Papua New Guinea Goroka Show Tour

Tour Details

Papua New Guinea Goroka Show

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Type: Co-ed Tours
Dates: September 7 - 18, 2018
Number of Days: 12
Cost: $7,250


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WanderWorld Foundation – A portion of your tour cost will go toward supporting a program in PNG that will help a local community. In the past we’ve donated to Amnesty International to help women of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea.

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HIGHLIGHTS for the Papua New Guinea Goroka Show Tour

* Experience the Goroka Show SingSing, which attracts 75 – 100 tribes from around the country
* Watch a private mini singsing in Mt. Hagen where a small number of tribes prepare for singing and dancing (this is a photographer’s dream!)
* Experience a homestay in a small village along the Sepik River
* Boat down the impressive Sepik, known for its vast bird life and crocodiles
as well as world-famous carvers of artifacts
* Returning WanderTours participants receive a 5% discount on land cost
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Note: cancellation fees apply. Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions before registering.

Papua New Guinea Goroka Show Itinerary

The adventure starts in Port Moresby on September 7, 2018. Nearly all flights arrive via Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, Singapore or Tokyo. We encourage you to arrive on the 7th and no earlier as there are few things to do in Port Moresby.

You might consider overnighting in Australia (or wherever your entry point is) on the night of the 6th to ensure your on-time arrival on the 7th in Port Moresby. This will also help you get over jet lag.

Day 1
Friday, September 7, 2018 – Port Moresby

Meals: Dinner

On the first day, you’ll be welcomed by Beth and our guide(s) upon landing at the Port Moresby Airport and then head to the hotel. There will be time for you to have lunch (on your Papua New Guinea Sepik Chiefown) at the hotel before we gather for a briefing about the tour.

The afternoon is free for relaxing and getting settled in.

Overnight at Holiday Inn or similar in Port Moresby.

Day 2
Saturday, September 8, 2018 – Port Morseby – Wewak
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, we’ll head to the airport for our flight to Wewak. We’ll be met by a local guide and taken to the hotel where we’ll check in and have lunch. This is going to be the starting point for the tour of the Sepik region. Depending on our arrival time, we may have a chance to visit some small markets and sights around Wewak.

Overnight at In Wewak Boutique Hotel in Wewak.

Day 3
Sunday, September 9, 2018 – Wewak – Sepik River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we’ll enjoy an early breakfast and travel around four hours to Pagwi by road, stopping at roadside markets along the way. We’ll then travel by motorized canoe to a nearby village to Kanganamun where we’ll be welcomed by a singsing. We’ll then visit the village’s haus tambaran (spirit house).

Overnight at homestay in Kanganamun.

Sepik HomestayNOTE – This accommodation is quite basic and will likely consist of a thin mattress on matted floors, an outside pit toilet and a bucket shower. Expect that we will all be sleeping in one large room. Meals will also be simple (taro, sago and chicken). There is no electricity in this community except for a few hours of generator used in the evening. A mosquito net is a must although it may be available at the home (we’ll let you know a couple of months prior to departure about availability of mossie nets).

starHIGHLIGHT! Arriving in the rural Sepik region and meandering through the many waterways are highlights all on their own. Numerous tribes reside in this region. While canoeing along the Sepik River and its tributaries, we’ll see many of the local people who still maintain their age-old traditions, including crocodile hunting.

Day 4
Monday, September 10, 2018 – Sepik River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we’ll have the morning with the community at Kanganamun Village. We may be treated to another singsing and also get to see some of their local craft-making.

After lunch, we’ll head to Yajaim Village and on to Palimbe, while experiencing the tranquility of the Sepik River. During the journey, we’ll witness an authentic singsing and also see how Papua New Guinea Huli Wigmenthe locals cook sago (a plant starch), carve wood, paint on bark and other materials, and weave baskets. Watching these kinds of activities will give us some insight into exactly how the people in this area live. We may also see different kinds of birds that inhabit the area and, if we’re lucky, a crocodile.

Overnight at homestay in Kanganamun.

starHIGHLIGHT! These villages, located on the banks of the river, are known for their wide variety of carvings and crafts. We’ll have a chance to meet and visit with the carvers and bring home some authentic souvenirs from this very remote area.

Day 5
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Sepik River – Wewak
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll head upriver back to our original boat launching point at Pagwi. Here the group will board the bus and return to Wewak.

Overnight at In Wewak Boutique Hotel in Wewak.

Day 6
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – Wewak – Port Moresby – Mt. Hagen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the early morning, we’ll go to the airport for a flight to Port Moresby and then onward to Hagen MountainsMt. Hagen. Because our layover from Wewak and then onward to Mt. Hagen will be during lunch, we’ll make do with snacks and a light meal at the airport.

Upon arrival in Mt. Hagen, the group will be met by a local guide and taken to our hotel in Mt. Hagen. Take note that it will likely be cool here at night.

Dinner and overnight at the Highlander Hotel or similar in Mt. Hagen.

Day 7
Thursday, September 13, 2018 – Mt. Hagen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The group will depart in the morning for a local village to experience an extraordinary mini-singsing. This private event includes roughly 10 tribal groups where the performers will don outfits typical of their tribe. Each tribe is completely unique with personalized feathered plumes from Birds of Paradise, pig tusks, shells and spectacular body paintings. During this mini-show, we will see a marriage ceremony as well as a demonstration of traditional fighting utilizing bows and arrows. We’ll also get to see food being cooked in a traditional underground oven (mumu).

Viewing the performers in this small venue is a great opportunity to photograph them up close while they are adorned with paint, bird feathers and other materials.

The group will also visit a cultural center where ancient objects such as skeletons and spirit stones are exhibited. These are maintained by the tribal chief and his five wives.

