Major Tourist Attractions: Sepik River, Kokoda Track, Tavurvur, Goroka Show, Mount Wilhelm
Papua New Guinea, or PNG as many refer to it, lies north of Australia, and offers an extensive assortment of sites and attractions, despite its lack of real tourism infrastructure. With little information available in tour books as compared to other countries, travelers have the opportunity to experience the authentic island nation, learning about Papua New Guinea’s diverse cultures, animal life, and landscape.
With over 850 languages recognized in Papua New Guinea, it’s considered one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Many of the locals live in customary communities, which means land owned by indigenous communities that are run based on local culture rather than statutory law. Archeological evidence dates human settlement as far back as 35,000 years. In the past, headhunting and cannibalism were considered the norm; as recent as the 1950’s open cannibalism was still being practiced in some areas.
Ready yourself for a trip to PNG by learning some of the cultural norms, like not making direct eye contact when you shake a local’s hand. Learn a few words in Pidgin (Tok Pisin) especially if you plan to visit some of the remote villages. And, since land is typically owned by a village or community, be cautious about wandering off alone – it’s best to take a guide as you will need to ask permission to enter in many cases.
Only in Papua New Guinea can you:
- Go birdwatching for a chance to spot over 700 species of birds.
- Spend 10 or 14 days trekking the Kokoa Track.
- Head to the Highlands to learn about PNG’s tribal cultures.
- Dive stunning coral reefs off the north coast of Madang.
- Charter a flight and fly over some of the island’s most interesting sights, especially the remote airstrips.
- Attempt to catch a Black Bass, considered to be the toughest fighting fish in the world.
- Attend a local festival like the Sing-Sing performance.
- Climb Mount Wilhelm, the island’s tallest mountain.
Address: The Embassy is located on Douglas
Street in downtown Port Moresb
Phone: (675) 321-1455