The Alotau Cultural Festival

Alotau is a place enriched with age-old culture and tradition and you can experience both at the Alotau Cultural Festival, a mini festival arranged especially for P&O Cruises’ guests. Witness elaborately dressed warriors performing to the powerful beat of kundu drums and traditional, adorned canoes raced across the water. Browse through market stalls for locally-made arts, crafts and souvenirs. You can also enjoy a relaxing massage by a professional local masseur at the beachside hut or have your hair braided. The experience is an absolute melting pot of Papua New Guinean culture in action. This mini festival is loosely based on the traditional Canoe and Kundu Festival. The canoe and kundu drum play a huge part in the lives of Milne Bay Province locals. Throughout history, both were widely-used in ceremonies and rituals and meticulously crafted from special woods, all under strict custom to derive the best results and appease the gods. The locals celebrate them both with the Canoe and Kundu Festival. First held in Milne Bay Province in 2003 the annual festival brings together around 3000 participants from far and wide. You tour also includes one return transfer to the Education Milne Bay Centre, a unique eco style facility located on the seafront where the mini festival is held. The Education Centre provides the perfect shady backdrop to relax amongst as the day unfolds. Shuttles travel regularly back and forth between the festival and ship. Special Notes: Driving on this tour is partially over unsealed roads that may be bumpy. Guests with visual or hearing impairments must travel with a companion at all times. This tour requires walking across grass, gravel and uneven surfaces and is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair, or those with limited mobility. To ensure your adventure is as comfortable as possible please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, bring a hat, plenty of sunscreen and bottled water. Your ticket also includes entrance to the Massim Museum and Cultural centre which you can wander through at your leisure to view carvings, exhibitions and images. Shuttles travel regularly back and forth between the Festival and ship.
  • Tour Code


  • Location


  • Activity Types

    Cultural Events

  • Experience Types

    Culture & History

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Fitness Level


  • Price

    Adult from $39.99
    Children (12 & under) from $39.99


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Special Notes

Please note that the times shown on Cruise Control reflect the first bus departure time, a shuttle system will run throughout the day if you wish to visit the Festival or return to the ship inside these times. Please also be mindful of your ships all aboard time and the time of the last bus transfer, this will be noted by the staff at the landing site and the Festival. Non air-conditioned buses operate this tour. No stops/drop offs will be made on this tour, all shuttles will depart and return directly to the pier. Please select a tour departure time. The return journey is at your leisure, please check onboard for the last shuttle time to ensure you get back to the ship in plenty of time.

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