Reasons to Visit
Papua New Guinea
Accommodation in Papua New Guinea is one of the highlights. Places like Ambua Lodge, Rondon Ridge and Karawari Lodge are unique in location and design and as long as you can survive without a few home comforts, you will love them. Service is not the most polished as the tourism industry is still in its infancy but the food is good and plentiful.
Home to 38 (but still counting!) of the world's 43 species, these fascinating birds are known for their striking plumage, bizarre displays and mating rituals. Spotting one in the wild is a truly rewarding sight that very few people in the world are lucky enough to experience.
There are several dive spots in PNG that are regularly voted as some of the best in the world and the remote nature of these means sharing them with very few people! Large pelagics and pristine coral reefs are combined with warm clear waters - a fantastic combination for any diver.
The sight of 50 giant men dancing in front of you with bright green dresses made from grass, yellow mud painted faces, Bird of Paradise headdresses, bamboo sticks through their noses and machetes in hand is indeed as surreal as it sounds but these are the kind of encounters you can expect on a trip through PNG at festival time!
Huli Clan, Mudmen, Baining people, Tolai men, Sepik tribe, the list is almost endless with virtually every area having their own language, customs and dress. This really is the major drawcard of the country and you will come back with the most amazing memories and hopefully some impressive photos!
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Traditional Sepik carvings, Sepik River.
Rabaul, one of PNG’s most attractive towns, was a main base for the Japanese during the Second World War and fascinating reminders of this turbulent time are everywhere.
The Highlands are the most densely populated and agriculturally productive region of Papua New Guinea. It is here that many tribes still maintain their cultural traditions. It is also home to many bird species.
The coastline of mainland PNG is blessed with glorious beaches, superb diving, traditional villages and fascinating reminders of the county’s colourful history.
The capital is a low-rise city that sprawls around the coast and the hills inland. The attractive Botanic Gardens provide a good introduction to the indigenous flora and fauna and are worth a visit.
The M/V Sepik Spirit is a fully air-conditioned 30-metre boat, specifically designed to cruise the shallow inland waterways of Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea is a place untouched by time, where tribal peoples live in remote spots far from regular contact with the outside world, where pristine rainforests shelter a staggering wealth of wildlife, where transport is by light aircraft or boat, and where travel truly becomes an adventure.
13 Days from £7,270pp
This trip is an ideal way to experience the fascinating tribal areas of Papua New Guinea and also gives you an excellent chance of spotting the famous bird of paradise.
23 hours (to Port Moresby, via Singapore)
Cathay Pacific & Singapore Airlines
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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