Papua New Guinea tour, cultures & customs

“A 19 day, small group tour of Papua New Guinea, fully guided and staying in small hotels and homestays. With some internal flights to access this great country more quickly. A pretty active trip too. ”


Port Moresby | Eastern Highlands | Visit to Asaro Mudman village | Climb to Mount Gurupoka | Chimbu village | Madang | Boat trip to Siar Island | Rabaul, New Britain Island | Mt Tavurvur | Kinavai Ceremony | Annual Warwagira & National Mask Festival | Mount Kombui | Port Moresby Adventure Park | Daugo Island | Manila

Description of Papua New Guinea tour, cultures & customs

This Papua New Guinea tour is an adventurous one, discovering a truly pioneering destination with many areas still largely unexplored and unexplained. Travel on our 19-day small-group tour to this exciting corner of the world and discover the culture of this sparsely populated Oceanic country.

The Eastern Highlands offers tribal encounters and wonderful sing-sings performed by local villagers in traditional dress: partake in a spot of weapon making and enjoy a tasty 'mumu' lunch. Cruise Madang Harbour and dive into the azure-blue sea for a spell of snorkelling the colourful coral reef which teems with marine life.

Journey to East New Britain Province and immerse yourself in the culture and customs of the region. Meet curious village children on a visit to the truly stunning Duke of York Islands and come face to face with troublesome Mt Tavurvur on the windswept Gazelle Peninsula. Witness the traditional dawn Kinavai Ceremony which marks the start of the Warwagira & National Mask Festival in Rabaul town: experience the thrill of the procession of dukduks and tumbuans (masked forest spirits) emerging from the sea mist to the sound of tribal drums. Marvel at the spectacle of the fascinating Baining Fire Dance. This rite of passage applies to adolescent males who compete to attempt ever more daring charges through leaping flames to the accompaniment of chanting and singing from village elders: a once in a lifetime experience.

Embark on an adventure in Port Moresby, the bustling capital, with visits to the interesting National Museum and Parliament Haus which is built in the style of a haus tambaran (spirit house) before meeting the residents of nearby Fisherman's Island to discover PNG community life for this small fishing community.

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28 Jun 2019
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Responsible tourism: Papua New Guinea tour, cultures & customs


Papua New Guinea is a country where 'green' policies and principles are not exactly buzz words so it's all about the little things adding up to slowly start to make a difference. We are always talking to our local ground agents about the importance of stressing to clients the importance of basic responsible principles such as appropriate waste disposal, not to waste water, turning off lights on leaving the room in hotels, not replacing towels and bedding daily etc.
Our local agents are also keen to stress to visitors the importance of not straying from marked trails at historic sites, an important step towards maintaining the sites for future generations.

As a company we have introduced responsible practices in our UK office including paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic recycling. We also support local UK charities including the RNIB and various charities around the world. 50% of our office staff use public transport (bus and train) and cycle to work. Management encourages this with their introduction of the cycle to work scheme which offers subsidised cycle ownership.


By the very nature of life in Papua New Guinea all services are provided by local people. This includes your local English-speaking group guides, the drivers, local guides at various monuments/sites and hotel staff. All staff are paid a fair wage for Papua New Guinea and all wages are kept within the local communities thereby supporting local people. Furthermore, by visiting these hotels and sites additional income is brought into the region, further helping to develop the local area.

Importing food stuffs into Papua New Guinea can be prohibitively expensive so all of the food for meals included on the itinerary is sourced locally whether it is served in hotels or a local restaurant. All hotels on the itinerary are locally owned, managed and run.

Possibly one of the key positive benefits of visiting Papua New Guinea is the albeit sometimes small influence outside attitudes and cultures can make on the people of the country. Papua New Guinean's are always welcoming and friendly and keen to learn a little about Western ways. This holiday helps to allow each culture to learn a little about the other.

1 Reviews of Papua New Guinea tour, cultures & customs

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Braining Fire Dance in East New Britain

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for the unexpected - good and bad roads - some long days travelling

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Provide employment

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good for the serious traveller - not for someone who wants comfort all the

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