PNG Mask Festival With Sepik River Canoe Safari

# Group Tour

PNG Mask Festival With Sepik River Canoe Safari

11 Days from $6,060 per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
11 Days
Group Tour
Culture and Archaeology
Off The Beaten Track

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.

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Price from $6,060 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 - Rabaul

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.

Day 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - Port Moresby

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.

Day 11 - Depart Port Moresby

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.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?

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

Area Specialist

Claire Pote

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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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.

Mr PS - Ipswich

Route Map

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Kokopo Beach Lodge: -4.341693, 152.270937
In Wewak Boutique Hotel: -3.550000, 143.633333
Wagu Guesthouse: -4.379276, 142.727905
The Stanley Hotel and Suites: -9.438127, 147.182669