Volcano, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Coast and Islands

PNG has an extensive coastline dotted with stunning outlying islands. Described as the Scandinavia of the Pacific, the coastal scenery is spectacular.

Spectacular enough above water it is the underwater world that is really magical and diving here is a wonderfully unusual experience.

The coast has a laid back feel, life is slower, as is the paddling, nothing is rushed, compared to the mountains’ low-level anarchy, owing to the isolating topography. In Tufi it is easy to see why there is only one policeman.

Fishermen, Tufi, Papua New Guinea
Tufi, Papua New Guinea

Cape Nelson

The coast of Tufi’s peninsula, or Cape Nelson as it was named by the British, is a place where sea and mountains meet. A paradise accessed only by boat or air.

Gnarled green fingers stretch out into the sea creating fjords of hidden surprises – technically they are rais as they were created by volcanoes as opposed to ice. These rais give the region a very particular fingerprint of turquoise coral bays, surrounded by steep ridges covered in rainforest and kunai grasslands.


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Tufi sing sing, Papua New Guinea

Traditional PNG Festivals

Witness a “sing-sing” and colourful traditional festivals.

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Deck and View from Hotel, Tufi Dive Resort, Tufi, papua New Guinea

Tufi Dive Resort

Stay at Tufi Dive Resort with spectacular views over the fjords and mountains of Tufi and Cape Nelson.

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Baining Fire Tribesmen, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Rabaul National Mask Festival

Held every year in July, take part in this four day celebration of the rich island heritage when tribes from across the country gather to summon their ancestors through displays of dance and elaborate costumes.

Baining Fire Dance, Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea

Baining Fire Dance

Watch a Baining Fire Dance on East New Britain, a spectacular dance performed by the locals on special occasions including bereavements, birth and coming of age ceremonies.

green turtle swimming in blue ocean,great barrier reef


Experience world-class diving in waters that are part of the Coral Triangle, an area named for its vast number of coral species.

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Four spinner dolphins swimming.

Duke of York Islands

Visit some of the 13 Duke of York Islands, live like a castaway, snorkel and swim with spinner dolphins.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Tawali £££££

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Tawali Resort is located in a secluded area of Milne Bay amongst local fishing villages and accessible only by boat. Built on a limestone bluff eighty feet above the water, Tawali means ‘reef’ in the local language and aptly, offers world-class diving. Constructed in wood by local workers and entirely by hand, each bungalow has solar-powered hot water and a private balcony overlooking Hoia Bay. Diving, kayaking, hiking and birding are all available at the hotel.

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Walindi Plantation Resort £££££

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Walindi Plantation Resort nestles on the shores of Kimbe Bay just metres from the ocean. The owners of this welcoming resort have been introducing visitors to the regions world-class diving for over 25 years. Twelve detached, thatched bungalows are scattered amidst the rainforest gardens along the small black sand beach. Eight smaller plantation house rooms are set slightly back and have shared verandas. The open-air restaurant, bar and deck make the most of the sea views and the small pool is a lovely spot to read a book.

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Rapopo Plantation Resort £££££

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Beach and Island Escapes

On the shores of New Britain, Rapopo Plantation Resort overlooks Simpson harbour and Tavurvur volcano beyond. Manicured lawns dotted with fig and coconut trees hide a large swimming pool, spa and 32 rooms with balcony and sea views. Built on the site of a Japanese fighter airstrip, the hotel is a short drive from Kokopo town, has direct beach access and offers some excellent diving.

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Tufi Dive Resort £££££

  • Papua New Guinea

Tufi Dive Resort is perched on the slopes of Mount Trafalgar, overlooking the stunning fjords and mountains of Tufi and Cape Nelson. Stay in one of the 28 traditionally decorated bungalows, most with a verandah overlooking the Coral Sea or Tufi fjord. Alternatively, stay with a local family, eating with the villagers, exploring with local fisherman, experiencing a traditional way of life. Additional facilities at the resort include a small swimming pool and restaurant.

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Traditional Costume, Huli wigmen, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea

Highlights of Papua New Guinea

This holiday to Papua New Guinea offers a wonderful overview of this wild country’s main highlights, covering varied and fascinating landscapes and cultures.

12 days

from £7,475 pp

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