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Rabaul Mask Festival & Kavieng

                          Mon, 6th July 2020                                Thu, 15th July 2020

  • Duration: 11 days

  • Age: Open

  • Locations: Rabaul, Kavieng & Port Moresby

  • Experiences: Culture, History & Nature

  • 3 days attending the Rabaul Mask Festival (Culture)

  • 2 days of guided land tours and water activities

  • 3 days extended Kavieng tour (Culture/Nature)

  • 3 days of transit & overnight (Port Moresby/ Rabaul/ Kavieng/ international flight)

  • Price includes three domestic airfares

Day 1: Monday 6th July, 2020

Arrive in Papua New Guinea

  • Pepeta tour staff will warmly welcome you at Jackson's International Airport, Port Moresby. They will assist with your luggage and transfer to your hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, Port Moresby.

  • Dinner can be at the hotel or Port Moresby harbourside.

Day 2: Tuesday 7th July, 2020

Domestic flight to Rabaul

  • Your Pepeta tour guide will assist with hotel check out, arrange your airport transfers and check in to your resort accommodation.    

  • The afternoon is yours to do any of the resort activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, fish feeding or visit the Kokopo market.

Day 3: Wednesday 8th July, 2020

Attend the Mask Festival day 1

  • Attend the Mask Festival day 1 with your Pepeta PNG tour guide.

  • The first day of the festival includes the 'Kinavai' - the arrival of the Tolai Tubuans at dawn. To experience this, you will arrive at the venue (Kokopo Beach) at around 6:00 am.

  • Return to the resort for breakfast and then transfer to the Mask Festival venue.

  • Your Pepeta tour guide will escort you to the festival, you will learn about diverse sing sings and traditional costumes. A great opportunity for photographs.

  • Lunch will be taken together at the nearby Gazelle Peninsular Hotel.

  • Return to the resort in time to freshen up for dinner.

  • Evening activity, Baining Fire Dance:

    • Attend Local traditional dancing “Baining Fire dance” from the Baining people of mainland East New Britain.  The night-time traditional dance, gives you a rare opportunity to experience initiated young men perform dances through blazing fires amidst evocative chanting by their elders.​

    • This event is dependent on availability and your tour guide will advise.

Day 4: Thursday 9th July, 2020

Attend the Mask Festival day 2

  • Attend Mask festival show day 2 with your escorted tour guide.

  • Continue to experience the diverse cultures, singsings and dances from the local areas and other parts of PNG.

  • Lunch at Gazelle Peninsular Hotel.

  • Dinner at Rapopo Plantation Resort.

Day 5: Friday 10th July, 2020

Attend the Mask Festival day 3

  • Attend Mask festival show day 3 with your escorted tour guide.

  • Continue to experience the diverse cultures, singsings and dances from the local areas and other parts of PNG.

  • Lunch at Gazelle Peninsular Hotel.

  • Dinner at Rapopo Plantation Resort.

Day 6: Saturday 11th July, 2020

Full day tour of Rabaul/Kokopo region

  • Group tour with experienced local guide: A full day, land tour of Rabaul/Kokopo region visiting some of the sites steeped in the history that has shaped the East New Britain of today. In an airconditioned vehicle you will visit old Rabaul town, learning about WWII history and the devastating 1994 volcanic eruptions before heading into Kokopo, the new town, to experience arguably the best market in PNG and visiting the WWII museum.

  • One of the highlights of this tour will be a 45 minutes hike each way up to the top of Mt Tavurvur, currently the most active volcano in Rabaul. Once on the top the view is spectacular with stunning view of Rabaul township, Simpson Harbour , Matupit Island and the crater view of Tavurvur volcano itself.

  • The tour will stop for lunch at an agreed time.

  • You will return to the resort in time to freshen up for dinner.

Day 7: Sunday 12th July, 2020

Water Activities and Flight to Kavieng

  • Dolphin swim and snorkelling at WW2 Japanese Zero fighter.

    • An experience not to be missed! After a short boat ride you will arrive at a place where the dolphins congregate every day. Your friendly guides will assist you to get in the water with your snorkelling gear and while holding a rope attached to the boat, see these amazing animals swimming playfully alongside you. 

    • Following the dolphin swim you will be taken to the shallow water site where a Japanese Zero fighter was shot down during World War 2. Here you can snorkel in the clear water and view the remains of the crashed plane.

  • In the afternoon you can prepare to checkout and transfer to your flight to Kavieng.

  • A late afternoon flight to Kavieng where your hotel staff will greet you and assist with transfers.

Day 8: Monday 13th July, 2020

Enjoy the tropical paradise

  • Beautiful Kavieng, a true tropical paradise.

  • Today there is a choice of three activities:

    • Kayaking or Paddle Boarding

    • Guided or self walking trails

    • Scuba Diving 

  • Dinner at your island resort restaurant.

Day 9: Tuesday 14th July, 2020

Enjoy the tropical paradise

  • The Kavieng region is truly a tropical paradise where you can experience many exciting activities.

  • We have selected these five activities for you to choose from over the next two days. Further details will be provided in the extended itinerary upon booking, or you are welcome to ask us any specific questions.

    • Land tour including the Tree House, freshwater eels and swimming hole.

    • Cycle tour to Kavieng town, bush and coast.

    • Snorkel plane and boat wrecks.

    • Guided fishing boat hire.

    • Island day trip

Day 10: Wednesday 15th July, 2020

Enjoy the tropical paradise

  • Continue with your choice of activities as above.

  • Bookings can be made through Pepeta PNG to secure your place.

  • All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner at your Kavieng accommodation are included in the tour cost.

 

Day 11: Thursday 16th July, 2020

Flight to Port Moresby & depart for home

  • An early morning flight back to Port Moresby to meet your international flight home

  • Pepeta staff will meet you at Jackson's International Airport and assist with transfer to your international flight.

  • If time permits a breakfast/lunch at a nearby cafe will be arranged.

A detailed itinerary will be provided at the time of booking.

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Price

  twin per person
$3,250 (US dollars)
approximately:
10,920 (PNG Kina)
$4,430 (Aust dollars)
€2,840 (Euros)
  single
$4,670 (US dollars)
approximately:
15,700 (PNG Kina)
$6,380 (Aust dollars)
€4,080 (Euros)

What does the total price include?

Three domestic return airfares with Air Niugini (PNG's national airline)

One night stay in Port Moresby including breakfasts

Five nights in Rabaul with including breakfasts

Mask Festival entry pass tickets

Full day land tour of Rabaul with experienced local guide

Four nights accommodation in Kavieng including breakfasts

Three lunches and Three dinners in Kavieng

All transfers to and from airport, festival and dinner venues.

What is not included?

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)

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