Although a common language of Motu is spoken throughout the Papuan coastal villages, customs and traditions differ to the east and up the western coastlines. Experience this for yourself by visiting two different villages of Motuan origin.
The first, Tatana-a village toward the west and not too far from the city-is a more modern village because of its location and because traditional customs and values have largely vanished as the local people have adapted to Western influences. These are villagers who do not have any land for gardening and building houses, as their land was taken by the government. Their means of survival is fishing and employment in the city.
You'll also visit Barakauis, another Papuan village, approximately a 45-minute drive out of Port Moresby to the east. This is a true, traditional-style village. Although most of the houses are built on land, some houses built on stilts over the water remain from the devastation of a tidal wave that swept through the village several years ago. Although the houses may appear modern, the peaceful people here still follow and maintain their traditional values, beliefs, and practices, and depend on food from their gardens and fish from the sea to survive. Among their customs are bride price exchange, village feasts, compensation payments, and more. Enjoy a traditional welcome, witness traditional cultural performances, and more during your visit.
Please note: Tour routing and times are subject to change, depending on operational requirements, road conditions, and any unforeseen circumstances at the time of your visit. Transportation used may not be air conditioned and may not have a PA system and toilets. Walking surfaces will be rough in places-especially at Barakau village. Maximum distance walked will be no more than 164 feet (50 meters) except at Barakau village. Guides are not professionally trained but possess local knowledge.