Oceania Expeditions helps travellers experience the culture, landscapes, history and wildlife of Papua New Guinea in the way that most appeals to them. The company offers small-group set departure dates where no more than 16 people take off on a guided journey, and also has a team that will design bespoke tailor-made private itineraries too.
There are three small-group tours currently being offered in 2015, and each has a focus on a particular festival that is of specific significance to PNG locals. The ‘Masks & Magic’ tour runs from 10 to 20 July, in correlation with the Rabaul Mask Festival, which takes in the Western Highlands of Mount Hagen, Port Moresby and the fjords of Tufi.
The ‘Highland Culture’ itinerary runs from 7 to 17 August, allowing participants to enjoy the Mt Hagen Show, sure to be a photographer’s dream with all the costumes, body paint and ornamentation that will be on parade.
Finally, the ‘Canoes & Drums’ journey runs from 30 October to 9 November, with travellers enjoying the Kenu & Kundu Festival in Milne Bay. Here, tribes from the 600 islands take part in canoe races and sing-sings, perform ritual exchanges, and play traditional drums and conch shells.
Prices for all tours range from AU$9300 to AU$9400, with a single supplement of $900 applicable to solo travellers.