The Sepik River Crocodile Festival is a three-day cultural celebration staged annually in Ambunti, East Sepik Province, of Papua New Guinea.
The festival is usually held every first weekend of August and this year, it will be celebrated starting from the 5th through to 7th August.
The year 2017 marks the festival’s 11th anniversary. It celebrates one of PNG’s famous tribal heartland and the significance of the well-regarded crocodile - a significant part of the Sepik culture.
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 crocodiles.
In Sepik culture, man and crocodile share a special bond. The crocodile symbolises strength, power and manhood.
Skin cutting initiation still continues today in Sepik River communities, where men proudly wear scars cut into their skin resembling the back of a crocodile, run from the shoulder to the back of the spine and hips.
Experience the culture and beauty from one of Papua New Guinea's fascinating tribal heartlands in the East Sepik, Momase Region.