Papua New Guinea: Paradise for True Explorers
While every nation is unique in its ways, there truly is no place on earth like Papua New Guinea. We are not going to lie: PNG is not the easiest destination to navigate. It takes patience (and expert planning) to get there, and the going can be a little rough around the edges at times.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: PARADISE FOR TRUE EXPLORERS
While every nation is unique in its ways, there truly is no place on earth like Papua New Guinea. We are not going to lie: PNG is not the easiest destination to navigate. It takes patience (and expert planning) to get there, and the going can be a little rough around the edges at times. But it's worth the extra effort to get up close and personal with the country's smoldering volcanoes, forest-clad mountains, coral-fringed coastline, and most importantly its flamboyant traditional culture. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider going the extra mile to uncover this Melanesian masterpiece.LEARN MORE
FABULOUS FESTIVALSMount Hagen Cultural Show
Many visitors plan their PNG adventure to coincide with one or two of its astonishing cultural festivals. Home to hundreds of distinct languages and ethnic groups, the nation hosts a diverse array of tribal cultures unlike anywhere else in the world.
Unsurprisingly, this melting pot has spawned some of the most visceral gatherings on the planet. Exchanges between tribes — known as sing-sings — are a must for anyone who wants to drink deep from the country’s heady cultural elixir.
Arguably its best-known festival, the Mount Hagen Cultural Show in the country's Western Highlands Province, brings together tribes from around the nation. Donning luminous body paint and traditional masks, they celebrate their distinctive culture through the mediums of dance and song.
Also unforgettable is the annual Goroka Show, held in mid-September during the national independence celebrations. Goroka is widely known for its Asaro Mudmen tribal people. These warriors — who earned their name by going into battle covered in chalk to look like ghosts — are prominent at the festival, which also features energetic dancing, tribal rituals, and traditional music.
DIVE DEEPERWreck Diving in Papua New Guinea
Scuba diving connoisseurs speak about Papua New Guinea in hushed tones. And so they might. As part of the Coral Triangle — an area that spans other legendary dive locations in Indonesia and The Philippines — PNG has a selection of dive sites to rival anywhere in the world.
Its iridescent marine life would be showstopping by itself. But the presence of numerous aviation wrecks dating back to WW2 give divers even more reason to make a pilgrimage.
Off New Britain, the country's largest island — a place of fiery volcanoes and mist-sheathed rainforests — Kimble Bay, the Witu Islands, and the Father's Reefs teem with colorful sea life meandering through luminous coral gardens.
Slightly further afield, off the coast of New Island, lies Der Yang Wreck. Pacific currents have turned this coral-covered scuttled fishing boat into a beacon for marine life.
Sample a more accessible underwater experience outside Port Moresby at Suzie's Bommie. A 'bommie' is the term given to a submerged offshore reef, and this one is home to creatures such as pygmy seahorse and larger specimens such as schools of barracuda.
CLASSIC PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Classic Papua New Guinea is a 9-night adventure including most of the soaring high-points of this frontier destination. Meet Papua New Guinea’s most iconic tribes including the Huli Wigmen and Asaro Mudmen, enjoy the spectacular highlands of Mount Hagen and its lauded coffee plantations, and explore a truly wild ecosystem of dense jungle, mountains and rivers — untouched by modern development.VIEW ITINERARY
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