traditional Papuan dishes.

The standard rooms are small and simple with en suite facilities, while the spacious premier rooms are set further away and much more comfortable and spacious, having en suite bathroom and direct dial phones. Wi-Fi is available in the main building (charged locally) and there are self-catering apartments for rent.

Other facilities include conference room, laundry service, room service, currency exchange, gift shop and pleasant gardens to enjoy.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
39
Facilities

Private facilities, restaurant, bar, lounge, direct dial telephones, Wi-Fi (charges apply), laundry service and currency exchange.

Optional Activities

Cultural tours in Goroka villages where the Asaro mud men tribes are found. The famous Goroka show is held every year close to Independence day (16 September), when over 100 different tribes from around the country gather to showcase their traditional dance, dress and music.

Route Map

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Kokopo Beach Lodge: -4.341693, 152.270937
Pacific Gardens Hotel: -6.064770, 145.393450
In Wewak Boutique Hotel: -3.550000, 143.633333
Wagu Guesthouse: -4.379276, 142.727905
Madang Resort Hotel: -5.208234, 145.810305

Departure Dates

Tour Dates
Adult Price
Single Supp
11/07/2022
5888
496

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

Yes

Flight Info:

Return flight with Air Niugini from Singapore to Port Moresby are included. Please enquire for flight fares from London Heathrow.

Best Visited:

May to October

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

We write to express our thanks for organising another highly successful special itinerary tour [to Papua new Guinea], despite the last minute changes to our tour schedule. We were very impressed with [your representatives]. They ran a highly professional service in all aspects. The three lodges, all with their own very special character, were well run with friendly staff, clean and with good facilities. The food at all three was excellent -including the vegetarian provision. The transfer arrangements…were excellent…The excursion opportunities at all the lodges were good.. .The three contrasting locations of the lodges…enabled us to sample three very different village cultures, and their remoteness and juxtaposition to primary rainforest. . .made for excellent wildlife viewing especially for birds.. .In all our world travels so far, we have never been able to match the very special experience that combined the comfort of these individually unique lodges.. .with the opportunities to explore some of the world’s dwindling rainforest and meet its ancient and charming peoples and witness its unique birdlife. To step outside our lodge cabin [at Tari] and observe three species of birds of paradise was just magic!