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Papua New Guinea

A Jungle Island Paradise in the heart of the eastern Coral Triangle.

About Papua New Guinea

Right on Australia’s northern doorstep lies New Guinea, the biggest island in Melanesia and one of the wildest, most spectacular places on earth. From rainforest clad volcanoes and waterfalls that stream into the ocean, to chains of glorious tropical islands and reefs that stretch to the horizon, PNG is incredibly diverse and breathtakingly beautiful – a visual feast day after day. The Papua New Guinean people are intensely proud of their country, their culture, and their independence, and they delight in sharing their friendship and indigenous knowledge with visitors. With 10 coastal provinces spread over 1,700km of tropical shorelines and more than 800 language groups, more adventures in paradise always await in this land of the unexpected.

East & West Sepik Region

The Sepik Region is a wonderland of islands, beautiful coastlines, river systems and mountain ranges. Along with the stunning scenery, the area also has a rich history and was the site of Japanese surrender in September 1945. But it is the timeless history of the Sepik people themselves which provides the mystery and exotic folklore of this fascinating area.

The Sepik River runs 1126km from its source in the central mountains to the sea. Its volume of annual water flow makes it one of the world’s largest waterways and some Superyachts have travelled inland to explore it. Contact a Superyacht agent for details.

Madang Province

Framed by the Bismarck mountains and PNG’s highest peak, Mt. Wilhelm 4509m, boasts lush tropical vegetation, sparkling offshore islands and reef fringed lowlands.

The Madang township dubbed “the prettiest in the South Pacific” is colourful and modern with a tropical deep water harbour. World famous coral gardens abound for brilliant diving and snorkeling with excellent visibility. Explore 34 sunken, second world war Japanese warships off Bogia, and enjoy great fishing off Bagabag Island.

The Historic Madang Resort Hotel located on the picturesque waterfront of the Dallman passage, has comprehensive facilities and includes Elizabeth Sowerby’s orchid collection as part of its attractions.

The resort’s 30m Kalibobo Spirit is available for charter and Nui Guinea Dive can provide excellent guides to get the most from your visit. Madang also hosts the four day Mabarosa festival, a colourful display of dancing, sing sings and bamboo bands.

East New Britain Province

This is literally a definite hot spot. Rabaul, built inside a volcano, and where the iconic mask festival is held in July, was destroyed in 1994. Two volcanoes simultaneously erupted and lava still flows today. During the second world war this Province was the base of the Japanese Western Pacific HQ.

The Simpson harbour, Titui point, reefs and land surrounding Rabaul are littered with war wrecks. The Baining people perform a fire dance, dancing in and around the flames without being hurt, Melanesian magic at its best. Miolo Island in the Duke of York Islands is an incredible destination for snorkeling, picnics and dolphin watching.

New Ireland Province

Long, narrow and mountainous, with never ending beaches, Kavieng is straight out of a Somerset Maughan novel. The skilled island people make New Ireland an intriguing place to visit. War wrecks, big fish, coral and sharks make for spectacular diving, fishing and snorkeling. The popular Malagan show is the unique shark calling festival, a traditional practice in these parts. Surfing in this area is excellent.

Eco friendly, Lissenung Island Resort, is located on an idyllic, boutique, tropical island with brilliant surf breaks, magnificent sunsets and some of the world’s best coral reefs.

Oro Province

This land of fjords was created by volcanoes not glaciers. Tufi is situated between Lae and Alotau, on the tip of Cape Nelson. Only accessible by air and sea this is truly an adventurer’s paradise.

Large coral outcrops and sandy cays make for awesome diving, fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, traditional outrigger safaris, kayaking, bird watching, beach BBQ’s and cultural interaction with the friendly locals. Tufi resort is a boutique resort nestled atop a breathtaking fjord with 180˚ panoramic views of the Coral Sea and mountains.

Bougainville as been cut off from the world for 20 years plus, here you can explore the Jungle, volcanoes, reefs, waterfalls and World War II wrecks and spend time meeting the extremely warm authentic people of the land.

Milne Bay Province

Milne Bay is one of the least known but best destinations with some of the friendliest people in PNG. Samarai, D’Entrecasteaux, Trobriands, Woodlark, Lachlin and Louisades Archipelago makeup the 160 named islands and 500 cays and atolls over 250,000km2. There is great kite surfing to be had in the Louisiade’s.

Milne Bay was once a second world war battleground. Today wreck diving is a major tourism attraction. Alotau on the mainland is a good base for visiting the outlying groups and hosts the traditional Kenu and Kundu festival, featuring traditional canoes in November. Take a walk around historic Samarai.

Manta rays and dugong can be found at islands nearby. Basilaki Island offers diving on aircraft wrecks. Ferguson, Normanby and Goodenough Islands make up the D’Entrecasteaux, which offer hot springs, splurting mud pools, excellent diving on the Calypso reef complex and adventurous climbing.

The Trobriands are known as the islands of love, and have a unique social system. The yam festival is spectacular. On Kitava Island, traditional dancers and artifact markets can be arranged. The Louisiade Archipelago is an unspoiled string of coral islands where islanders lead a long-forgotten lifestyle.

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