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Rabaul Mask Festival and Bains Fire Dance Package Papua New Guinea
Rabaul- East New Britain Province- Papua New Guinea
8 Days
50 Persons
English/Spanish
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Rabaul, Fire Dance, & Mask Festival Package Papua New Guinea - 8 Days 7 Nights

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Rabaul, Fire Dance, & Mask Festival Package Papua New Guinea 


DURATION: 8 Days and 7 Nights

DEPARTURE: July


BACKSTORY

Rabaul’s deserved title “The Pearl of the Pacific” has been substituted with “Pompeii of the Pacific” after Mother Nature unleashed its destructive forces via the volcano named Tarvurvur in 1994.

Rabaul ("mangrove swamp") was claimed by the German government in 1884 as the administrative-centre-to-be for German New Guinea. Rabaul town quickly flourished when Kokopo (Herbertshohe) was no longer considered suitable as an administrative centre. Under German rule, Rabaul boasted a Botanical Garden, hotels, casino, extensive wharves, shops, and government buildings. A sizable Chinese community occupied Rabaul, and they contributed greatly to the development of Rabaul in many ways.

Australian governance then prevailed in Rabaul from 1914- 1942. Rabaul continued to thrive as the capital of Australian mandated New Guinea until 1937 when volcanic forces caused the planned relocation of Australian administration to Lae. However by 1937, the Japanese government had other ideas for Rabaul, and invaded this town in January 1942. The Australian defence group known as “Lark Force” were routed by the Japanese. Under Japanese occupation Rabaul emerged as Japan’s largest base in the SW Pacific in WW2. Approximately 110,000 Japanese military garrisoned at Rabaul, supported by the Japanese air force and navy.

After WW2, Australia resumed administration of PNG including Rabaul. Despite the destruction of Rabaul by volcanic activity and intensive Allied bombing in WW2, Rabaul was rebuilt quickly as a strong commercial centre and beautiful township.

The eruption in 1994 witnessed the destruction and disintegration of Rabaul’s beauty and status. Despite this loss Rabaul still presents an allure and fascination for those who visit the area.


ITINERARY


Day 1 

Arrival on (Recommended) Flight PX 274 1515/1640. 

Once you arrive in at Tokua Airport you will be met by our guide who will promptly show you to your hotel via transfer bus to Kokopo Inn. Meet your group and leader for a welcome briefing at 6:30pm in the reception area of the resort, followed by an optional first night dinner at the resort restaurant.

Kokopo Inn (D)


Day 2 

Kokopo Town/Rabaul”

Wake up early to take in the views across the bay to the Volcano and Old Rabaul Town. After an early breakfast your guide will give you a brief on what to expect today before we depart the hotel around 7.30am.

Our tour of the area starts with a visit to Bitapaka War Cemetery, where the first Australians who fought here in World War I and World War II have been laid to rest. Here you will learn about the 22nd Battalion and the rich war history of Rabaul.

We then make our way out to Kokopo Town with a stop off at Rabaul Market. Here we take a stroll around the markets to explore. Make sure that you have some small denominations of PNG Kina (5-10 kina notes) so you can pick up some
trinkets here as well as try some local fruits or snacks.


After the markets we make our way to the Rabaul War Museum. Here we take a walk down memory lane and look at the history of the German and Australian settlers.

Our next stop is Blue Lagoon where we see some Japanese Barge Tunnels. These are tunnels built by the Japanese to conceal their Barges and to protect them from the bombing raids of the Allies in WWII. 

Head to the nearby volcano and hot springs. Stand at the base of an active volcano and marvel at the force of Mother Nature. 

Visit Yamamoto’s bunker. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was the genius behind Japan's early naval successes during World War II. He was based in Rabaul for a long period and commanded the Japanese Pacific fleet from a small bunker in the center of town. 

Across the street from Yamamoto's bunker we visit the remains of the Old Nuigini club where we will gain some insight of Rabaul "Pre–eruption" and Pre-Independence. 

Our lunch stop today will be at Hamamas Hotel in Rabaul. 

After lunch we visit the Submarine Base where the Japanese stored their Submarines during the war before a stop off at the Volcano Observatory – a look out over Old Rabaul and a fantastic photo spot.


The Japanese Tunnels are next on our agenda. We take a walk in the maze of tunnels, which goes down around 20m deep! The tunnels consist of 3 stories, including a kitchen and myriad escape routes. 

A busy day of sightseeing done, we head back to our hotel to relax for the evening.


INCLUDED ACTIVITIES THIS PORTION:

Kokopo - Bitapaka War Cemetery
Kokopo - Rabaul Markets
Kokopo - Rabaul War Museum
Kokopo - Blue Lagoon
Kokopo - Rabaul Volcano
Kokopo - Yamamoto's Bunker
Kokopo - Old Niugini Club
Kokopo - Japanese Submarine Base & Tunnels


Kokopo Inn (BLD)


Day 3 “Matupit Island”

Located directly across the bay from the currently active Tavurvur volcano, Matupit Island boasts a population of 200 to 300 people, many have resettled throughout the province following the 1994 eruptions.

