2017 PAPUA NEW GUINEA TOURS, CULTURAL FESTIVALS AND EXPERIENCES
2017 Festivals, Sing-Sings and Cultural Tours – Rates in US Dollars
KOKOPO NATIONAL MASK FESTIVAL – from $580 11-15 July 2017
Four nights’ half-board accommodation at the Rapopo Plantation Resort, Kinavai Ceremony, full day Rabaul and Kokopo land tour or Duke of York Island visit. Double occupancy rates: Garden Bayside room $580 per person. Premier Poolside room $635pp, Premier Suite $710 pp. Festival passes to be bought on site as the rate is set just prior to the event. 2016 rates were 50 Kina ($18). Extensions for the end of the Warwagira music festival (14th and 15th). Extensions for island visits and island stays possible.
AMBUNTI CROCODILE FESTIVAL- 3 to 7 August 2017 – limited availability
$1700 USD per person including flights, 2 sharing, $1300 USD per person including flights, 4 sharing
Port Moresby to Wewak flight, one night In Wewak Boutique Hotel with dinner and breakfast. road and canoe transfers, two nights full board Ambunti Lodge in the Middle Sepik with day trips to the Upper Sepik villages, Crocodile Festival passes, return to Wewak via canoe and road, one night in In Wewak Boutique Hotel with dinner, flight back to Port Moresby.
AMBUNTI CROCODILE FESTIVAL - 3 to 9 August 2017 – limited availability
$2300 USD per person including flights, 2 sharing, $1710 USD per person including flights, 4 sharing
Port Moresby to Wewak flight, one night In Wewak Boutique Hotel with dinner limited availability and breakfast. road and canoe transfers, four nights full board. Ambunti Lodge in the Middle Sepik with day trips to the Upper and Middle Sepik villages, Crocodile Festival passes, return to Wewak via canoe and road, one night in In Wewak Boutique Hotel with dinner, flight back to Port Moresby. Info here.
MOUNT HAGEN THREE-NIGHT SING-SING PACKAGE 18 - 21 August 2017: $1650 in an Executive room including flights, limited availability. Three nights’ full board accommodation in the Highlander Hotel, airport transfers on the 18th and 21st, transfers to the show grounds and back on the 19th and 20th. Includes show pass and return flights from Port Moresby flights. Single occupancy: $2690
MOUNT HAGEN FOUR-NIGHT SING-SING PACKAGE 17 - 21 August 2017: $2035 in an Executive room including flights, limited availability.
Four nights’ full board accommodation in the Highlander Hotel in an Executive room, Paiya mini-show on the 18th with 12 iconic tribes, airport transfers on the 17th and 21st, transfers to the show grounds and back on the 19th and 20th. Includes show pass and return flights from Port Moresby flights. Single occupancy: $3295
2017 MT HAGEN DISCOVERER SHOW TOUR 11-day/10-night unescorted program
18 August - 28 August, 2017: $9,498 USD basded on two sharing will all domesitc flights.
The Discoverer is a 11-day/10-night unescorted program, providing a unique opportunity to discover the culture and ecosystems of the world's second largest island. The highlight of the Discoverer program is attendance at the famous Mount Hagen Cultural Show, a world famous cultural gathering of many of the opulently decorated cultural groups of this incredibly diverse land. The program includes 2 nights at Rondon Ridge lodge, 2 nights stay at Karawari lodge in the Sepik region, 2 nights in Tari at Ambua Lodge and 2 nights at Lake Murray which is Trans Niugini Tours newest facility, as well as a night at Airways Hotel at the beginning anf end of the tour. All meals, transfers and tours are included.
VISTA MOUNT HAGEN SHOW TOUR: 13-day/12-night fully escorted tour 10 to 22 August 2017: $10,178 based on two sharing with all domestic flights
The Vista is a fully escorted 13-day/12-night program that provides a stunning view of Papua New Guinea. The journey begins with the stunning vista of Ambua Lodge overlooking the Tari Valley, home of the Huli. Then fly to a special cruise on the Sepik River aboard the MV Sepik Spirit, the perfect way to discover a rarely visited corner of the globe. After the cruise, relax at Karawari Lodge, which is located in the Sepik Region. From there, fly into the Western Highlands to feature the highlights of a flamboyant and colourful people the spectacular Mt Hagen Cultural show, providing an incredible vista of cultures from all over Papua New Guinea. In a land of nearly 800 languages, there is no better place to see so many gathered in one place.
