The Lik Lik Festival

Celebrate the exotic culture of PNG with a visit to the Lik Lik Festival. Meet and greet elaborately dressed locals, shop for arts and crafts or dance to the beat of the kundo drums. Experience the excitement of the elaborately decorated Lopo war canoes. Transfer by local bus to Alotau’s bustling and lively festival grounds for Wanigili, which means ‘a gathering of people’ where Traditional groups come from afar to perform Melanesian dances and rituals. The sounds of the hourglass-shaped kundu drums, vibrant chanting and singing fills the air. You’ll be warmly welcomed and then you set your own pace. Here, you'll find activities including the elaborately decorated Lopo war canoes, bearing up to 25 warriors traditionally dressed and displaying their paddling prowess. See the skills involved in manoeuvring a canoe and learn the various rituals involved (subject to weather). For centuries, kundu drums and canoes have been meticulously crafted from special woods under strict customs to achieve the best results and, to appease the gods. They play an important role in local ceremonies and rituals. Take a stroll around the Festival, enjoy the explosion of colour, and marvel at contemporary and traditional Papua New Guinea culture and entertainment. Browse through arts and crafts stalls and shop for souvenirs, locally made gifts and artwork created by contemporary local artists.
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  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Price

    Adult from $79.99
    Children (12 & under) from $79.99


Photo opportunities abound


Purchase (own expense) any of the tasty dishes served at the festival. Local cuisine includes a variety of nuts, fruits and vegetables. Chicken and pork are often cooked in a traditional fire pit called a mumu

Special Notes

• Please note that the times shown on Cruise Control reflect the first bus departure time, a shuttle system will run throughout the morning if you wish to visit the Festival or return to the ship inside these times. Please also be mindful of the last bus transfer, this will be noted by the staff at the landing site and the Festival • Please wear comfortable flat-soled enclosed shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, bring a hat, plenty of bio-degradable sunscreen and bottled water • Buses are not air-conditioned. No stops/drop offs will be made. All shuttles will depart and return directly to the pier
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