Papua New Guinea is a wild, raw, captivating frontier of a country – more like Africa than any of its close neighbours. The Papuan people are proud and welcoming and their traditions and sometimes bizarre customs will enthral. From the still prevalent Highland culture of ‘an eye for an eye’ to the fact that pigs remain the ‘glue’ which binds PNG society, as the number of pigs a man owns reflects his material wealth and social standing. Watch David Attenborough's Paradise Birds featuring the romantic and glamorous birds of PNG.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR HOLIDAY TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA
This tropical land of extraordinary topographical variety encompasses the Highlands, with peaks over 14,000 feet, the lowlands of the Sepik River and an extensive coastline dotted with stunning outlying islands. The most linguistically diverse country on earth, Papua New Guinea has 850 languages and wonderfully rich flora and fauna, home to numerous species of birds of paradise and marsupials, including tree kangaroos, wallabies that took to the trees of PNG’s rainforests some 5 million years ago.
In such a topographically torturous country even now the road infrastructure remains modest and the best way to get around Papua New Guinea is by air. However, delays are inevitable and published departure times no more than a ballpark guide, so always travel in PNG with a good book and a sense of humour.
Almost everything in Papua New Guinea has to be imported and transportation costs are high, so it is not a cheap destination. This said, if you have a penchant for adventure and the path less travelled, it really doesn’t get much better than PNG. Its tagline ‘land of the unexpected’ is very apt.
SOME IDEAS FOR A PAPUA NEW GUINEA HOLIDAY
- Meet Huli Wigmen and Asaro Mudmen in the Highlands
- Access secluded and remote parts of the country on a luxury cruise
- Explore by dugout canoe the spirit houses and backwaters of the mythical Sepik River
- Fly around the Highlands in a small plane, understanding what the early explorers must have felt like as you gaze down on the uninterrupted jungle
- Track resplendent birds of paradise in the Highlands
- Snorkel or dive in some of the clearest and coral-rich waters in the world
OUR PAPUA NEW GUINEA EXPERTS
Both our travel specialists Amy and Deborah can only urge you to go and visit this amazing country first hand. Deborah is never happier than when off the beaten track and has just returned from the wilds of PNG so is the ideal person to help you get under the skin of this extraordinary country.