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

The 08 to 25 July 2019 / 18days /.From 6400 € :

COMPLETE for 2019

    • Level of difficulty: Way to easy
    • Highlights: Immersion, discovery of forgotten villages, Festival, Adventure, culture
  • Support: Companion bilingual french/English/pidgin

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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.

Following this, in a second time, Let's go to 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 8 July 2019) : 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 9 July) : 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.
Accommodation : Comfortable hotel. Meals : D-D-PD

Day 3 (Wednesday 10 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, the 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.
Accommodation : Comfortable hotel. Meals : D-D-PD

Day 4 (Thursday 11 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.
Accommodation : Comfortable hotel. Meals : D-D-PD

Day 5 (Friday 12 July) : TO KIMBE
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 !
Accommodation : Comfortable hotel. Meals : D-D-PD

Day 6 (Saturday 13 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 the village. The small island has beautiful boxes of perched at initiation 5 or 6 meters above the ground and many carved poles that reflect the intense ritual activity different clans of the community.
Accommodation : Summary cell in village guesthouse. Meals : D-D-PD

Day 7 (Sunday 14 July) : TO 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...).
Accommodation : Summary guesthouse in village - meal : D-D-PD

Day 8 (Monday 15 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...
Accommodation : Summary guesthouse in village - meal : D-D-PD

Day 9 (Tuesday 16 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.
Accommodation : Summary guesthouse in village - meal : D-D-PD

Day 10 (Wednesday 17 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 one 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.
Accommodation : Summary guesthouse in village - meal : D-D-PD

Day 11 (Thursday 18 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.
Accommodation : Comfortable hotel. Meals : D-D-PD.

Day 12 (Friday 19 July) : TO PORT MORESBY
Return to Port Moresby in the day and preparation of the expedition the next day to the Gulf province.
Accommodation : Comfortable hotel. Meals : D-D-PD.

Day 13 (Saturday 20 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.
Accommodation : Summary homestay - meal : D-D-PD

Day 14 (Sunday 21 July) : GULF FIRST VILLAGE FESTIVAL
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 : Summary homestay - meal : D-D-PD

Day 15 (Monday 22 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.

Accommodation : summary in village homestay. Meals : D-D-PD

Day 16 (Tuesday 23 July) : GULF - MOVEAVE FESTIVAL
Great day of festival, with all the masks and dancers from the village coming parade and parade. A unique chance to experience the incredible diversity and creativity, as well as the strength of the traditions, in this region.
We spend a second night in this village.
Accommodation : summary in village homestay. Meals : D-D-PD

Day 17 (Wednesday 24 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.
Accommodation : Comfortable hotel. Meals : D-D-PD

Day 18 (Thursday 25 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).

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 : 8420 EUR / participant

Base 5 Persons : 7550 EUR / participant

Base 6 Persons : 6900 EUR / participant

Base 7 Persons : 6600 EUR / participant

Base 8 Persons : 6400 EUR / participant

These prices include :

– All air transfers from Singapore (flight international and domestic)

All land transfers as mentioned in the program.

-Private vehicles for all transport except the aircraft.

– The services of French-speaking guide for Port Moresby.

-Accommodation in double room accommodation mentioned in the program.

-Our 24 h/24 on-site support.

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

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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