PANORAMA HAGEN SHOW TOUR: 14-day/13-night escorted tour
18-31 August 2017: $11,170 baased on two sharing with all domestic flights
Panorama is a carefully planned 14 day/13 night escorted trip. It begins with the famously vibrant Mount Hagen Cultural Show and continues on to some of Papua New Guinea's most iconic places, the Sepik region, Lake Murray and the Southern Highlands.
GOROKA FESTIVAL HIGHLANDS JOURNEY 2017, 10 – 18 September 2017, fro $7361 including all domestic flights
The Goroka Highlands Journey is an 9-day/8-night guided, unescorted program. This program takes you on a journey through the Highlands and Sepik cultures. Beginning in the Southern Highlands at Ambua Lodge - home of the flamboyant Huli people. Thirteen species of birds of paradise, human hair wigs and spectacular views await the intrepid traveller seeking the ultimate journey.
Your journey continues to Karawari Lodge, perched on a ridge overlooking the Karawari River and the Sepik Basin. You will learn about the amazing ecology, culture and history of this remote and amazing corner of the planet.
From the Highlands fly to the resplendent Rondon Ridge, which boasts panoramic views of the Waghi Valley. From Mount Hagen a short flight will take you to the famous Goroka show where an array of sing-sing groups will dazzle your senses. Itinerary here.
COASTAL AND HIGHLAND TRIBES ESCORTED TOUR 11 nights 7- 18 September 2017 - $3195. including flights, single supplement $350. Culminates at the Goroka Festival.
Rabaul, Kokopo and Duke of York Islands for three nights, Mt Hagen for 2 nights with its amazing birdlife and the Melpa people, Asaro Mudmen village stay and private Sing-Sings with three nights' accommodation in a rustic lodge, Goroka two-day festival with three nights' accommodation in air-conditioned guest house accommodation close to the show grounds. Includes meals except lunches in Rabaul, and lunches and dinners in Goroka, includes internal flights, show entry, activities, transfers, Sing Sings, guiding. More info here and interactive itinerary here
GOROKA SHOW PACKAGES – from $950 14-18 September 2017 - Flights included - availability limited.
Thursday 14th: fly in from Port Moresby
Friday 15th: full-day Asaro Mudmen village visit and Asaro Sing-Sing (the best Asaro visit around)
Saturday 16th: VIP passes for Goroka Show
Sunday 17th: VIP Passes for the Goroka Show
Monday 18th: Fly back to Port Moresby
$950 pp in basic but clean and pleasant accommodation next to the show ground with shared bathrooms. Room only, meals available nearby. Town centre shuttle service included. No single supplement.
$1050 based on 2 sharing an air-conditioned guest house 5 minutes’ walk from the show grounds, with breakfast. Town centre shuttle service included. Single occupancy $1230.
SEPIK RIVER MINI-EXPEDITIONS including flights
From $1200 per person in a group of four
From $1940 per person in a group of two
Any time of year, for a four-night trip. Flights to Wewak from Port Moresby. One night at In Wewak Boutique Hotel, three days and two nights visiting the Middle Sepik and Blackwater Lakes, one night at In Wewak Boutique Hotel. Full board. Highlights: A motorised dug-out canoe trip in the Upper and Middle Sepik, visiting Palimbei and Kanganaman village and their “Crocodilemen” and the even more remote Blackwater lakes. Experience diverse landscapes, enter spirit houses, meet ancient tribes and local artisans.
ORO PROVINCE GUEST HOUSES AND TUFI RESORT 5 nights from $1310 pp, full board, including flights
Wednesdays to Mondays due to flight schedules.
Weds: Fly from Port Moresby to Tufi 1445 - 1610, night at Tufi resort in a Deluxe Bungalow
Thurs: Speed boat ride down the coast passing the fjords to Jebo Beach, walk up to Orotoaba Guest House. Village visit, garden visit, waterfall walk. Night at Orotoaba.
Fri: Optional dawn start to look for Raggiana Birds of Paradise. After breakfast walk down to Jebo guest house. Outrigger trip, fishing, snorkelling.
Sat: Outrigger transfer to Garewa guest house. Waterfall visit, snorkelling, fishing.
Sun: Speed boat ride to Maclaren Sound for the Tufi Cultural Experience and Sing Sing. Komoa Beach BBQ, afternoon fjord kayaking or relaxing at the resort, Night at Tufi Resort in a Deluxe Bungalow
Mon: 0840 flight to Port Moresby, landing 1010.
Based on two sharing, , three nights in village guest houses and two nights at Tufi Resort in: