Things to See and Do in Papua New Guinea
Port Moresby & Central Province
Central Province is home to the capital of Port Moresby, Sogeri Plateau and the spectacular mountain region of Variarata National Park.
Key National Parks include Variarata in Central Province and beautiful Lake Kutubu in the Southern Highlands. In West New Britain, Pokili boasts boiling mud pools, geysers, fumaroles and hot springs.
Black Bass are found in the rivers of New Britain and in the Huon Gulf in Morobe Province. In the coastal waters off New Ireland, Madang and New Britain there are marlin, sailfish and dogtooth tuna. Fishing charters can be arranged locally.
Relics dating from the allied battles with Japan can be found in many parts of New Britain, New Ireland, Sepik, Morobe and Madang Provinces. These include sunken battleships and aeroplanes in the waters around Madang and Rabaul.
PNG enjoys some of the world's best diving, with coral gardens and walls, barrier reefs, fringed reefs, sea grass beds and coral atolls. There are also ship, aircraft and submarine wrecks to explore. Diving is good all year round, with high season from May to November. Key diving centres include Lae (Morobe), Rabaul (New Britain), Kavieng (New Ireland) and Milne Bay.
Muruk Cave in East New Britain is the Southern Hemisphere's biggest at 1,123m deep and 17km long. There is also good caving at Mt Giluwe in the Southern Highlands, and Kavieng in New Ireland.
Two famous treks include the strenuous climb up Mt Wilhelm (4509) in the Highlands, and the infamous Kokoda Trail used by early goldminers, which runs for 90km between Oro and Central Provinces. Climbers should have comfortable boots, wet weather gear and medical kits. A local guide is advisable.
Surfing is relatively new in PNG, but there are good breaks at Kavieng in New Ireland, and at Hula village two hours from Port Moresby.
PNG has more than 700 bird species, including 38 of the 43 known species of Bird of Paradise. Good birdwatching areas are Kiumga, Tari, the Moitaka and Baiyer River sanctuaries and Ambua Lodge.
Every year PNG celebrates unique aspects of its culture with displays that are famous for their traditional singing, dancing and crafts. Key shows include the Enga Cultural Show at Wabag (August), the Mt Hagen Show (August), the Tambuan Mask Festival at Rabaul (August), the Goroka Show at Goroka Showgrounds (September), the Hiri Moale Festival at Port Moresby (September), the Morobe Province Agricultural Show at Lae Showgrounds (October) and the PNG Arts & Cultural Festival at Port Moresby (November).
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invented the bungee jump.
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’s multi-coloured marine life.
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Gorge on French cuisine and tropical surroundings in the
’s easy-access sites in this 'soft coral capital of the world.’
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’s unique peaks and exciting coastal caves.
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’s mountain ridges peppered with wild papaya.
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and be the first in the world to see midnight.
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’s spectacular lagoon.
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