Join us at the Canoe (Kenu) & Kundu Festival, a spectacular event showcasing the fascinating cultures of Milne Bay and surrounds. The stunning traditional canoes and kundu drums used in the festival are a significant part of the lives of the people of Milne Bay. The 'war canoes' are especially crafted from special woods in the same way as those made by local ancestors and the colours and patterns reflect upon the tribe and the area the canoe comes from.
This cultural highlight comprises dozens of canoes, some with 40 plus warriors, adorned in traditional dress and paddling to the beat of island drums, leaving a powerful impression. Races are held amid much rivalry and celebrated with just as much revelry. The dance performances are even more spectacular with brilliantly attired groups from all around Milne Bay. A festival not to be missed!
Day 1 - Arrival Milne Bay
Welcome to Papua New Guinea. Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be greeted and transferred to your connecting flight to Gurney, Milne Bay. (Flight not included). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (L,D)
4 nights Alotau International Hotel or similar
Day 2 & 3 - Kenu & Kundu Festival
After an early breakfast, by 8.00am you will be transported into the local village by traditional canoes for the Kundu Festival in beautiful Alotau, Milne Bay Province. You will spend all day at the festival arena.
The highlight of the program is the War Kenu and Kundu Festival, a small and friendly cultural show, allowing you to interact with the performers. The Kenu and Kundu Festival is a celebration of culture and tradition of War Canoes and inherited Kundu drums. You will witness canoe racing, traditional food exchanges including the popular Yam exchange, traditional sing-sings and dancing performances. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Fly to Mt Hagen via Port Moresby
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Port Moresby before connecting to your flight to Mt Hagen in the highlands (flight not included). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Kumul Lodge.
Kumul Lodge is one of the best known landowner eco-tourism lodges in Papua New Guinea. Made out of local materials, entirely owned and managed by local people and employing local guides you can be sure that your money is helping to support the people of the immediate area.
Their presence here helps to preserve the surrounding forest as a home for some of the most beautiful and unusual birds in the world. Kumul Lodge is working to raise local environmental awareness and in time hopes that this will lead to the area being declared a National Park. This evening watch the different species of Birds of Paradise fly into the lodge grounds for feeding. Overnight Bungalow at Kumul Lodge. (B)
Day 5 - Mt Hagen
Enjoy a full day at the Kumul Lodge where you can arrange your own independent activities. Some suggestions are:
Mountain trekking with a cave hotel stay -among others the wondrous, mystic and sacred Hagen Mountain with its historic sagas, stories and events (to be collected and written down)
Bird watching, orchid viewing, nature walks, frog and insect finding, natural swimming pool under a waterfall with large recreational area and picnic facilities, picnics in wonderfully scenic locations, star watching, ongoing environmental protection activities to achieve the status of a National Park
Your host staff at the lodge will assist you in organising activities of your choice. Overnight Bungalow at Kumul Lodge. (B)
Day 6 - Fly to Port Moresby
Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight back to Port Moresby. (Flight not included). Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Wellness Lodge. (B)
Day 7 - Departure
Early after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to meet your onward flight. (B)
- Meet and greet service on arrival Port Moresby, Milne Bay and Mount Hagen
- 6 nights accommodation
- 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
- English speaking local guide
- All activities as per itinerary
- Private transportation
- Entrance fees, sightseeing and permits
- International and domestic flights
- Travel and medical insurance
- All services, meals other than those indicated above
- Personal porters
- Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
- All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc
**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.
* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.
* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person plus any domestic airfares is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.