Having travelled quite intrepidly, we wanted a trip that wouldn't fall into the traditional category of 'honeymoon' -- so we decided on Papua New Guinea.
Port Moresby is the capital and largest city in Papua New Guinea. Named for the English captain who first discovered the land in 1873, Port Moresby today is a quickly growing coastal city of 300,000. Despite a bit of a gritty facade in places, the city has a small number of worthwhile sights. Mainly, however, it serves as a major transportation hub and gateway to the rest of Papua New Guinea's destinations, while its marina regularly receives luxurious yachts from around the world.
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Visit Varirata National Park, located outside Port Moresby, and near the famed Kokoda Track, a 60 mile (97 kilometer) hiking trail through the verdant mountains near Port Moresby. Hike along the park’s many trails and catch a glimpse of the country’s bird population in its natural habitat, as well as a distant view of the port and coastline in the distance.
Visit Loloata Island, a short drive plus boat ride from the capital. The island boasts beautiful hiking trails through hills and along the coastline, as well as some pristine sites for scuba diving. Stay overnight at the Loloata Island Resort in a bungalow over the water; in the morning, go diving and see an array of gorgeous coral and aquatic life, as well as impressive sunken wrecks from World War II.
Visit the Botanical Gardens, a perfect primer for the wild landscape in which you'll soon be immersed. Stroll the grounds with a local environmental specialist, who will explain both the ecology and wildlife of the country, including its most beautiful and noteworthy avians: the Birds of Paradise and the Cassowary, a large, flightless bird.
Venture into wild Papua New Guinea on this comprehensive 12-day luxury journey. This getaway balances ventures to remote natural locations with rustic adventures. Flit between trekking in the Sepik Region and catching breathtaking views from Mount Hagen for an unforgettable experience.
Gear up for the adventure of a lifetime on this 14-day exclusive itinerary through the stunning, natural country of Papua New Guinea. Begin with a thrilling canoe trip and finish with plenty of time for relaxing on the pristine white sands. Meet the folkloric Asaro Mudmen and learn about an incredibly remote culture.
Birdwatcher's paradise and a fisherman's haven are only a flight away with this 12-day itinerary taking you deep into exotic Papua New Guinea's wildlife culture. Stay in comfortable, eco-friendly lodges as you get up close and personal with the country's fascinating wildlife, including pelicans and fig parrots.
A cultural phenomenon and delight - the Goroka Festival - is unlike any other festival in the world. Papua New Guinea showcases its wide variety of traditions during this 14-day adventure. Meet local chieftains and observe traditions including wild authentic dances when attending the colorful cultural show.
An incredibly well-rounded adventure, this 13-day itinerary takes you through many of Papua New Guinea’s most remote, beautiful locations. Trek in the rainforest, canoe winding rivers, chat with local tribes and lounge on the soft, powder-white beaches in both the Southern Highlands and along the Sepik River.
Untouched rainforests, the winding Sepik River, the stunning Madang beaches and the friendly local tribes await you on this 13-day Papua New Guinea adventure. Trek through the lush forest, celebrate the traditional Sing-Sing and enjoy the end reward with time to relax on the stunning, powder-white beaches.
Cover extensive ground on this 10-day luxury adventure through Papua New Guinea by private aircraft. You’ll have the rare delights of learning to make your own traditional wig with the Huli Wigman Tribe, before moving onto see a Mudmen performance, as well as a thrilling canoe adventure on the Sepik River.
Trekking in the jungle, canoeing along seemingly endless rivers, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, and relaxing on stunning white sand are all in store on this 12-day Papua New Guinea luxury adventure. Gain unique cultural insight as you trek between remote villages and stay with welcoming locals.
Embark on this luxurious private aircraft tour through Papua New Guinea. Reach the country’s remotest locations and explore the landscape’s secrets. Visit eight different exotic areas on this 10-day trip where you will barter your way through local markets and find out if the people of Yam possess magical powers.
The Crowne Plaza is Papua New Guinea's only proper business-class hotel and provides all the necessary comforts for international travelers. Situated on a hilltop in the heart of the business district, the hotel has panoramic views of the Coral Sea and surrounding inland areas. There are 157 well-appointed, modern rooms and suites, including an Executive Club lounge floor. For dining, there are two restaurants - Rapala Grill, a fine-dining restaurant with a menu of Continental cuisine and grill specialties, and The Cafe, a casual spot for all-day dining. There are also two bars - The Heritage, a lounge serving fine cigars and cognacs, and the Pondo Tavern. Other amenities include a well-equipped fitness center, an outdoor pool, a full-service business center, and available wired and wireless high-speed Internet. The Crowne Plaza is a 15-minute drive from Port Moresby's Jackson's International Airport (POM).
The Gateway Hotel is a short drive from both the international and domestic terminals and is surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. The hotel has 115 rooms and apartments, all with balconies, internet, cable TV, air conditioning and tea/coffee facilities. The Ani Ani Restaurant serves some of the finest international cuisine in Port Moresby, and features a buffet from a different part of the globe each night. Alternatively, choose one of Enzo's pizzas in the Rattle 'n' Hum Pizzeria & Bar. The hotel also boasts a beauty salon and souvenir shop.
Holiday Inn Port Moresby
Set in 5 hectares of landscaped gardens, the Holiday Inn & Suites Port Moresby offers a secure environment combined with international service standards and Papua New Guinea friendliness. Parliament, many government departments and embassies are situated close by as is the Port Moresby Golf Course. Accommodation totals 154 rooms including standard and premium rooms, two room suites, executive suites and serviced apartments. Facilities include a Sports Club with four Squash Courts, an outdoor swimming pool, daily aerobics classes, cardiovascular training equipment, a jogging track and a fully equipped weight room.
Loloata Island Resort
This tranquil resort seems miles away from the hustle and bustle of Port Moresby, yet is conveniently located only a short drive from the capital city’s airport. It sits on a beautiful Melanesian garden island, nestled into lush natural surroundings and vibrant, with thriving coral reefs lining the nearby shores. It is a highly-coveted dive resort for this very reason, frequented by marine biologists who study its unique flora, fauna, and other rare marine species, which can be explored from the resort’s new deluxe dive boat. Morning breakfasts are cooked to order, and dinners are served up buffet-style, made using fresh local produce and Melanesian recipes. Diners will find their taste buds satisfied here. The atmosphere here is relaxed, and the hospitality is warm and friendly.