Experience the Culture of Papua New Guinea During the Rabaul Mask Festival
In this eight-day itinerary, you’ll engage in the culture and natural beauty of Papua New Guinea complete with transfer and hotel assistance! During this unique multi-day adventure, you can enjoy various activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins and visiting the Kokopo market. You’ll also explore the region further while going on your Rabaul scenic tours.
The highlight for many is attending the Mask Festival over three days, where you’ll witness traditional Tolai Tubuans, diverse sing-sings, and costumes, as well as enjoy local cuisine. Evenings are filled with cultural experiences like the Baining Fire Dance. Your trip includes day tours of Rabaul and Kokopo, including a hike up Mount Tavurvur, known for its stunning views and volcanic activity. Your journey concludes with a flight back to Port Moresby and a head full of unforgettable experiences!
Highlights of the Tour
Experience the culture and natural beauty of Rabaul and Port Moresby
Savor the flavors of the diverse and unique local cuisines
Delve into the rich traditions of Papua New Guinea with the Mask Festival
Participate in water activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins
Hike up Mount Tavurvur, known for its breathtaking views and volcanic activity
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Jackson’s International Airport, Port Moresby
Minimum 2, maximum 8 travelers
- Two domestic return airfares with Air Niugini (PNG’s national airline)
- One night stay in Port Moresby including breakfasts
- Six nights in Rabaul including breakfasts
- Mask Festival VIP Pass/Entry
- Full-day land tour of Rabaul & Kokopo with a local guide
- Local tour guide during the festival days
- All transfers to and from the airport, festival, and dinner venues
- A personalized service by Pepeta PNG staff
- International flight
- Lunch/dinner in Port Moresby
- Additional day trip/activity fees (Diving, village trips, town tours, fishing, volcano site tours, WW2 relics/museum, etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- Other personal spending
- Visa fees
- Drinks (alcohol /water)
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Lightweight raincoat or umbrella
- Sarong or pashmina
- Casual, comfortable & conservative clothes
- Travel adapter
- Portable power bank
What to look forward to
Day 1 – Arrive in Papua New Guinea: Upon your arrival at Jackson’s International Airport in Port Moresby, a dedicated Pepeta tour staff member will extend a warm welcome. They will provide attentive assistance with your luggage and ensure a seamless transfer to your hotel, the Holiday Inn Express. You can choose to enjoy dinner either at the hotel or along the scenic Port Moresby harborside.
Day 2 – Domestic flight to Rabaul: One of our dedicated Pepeta tour guides will oversee your hotel check-out, seamlessly arrange your airport transfers, and facilitate your check-in at the resort. The afternoon unfolds with many resort activities at your disposal, including options such as kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, fish feeding, or a visit to the Kokopo market, allowing you to tailor your experience to your preferences.
Day 3 – Mask Day Festival Day 1: Get ready for a day like no other as we join the Mask Festival on its inaugural day, guided by our knowledgeable Pepeta PNG tour guide. The festival’s dawn spectacle, ‘Kinavai,’ features the majestic arrival of the Tolai Tubuans and commences around 5:30am at the beautiful Kokopo Beach venue. After this mesmerizing experience, you will return to your resort for a well-deserved breakfast before going on your journey to the heart of the Mask Festival.
Accompanied by our dedicated Pepeta tour guide, you’ll explore the festival grounds, gaining insights into diverse sing-sings and traditional costumes, which is an excellent opportunity for capturing memorable photographs. Later, you’ll convene for a communal lunch at the nearby Gazelle Peninsula Hotel. Upon your return to the resort, take some time to refresh before indulging in the evening’s cultural spectacle, the Baining Fire Dance. This extraordinary event showcases young men performing dances amid blazing fires, all set to the evocative chanting of their elders.
* Please note that the availability of this experience may vary, and your tour guide will provide guidance accordingly.
Day 4 – Mask Day Festival 2: Keep your adventure alive as we proceed to the second day of the Mask Festival, guided by one of our experienced tour leaders. Here, you’ll have the chance to witness a range of cultures, engaging sing-sings, and dances not only from the local area but also representing different corners of Papua New Guinea!
As the day unfolds, enjoy a delicious lunch and in the evening we’ll retreat to the Rapopo Plantation Resort for dinner, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and gastronomic delight amid the festival’s vibrant ambiance.
Day 5 – Mask Festival Day 3: On the third and final day of the Mask Festival, you can anticipate an enriching encounter enhanced by your experienced tour guide’s knowledge. Explore deeper into the mosaic of cultures, witnessing sing-sings and dances that showcase not only the local community but also a diverse array of regions across Papua New Guinea.
At midday, treat yourself to lunch and as the day draws to a close, we’ll sit down for an exceptional dinner at the resort as we reflect on a day brimming with cultural immersion and festive celebrations.
Day 6 – Full-day tour of Rabul and Kokopo Region: Get ready to go on a full-day group tour led by one of our experienced local guides. This land excursion will bring you into the history that has shaped present-day East New Britain. You’ll explore the region in air-conditioned comfort, beginning with a visit to the old Rabaul town, where you’ll learn more about World War II history and the profound impact of the devastating 1994 volcanic eruptions. From there, your journey takes you to Kokopo, the new town, where you’ll encounter what is often regarded as the finest market in all of Papua New Guinea and explore the WWII museum.
A tour highlight awaits as you go on a 45-minute hike to the summit of Mount Tavurvur, Rabaul’s most active volcano. At the summit, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views, including the picturesque Rabaul township, the tranquil Simpson Harbour, the idyllic Matupit Island, and an awe-inspiring view of the Tavurvur volcano’s majestic crater. The day’s itinerary also includes a well-timed lunch stop, ensuring you’re energized for the adventures that await. Finally, you’ll return to your resort, allowing you ample time to refresh before an evening of dining and relaxation.
Day 7 – Water Activities: Prepare for an unforgettable aquatic adventure that includes Papua New Guinea snorkeling and swimming with dolphins, as well as exploring the remnants of a WWII Japanese Zero fighter. As you go on this journey, you’ll set out on a brief boat ride to a location where these playful dolphins gather daily. Accompanied by our friendly guides, you’ll put on your snorkeling gear and, while securely tethered to the boat, have the remarkable opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures swimming alongside you in a playful display of natural wonder.
After your dolphin encounter, the adventure continues as you are taken to a shallow water site where a Japanese Zero fighter plane, a relic from World War II, was downed. Here, you can submerge into the crystal-clear waters and explore the remains of this historic aircraft beneath the surface.
In the afternoon, you’ll have the freedom to choose from a range of activities, whether it’s kayaking, more snorkeling, a relaxing swim in the pool, fish feeding, or a visit to the vibrant Kokopo market.
Day 8 – Flight to Port Moresby & depart for home: All good things must come to an end as you wave goodbye to PNG! On your final day you’ll catch an early morning flight to Port Moresby, where you’ll connect with your international flight homeward. Upon your arrival at Jackson’s International Airport, one of our Pepeta PNG staff will be on hand to extend a warm welcome, ensuring a hassle-free transition to your international departure.
If your schedule allows, you’ll be able to indulge in a delicious breakfast or lunch at a charming nearby café before your flight back home. This thoughtful touch offers you a moment of relaxation and a final taste of the local culinary delights before bidding farewell to Papua New Guinea.
Dates & Prices
July 8-15, 2024
$2,850 USD per person
- PGK 10,460 (PNG Kina)
- $4,060 (AUSD)
- €2,790 (Euros)
Please note that the price above is based on minimum requirement for up to 4 travelers.