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2012 Rabaul Mask Festival - Momase Explorer Tours

This package includes the 2012 Mask Festival in Rabaul and Momase Discoverer tours. In Rabaul you will be experiencing the 2012 annual mask festival that depicts the strong world of spiritualism still practiced in modern Christian PNG. With the festival you will encounter amazing traditional, cultures and ecological beauty of the Momase region which encompasses the Morobe, Madang and Sepik provinces. The culture and wildlife expedition starts in Morobe Province through to Madang and Sepik. The package is designed to ensure one discovers some of the unique cultures and traditions of the Momase people including entering remote places rarely set foot by outsiders.

15 nights brief itinerary overview: 10th to 25th July 2012 covering Rabaul (Mask Festival), Bulolo, Asenki, Lae, Bogia, Madang, Wewak, and the Sepik River.

Day 1: Tues 10th, July 2012 - International flight/Rabaul
On arrival in Port Moresby transfer to domestic terminal and board Rabaul flight PX842 via Hoskins. The flight departs at 15:00 and arrives at 17:20. Overnight at Rabaul Hotel. (D)

Day 2: Wed 11th - Rabaul/Kokopo
Enjoy a full day at the festival ground. Overnight at Rabaul Hotel. (BLD)

Day 3: Thurs 12th - Rabaul/Kokopo
First half day attend Mask Festival. After lunch, transfer to Baining District and do light trekking, nature watch and village excursions. In the evening enjoy Baining fire dancing. Overnight at Rabaul Hotel. (BLD)

Day 4: Fri 13th - Rabaul/Port Moresby/Bulolo
Transfer to the airport and board flight PX253 at 10:30 and arrive in Port Moresby and board flight CG1520 at 15:30 for Bulolo. Overnight at Pine Lodge. (LD)

Day 5: Sat 14th - Bulolo/Aseki
Transfer to the Aseki area to see the Kuku Kuku people and visit the mummies. Iin the afternoon drive back to Pine Lodge and overnight. (BLD)

Day 6: Sun 15th - Bulolo/Gabensis/Lae
Transfer to Lae. En route stop at Gabensis area for tours. Overnight at Phils Motel and overnight. (BLD)

Day 7: Mon 16th - Lae/Madang
Brief tour of Lae before road transfer to Madang. On arrival check into Madang Lodge and overnight. (BD)

Day 8: Tues 17th - Madang/Bogia
Transfer to Bogia and tours Bogia and its villages. In the afternoon settle in and overnight at Anua Negu Lodge. (LD)

Day 9: Wed 18th - Bogia/Manam Island
Transfer by boat to Manam Island for a full day of activity and adventure. Overnight at Anua Negu Guest House. (BLD)

Day 10: Thurs 19th - Bogia
Visit several villages in Bogia for village and cultural studies. Overnight at Anua Negu. (BLD)

Day 11: Fri 20th - Bogia/Madang/Wewak
Transfer to Madang and board flight PX126 at 16:35 for Wewak. Overnight atWewak Surfside Lodge and overnight. (D)

Day 12: Sat 21st - Wewak/Kanganamun
Transferred to Pagwi for your canoe expedition. Visit the oldest Haus Tambaran along the Sepik River and overnight at Kanganamun Guest House. (BLD)

Day 13: Sun 22nd - Kanganamun/Palambe/Kamanabit
Transfer to Palambe by motorize canoe and hike inland for about 30 minutes and exploring the Palembe villages and visit the Haus Tambarans. Overnight Kamanabit village guest house. (BLD)

Day 11: Mon 23rd - Kamanabit/Chambri Lakes
Continue journey into Chambri Lake by motorized canoe and see potteries of all sizes, shapes, colors and patterns. Overnight at Kamanabit village house. (BLD)

Day 12: Tues 24th - Kamanabit/Wewak
Bid farewell to your friendly hosts at Kamanabit village and transfer to Pagwi and onto Wewak. Overnight at Wewak Surfside Lodge and overnight. (BLD)

Day 16: Wed 25th - Wewak/Port Moresby
After breakfast transfer to Wewak airport and board flight PX125 to Port Moresby and get your connection flight to your next destination. END OF PROGRAM.

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Brief overview & highlights for this tour program:

 15 nights program starts @ PGK8,690 per person - HURRY! Limited spaces available.

Tour Starts on the 10th July and ends on the 25th July 2012

Tour covers Rabaul for Mask Festival and the remote Aseki area, Lae, Madang, and the Sepik River.

 Highlights including the Mask Festival, Baining Fire Dancers, Aseki mummies, and Sepik Spirit House.

 Special discounts and commissons availble to travel agents.


Past clientele testimonies regarding the the Momase Discoverer tours.

" I enjoyed the Aseki Kuku-Kuku people very much. This encounter was an experience I will never forget." - McCommack - Sydney, Australia.

"I very much enjoyed the trip to Wewak and the Sepik River area. Seeby was very helpful and it was so interesting to see how the river people live in comparison to the Highlands. A complete contrast in every way, including the weather (wow, very hot and humid), so I do feel that I have seen some of the most striking and vivid areas of PNG in the space of two short weeks." - Jane, Ireland.


Aseki Mummies- Morobe Province
This people of Aseki preserve their dead mummies by making fire and smoke them. This mummy is taken from an image in the mountain side in Aseki, Morobe Province.
Village in Bogia - Madang
Against the backdrop of this picture is Manam Volcanic Island. Bogia villages are scattered along the coastline built on top of the white sandy beaches.
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