Papua New Guinea - A Million Different Journeys
Crocodile Festival
Date: 05/08/2017
Finish Date: 07/08/2017
Crocodile Festival

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival is a three-day cultural celebration staged annually in Ambunti, East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival highlights the importance of the crocodile and its cultural significance to the people of the Sepik River.

The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the Asia-Pacific region and is home to some of the world’s largest freshwater and saltwater crocodile populations.

In Sepik culture man and crocodile share a special bond. The Crocodile symbolizes strength, power and manhood.  Skin-cutting initiations continue in Sepik River communities where men proudly wear scars cut into their skin during the rite of passage. These scars, resembling the back of a crocodile, run from the shoulder to the hip.

Crocodiles are significant to the Sepik culture where they have cultural traditions, beliefs and legends based on this ancient animal.

The festival is usually held every first weekend of August.  For 2017 'save the date' for August 5th - 7th to experience the culture and beauty from one of Papua New Guinea's fascinating tribal heartlands in the East Sepik, Momase Region.

For updates follow the Sepik River Crocodile Festival Facebook group page.

Download a copy of the 11th Sepik River Crocodile and Arts Festival 2017 Guide and tentative festival program.

For further information contact Mr. Alois Mateos, phone:  +675 7259-6349 / 7265-6367 or email: / 

Above: Apangai village cultural performers at the Sepik River Crocodile Festival. Credit Alois Mateos

For accommodation near the festival click Accommodation in East Sepik

For tour operators near the festival click Adventures and Tours in East Sepik