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New Guinea - if there is anywhere on Earth worthy of the title "The
Land That Time Forgot", Papua New Guinea is it. Only recently
pulled from its Stone Age roots, tribal living is still the norm,
and practices dating back thousands of years are still pursued. Dowries
are necessary for marriage, and the price is in pigs. Insults lead
to clan wars, using bows and arrows and spears. Intricate, often spectacular,
face paint, headwear and other adornments can be seen in highland
marketplaces, and all of the 600 separate languages are still spoken.
New Guinea is not just colorful highland clans. Some of the world's
best diving occurs just offshore, and there is more marine variety
in Kimbe Bay alone than in all the Caribbean. Papua New Guinea is
home to the Trobriand
Islands, a string of island gems made famous by Margaret Mead,
who is still remembered by the oldest residents.
New Guinea remains steeped in its history, but change is occurring.
More people are moving to the cities, and mining continues to change
the landscape. These changes will continue, and increase, and so we
strongly suggest visiting this island nation sooner, rather than later.
most famous events in Papua New Guinea are the Mt Hagen Show &
sing-sing, and the Goroka Show, also a sing-sing occasion. At each
event hundreds to thousands of villagers don their best finery and
enter into competitive dancing for the honors of the best. Few events
in the world rival the color and spectacle of these sing-sings. Even
fewer allow visitors to be so intimately involved with the event itself,
mingling with the performers in their traditional costumes as they
await their turn to prove their worth. As accommodation is limited,
and sells out early, we strongly recommend booking now for travel
in 2007 -much of the hotel space is already gone. Call
or email for more information.
are also less-known traditional events, such as the Rabaul mask festival,
held mid-July on New Britain. The Mask Festival presents a stunning
array of ceremonial rites and rituals from a variety of unique tribal
cultures indigenous to the islands of the Bismarck and North Solomon
Seas, including the Trobriands and New Ireland. The festival was introduced
nine years ago to promote the unique mask cultures of Papua New Guinea.
Masks of the Melanesian islands, called Tumbuan, represent sacred
symbols and are connected to ancestral spirits. Each culture displays
its own mask symbolism, thus making this a spectacular event to witness.
The opening ceremony takes place at dawn where Tolai in full body
masks sail ashore in traditional canoes. This show can be included
in a cruise through the Bismarck Archipelago, giving access to some
of the best dive sites in the world, as well as the opportunity to
explore remote and rarely visited islands.
of Papua new Guinea, from the Sepik River to the far reaches of remote
island archipelagos can be visited in luxury aboard the Orion. This
100-passenger 5 star expeditionary ship has a crew 0f 75, and sets
the standard for cruising in Papua New Guinea. and surrounding areas.
Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and
a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of
the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity.
The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin
toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms (with two, twin port-holed
exceptions) have large windows, and offer conveniences such as ample
storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV,
DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and
a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled
Orion is one of our Select Escapes, providing
an exceptional combination of destination, comfort and service.
Travel Specialists has been supporting the Tree Kangaroo Conservation
Program, a collaborative effort by several zoos in the US, including
Woodland Park in Seattle, Utah's Hogle Zoo, St Louis Zoo, and the
National Zoo. The Program aims at working with local indigenous people
in PNG to include them in wanting to conserve tree kangaroos, and
also to establish and manage a Conservation Area. You can read more
about the project at the Tree
Kangaroo Conservation website.