Dinner and overnight at the Highlander Hotel or similar in Mt. Hagen.

starHIGHLIGHT! The mini-show is an extraordinary chance to observe the tribes dressing and practicing their singing and dancing. We will see them painting their bodies and faces, donning their feathers and adding various adornments to their outfits. We’ll then watch the actual performance in the main showgrounds. The tribespeople are really friendly and welcoming. We will have the opportunity to observe the show up close, mix with the performers and take plenty of photos.

Day 8
Friday, September 14, 2018 – Mt. Hagen – Goroka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Goroka Show MudmanFor those interested, today we’ll depart very early (around 4 A.M.) for the 45-minute drive to Nebilyer to seek out the elusive Bird of Paradise. Depending on the nesting cycle when we’re there, we might see Regiana, King of Saxony and Stephanie Astraphia. We’ll return to our hotel for breakfast, a shower and to pack up our things.

We’ll then make the four-hour drive to Goroka, stopping along the way for lunch. We’ll also have the chance to stop at small markets, a coffee plantation and a village or two.

Overnight at GK Lodge or similar in Goroka.

starHIGHLIGHT! Goroka is located in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. This region is in a verdant and tropical mountain range. We’ll be welcomed by fresh air, wild flowers and vast greenery.

Day 9
Saturday, September 15, 2018 – Goroka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll head to the Goroka show grounds for today’s singsing. We’ll depart early enough to see the more than 75 tribal groups from the Highlands and the coastal region preparing for today’s big event. We’ll be allowed to enter the main arena, meet the performers and take photos during their performances. The show will end by mid-afternoon and we may then have time to visit the JK McCarthy Museum which has displays of pottery, weapons, clothes, jewelry and musical instruments. We may also have a chance to visit a coffee processing factory before heading back to our hotel.

Overnight at GK Lodge or similar in Goroka.

starHIGHLIGHT! This particular show is a spectacular event and a source of pride in the region. We’ll be able to wander among about 75 tribes while they are singing and dancing (all tribes simultaneously) while each group tries to outshine the others.

Day 10
Sunday September 16, 2018 – Goroka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll go back to the show grounds for another half day at the singsing. In the afternoon, there’ll be time for a scenic tour of Goroka and the Asaro valley as well as Daulo Pass (which overlooks the valleys). We’ll also see the famed Asaro mudman show at Parliament Haus Papua New GuineaAsaro Village.

Overnight at GK Lodge or similar in Goroka.

Day 11
Monday September 17, 2018 – Goroka – Port Moresby
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll head to the airport for our flight back to Port Moresby where we’ll be met by our local guide. Depending on our arrival time, we’ll have time for lunch and perhaps some sightseeing in Port Moresby including villages along the coast, the Nature Park, Parliament Haus and local markets.

Overnight at Holiday Inn or similar in Port Moresby.

Day 12
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – Port Moresby – Departure Home
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the Port Moresby airport to catch our international flights.

** Itinerary subject to change without notice.


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Tour: $7,250
Single supplement: $1,500
In-country flights: Approximately $950 for in-country flights (we book)

Interested in sharing the cost with another fabulous traveler? We do our best to pair up our tour participants so you can avoid the single supplement. However, priority is given to the first deposits received. If you’re interested in sharing, please send in your deposit as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this benefit. (Why a single supplement? See this FAQ page for an explanation.)

Booking and Payment Details

Price includes: Accommodation, most meals, land transportation, local guides and entry into all showgrounds and singsings.

Price does not include: Flights to and from Papua New Guinea, in-country flights (charged separately), visas, evacuation insurance (highly recommended), and purchases of personal nature such as artifacts, souvenirs, tips and beverages.

NOTE: Roundtrip flights from the U.S. start at about $1,800 (although prices have been known to drop to $1,000). A search on the major travel search engines may be up to four times that cost. For best pricing, please contact us for the name of our travel agent.

This trip is limited to 12 people due to the limited availability of accommodations and requires an $800 deposit to secure your spot.

Minimum bookings required: 5 people (minimum not yet reached)

Final payment is due no later than July 7, 2018.

We love checks as it helps keep our costs down by avoiding pesky credit card fees. If you’re able to pay the deposit or full amount by check or wire transfer, we’ll not only love you more but we’ll send you a free copy of one of Beth’s books (your choice which one). ** U.S. residents receive a print copy, international residents receive a PDF.

Here’s our mailing address:

PO Box 16102
Seattle, WA 98116

Of course, you can pay by credit card as well. Simply click on the Register Now button below and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you add your debit or credit card information for the $800 deposit. Though this goes through PayPal, you do not need a PayPal account. Subsequent payments may be made through PayPal or by check (see above for our wonderful offer!). 🙂

Note: cancellation fees apply. Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions before registering.

The fine print

PNG Registration Form Goroka Show Tour 2018 (PDF)

PNG Goroka Show Tour 2018 Itinerary (PDF)

We recommend Insure My Trip for travel and/or evacuation insurance.

For questions, contact Beth at:
beth (at) wandertours (dot) com

beth Whitman baliTrip Escort: Beth Whitman
Beth imagined visiting Papua New Guinea for 30 years. Soon after exploring the country herself, she was certain that others were eager to discover this amazing country but, like her, weren’t sure how to do it on their own. So, she organized this tour so that others could realize their desire to visit this fascinating island nation.

This will be Beth’s ninth trip to PNG.

Beth is the author of the Wanderlust and Lipstick guides including The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo and For Women Traveling to India. She is also the publisher and founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours and hosts the Be Bold podcast which can be found through your favorite podcast provider.

She is also the founder of the WanderWorld Foundation.

Related links:
Papua New Guinea Photo Gallery
FAQ’s about Papua New Guinea
Best Books about Papua New Guinea