Papua New Guinea is continuing make positive reviews on tourism mainly in America and Europe.  And the latest positive review is a publication in USA TODAY by Susan Barnes.  Susan looks at secluded beaches that Americans can travel to where she introduces “8 beaches around the world where the only footsteps you see may indeed be your own.“.

Papua New Guinea’s Tufi in the Oro Province makes the top 8 and is described by Barnes as having beaches

caressed by clear turquoise water that is just as inviting as the idea of being all alone.


But being in a secluded beach isn’t the catch all for Tufi.  Barnes continues that the activities in Tufi makes it all the more adventurous.

And if you’re looking for something a bit more active, you can always hike to local waterfalls, or kayak and fish those very same waters. SCUBA diving here is unmatched, too.

Garewa Village appears to be the main focus on Tufi. Tufi Dive Resort which is the main resort in Tufi offers outrigger safari that can take you to Garewa Village. Along the way, you can expect to explore the wonder of the Tufi fjords and see amazing waterfalls and flocks of hornbills flying up the fjords.  You can find more information on the safari here http://www.tufidive.com/outriggers.html

Garewa Village Pic: Scuba Diver Girls

Of the Pacific Island countries, it is interesting to note the omission of places like Fiji and Tahiti but at the same time it’s pleasant to see a Pacific neighbour like Tonga make the cut.  Perhaps places like Fiji and Tahiti have become too “tourism-ised” (if such a word exists) and tourists are looking to the unknown, the untouched natural beauty.

The complete list for the 8 beaches are as follows and in the order recommended by Barnes:

1. Honeymoon Island, Florida

2. Montana de Oro State Park, Carlifornia

3. Papohaku Beach Park, Hawaii

4. Scrub Island, BVI

5. St. Thomas, USVI

6. Tufi, Papua New Guinea

7. Nuku’alofa, Tonga

8. Msambweni Beach, Kenya

You can check Susan Barnes’ article here http://experience.usatoday.com/beach/story/best-beaches/2015/02/13/beaches-to-visit-in-february/23322457/