Papua New Guinea, composed of over 600 islands, lies 100 miles north of Australia. It can be a challenging destination for visitors as tourism is still very much in its infancy, but it is one of the most rewarding destinations in the South Pacific. Little is contrived for tourists and there is a huge range of unique flora and fauna to see.
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Capital Port Moresby
Currency Papua New Guinean kina
Flying time from London Up to 31 hours
Official language(s) English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu
Time difference +9 GMT
Visa requirements Not required for UK passport holders
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As one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, Papua New Guinea offers visitors the opportunity to travel to some of the lesser-visited, secluded islands to meet various tribes. Watch a traditional skeleton dance by the Omo Masalai, a performance by the mysterious mudmen, a ghost dance and enjoy a traditionally prepared lunch.
Spot birds of paradise
Papua New Guinea is home to 38 bird of paradise species – and the best bet to spot them is in Tari. The Ambua Lodge is one of the best places to stay in the area with panoramic views across the highlands, and nearby rainforests boasting exceptional flora and orchids – as well as 13 different species of bird of paradise.
Sail the Pacific
Cruise to the different islands of Papua New Guinea, each with their own attractions – snorkelling, glass-bottomed boat excursions, village visits and dolphin spotting are all possible – before heading off to other Pacific Islands.
Explore New Britain
The country’s biggest island, New Britain is home to a diverse number of attractions. Explore the capital of Port Moresby, snorkel in impressive Kimbe Bay, trek in the rainforest and visit the Hot river – a naturally heated river surrounded by rainforest. Discover remnants from the second world war, see impressive volcanoes and enjoy beautiful panoramic views.
Enjoy marine activities
Go snorkelling in Kimbe Bay, rated a biodiversity hotspot with over 860 species of coral fish; take a glass bottomed boat off Yanaba Island to see into the depths below; and swim on the outer reef of the Laughlan Islands where you may see turtles and spinner dolphins.
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