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The Last Frontier

Located south of the equator, Papua New Guinea is an island nation in Oceania. This fascinating archipelago, commonly known as PNG, boasts more than 600 islands, thousands of kilometers of beautiful coastlines and striking coral reefs, active volcanoes, and tropical rain forests. Papua New Guinea shares a land-border with Indonesia. Other near neighbors are Australia to the south and Solomon Islands to the east.

Most of the area of this geographically diverse country remain largely undeveloped and, in places, extremely rugged. Papua New Guinea has one of the largest expanse of tropical rainforests. Dense forests and wetlands can be found in the highlands as well as in the lowland and coastal areas. Deep in its mountain regions, lush vegetation and diverse wildlife are characteristic features of this land that has seemingly remained untouched through the centuries. This is why it has been regarded as the one of the world’s last great frontiers.

Papua New Guinea is home to a population of almost 7 million, comprising mainly of people from the Melanesian race.There are literally hundreds of indigenous ethnic groups and over 820 languages spoken. Papua New Guinea is a rural nation, with only less than 18 percent of its population living in urbanized areas. The majority of the population live in isolated mountainous areas where they still live according to traditional clan based culture.

Port Moresby, the largest city and capital of Papua New Guinea, lies on the southern coast of the island of New Guinea. It is named after Captain John Moresby who was the first European to visit the harbourfront city in 1873. This capital city also has its share of attractions such as the Port Moresby Nature Park, the Parliament building, and the Ela Beach Craft Market.

There are many things to do in this beautifully diverse country. Besides trekking through its amazing mountainous regions, Papua New Guinea offers great scuba diving opportunities. It has some of the very best tropical reef diving anywhere in the word. Boat cruising and birdwatching are also popular activities.

Top attractions

Kokoda Track is an ancient trail across the Owen Stanley Range, famous for its role in World War II. It is a 60-mile trail, originally used by gold miners in the 1890s, starts in the Port Moresby area and leads up into the Owen Stanley Range. It takes about five days to hike this track, which includes plenty of ups and downs between mountain ridges and streams.

Mount Wilhelm is the highest mountain in Oceania at 14,880 ft. Climbing Wilhelm is relatively easy; but three or four days are recommended to enjoy all the scenery and outdoor activities, such as whitewater rafting in the Wahgi River. Local guides and trekking tours are available.

Mt. Hagen is a rugged frontier town in the Highlands, which will introduce you to the cool, crisp Highlands weather and Highlands culture.

Madang is a beautiful city with breathtaking flights of bats in the evening, and even more breathtaking diving. It is good for scuba diving of all levels, and the coral reefs are home to a variety of rare species of colorful fish. There are also underwater wrecks of Japanese fighter planes, with weapons and cargo intact. There are still-active volcanoes for trekkers to hike up not far from Madang.

Further west is Wewak, the gateway to the Sepik River region with a fascinating Sepik culture distinct from that of the Highlands. Take long canoe rides up the river to see the impressive Haus Tambaran's. The Crocodile Festival in early August in Ambunti on the Sepik river is a worthwhile attraction to see.

Bougainville. Well off-the-beaten-path in the far east of the country, with great untapped tourism potential. World-class diving, dramatic treks and World War II Japanese relics are the key attractions.

Getting To Papua New Guinea

The gateway to the country is in Port Moresby, the Jackson’s International Airport at Jackson Field, located 11 km from the city. Air Niugini flies to much of the country and its outlying islands, as well as to various destinations in Asia and Australia.

Getting Around

Getting around Papua New Guinea can be quite intimidating. The poor infrastructure, tropical conditions and the difficult terrain makes transportation options very minimal. Travel by the local bus service is limited to certain areas.

Air transport is still the most common way to get around between major urban centers because of the topography. The two major domestic airlines are Air Niugini and Airlines PNG:

People living in the islands also get around locally via banana boat, or motorized canoes There are regular ferry services between the major towns.

Best time to Visit

Papua New Guinea, being near the equator, has a warm and humid tropical climate. In the highlands, though, temperatures are distinctly cool. The wet season runs from about December to March and the best months to visit are between May to October. It is also during this period when many of the festivals are held.

This beautifully diverse country promises a unique and unforgettable experience as there are only few places close to the equator where you can experience snowfall. Papua New Guinea is truly amazing, exotic and extreme in its natural beauty and it will not fail to impress even the well-travelled adventurer.

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