So, Where is Papua New Guinea?
When you are planning an international vacation, it is vital to get everything mapped out months in advance.
Papua New Guinea, commonly known as “PNG,” is nestled just south of the equator and is 100 miles (160km) north of Australia. It is it’s own independent country and not part of Australia.
How Big is Papua New Guinea?
Papua New Guinea is roughly the size of California. If you’re traveling from the United States, it is directly across the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles.
How to Travel to Papua New Guinea
Unfortunately, there are not direct flights from LA to PNG; however, there are connecting flights via Australia and various other countries. Here is a list of all travel times, destinations, and airlines that provide Papua New Guinea travel.
Jackson International Airport, located in Port Moresby – the capital of Papua New Guinea – is the main entrance for both air and boat traffic, and serves as a stopping point for connecting flights to other major provinces.
For all other Papua New Guinea questions, please contact us for a free consultation. Our Papua New Guinea travel specialists have firsthand knowledge about this unique destination, and we can plan a customized trip to Papua New Guinea tailored to your specific interests.
Top 10 things to do in Papua New Guinea
Thinking of traveling to Papua New Guinea? As one of the world’s most unique destinations, Papua New Guinea is the ultimate journey for culture, natural beauty and untouched wilderness.
There’s very few parts of the world as remote as this. Once you visit Papua New Guinea, the experience will change you forever. Here’s our list of top 10 things to do during your vacation to Papua New Guinea (PNG)…
- Attend a Festival
Mt Hagen Cultural Festival Papua New Guinea. Photo: David Kirkland
One of the top reasons to visit Papua New Guinea is to experience the thrill of seeing one of PNG’s many cultural festivals, or sing-sings. Many sing-sings are annual events with tribal groups traveling from all over Papua New Guinea that travel far to take part in the remarkable gathering of sights, sounds, color, beauty and culture. Some of the top festivals include the Goroka, Mt. Hagen & Hiri Moale festivals.
- Scuba Dive
Papua New Guinea is also home to some of the world’s most amazing diving. Divers can enjoy beautiful barrier reefs, coral walls, fringing reefs and World War II wreck sites. With average water temperatures of 78 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit and great visibility year round you’ll be sure to enjoy the breathtaking biodiversity Papua New Guinea’s waters have to offer.
- Stay in a Village
Village stays are one of the most unique ways to experience Papua New Guinea, but not for the fainthearted traveler. With over 800 distinct languages spoken, and a land filled with a mixture of traditional and modern living you’ll be sure to get a once in a lifetime experience. Immerse yourself into one of the many villages within Papua New Guinea and learn about men vs. women’s responsibilities, traditional customs and beliefs, and various rituals that happen throughout daily life.
- Expedition Cruising
Boat cruising in Papua New Guinea can be one of the most relaxing ways to experience the beauty and culture of PNG. For cruise enthusiasts you’ll enjoy a slow-paced and informal setting as you cruise along one of PNG’s tributaries or relax in a “floating lodge.” Expedition cruises take you through the Sepik region or the island provinces that are saturated in mystery and mystique.
- Go Hiking/Trekking
Papua New Guinea Hike
For those travelers looking for an action packed holiday, a hiking or trekking adventure would be a great choice. Papua New Guinea is a popular destination for those interested in mountain climbing and bushwalking. You’ll see beautiful towering peaks, national parks, hidden villages, World War II relic sites and much more. Those interested in hiking in PNG should be sure to be in good physical condition as many of the treks can be physically and mentally challenging, but in the end very rewarding.
For any bird watching aficionado Papua New Guinea is a birder’s paradise. You’ll have endless opportunity to see thriving bird populations, as well as endemic and exotic species of all kinds. One of the main highlights for those traveling to PNG, are the many species of the famous Birds of Paradise. These are found only in Papua New Guinea, and are truly a magnificent site to see.
- Art Collecting
Photo: David Kirkland
Papua New Guinea is home to some of the most mysterious and beautiful artwork in the world. On an art collecting adventure you’ll not only be able to bring amazing pieces of artwork home for your personal collection, but you can see some of the artwork PNG is known for such as their Spirit Houses decorated with carved ancestral figures, shell jewelry, woven fiber masks and so much more. Come back home with a piece of artwork found only in Papua New Guinea.
Photo: David Kirkland
The islands & Fiordland regions of Papua New Guinea will take your breath away, and there’s no better way to experience these exceptional locations than by kayak. Encounter schools of playful dolphins, sea turtles and villages slipped away in idyllic settings. The best time of year to enjoy a kayaking adventure is from April to November when the seas are typically calmer. Colorful and bio diverse coral reefs, striking coastlines and untouched tropical waters are waiting for you to come enjoy.
- Go Surfing
Photo: David Kirkland
Papua New Guinea has unlimited surf potential from October to April, and thousands of miles of coastline waiting to be explored by surfing enthusiasts. Enjoy the warm waters, consistent waves, and pristine coastlines on your next surfing adventure.
Papua New Guinea offers remarkable fresh and salt-water fishing, and enjoys isolated fishing grounds teeming with life. Try your hand at fishing for Barramundi, or maybe you’ll like being challenged by the Sailfish, Yellow fin tuna or Marlin that inhabit the waters around Papua New Guinea.
Article Written by Ashley Donaldson
Papua New Guinea Travel Specialist
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