The National Mask Festival is an annual event that takes place in East New Britain where local tribes gather to display their traditional attires and dances.
The festival usually starts at the break of dawn with a Kinavai Ceremony. This is when Duk-Duks or Tumbuans traverse across the seas, chanting and beating their drums until they reach the shore.
This Kinavai Ceremony is sacred to the Tolai people of East New Britain. It represents the migration of the New Ireland people moving into East New Britain as Tolai people.
The festival program usually begins between 9am to 10am, when local tribes from around Papua New Guinea have a time slot in which they display their different attires,chant songs and dance traditional dances- each with it's own unique story and importance.
We have a total of 840 different language speaking tribes in Papua New Guinea so you can just imagine the diversity of such a country. Each language speaking tribe has different cultural attires,dances,chants & beliefs.It is an experience of a lifetime to watch these tribes performing in their traditional attires with their songs and dances.
Few ideas how to spend your holiday while staying in Kokopo beach Bungalows resortWe all love holiday and many of us love to plan it out to the last detail , but if you have not started planning yet, here are few ideas on what you could do while staying in Kokopo Beach Bungalows Resort
Explore around Kokopo and Rabaul above and underwater .Even on a short visit you can explore many different areas of Rabaul Town and Kokopo Town .
Places like Japanese Tunnels, Hot Springs , volcano climbing or Kokopo Museum filled with World War to relics .
Also Kokopo and Rabaul have many cultural events coming up .
Like possibility to organize your own private Bainning fire dance, Whip dance or simply sit down and enjoy traditional Amidal String band performance.
This month we would like to invite YOU to explore above water as well as under water !
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Start your day with our spectacular DOLPHIN SWIM or come on an adventure with us and search for WILD DUGONGS in paradise.
The Advanced Open Water Course is a fairly easy courses to complete, as there are no quizzes, exams, or pool sessions.The Advanced Open Water Course is the next step on your scuba journey after Open Water and a course you should do some research on before you jump in! And that's what we are here for, let's talk you through what you AOW course will look like.
An introduction to the Advanced Open Water Course
In Open Water, you learned the basics of how to scuba dive. In Advanced, you are enhancing your skills, and learning how to think and act like a diver. It's the opportunity to gain more experience, continue your diving education and sample different scuba specialties under the supervision of an instructor.
We offer snorkeling at Japanese TanksJapanese World War II tanks are sitting upright on the sandy seabed in only 4 meters next to limestone cliff. The tanks are only few meters apart and there is the remains of landing barge nearby suggesting that the tanks were "sunk " during their unloading. Possibly, both were lost during an unsuccessful unloading operation. Or, both were deliberately dumped at the end of the Pacific War to prevent them from being captured by the Allies.
The tanks are in excellent condition considering their 50 years of immersion , although the guns are missing.
Discovered in the early 1990's by the MV Manta, as well as the remains of a landing barge.
This spot is located at Duke Of York islands, about 1 hour drive from Kokopo by boat.
Stay over night at Mioko local villageSeems that everyone is looking for authentic experience these days and Mioko village is bring just that .
9 Am departure. A Slow drive trough crystal clear water of Duke Of York island and arrival at Mioko bay just for lunch .
We settle in beds and then look at activity list
So many options .
-watch basked weewing
-Snorkel around island
-Go to see japanese caves on the main Duke of York island
-See Queen Emma old property
-learn about shell money
-see local dancing
- see how local bags are made
and many other options.
Then late in evening after exciting day you can by the fire under the starts.
Eperience not to be missed while in Kokopo!
Start scuba diving from 8 years oldThe PADI Bubblemaker program, for children aged 8 and above, is a great way to introduce kids to scuba diving in a pool in less than 2 meters of water.
Children are given the chance to discover the exciting world of scuba diving.
Pool dive: Under constant supervision, kids take their first breaths underwater, then practice swimming and playing cool games.
What You Learn
Experience what scuba diving is like under the direct care and supervision of PADI Instructors.
Take their first breath underwater.
Learn about and use scuba diving equipment
The Scuba Gear You Use
Children use all the basic scuba gear
The PADI Bubblemaker program is for children age 8 and above.
No pre-training required
Your Next Adventure :
But those who are 10-14 years old can take the Junior PADI Open Water Diver course and may want to pursue other advanced kids courses.