In 1876 a German Trading Store was established on the island where there is still remnants of the wharf and coaling terminal. The German flag was then raised on the island in 1884, 26 years before the township of Rabaul was built.

On arrival you will be greeted by the islanders with frangipani leis (garlands) and you will be taken through the village stopping by the locals schools, church and craft market. You will have the opportunity to make purchases and also participate in traditional hand crafts and activities.

Visitors will see how island life is today and will get a feeling of how the local inhabitants survive on a day to day basis by seeing how important fishing and the collection of Megapode eggs are to the local economy. 

Kokopo Inn (BLD)


Day 4 “Kinavai Ceremony/Rabaul Mask Festival”


We transfer at dawn to view this world-renowned cultural experience. The Kinavai ceremony is a re-enactment of the landing of the Tolai People into Rabaul. The canoes paddle across the water at the break of dawn and you hear the canoes and the chants long before you see them. The stillness of the morning air coupled with the chants makes this a very unique experience.

After the Kinavai we return to the hotel for breakfast. 

We then enter our first day of the Mask Festival and witness local PNG cultures on display. Dance groups perform throughout the day here and you will witness an amazing assortment of colours, songs and instruments throughout the entire day. Each clan has a unique beat and each culture has distinct dances on show. 

Rabaul Hotel (BLD)


Days 5-6 “Rabaul Mask Festival/Bainings Fire Dance

After breakfast your leader will give you a briefing on what to expect today at the show. We will then transfer the group to the show grounds for more of the festival. You will be given free reign to around the festival at your own pace and take in the sites. 

You will want to come back early and have a swim and freshen up before we take on the evening's spectacle – the
world-renowned Bainings Fire Dance.

After an early optional dinner we will transfer the group up to Kainagunan or Gaulim Village in the Bainings Area, which is approximately 90 minutes drive from the hotel.

The Bainings Fire Dance is only performed by men from the Bainings clans, where they immerse themselves into the flames of the fire and escape the fire unharmed. 

The Bainings clan is one of few cultures in PNG which do not use the Kundu drum as their rhythmic percussion instruments. They instead use bamboo and the sound is just as unique as the fire dance itself. This is an exciting and unique ritual, which is not performed anywhere else in the world!

After the performance we will return back to our hotel. 

Kokopo Inn (BLD)


Day 6 

Early after breakfast, we will get ready for the dawn opening of the Wagwira & Mask Festival welcoming the Taubuans paddling on the canoe from their villages to open the Mask Festival, feary masks worn by elder men and initiated boys towards the Festival area with the beating of the kundu drums.

In the evening, we will drive back to the hotel for rest and dinner.

Kokopo Inn (BLD)


Day 7 

“Duke of York Island”

Each island around East New Britain has its own personality, its own story and its own set of traditions. The Duke of York Islands is the place to really explore and experience the real PNG. We will cruise round the islands and hear some of the history whilst taking in the wonderful array of colours and vibrancy of this small archipelago. 

On our voyage watch out for dolphins as well as the fancy dugouts and local fishing canoes. The waters around here are crystal clear azure blue lagoons with white sandy beaches and lush green vegetation, paradise in its truest form!

There's also the option today to stop on Mioko Island and learn more about traditional weaving, cooking and fishing, Your leader may be able to arrange for an optional island tour (cost not included). This includes a traditional sing sing and overnight stay in the village. Please talk to your leader in advance if interested in this option. 

Our tour today includes a barbeque lunch cooked on the beach of one of the islands.

We return to our hotel in the evening. 

Kokopo Inn (BLD)


Day 8

“Departure Day”

Farewell to your group and leader today after breakfast. There are no activities included today and you are free to depart at any time. 

(Recommended Suggested Flight: PX 275 0655/0815 RAB/POM) and transit to international departures.

*Included transfer to Tokua Airport for your flight out of Kokopo. 


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Includes

  • Accommodation ( Standard Room single ensuite with bathroom facilities ) at Kokopo 
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the last day
  • Transfers
  • Tours
  • Cultural performances
  • Entrance fees
  • Services of our tour guide who will guide on the full Rabaul
  • Inclusive of Wawagira & Mask festival and full tour escorts.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS


We recommend that you book and purchase domestic Air Niugini air sectors together with your international sectors - as it is cheaper when you purchase domestic air sectors from outside of PNG.


