MASK FESTIVAL OF RABAUL - KAPO INITIATION CEREMONY - MASKS SECRETS OF THE GULF

The 06 to 23 July 2020 / 18days /. From 6800 € :

  • Support: Companion bilingual french/English/pidgin
  • Flights, meal, surroundedt understood and from Singapore
  • Level of difficulty: Way to easy
  • Highlights: Immersion, discovery of forgotten villages, Festival, Adventure, culture

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PRESENTATION OF THE TRIP

This journey of exploration in search of the most beautiful masks of Papua begins at Rabaul, to attend the festival of masks that allows to discover the incredible variety of dances and adornments of the new Britain with including the dances of the fire of the Baining tribe or the dukduk the Tolai, but also, the masks Sulka.

Following this, the second part of the trip offers the unique opportunity to explore the West coast of the island of new Britain, a region away from travelers and modernity. The month of June, July and August, are those ceremonies and initiations. A great opportunity to see rare and spectacular rituals including the members of the group will be the privileged guests ! The journey leads us to the remote island of Kapo where held a ceremony of circumcision. We will attend the preparatory steps, at the feast and dances that surround this event of utmost importance.

We're finally leaving, the discovery of the little-known but spectacular masks of ethnic groups that inhabit the Gulf Province, West of Port Moresby, the capital. It is in this region rich of cultural diversity without equal and yet totally unexplored will end our discoveries.

THE PROGRAM

Day 1 (Monday 6 July 2020) : SINGAPORE TO PORT MORESBY WITH AIR NIUGINI PX293 FLIGHT TO 20.25
Arrive in Singapore at least four hours prior to departure.
We can also take care of the flight from the France if you wish.

Day 2 (Tuesday 7 July) : PORT MORESBY AT RABAUL
PORT MORESBY AT RABAUL
Arrival early in the morning at Port Moresby airport, capital of Papua New Guinea, and registration for the next flight, towards Rabaul. In the morning, departure to Kokopo, the new capital which replaces Rabaul, and installation in the city at Kokopo village Resort. This hotel is comfortable and has a beach, allowing you to good rest after this long trip.
Transfer: AIR NIUGINI POMRAB / Bus
Comfortable hotel. Rapopo Resort
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 3 (Wednesday 8 July) : OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL OF RABAUL – KINAVAI
Very early, worms 4 in the morning, the festival of the masks of Rabaul opens by the Kinavai, one of the most impressive rituals of the Tolai society. At sunrise of the day, duk - duk (of the spirits incarnated by impressive masks covered with leaves) dancing on the dugouts before joining the beach to open the festival. In the morning begins, Rabaul festival, dedicated to the cultures of the islands of the Bismarck Archipelago : a unique opportunity to discover the masks and dances of many native groups from across the region (Bainings, Tolais, Kairak...). Guests to discover the Tavurvur volcano and the city of Rabaul.
Transfer: Bus
Comfortable hotel: Rapopo Resort
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 4 (Thursday 9 July) : FESTIVAL OF RABAUL
The second day of the festival of Rabaul allows you to discover all the variety of masks and dances of the region. You take advantage of this day to Rabaul.
Baining fire dance in the evening.
Transfer: bus
Comfortable hotel: Rapopo Resort
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 5 (Friday 10 July) : Shipping to Cape Gloucester
Very early departure by plane to Kimbe. Installation in hotel and preparation of your expedition to Cape Gloucester. Here again you can use your free time to enjoy the Ocean. This is also your last comfortable accommodation for several days !
transfer: PNG AIR RABHKN
Comfortable hotel: Walindi Resort
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 6 (Saturday 11 July) : DEPARTURE FOR THE ISLAND OF KAPO

