Papua New Guinea Travel

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Introduction

Papua New Guinea’s like a raw jewel and is still a mostly undiscovered destination. It is a land of natural wilderness, breathtaking landscapes, lost cultures, unexpected tropical jungles, high towering mountains and fascinating flora and fauna. It has more than 600 islands and 800 indigenous languages, and is made up of 4 regions with 20 provinces.

For a glimpse into PNG’s fascinating tribal cultures, the Highlands is where you should head (the town of Tari is a good place to see traditional Huli wigmen), while the Central, Oro & Milne Bay Provinces are home to gorgeous reefs and historic wartime sites – including the country’s foremost attraction, the Kokoda Track. Also part of these eastern provinces, and about as far off the beaten track as you can get, the D’Entrecasteaux Islands are like the land that time forgot, mountainous, jungly and totally undeveloped. The gritty capital Port Moresby, on the other hand, is big and sprawling and even a bit intimidating until you get under its skin and see past the bad press.

There’s lots of interesting things to do for instance, go trekking through the jungle, explore the wonders of the underwater world, kayak along magnificent rivers or catch a wave and surf the shores of Papua New Guinea. The diving is absolutely amazing and it’s rated as one of the top diving destinations in the world. Take a cruise through the island and relax while you take in all the natural wonders that Papua New Guinea has to offer. If you’d rather get active then there is plenty to do for you as well. You can go hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing and fishing. There are also quite a few relics left from WWII. Take a tour to see these interesting sites, or have a guide take you out to go bird watching – Biologists believe many animal species in the rugged interior remain to be discovered. No matter how much you’ve travelled before, your journey through Papua New Guinea will take your breath away.

Besides many species of frogs, birds and turtles you can also see the worlds largest species of crocodiles, tree kangaroos and the worlds largest bat. Make your experience complete by joining one of the village tours to experience the traditional way of life, the food and the unique culture that is still very much alive in remote Papua New Guinea. Don’t let the opportunity of a lifetime slip by and start planning your unforgettable trip into amazing Papua New Guinea.

Highlands Region

To the north lie the Highlands Region, a zone of mountains with rise of 13,000 feet (4,000 meters). This region has five provinces – Southern Highlands, Enga Province, Western Highlands, Simbu and Eastern Highlands. The Highlands Region is Papua New Guinea’s most densely populated region. It is known for its coffee plantations, cultural diversity and beautiful orchids, as well as being home to many rare animals, including the birds of paradise. More than 700 Papua New Guinea cultures have been identified in this region, each with their own unique traditions. Coming Soon…

Islands Region

Located in the north east, the Islands Region comprises Bismarck Archipelago and North Solomon Islands and is the least densely inhabited region with a population of 750,000. This region is divided into five provinces – East New Britain, Manus, New Ireland, Bougainville and West New Britain. The region offers many sea and land experiences – kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, climbing, walking, shopping and arts and crafts. For travel to this fascinating region, a selection of hotel accommodation is offered. With white sandy beaches this untouched land of beautiful tropical islands and rich culture offers an amazing experience.

Momase Region

Made up of four provinces – East Sepik, Madang, Morobe and West Sepik, this regions takes in the second city of the nation, Lae, which is the capital of Morobe Province. Lae is situated at the beginning of the Highlands Highway, the main transport corridor to the coast. On the outskirts of Lae are wonderful rain forests, and in the city itself, a variety of shops, restaurants and cultural galleries. The East Sepik province produces cocoa, coffee, copra and sugar, while Madang is the country’s second largest producer of cattle. With its tropical humid climate, normally between 24 and 32 degrees Celsius, it is envied by many around the country. Coming Soon…

Papua Region

This region has a population of 3 million with the official language being Indonesian. The region is made up of Central Province, Gulf Province, Milne Bay Province, National Capital District, Northern Province and Western Province. A hot humid climate exists for most of the year, except in the mountains, and with some variation in the northeast monsoon season. In the National Capital District, Port Moresby is Papua New Guinea’s capital and the main entry point for international travel visitors. Offering a vast range of Papua New Guinea adventures, there are botanical gardens, museums, art galleries, markets and government buildings to explore. Papua New Guinea culture and history tours offer a rich and enchanting experience of this fascinating land. Coming Soon…

Climate

The climate in Papua New Guinea is tropical and pleasant. You will experience two distinct types of climate in PNG. The first is in the lowland and coastal areas being hot and having a temperature range of 75-95F (24-35°C) with high humidity. The second is the highlands regions being cooler, having a temperature range of 54-82F (12-28°C) and with less humidity. In both areas, the days are generally fine, but often there are clouds in the afternoon resulting in rain late afternoon and evening. The majority of the rain falls between December and March due to the northwest monsoon, although Port Moresby enjoys a dry season at this time. There is frost and there are occasional snow falls on the highest mountain peaks. Typhoons can hit Papua New Guinea from December to mid March, and can sometimes cause heavy damage, flooding and erosion. The best time to visit is in the months of April and November, when Papua New Guinea Weather is characterized by less rain and it is the time when the trade winds blow. Only these two months of the year do not come under the influence of the monsoons.

Average Temperature
Summer: 95F maximum (35°C) 86F minimum (30°C)
Winter: 86F maximum (30°C) 80F minimum (27°C)

Average Water Temperature
Summer: 87F maximum (31°C) 84F minimum (29°C)
Winter: 84F maximum (29°C) 77F minimum (25°C)

Cool/Dry Season
April – November

Wet/Humid Season
December – March

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