Domestic air sectors you are suggested to book and ticket (but can book any) are:


POM/RAB PX 274 1515/1640


RAB/POM PX 275 0655/0815

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Price Detail
Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Rabaul Mask Festival and Bains Fire Dance Package Papua New Guinea
Rabaul, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea
8 Days
50 Persons
English/Spanish
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Brief

Rabaul, Fire Dance, & Mask Festival Package Papua New Guinea - 8 Days 7 Nights

Tour Detail

Rabaul, Fire Dance, & Mask Festival Package Papua New Guinea 


DURATION: 8 Days and 7 Nights

DEPARTURE: July


BACKSTORY

Rabaul’s deserved title “The Pearl of the Pacific” has been substituted with “Pompeii of the Pacific” after Mother Nature unleashed its destructive forces via the volcano named Tarvurvur in 1994.

Rabaul ("mangrove swamp") was claimed by the German government in 1884 as the administrative-centre-to-be for German New Guinea. Rabaul town quickly flourished when Kokopo (Herbertshohe) was no longer considered suitable as an administrative centre. Under German rule, Rabaul boasted a Botanical Garden, hotels, casino, extensive wharves, shops, and government buildings. A sizable Chinese community occupied Rabaul, and they contributed greatly to the development of Rabaul in many ways.

Australian governance then prevailed in Rabaul from 1914- 1942. Rabaul continued to thrive as the capital of Australian mandated New Guinea until 1937 when volcanic forces caused the planned relocation of Australian administration to Lae. However by 1937, the Japanese government had other ideas for Rabaul, and invaded this town in January 1942. The Australian defence group known as “Lark Force” were routed by the Japanese. Under Japanese occupation Rabaul emerged as Japan’s largest base in the SW Pacific in WW2. Approximately 110,000 Japanese military garrisoned at Rabaul, supported by the Japanese air force and navy.

After WW2, Australia resumed administration of PNG including Rabaul. Despite the destruction of Rabaul by volcanic activity and intensive Allied bombing in WW2, Rabaul was rebuilt quickly as a strong commercial centre and beautiful township.

The eruption in 1994 witnessed the destruction and disintegration of Rabaul’s beauty and status. Despite this loss Rabaul still presents an allure and fascination for those who visit the area.


ITINERARY


Day 1 

Arrival on (Recommended) Flight PX 274 1515/1640. 

Once you arrive in at Tokua Airport you will be met by our guide who will promptly show you to your hotel via transfer bus to Kokopo Inn. Meet your group and leader for a welcome briefing at 6:30pm in the reception area of the resort, followed by an optional first night dinner at the resort restaurant.

Kokopo Inn (D)


Day 2 

Kokopo Town/Rabaul”

Wake up early to take in the views across the bay to the Volcano and Old Rabaul Town. After an early breakfast your guide will give you a brief on what to expect today before we depart the hotel around 7.30am.

Our tour of the area starts with a visit to Bitapaka War Cemetery, where the first Australians who fought here in World War I and World War II have been laid to rest. Here you will learn about the 22nd Battalion and the rich war history of Rabaul.

We then make our way out to Kokopo Town with a stop off at Rabaul Market. Here we take a stroll around the markets to explore. Make sure that you have some small denominations of PNG Kina (5-10 kina notes) so you can pick up some
trinkets here as well as try some local fruits or snacks.


After the markets we make our way to the Rabaul War Museum. Here we take a walk down memory lane and look at the history of the German and Australian settlers.

Our next stop is Blue Lagoon where we see some Japanese Barge Tunnels. These are tunnels built by the Japanese to conceal their Barges and to protect them from the bombing raids of the Allies in WWII. 

Head to the nearby volcano and hot springs. Stand at the base of an active volcano and marvel at the force of Mother Nature. 

Visit Yamamoto’s bunker. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was the genius behind Japan's early naval successes during World War II. He was based in Rabaul for a long period and commanded the Japanese Pacific fleet from a small bunker in the center of town. 

Across the street from Yamamoto's bunker we visit the remains of the Old Nuigini club where we will gain some insight of Rabaul "Pre–eruption" and Pre-Independence. 

Our lunch stop today will be at Hamamas Hotel in Rabaul. 

After lunch we visit the Submarine Base where the Japanese stored their Submarines during the war before a stop off at the Volcano Observatory – a look out over Old Rabaul and a fantastic photo spot.


The Japanese Tunnels are next on our agenda. We take a walk in the maze of tunnels, which goes down around 20m deep! The tunnels consist of 3 stories, including a kitchen and myriad escape routes. 

A busy day of sightseeing done, we head back to our hotel to relax for the evening.


INCLUDED ACTIVITIES THIS PORTION:

Kokopo - Bitapaka War Cemetery
Kokopo - Rabaul Markets
Kokopo - Rabaul War Museum
Kokopo - Blue Lagoon
Kokopo - Rabaul Volcano
Kokopo - Yamamoto's Bunker
Kokopo - Old Niugini Club
Kokopo - Japanese Submarine Base & Tunnels


Kokopo Inn (BLD)


Day 3 “Matupit Island”

Located directly across the bay from the currently active Tavurvur volcano, Matupit Island boasts a population of 200 to 300 people, many have resettled throughout the province following the 1994 eruptions.