First, it takes an hour thirty truck to reach the beach of departure of our expedition, then embark on a motor boat to reach the isolated island of Kapo (3 hours of navigation). Arrival in the afternoon, installation and discovery of this island village where they make intensively of shell money.
Overnight in Guesthouse summary kapo
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 7 (Sunday 12 July) : COMMUNITY ON THE ISLAND OF TAMUNIAI
In the morning, you embark on 5 navigating to Tamuniai hours, a small charming island in the air of tropical paradise with sandy beaches. On the way, If the Papuans cross a school of fish, they will no doubt throw a line in the evening everyone can taste the local gastronomy. The afternoon is dedicated to the discovery of the traditional activities of the community (tobacco cultivation, copra...).
Transfer: Bus / boat
Overnight in Guesthouse summary kapo
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 8 (Monday 13 July) : DISCOVERIES AROUND TAMUNIAI
Day past goshawks of the island, on the surrounding coral reefs and discovering the different activities of the inhabitants of the island : tobacco cultivation, Gardens, Collections, etc...
Overnight in Guesthouse summary kapo
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 9 (Tuesday 14 July) : BACK TO KAPO WITH STEPS ON AN ISLAND
Exploration of the Islands on the way back to Kapo, where to begin the initiation ceremonies.
Overnight in Guesthouse summary kapo
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 10 (Wednesday 15 July) : ON THE ISLAND OF KAPO INITIATION CEREMONY
Today, the community celebrates the circumcision of young boys in and out of his wits. The whole village is abuzz : preparing the ornaments, traditional money exchange (necklaces of shells) until finally large masks out of the men's House to dance on the village square.
Throughout the day, the village is agog to prepare the ceremony of circumcision on the following day. Today, You can attend a sing-sing, a traditional dance, observe the preparation of a mumu, a feast community and especially to a day of celebration in a village at the end of the world.
Overnight in Guesthouse summary kapo
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 11 (Thursday 16 July) : BACK TO KIMBE
Early in the morning, children are circumcised. As soon as the ceremony ended, you leave the village of Kapo to join Kimbe by boat and then by car. The end of the afternoon will be devoted to rest in your hotel.
Transfer: Boat / Bus
Comfortable hotel: Walindi Resort
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 12 (Friday 17 July) : TO PORT MORESBY
Return to Port Moresby in the day and preparation of the expedition the next day to the Gulf province.
Transfer: Air Niugini HKNPOM / bus
Hotel comfortable: Hotel sanctuary
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 13 (Saturday 18 July) : TO THE GULF - TOARE VILLAGE
Morning departure to reach the village of Toare 4 hours to drive from the capital, in the Gulf Province. We settle on the edge of a beautiful beach, Homestay because there is no hotel in this village where tourists never come. It is here that we will discover different masks during a day of dances on the beach. The show is beautiful, in a dream setting.
Transfer: Bus
Night basic homestay in village Taore
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 14 (Sunday 19 July) : GULF FESTIVAL – TOARE
Day of festival of mask of the Western Gulf region, with at least five or six different masks. The show on the beach is a beauty !
We sleep here again in this village by the sea.
Accommodation: Night basic homestay in village Taore
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 15 (Monday 20 July) : GULF – MOVEAVE

We leave early in the morning, to get to the village of Moveave, along a river. Upon arrival,, We will discover a new lifestyle, but also a different atmosphere. We are located on a peninsula, between river and sea. Visit this great village, full of history. A unique chance to experience the incredible diversity and creativity, as well as the strength of the traditions, in this region.
Toare back for the night
Night basic homestay in village Taore
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 16 (Tuesday 21 July) : GULF - KARAMA
Visit and activity in the village of KARAMA.
Return to Toare for the night
Night basic homestay in village Taore
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 17 (Wednesday 22 July) : PORT MORESBY
Back to Port Moresby in the day, in 3 hours drive. Installation in a comfortable hotel and rest after these days in the village.
Transfer: Bus
Hotel comfortable: Hotel sanctuary
Meals: D-D-PD

Day 18 (Thursday 23 July) : TO SINGAPORE
Visits to the capital with its many new buildings, its completely renovated Museum and many visits, then departure to 14.20 to Singapore you can go back to Europe in the evening (arrival in Singapore at 7:00 pm).
Transfer: Air Niugini POMSIN

End of our services. Meals : PD

It is important to know that this trip needs to be in good physical condition.

Price per adult :

Base 4 Persons : 8800 EUR / participant

Base 5 Persons : 7950 EUR / participant

Base 6 Persons : 7300 EUR / participant

Base 7 Persons : 7000 EUR / participant

Base 8/9 Persons : 6800 EUR / participant

These prices include :

– All the air from Singapore or five flights

– All land transfers as mentioned in the program, bus, boat

– Private vehicles or hoteliers for all transport except air.

– The services of a French companion since Port Moresby

– The double room in the mentioned accommodation. Single possibility.

– Our 24-hour on-site support.

– Meals as specified in the program (PD = breakfast / D = lunch / D = dinner).

– entries to festivals and visits

These prices do not include :

-International flights to Singapore. We can make reservations for you if you want.

-The cost of visas (40 Euro area).

-Assistance repatriation insurance highly recommended.

-Drinks and personal expenses

-Any tips.

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