August 2018 - Vikingess Voyages

Monday, August 27, 2018

Papua New Guinea on a Budget: A guide to Kokopo Market

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The Kokopo Market is the place to go if you're looking for some cheap fruit
Photo: Anette

One of the things that make it difficult to travel in Papua New Guinea is that there are few options available for budget travelers. Domestic flights, hotels, and food are all within the same price range as a lot of western countries despite the standard of service is below what you can expect in nearby destinations. If you're looking for a local experience where you also can save some bucks it would be a good idea to spend some time visiting a local market. During my visit to Kokopo for the National Mask Festival, I took the opportunity to stop by the Kokopo Market for some fruit. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Papua New Guinea: Diving Report from the Walindi Plantation Resort

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You can see various sea creatures lurking around in the waters around Kimbe Bay
Photo: Anette

Papua New Guinea is known for its world-renowned diving spots, and diving was also one of the main activities on the bucket list for things we wanted to do while visiting the country. After arriving in Port Moresby we took the first local airplane to Hoskins Airport in Kimbe where we were met by the Walindi Plantation Resort shuttle bus taking us the 1-hour drive to the resort. We were eager to dive into the pristine Papa New Guinean waters, so for our first day at the resort we signed up for a full day of scuba diving.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Papua New Guinea: An Introduction to the Tolai Tubuan's Kinavai Ceremony - National Mask Festival

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The Tolai Tubuans' Kinavai arrival at dawn by boat
Photo: Anette
To celebrate the diversity of its people, the province of East New Britain hosts an annual National Mask Festival in July where people from the tribes of Tolai, Baining, Pomio, and Sulka gather up to display their unique attires and dances (see also: 10 Tips for Visiting PNG's National Mask Festival - Kokopo & Rabaul). The festival commences with a ceremony called the ‘Kinavai’, where the Tolai Tubuans arrive at dawn in boats from the sea.

Papua New Guinea: An Introduction to the Tolai Tubuan 's Kinavai Ceremony

Friday, August 3, 2018

10 Tips for Visiting PNG's National Mask Festival - Kokopo & Rabaul

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You can see a large variety of exotic and colorful masks at PNG's National Mask Festival
Photo: Anette

The National Mask & Warwagira Festival is an annual event taking place in East New Britain where the local tribes gather to display their traditional attires and dances. In July I had the honor of seeing the festival first-hand in Kokopo, and have gathered 10 tips for those interested in visiting Papua New Guinea for the National Mask Festival.

10 Tips for Visiting PNG's National Mask Festival - Kokopo & Rabaul

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