Papua New Guinea




The country can be divided into 9 regions:

  Southern Papua New Guinea
This region covers the National Capital District of Port Moresby and the Central and Northern provinces. The starting point for all visits to Papua New Guinea.
  Western Papua New Guinea
The Western and Gulf provinces. Fascinating but little visited provinces. Birdwatchers' paradise.
Madang has volcanic islands and good diving, while Morobe is beginning of the Highlands Highway and an original Gold Rush area
Consist of Enga Province, Chimbu Province and the Southern, Western and Eastern Highlands, amazing culture and the rare tribal fight
The Sandaun (West Sepik) and East Sepik provinces and the mighty Sepik river.
  Milne Bay
The eastern region with many fascinating islands.
  New Britain
New Britain still has many visible ruins from World War II, above and below water.
  New Ireland and Manus
Land of the country's first human settlements. Fishing, diving, sailing and surfing, plus interesting culture.
An autonomous island region, culturally and geographically more akin to the Solomon Islands


  • Port Moresby — the capital city with its interesting Zoological gardens, the Parliament building, the museum, and general Melanesian atmosphere
  • Alotau — laid-back capital of Milne Bay province and gateway to some fascinating but remote islands
  • Goroka — an attractive highland town with pleasant climate and the annual Goroka Show, centre of the country's coffee industry
  • Lae — the country's second city, main commercial centre and gateway to the highlands
  • Madang — a beautiful city with breathtaking flights of bats in the evening (it is illegal to hurt them), and even more breathtaking diving
  • Mount Hagen — the 'wild-west' frontier town in the Highlands, which will introduce you to the cool, crisp Highlands weather and Highlands culture
  • Rabaul — the city at the foot of an active volcano which was evacuated and severely damaged by a major eruption in 1994
  • Vanimo — the border town if you want to make you way to or from the province of Papua in neighbouring Indonesia; popular surfing destination
  • Wewak — the gateway to the Sepik river, where you can experience Sepik culture, the river itself, and the elaborate carvings typical of the region

Other destinations

  • Kokoda Track — an ancient trail across the Owen Stanley Range which became especially famous for its part in World War II
  • Louisiade Archipelago — beautiful island group well off-the-beaten-path; world-class diving and yachting heaven
  • Trobriand Islands — referred to by the anthropologist, Malinowski, as the "Islands of Love"
  • Tufi — the Fjordland of Papua New Guinea with fascinating scenery, great diving, and tapa cloth made from mulberry bark

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Papua New Guinea - Travel guide