A unique country
Tourists come to this exotic country to enjoy an unforgetable travel experience that is not likely to be found elsewhere.
It is a unique country – an island really, second largest in the world with a string of 600 attols – located in the Pacific Ocean, north of Australia. Although its population is hardly six million, more than 850 different tribes live here speaking almost as many languages. This island country, with its pristine culture, is truly an open laboratory for investigative anthropologists.
Papua New Gunea (PNG) is a beautiful and fascinating country and offers ample opportunities for exploring its pristine natural beauty and vibrant tribal cultures.
In PNG, especially in remote villages, travelers will find population belonging to different tribal groups passionately preserving their respective brands of tradition and heritage through their art, music, dance and distinct lifestyle. Take the tribes in the Highland regions, for an example. In their traditional attire with their faces and body parts colorfully painted, they love to welcome visitors in their midst. Tribals may appear to be strangely fierce, but they are remarkably hospitable so long intruding visitors do not hurt their pride.
PNG is an incredible land of natural beauty with rugged mountain cliffs, tropical lagoons, miles of coastline and extensive rainforests.
The country offers opportunities to visitors for experiencing a range of cultural exposures through hundreds of different tribal societies that exist in this island nation. Different tribes who inhabit that area will treat visitors traveling from one town to another differently.
Ample diving opportunities are available around PNG’s vast coastlines, particularly around the island of New Britain. Divers, especially those who enjoy diving surrounded by natural underwater scenery, love the coral reefs here considered to be one of the best in the world. More adventurous divers can indulge in exploring sunken ships and aircrafts – casualties of World War II.
PNG has some great surfing that can be enjoyed – because of its wonderful climate – throughout the year.
Fun and festivals
Travelers will also have opportunities to witness PNG’s different festivals celebrated all the year round. The Coffee Festivals, Hiri Moale Festival and Kundu and Canoe are the leading festivals.
After witnessing local festivals and tribal culture, you may wish to take some souvenirs back home. You will find what you want in the local market at relatively low cost. Popular aborogine arts are reflected in woven baskets, traditional carvings, and tribal artwork. The only difficulty that you are sure to encounter is to find out when and where these temporary markets are set up. They are often held once a month.
Hiking and trekking
The best – albeit arduous – way to explore PNG’s natural beauty is by hiking and trekking. The most famous and popular trail is the 96 kilometers long Kokoda Track. It may take five to ten days depending on your stamina and fitness level.
The capital city
Port Moresby, with a population of circa 255,000 (2000 census), is the capital and the largest city located on the shores of the Gulf of Papua.
Accommodation, food and drinks
Hotels are available in the capital and major cities at A$50 to A$450 a night. They offer fairly extensive menus but they tend to become basic as you go to remote areas.
Fresh local meat, fish, vegetables and fruit are extensively used. Mumu is a traditional dish combining roasted port, sweet potatoes, rice and green vegetables. Alcohol is readily available including Australian and Filipino beer.
An exciting tourist destination
The remoteness, isolated location and lack of adequate tourism infrastructure aren’t hindrances but a challenging invitation to daring travelers who like their holidays to be challenging, daring and full of adventure.