Village Life & Times of War

For an immersion in the traditions of Papua New Guinea (PNG), experience the village of Bibiko, where you will learn about and join in the activities of the locals. A stop at a once-active war canoe site and visit to the Milne Bay War Memorial provide perspectives on times of war in this now-peaceful paradise.

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    All ages
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    Approximately 3 ½ hours
Leaving the pier aboard a local bus, journey west into the heart of Huhu, home to the region’s war canoes and center of the historical cannibalistic hinterland.

Enjoy the scenery and pass a palm oil plantation as you make your way to the village of Bibiko, where during an informative visit you will learn how Western culture has been integrated into the traditional way of life. See first-hand how the locals go about their daily business and savor a true taste of the culture with samplings of such foods as taro, banana, cassava, yams and leafy green vegetables from traditional clay pots.

While at the village see a once active war canoe site to gain insights into why the canoe is so important to the history of the area.

Dramatically impacting not only PNG but the entire world was World War II, fought between the Allies and the Japanese on these very shores. At the Milne Bay War Memorial, pause to hear about the Battle of Milne Bay and how it was waged on this narrow coastal corridor.

From here, you will return to the pier.

Important Notes:                                                                
Transportation is by local, non-air-conditioned bus. Infrastructure in Papua New Guinea is very basic. While most roadways in the town center are paved, others remain unpaved and all roads, including paved thoroughfares, may be rough and bumpy. As this excursion involves walking over uneven, grassy and natural trails, with some inclines and declines, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should bring along raingear in case of inclement weather. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. Should other cruise ships be calling on this destination at the same time, some crowding may be expected. The order of sights visited may vary. This Crystal Advenutre MUST be pre-reserved.

Availability: Limited
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