In 1876 a German Trading Store was established on the island where there is still remnants of the wharf and coaling terminal. The German flag was then raised on the island in 1884, 26 years before the township of Rabaul was built.

On arrival you will be greeted by the islanders with frangipani leis (garlands) and you will be taken through the village stopping by the locals schools, church and craft market. You will have the opportunity to make purchases and also participate in traditional hand crafts and activities.

Visitors will see how island life is today and will get a feeling of how the local inhabitants survive on a day to day basis by seeing how important fishing and the collection of Megapode eggs are to the local economy. 

Kokopo Inn (BLD)


Day 4 “Kinavai Ceremony/Rabaul Mask Festival”


We transfer at dawn to view this world-renowned cultural experience. The Kinavai ceremony is a re-enactment of the landing of the Tolai People into Rabaul. The canoes paddle across the water at the break of dawn and you hear the canoes and the chants long before you see them. The stillness of the morning air coupled with the chants makes this a very unique experience.

After the Kinavai we return to the hotel for breakfast. 

We then enter our first day of the Mask Festival and witness local PNG cultures on display. Dance groups perform throughout the day here and you will witness an amazing assortment of colours, songs and instruments throughout the entire day. Each clan has a unique beat and each culture has distinct dances on show. 

Rabaul Hotel (BLD)


Days 5-6 “Rabaul Mask Festival/Bainings Fire Dance

After breakfast your leader will give you a briefing on what to expect today at the show. We will then transfer the group to the show grounds for more of the festival. You will be given free reign to around the festival at your own pace and take in the sites. 

You will want to come back early and have a swim and freshen up before we take on the evening's spectacle – the
world-renowned Bainings Fire Dance.

After an early optional dinner we will transfer the group up to Kainagunan or Gaulim Village in the Bainings Area, which is approximately 90 minutes drive from the hotel.

The Bainings Fire Dance is only performed by men from the Bainings clans, where they immerse themselves into the flames of the fire and escape the fire unharmed. 

The Bainings clan is one of few cultures in PNG which do not use the Kundu drum as their rhythmic percussion instruments. They instead use bamboo and the sound is just as unique as the fire dance itself. This is an exciting and unique ritual, which is not performed anywhere else in the world!

After the performance we will return back to our hotel. 

Kokopo Inn (BLD)


Day 6 

Early after breakfast, we will get ready for the dawn opening of the Wagwira & Mask Festival welcoming the Taubuans paddling on the canoe from their villages to open the Mask Festival, feary masks worn by elder men and initiated boys towards the Festival area with the beating of the kundu drums.

In the evening, we will drive back to the hotel for rest and dinner.

Kokopo Inn (BLD)


Day 7 

“Duke of York Island”

Each island around East New Britain has its own personality, its own story and its own set of traditions. The Duke of York Islands is the place to really explore and experience the real PNG. We will cruise round the islands and hear some of the history whilst taking in the wonderful array of colours and vibrancy of this small archipelago. 

On our voyage watch out for dolphins as well as the fancy dugouts and local fishing canoes. The waters around here are crystal clear azure blue lagoons with white sandy beaches and lush green vegetation, paradise in its truest form!

There's also the option today to stop on Mioko Island and learn more about traditional weaving, cooking and fishing, Your leader may be able to arrange for an optional island tour (cost not included). This includes a traditional sing sing and overnight stay in the village. Please talk to your leader in advance if interested in this option. 

Our tour today includes a barbeque lunch cooked on the beach of one of the islands.

We return to our hotel in the evening. 

Kokopo Inn (BLD)


Day 8

“Departure Day”

Farewell to your group and leader today after breakfast. There are no activities included today and you are free to depart at any time. 

(Recommended Suggested Flight: PX 275 0655/0815 RAB/POM) and transit to international departures.

*Included transfer to Tokua Airport for your flight out of Kokopo. 


-- END OF OUR SERVICES –


Includes

  • Accommodation ( Standard Room single ensuite with bathroom facilities ) at Kokopo 
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the last day
  • Transfers
  • Tours
  • Cultural performances
  • Entrance fees
  • Services of our tour guide who will guide on the full Rabaul
  • Inclusive of Wawagira & Mask festival and full tour escorts.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS


We recommend that you book and purchase domestic Air Niugini air sectors together with your international sectors - as it is cheaper when you purchase domestic air sectors from outside of PNG.


Domestic air sectors you are suggested to book and ticket (but can book any) are:


POM/RAB PX 274 1515/1640


RAB/POM PX 275 0655/0815

============================================

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Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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