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Stefanie Studley
Papua New Guinea Travel Specialist

Papua New Guinea is riddled with adventure. Offering a heady mix of colourful encounters with traditional tribes, intrepid exploration in wildlife-rich jungles and world-class diving metres from pristine sandy beaches, this astounding collection of islands is as diverse as they come. Papua New Guinea holidays blend an intoxicating concoction of introductions to both the local peoples and the biodiverse flora and fauna.

The country’s ancient cultures still thrive and age-old traditions are still practised – visitors can attend fire-dancing ceremonies and interact with the masked mud-men of Goroka – while remnants of more recent historic events still litter some of the towns and jungles; Japanese war relics are still present in New Britain province from the second world war.

Visitors can find themselves heading to the Highlands to discover the country’s incredible birdlife, before experiencing first hand the culture and traditional lives of the indigenous Huli Wigmen, with vibrantly-painted faces and extravagant headdresses. The explosive Mt Tavurvur – an impressive stratovolcano on the coast of New Britain – is a ‘must see’ when exploring the country’s eastern islands and active travellers seeking a challenge can opt to tackle part of the gruelling Kokoda Trail through rugged landscapes to retrace the steps of wartime POWs.

The video below, courtesy of the Papua New Guinea Tourism Board, offers a glimpse into the annual Sepik River Crocodile & Arts fetival, a cultural celebration held by the traditional communities of the Sepik River area, in which the freshwater crocodile is revered. Speak to Stef about joining our brand new group tour which attends this event in 2019, and learn about the beliefs and legends that surround this animal.



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Port Moresby
Top Destination
Port Moresby
First time visitors can find Port Moresby a little intimidating, but you can discover some real gems in the small but interesting National Museum, while the façade of the Parliament Haus is a treat for photographers, especially in the late afternoon. The city is also home to a number of good restaurants which will make for a treat after the more staid fare of the remote villages.
Rabaul
Top Destination
Rabaul
In 1994 Mt Tavurvur erupted and buried much of Rabaul in ash giving the town - a Papuan Pompeii - an other-worldly feel. Cruise Simpson Harbour close to this still-active volcano and explore the fields where Matupit villagers dig the eggs of the megapode bird. The Vulcanology Observatory offers volcanic vistas, whilst Admiral Yamamoto’s Bunker sits nearby.
Tufi
Top Destination
Tufi
Probably the most laid-back place in the country, Tufi is the place to get away from it all. The area was formed by the eruption of ancient volcanoes and is now home to palm-fringed beaches. At McLaren Harbour, learn about the traditional way of life and enjoying a sing sing performance. Or, take to the seas and try out the excellent diving.
Goroka
Stefanie Studley's Recommendation
Goroka
Up in the Eastern Highlands Province, Goroka is largely famed for two things – excellent coffee and the iconic mudmen. The mudmen, as the name suggests, cover themselves in mud and wear huge masks which were traditionally worn before raiding neighbouring villages. You can see them recreate this ancient custom in the Asaro village.
Madang
Stefanie Studley's Recommendation
Madang
Surrounded by verdant countryside, sleepy Madang was ravaged during the WW2 Japanese occupation. Stroll through the local market, visit the central museum and Coastwatchers Memorial and visit a picturesque village which boasts a pretty orchid garden. Look out for the large population of bats, and discover the superb snorkelling and diving sites.

Popular Destinations in Papua New Guinea

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   Port Moresby
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   Rabaul
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   Tufi



Specialist Recommendations

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   Goroka
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   Madang


Regent Papua New Guinea Specialist


Stefanie Studley
Two things: visit now while Papua New Guinea remains untouched, and plan your visit to attend a festival. Travelling through PNG is akin to being transported to the days of early man – a land where jungle tribes rule and the only foreigners seem to be film crews. Before it all becomes popular or diluted by visitors, stand in the front row for a festival or tribal performance to truly experience the ancient cultures.

Stefanie's Tips
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Watch local tribes don spectacular headdresses and perform dances to the beat of lizard-skin drums at Warwigara Festival.
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Hikers can tackle the four-day climb up PNG's highest peak, Mount Wilhelm, for spectacular views from 4,500 metres.
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The best place to spot birds of paradise is in the highlands; PNG's tropical forests are home to 39 of the 41 species that exist.




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