The Alotau Cultural Festival

The canoe and Kundu drum play a huge part in the lives of Milne Bay Province locals. Throughout history, both were widely-used in ceremonies and rituals and meticulously crafted from special woods, all under strict custom to derive the best results and appease the gods. The locals celebrate both with The National Canoe and Kundu Festival, which was first held in Milne Bay Province in 2003 and boasts around 3000 participants. On your visit to Alotau you have an opportunity to see a mini festival arranged just for P&O guests, so you can truly take in the colour and sound of this unique event. The festival is rich in performances too. Traditional dancing groups come from far and wide (including parts of the Papuan Region) in a mix of colourful costumes. Along with the spectacle of the canoes and Kundu drums. Browse through the stalls of arts and crafts and shop for souvenirs, locally made gifts and artwork created by contemporary local artists. Enjoy a relaxing massage by a professional local masseur at the beachside hut or have your hair braided. It’s truly a melting pot of Papua New Guinean culture in action. Your shuttle ticket includes one return transfer to the Education Milne Bay Center, a unique eco style facility located on the seafront where the festival will be recreated. The Education Center provides the perfect shady backdrop to relax amongst as the day unfolds. Your ticket also includes entrance to the Massim Museum and Cultural centre which you can wander through at your leisure to view carvings, exhibitions and images. Shuttles travel regularly back and forth between the Festival and ship.
  • Tour Code


  • Location


  • Activity Types

    Cultural Events

  • Experience Types

    Culture & History

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Fitness Level


  • Price

    Adult from $35.99
    Children (12 & under) from $35.99


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Special Notes

Please note that the times shown on Cruise Control reflect the first bus departure time, a shuttle system will run throughout the day if you wish to visit the Festival or return to the ship inside these times. Please also be mindful of your ships all aboard time and the time of the last bus transfer, this will be noted by the staff at the landing site and the Festival. Non air-conditioned buses operate this tour. No stops/drop offs will be made on this tour, all shuttles will depart and return directly to the pier. Please select a tour departure time. The return journey is at your leisure, please check onboard for the last shuttle time to ensure you get back to the ship in plenty of time.

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