20 Reasons to Visit Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific, encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. A country of immense cultural and biological diversity, it’s known for its beaches, coral reefs and scuba diving. Here are 20 reasons to visit Papua New Guinea.

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  1. No Shortage of Seafood

  2. Close to Australia. Short flight

  3. Stunning Beach Locations

  4. Friendly locals with some real character expats running lovely properties

  5. Sepik River


    The Sepik River is the longest river on the island of New Guinea, and after the Fly and the Mamberamo the third largest by volume.

  6. Kokoda Track

    The Kokoda Trail or Track is a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres overland – 60 kilometres in a straight line – through the Owen Stanley Range.

  7. Mount Wilhelm

    Mount Wilhelm, or Enduwa Kombuglu, at 4,509 metres is the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea. It is part of the Bismarck Range and the peak is the point where three provinces, Simbu, Western Highlands and Madang, meet.

  8. Goroka Show

    The Goroka Show is a well-known tribal gathering and cultural event. It is a Sing-sing held every year close to the country’s Independence Day in the town of Goroka, the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province.

  9. Owen Stanley Range

    Owen Stanley Range is the south-eastern part of the central mountain-chain. It was seen in 1849 by Captain Owen Stanley while surveying the south coast of Papua and named after him.

  10. Tavurvur


    Tavurvur is an active stratovolcano that lies near Rabaul, on the island of New Britain. It is a sub-vent of the Rabaul caldera and lies on the eastern rim of the larger feature.

  11. Milne Bay

    More than 35 kilometers long and over 15 kilometers wide, Milne Bay is a sheltered deep-water harbour, surrounded by the heavily wooded Stirling Range to the north and south, and on the northern shore, a narrow coastal strip, soggy with sago and mangrove swamps.

  12. Mount Giluwe


    Mount Giluwe is the second highest mountain in Papua New Guinea at 4,367 metres. It is located in the Southern Highlands province and is an old shield volcano with vast alpine grasslands.

  13. Black Cat Track

    The Black Cat Track or Trail is a rough overland track in Morobe Province.

  14. Purari River

    The Purari is a river in that originates in the south central highlands of Papua New Guinea, flowing 470 kilometres though the Gulf Province to the Gulf of Papua.

  15. Bulldog Track

    The Bulldog Track, also known as the Bulldog-Wau road and Reinhold’s Highway, in the year 2004 is a foot track crossing the western end of the Owen Stanley Range of Central Papua New Guinea.

  16. Rabaul caldera

    The Rabaul caldera, or Rabaul Volcano, is a large volcano on the tip of the Gazelle Peninsula in East New Britain, and derives its name from the town of Rabaul inside the caldera.

  17. Bismarck Range


    The Bismarck Range is a mountain range in the central highlands. The range is named after the German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. From the 1880s to 1914 this part of the island was a German colony.

  18. Vulcan


    It is a sub-vent of the Rabaul caldera and lies on the western rim of the larger feature.

  19. Tufi Dive Resort

    Tufi Dive Resort has elegant accommodations overlooking the fjords and Tufi Harbour, and works with locals in the surrounding Oro province to arrange overnight stays in village guesthouses.

  20. The locals

Source: 20 Reasons to Visit Papua New Guinea