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Ecotourism Melanesia -  Festival Tours: Kalam
ESCORTED TOURS 2022 / 2023

Recommencing in 2022/2023 we are offering an annual calendar of fixed-departure soft adventure small group tours focused on authentic PNG culture. Each tour includes multiple village visits and at least one local festival or sing-sing.

Although you might normally be an independent traveller, joining a small group of like-minded travellers (usually between 6 and 10 people) escorted by one of our experienced Papua New Guinean tour leaders is a safe, hassle-free way of experiencing exotic rural areas of PNG and allows you to concentrate on enjoying the experience and capturing some of the most stunning cultural photography available anywhere in the world.

On our tours, accommodation in rural areas is at small local hotels and village guest houses - not tourist lodges full of other tour groups - and all the touring activities, sing-sings and demonstrations of traditional practices (sago making, tattooing, courtship rituals to name a few) take place in real local villages not in tourist centers or fake "cultural villages". We encourage locals to present themselves in full traditional costume ("bilas") for our visits without any Western clothing or gaudy plastic decorations. This facilitates high quality cultural photography.

Most of the sign-up escorted tours featured on this page are complete tour programs including internal air travel, accommodation, activities and most meals. For booking enquiries please email ecotourism.melanesia@gmail.com or send us a message.

If joining a group is definitely not your thing, you may wish to select an itinerary from our menu of independent touring packages. Our local guides will look after you at each destination as you proceed through your independent tour. Customised itineraries for travellers with special interests are also available.
Due to limited resources independent touring for the Mt Hagen and Goroka Show festivals is only available for small groups, min 4 people.

Ecotourism Melanesia -  Festival Tours

EM211W MILNE BAY CANOE AND DRUM FESTIVAL 5 nights - NOVEMBER 02-07 2022

4 nights Alotau, 1 night Port Moresby with local sightseeing and excursions to the festival.
The Milne Bay Canoe and Drum Festival celebrates the maritime traditions of Milne Bay Province, particularly the ocean-going outrigger sailing canoes used to travel between the islands for trade and people movement before the advent of motor boats and aircraft. The festival program includes war canoe races, canoe building, sing-sing dance performances, handicraft displays and markets, contemporary art and music.
Tour leader: Mrs Jane Toleitau

Ecotourism Melanesia -  Festival Tours EM204 ANZAC DAY PILGRIMAGE TOUR 7 nights - APRIL 18-25 2023

Wewak, Lae, Rabaul, Port Moresby (dawn service at Bomana War Cemetery) with optional extensions to Alotau/Milne Bay and Popondetta/Kokoda/Buna
Fully escorted small group tour, group size 6-16.
Tour leader: Mr Wing Wima (Ecotourism Melanesia historical guide)

Ecotourism Melanesia - Festival Tours EM207A RABAUL MASK FESTIVAL TOUR 12 nights - JULY 2023

Rabaul, Port Moresby, Wewak, Sepik River, Madang, Goroka
Fully escorted small group soft adventure tour, maximum 8 people.
Tour leader: Mrs Jane Toleitau (Ecotourism Melanesia senior tour escort)

Ecotourism Melanesia - Festival Tours EM208A SEPIK CROCODILE FESTIVAL & MT HAGEN SHOW TOUR 13 nights - AUGUST 2023

Port Moresby, Wewak, Ambunti (festival), Madang, Goroka, Mt Hagen (festival)
Fully escorted small group soft adventure tour, group size 6-16
Tour leader: Mr Wing Wima (Ecotourism Melanesia guide)

Ecotourism Melanesia - Festival Tours EM208W MT HAGEN SHOW WEEKENDER TOUR 5 nights - AUGUST 2023

5 nights Mt Hagen
Fully escorted 4 day program including Paiya village sing-sing
Tour escort: Mr Nickson Tani Korua (Ecotourism Melanesia guide)

Ecotourism Melanesia - Festival Tours EM208R MT HAGEN SHOW ROAD TOUR 11 nights - AUGUST 2023

Mt Hagen (festival), Goroka, Madang, Wewak/Sepik River
Fully escorted small group soft adventure tour, group size 6-16
Tour leader: Mr Espinol Paul (Ecotourism Melanesia senior guide)

Ecotourism Melanesia - Festival Tours EM209W GOROKA SHOW WEEKENDER TOUR 5 nights - SEPTEMBER 2023

2 nights Mt Hagen, 3 nights Goroka
Fully escorted 4-day program including Paiya village sing-sing, Asaro Mudmen trip
Tour excort: Mr Espinol Paul (Ecotourism Melanesia senior guide)

Ecotourism Melanesia - Festival Tours EM209R GOROKA SHOW ROAD TOUR 11 nights - SEPTEMBER 2023

Mt Hagen (festival), Goroka, Madang, Wewak/Sepik River
Fully escorted small group soft adventure tour, group size 6-16
Tour leader: Mr Espinol Paul (Ecotourism Melanesia senior tour guide)

Ecotourism Melanesia - Festival Tours EM209B GOROKA SHOW & KALAM CULTURE FESTIVAL TOUR 12 nights - SEPTEMBER 2023

Mt Hagen, Goroka (festival), Simbai (festival), Madang
Tour leader: Mrs Jane Toleitau (Ecotourism Melanesia senior tour escort)

EM210W MOROBE SHOW WEEKENDER 3 nights - OCTOBER 2023

3 nights Lae with escorted excursions to the Morobe Show
The Morobe Show is the last remaining true agricultural show in PNG. Held every October for over 50 years, it is a spectacle not to be missed! The first day (Saturday) is agricultural and industrial displays and demonstrations plus sideshow alley. The Sunday is the Morobe Sing-sing a full day extravaganza of cultural dancing and drama groups from all over Papua New Guinea.
Tour leader: Mr Wing Wima

Ecotourism Melanesia - Festival Tours MILNE BAY CANOE FESTIVAL TOUR 11 nights - OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2023

Lae (festival), Goroka, Alotau (festival), Port Moresby
(program not yet published)
Tour leader: Mr Wesley Momen (Ecotourism Melanesia senior guide)

Ecotourism Melanesia - Festival Tours KARIMUI SHOW TOUR 11 nights - NOVEMBER 2023

Port Moresby, Tufi (festival), Mt Hagen, Karimui (festival), Goroka
(program not yet published)
Tour leader: (To be advised)