With welcoming locals, colourful island culture, and incredible tropical scenery there’s so much to see in Madang. The Madang Festival brings together all the cultural highlights from the region which is so rich in colourful customs and fascinating traditions.
As the cruise ship arrives in Madang you will be welcomed by a flotilla of traditional, decorated canoes paddled by smiling locals in bright, traditional dress.
Then, be lured by the tribal drums, song and spirited dance of the festival which brings together diverse cultural groups from around the country including highland, coastal and island regions. One of the groups you’ll see from the highland region are the famous Asaro Mudmen, known for their ghoulish clay masks decorated with shells and pig’s teeth.
Watch wood carving and weaving demonstrations and traditional dance performances by locals adorned with flowers, feathers, leaves, shells and colourful grass skirts.
Listen to the powerful beat of kundu (hand) drums, the main musical instrument used in Papa New Guinea. Most hand drums are shaped like an hourglass and made from wood and the skin of a snake, lizard or tree kangaroo that has been softened in water and stretched over the mouth.
Capture the unique customs, costume and dance of the coastal, midland and highland communities.
To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen. Make sure to bring bottled water.
Local roads may be unpaved, bumpy and dusty; passengers with back conditions should take this into consideration.
Tour transportation is not equipped with air-conditioning or public addressystems.