PNG Mask Festival With Sepik River Canoe Safari
This 11 day / 10 night itinerary focuses on two unique locations and is perfect for those with limited time who want a taste of the cultural variety in PNG. 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. A concise itinerary taking you well off-the-beaten-track and seeing some of PNG’s most interesting tribes.
Depart Singapore on Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby.
Includes In-flight Meals.
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.
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.
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.
Early morning boat trip for Dolphin watching. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, visit a village near Kokopo and enjoy the local fresh cuisine, cooked by heated stone. Afternoon at leisure.
Staying at Kokopo Beach bungalows. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer to the airport and catch Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby. Afternoon visit to the Adventure Park.
Staying at Stanley Hotel and Suites. Includes Breakfast.
Early morning visit to Varirata National Park to see the Ragianna Bird of Paradise. Later, transfer to the airport. Catch Air Nugini flight to Singapore.
Includes In-flight Meals.
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The Stanley Hotel and Suites is a modern, luxurious accommodation option in Waigani – the Government and Commercial heart of Port Moresby. Directly connected to Port Moresby’s only integrated shopping complex, Vision City Mega Mall, guests have easy access to restaurants, bars, a bank, cinema and nightclub. With well-appointed standard and deluxe rooms offering five star amenities, and even more luxurious suites providing access to the exclusive club lounge, the Stanley has everything guests may need for a comfortable and convenient stay in the city.
Many rooming options are available, from standard twins to deluxe and executive Kings, to corner and junior suites and the Presidential suite on the top floor. Rooms offer commanding views of either the beautiful pool area or the Owen Stanley mountain range. Guests staying in suites have exclusive access to the Executive Club Lounge facilities as well as kitchens and dining areas. The hotel has six impressive dining options, ranging from buffets at the Green Haus Restaurant, to snacks on the pool deck, to fine dining in the Silver Leaf. Meals are also served in the Club Lounge, and the Mezz Bar on the 19th floor serves exquisite cocktails.
The hotel has six dining options, a cocktail bar, conference facilities, a ballroom, a 40-metre lap outdoor swimming pool, spa, gym and grocery store. Rooms have either queen, king or super king beds, free Wi-Fi, bathrobes and slippers, safety deposit boxes, hairdryers, mini-bar, TV, air conditioning, luxury toiletries, coffee and tea facilities, telephone, alarm clock, iron and board, en-suite bathroom and work desk. Suites also have dining rooms and kitchens and provide access to the executive club lounge facilities.
Due to its premium location, the Stanley is a great base from which to explore the local attractions of Papua New Guinea's capital city. Visit the nature park or adventure park for a fun day out, or rent a boat to visit fisherman's island. The new harbourside development feature five great restaurants. Alternatively, on-site, guests can relax on the large pool decking, indulge in a spa treatment or use the gym.
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.
Flush toilet and cold water shower, adjacent to the main accommodation building. Mosquito nets provided.
Cultural tours along the Sepik River and its tributaries. Bird watching.
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.
En suite bathrooms, two restaurants, bar, lounge, direct dial telephones, TV, fridge, laundry service, swimming pool, sundeck area and Wi-Fi.
Cultural activities in the nearby Pagwi region.
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.
En suite facilities, TV, balcony, bar, restaurant, lagoon swimming pool, private beach, conference centre, gift shop, laundry service, room service and Wi-Fi,
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.
Cruises around the harbour, trips to Duke of York Island, climbing of Mount Kombui volcano, bird watching, diving and snorkelling.
Are International Flights Included?
Return flight with Air Niugini from Singapore to Port Moresby are included. Please enquire for flight fares from London Heathrow.
May to October
If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
It is difficult to comprehend that the holiday is over. PNG is a special, amazing place where you still feel like a traveller/explorer, not a tourist. The images of the extremely varied birds, culture, people and scenery will remain with me always. Thank you for arranging it!
About 90 percent of the tour was wonderful. Reggiana’s Bird of Paradise displaying on the first afternoon, awesome! Food was superb throughout (a first for Shirley and I!). Logistics were essentially smooth and punctual. Regarding the lodges Raintree Lodge served it’s purpose, a comfortable base. Rondon was contemporary and well appointed (lovely rooms). Kumul was, as expected, rudimentary but an experience enhanced by THAT BIRD FEEDING STATION!). I was literary just two metres away from a Bird of Paradise! Wailindi was relaxing and very efficient. Everywhere the people were so affable and welcoming!! Incomprehensible levels of diversity regarding the culture, remarkable.