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The National Mask Festival was initially introduced in 1995 and is staged as an Annual National Event to promote the Mask Cultures of Papua New Guinea. It is staged in Kokopo each July and attracts displays and performers from all over the country, providing opportunities to see both common and rare masks. The three major genres of mask on display are the ancestor masks, spirit masks, and Tumbuan masks. Ancestor masks are designed to resemble or represent humans and often have holes in the eyes as a distinguishing feature. Small masks can be worn on the head during dances or ceremonies while other are mounted in homes and men’s houses to represent ancestors. Spirit masks represent non-human beings and are often designed to be mounted on walls and gables to protect the occupants of a home. Tumbuans are also a type of spirit mask but are larger in size and designed to be worn over the head and shoulders, or the whole body, during performances of dances and mime that illustrate goings-on in the spirit world. There is no other occasion on PNG’s cultural calendar where such a wide range of masks can be seen in one place, along with their accompanying dances and dramas. There will also be many stalls and displays with local artefacts, handicrafts and foods available for sale.

This tour can be taken as a standalone or as an addition to any of our other packages.


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  • International and PNG Domestic airfares as specified above
  • 5 nights' accommodation at Rapopo Plantation Resort  OR
  • 5 nights' accommodation at Gazelle Peninsula Hotel with laundry
  • Breakfast daily for 4 days (final day early departure, no breakfast)
  • Return airport transfers
  • Early morning excursion to see the Kinavai arrival
  • 2 days at the Mask Festival with lunch provided
  • 1 day at the Wagwagira Festival with lunch provided
  • Full day tour of Rabaul and Kokopo with lunch provided
  • Evening Bainings Fire Dance performance
  • site and entry fees, local guides and bottled water


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Prices are quoted in AUD, valid for 2018 BUT are subject to change without notice due to currency variations and increases in taxes. They cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. A $600 non refundable deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due no later that 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 30 days must be paid in full. See attached flyer for all trip notes. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.