From  £6380
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Tour an Asaro Mudman village
  • Explore interesting Madang town
  • Cook a megapode egg in volcanic waters
  • Watch the Tolai tribe Kinavai Ceremony
  • Marvel at the Baining fire dance
  • Visit a traditional fishermans village
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Cultures & Customs of Papua New Guinea

18 Day Tour, from £6380 per person
Itinerary Dates
2018
29 Jun  -  17 Jul

Papua New Guinea is a country of adventure. Offering a heady mix of traditional tribal encounters, jungle exploration in wildlife-rich environments and pristine sandy beaches, Papua New Guinea is as diverse as they come.  And how best to explore the country’s myriad of experiences than on our Regent exclusive small-group tour. Fly to Papua New Guinea and head to the Eastern Highlands to discover the life of a Highlander: enjoy village visits and colourful sing sings in Goroka district and watch a fascinating Asaro Mudman performance which you’re unlikely to forget! End in East New Britain Province and attend the enthralling Wagwagira & National Mask Festival. Witness the atmospheric early morning Kinavai ceremony performed by the local Tolai tribe and discover still-active Mt Tavurvur, pretty Simpson Harbour and witness a traditional Baining Fire Dance.

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE
Fly to Port Moresby, via Manila.
DAY 2
PORT MORESBY
PORT MORESBY

Arrive in Port Moresby and transfer to the hotel. The afternoon is free to relax after the long flight. Dinner is included tonight. (B/D)

DAY 3
GOROKA
GOROKA
Fly to Goroka.Land and head out on a tour of the Asaro Mudman village. Enjoy a traditional fire making ceremony and enjoy a tasty "mumu" lunch before crossing the spectacular Daulo Pass. (B/L/D)
DAY 4
GOROKA
GOROKA
Climb to Mount Gurupoka this morning and be rewarded with fantastic views of the Asaro valley and Daulo Mountains. Explore an ancestral cave and watch a Ghost Dance show. In the afternoon explore Goroka's market, the coffee factory and JK McCarthy Museum. (B/D)
DAY 5
GOROKA
GOROKA

Travel to a local Chimbu village and learn a little of their traditional way of life. Learn the ancient skills of making musical instruments, weapons and bilum (string bags) used by many local Papua New Guineans. Overnight Goroka. (B/D)

DAY 6
GOROKA TO MADANG
GOROKA TO MADANG
Enjoy a scenic drive through lush terrain heading towards Madang. En-route stop at Kamaliki Village for a dance performance and enjoy a photo stop at Yonki Hydro Dam. (B/D)
DAY 7
MADANG
MADANG

Head out early morning for a bird watching experience. PNG is home to an abundance of endemic bird species so this morning is designed to head out in search of these colourful inhabitants. Return to town and discover Madang town. Visit the museum to see ceremonial headdresses, jewellery and musical instruments at the small but interesting museum. Visit the Coastwatchers Memorial Beacon and take a stroll around the local market. Afternoon free at leisure. (B/D)

DAY 8
MADANG
MADANG

Drive to Hobe Village and watch a traditional sing-sing performed by local villagers. Enjoy a tasty Madang-style lunch using fresh, organic produce from the village gardens. Return to the hotel. En-route stop to explore Bialek Habitat which is home to a small popualtion of river turtles and eels. (B/L/D)

DAY 9
MADANG
MADANG

Head out on the (hopefully not so) high seas! Enjoy a cruise around Madang Harbour. Visit tiny Siar Island and enjoy the chance for a spot of snorkelling on the colourful reefs around Pig Island, the area is home to an abundance of marine life including captivating clown fish colonies. A BBQ lunch will be enjoyed on one of the islands. The afternoon is free at leisure. (B/L/D)

DAY 10
MADANG TO RABAUL
MADANG TO RABAUL
Fly to Rabaul via Port Moresby. Drive to the hotel and relax for the afternoon. (B/D)
DAY 11
RABAUL
RABAUL

Drive to Rabaul. En-route stop to visit the U Boat tunnel and explore the nearby war tunnels. These tunnels were built by prisoners of war during WWII and used by the Japanese during thier occupation. Enjoy lunch in the iconic Rabaul Hotel before continuing to the nearby New Guinea Club museum and Admiral Yamamoto's bunker. Visit the Gazelle Peninsula, home to troublesome Mt Tavurvur. Learn about the curious megapode birds who lay their eggs in the volcanic ash to incubate - try your hand at cooking one in a steaming pool. End the day at the Volcanological Observatory to enjoy panoramic views of Simpson Harbour below before returning to Kokopo town. (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 12
WARWAGIRA & NATIONAL MASK FESTIVAL / KOKOPO
WARWAGIRA & NATIONAL MASK FESTIVAL / KOKOPO

Head down to the beach early morning to watch the Tolai tribe's Kinavai ceremony which commences the 24th Warwagira & National Mask Festival. Enjoy the spectacle of dukduks and tumbuans (masked forest spirits) emerging from the sea to the beating of traditional kundu drums as the sun rises - this is a real highlight of the trip and an extremely atmospheric experience. Return to the hotel for breakfast before driving to Rabaul for a harbour cruise. This cruise will take you up close to Mt Tavurvur and Mt Kombui as well as the stone 'beehives'. Return from the cruise and explore Kokopo town with visits to the market, Vunapope Church and Kokopo Museum. (B/D)

DAY 13
WARWAGIRA & NATIONAL MASK FESTIVAL
WARWAGIRA & NATIONAL MASK FESTIVAL

Today is dedicated to attending the festival. Transport to and from the festival is by shared hotel shuttle allowing you to come and go as you wish. Enjoy an early dinner before this evening enjoying a fantastic Baining Fire Dance. Groups of adolescent village boys compete to run through blazing flames as the village elders chant, a truly wonderful spectacle to behold. (B/D)

DAY 14
RABAUL TO PORT MORESBY
RABAUL TO PORT MORESBY

Fly to Port Moresby. Land and visit the Port Moresby Adventure Park which is home to a range of wildlife including the elusive Bird of Paradise. Also visit the fascinating National Museum which is crammed with interesting artefacts and see the neighbouring National Parliament. (B/D)

DAY 15
PORT MORESBY
PORT MORESBY

This morning board a boat and head out to Daugo Island, also known as Fisherman's Island, a short journey from Ela Beach. Visit the white sand beach for a spot of swimming before taking a tour of the fishing community who live on the island. (B/L/D)

DAY 16
PORT MORESBY TO MANILA
PORT MORESBY TO MANILA
Fly from Port Moresby to Manila. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B)
DAY 17
MANILA
MANILA

This morning jump in a traditional Filipino jeepney for a fun tour of the city. Explore the city with visits to the historic walled city of Intramuros, San Agustin Church and peruse the market in Quiapo. (B/L)

DAY 18
DEPARTURE
Return to the airport and fly back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

18 day tour, from £6380 per person
(Single person supplement + £1250)

Price Includes

  • Return economy class flights with Philippines Air from London Heathrow to Port Moresby
  • Internal economy class flights as stated with Air Niugini
  • Meals as stated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing with English speaking driver-guide
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any meals not listed on the itinerary
Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
29 Jun 2018
-
17 Jul 2018
£6380 £1250

Tour Route Map


  1. Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby
  2. Papua New Guinea, Goroka
  3. Papua New Guinea, Madang
  4. Papua New Guinea, Rabaul
  5. Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby

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