Papua New Guinea
Raw. Lush. Untamed. PNG is the final frontier and a true wilderness outpost.
Comprising half of the world’s second biggest island, New Guinea drums beat out ancient rhythms. Mountain foothills are knitted by impenetrable jungle cacophony of insects ring through the warm air. PNG’s tropical mountain ranges, fierce rivers, wild beaches and World War II heritage indigenous people whose lives have remained relatively unchanged combine to give it an almost ethereal quality.
Dive to see rich marine life alongside a professional underwater photographer to capture sensational footage of your marine encounters; take part in ancient and intoxicating hill tribe celebrations; explore the remote landscapes by helicopter and dugout canoe to deliver vital medicines to communities who rarely, if ever, have had contact with ‘outsiders’ before; visit the Trobriand Islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea to witness a specially arranged ‘Kula-ring’, an ancient trading-transaction between the islands in huge dugout canoes, where the locals exchange food; take part in an unprecedented gathering of Malangan Tribes in the Tabar Islands, concluding with a unique masked festival with the islanders; head to East Sepik province, where independent tribes speaking some 250 languages maintain mysterious, millennia-old cultural traditions. The tribal artwork from this region brings collectors from all over the world.
Where to Stay
Luxury hotels and beach villas to specially upgraded traditional long-houses.
When to Go
The best time to visit inland is the dry season, from May to September. Optimal conditions for snorkelling and diving are year-round.