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TOURISM

“We love Papua New Guinea and want to share it with the World.”

Papua New Guinea’s tourism industry is a well-connected and well-established entity.  The industry has grown considerably over the past several decades.  Led by some of the most passionate and hard-working people in Papua New Guinea - it is made up of tour operators, family-owned hotel and resort owners, tourism and hospitality institutions and even local communities.

On the economic front, the tourism industry is driven largely by the commercial airlines and hoteliers, although the biggest influencers and policy makers remain the Tourism Promotion Authority, provincial government tourism offices and tourism associations - namely: PNG Tourism Industry Association (PNGTIA), Surfers Association of PNG (SAPNG) and the PNG Dive Association (PNGDA). 

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NICHE TOURISM:

“A unique destination not for the masses.”

Papua New Guinea is the land of mystery, opportunity and adventure.

 

It is a destination that takes pride in its niche-tourism experiences, offering unique and memorable encounters that showcase and sustain the rugged natural beauty of the country and the incredible cultural diversity of the people that call Papua New Guinea home.

With a million different journeys to choose from, visitors will find no shortage of amazing experiences in Papua New Guinea.  

TRANSPORT

“Travel by air and sea.”

With a little planning, it’s easy to get to Papua New Guinea – even from Dubai.  The best way for visitors to travel to and within PNG is by airline and cruise line.   Commercial airlines like the national flag carrier: Air Niugini, and its competitor PNG Air, provide daily international and domestic flights.

Every year cruise ships visit the country including P&O, Carnival and Princess.  Ten main ports of call for visiting cruise ships offer a variety of onshore and offshore experiences.  Expeditionary cruises are also available for adventurers who love exploring the truly remote areas of Papua New Guinea.    

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ACCOMODATION

“You will always find a place to stay.”

With a little planning, it’s easy to get to Papua New Guinea – even from Dubai.  The best way for visitors to travel to and within PNG is by airline and cruise line.   Commercial airlines like the national flag carrier: Air Niugini, and its competitor PNG Air, provide daily international and domestic flights.

Every year cruise ships visit the country including P&O, Carnival and Princess.  Ten main ports of call for visiting cruise ships offer a variety of onshore and offshore experiences.  Expeditionary cruises are also available for adventurers who love exploring the truly remote areas of Papua New Guinea.    

TOURS

“Adventure awaits in the land of a million different journeys.”

Whether you’re a bona-fide tourist, or here on business – whatever your reason for visiting Papua New Guinea, there is much to do, see and experience in the land of a million different journeys.

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“Extraordinary and Diverse Cultures of Papua New Guinea”

Culture is the biggest draw-card for visitors in Papua New Guinea.  Cultural festivals add light and color to the country’s event scene every year.   Visitors are guaranteed to arrive curious and depart amazed.  Even if your travel to Papua New Guinea does not allow you to experience a cultural festival, there is opportunity for guided cultural tours and demonstrations

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“Incredible Treks in Papua New Guinea”

Exploring Papua New Guinea on foot, especially along hiking trails and trekking routes offers an opportunity to take in the rugged beauty of our natural environment.  Our famous trekking routes include the Kokoda Track in the Papuan Region, and the Highlands Region with Mount Wilhelm and Mount Giluwe. 

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“A Hundred Different Surf Breaks in

Papua New Guinea”

Although a relatively new surf destination, Papua New Guinea’s surf breaks are just as exhilarating and challenging.   Our pristine conditions and uncrowded waves are unparalleled.  Furthermore, a homegrown initiative promoting sustainable surf tourism is having a three-fold benefit for local communities, surf tour operators and the environment.   Known as the Surf Management Plan (SMP), this initiative is coordinated by the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea.  Some of the best surfing spots in the country are found in the New Ireland Province, West Sepik Province and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

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“Spectacular Sportfishing in Papua New Guinea”

Papua New Guinea is teeming with isolated fishing grounds and untouched rivers, offering some of the best lure in the world.  Cast off in Papua New Guinea for a fishing adventure of a lifetime.  Take on a fresh water fishing adventure and expect encounters with Barramundi, Mangrove Jacks, Saratoga, Spot Tail Bass – or if you’re feeling adventurous, go after the mighty ‘lure shy’ Papuan Black Bass.   Bluewater fishing adventures are equally exciting in Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck and Archipelago Seas.  Join the best sportfishing enthusiasts in the country at the annual National Game Fishing Titles hosted by the Game Fishing Association of Papua New Guinea (GFA). 

Although a relatively new surf destination, Papua New Guinea’s surf breaks are just as exhilarating and challenging.   Our pristine conditions and uncrowded waves are unparalleled.  Furthermore, a homegrown initiative promoting sustainable surf tourism is having a three-fold benefit for local communities, surf tour operators and the environment.   Known as the Surf Management Plan (SMP), this initiative is coordinated by the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea.  Some of the best surfing spots in the country are found in the New Ireland Province, West Sepik Province and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

“Hundreds of Different Dives in Papua New Guinea”

Scuba diving in Papua New Guinea is not only world-class, it is also available year-round through our resorts, dive centers and live-aboards with prices to suit all budgets.   Dive operators in Papua New Guinea are all affiliated to the PNG Divers Association (PNGDA).  Diver safety and the preservation of PNG’s marine environments are observed and promoted by members of the PNGDA.

Our PNG dive sites and experiences are numerous, ranging from barrier reefs, wreck diving to muck diving. Best of all, visitors can enjoy private dive experiences and minimal contact with other dive groups. 

Papua New Guinea has a staggering number of marine species – everything from tiny pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs to the magnificent whale shark.

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“Wonderful Birds of Papua New Guinea”

Bird watchers will be amazed by Papua New Guinea, home to almost 760 discovered species of birds, including 31 of the 42 species of Birds of Paradise.  Papua New Guinea is particularly famous for endemic species such as the Raggiana and Blue Birds of Paradise.  Birding is available throughout the country from coastal and island locations, right up to the rugged peak of our highlands with diversity of birdlife throughout. 

A variety of accommodation options are available throughout the country, many of which operate professional birding tours for guests.  Additionally hotels and tour operators can add any number of activities to complement a birding itinerary such as culture tours, hiking or learning about the World War II history of Papua New Guinea.

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“Unforgettable History in

Papua New Guinea

Journey back in time to discover the intrigue and wonder of Papua New Guinea’s incredible past.  From our ancient Melanesian history to our impassioned modern politics leading to our Independence – Papua New Guinea is a pacific island nation like no other.

Papua New Guinea has a million different stories we want to share with the world.  For history enthusiasts, our museums and monuments vary from cultural to the world wars.  While our historic sites and attractions take visitors back to our intriguing pre-history. 

Time travel in Papua New Guinea, we have a million different stories we want to share with you.

“Delicious Food Journeys in

Papua New Guinea.”

Papua New Guinea’s tropical climate and diverse cultures have created an incredible variety of cuisine that have amazed many visitors.  Whether served at a fine dining restaurant or on a carefully woven mat for guests in a village, food experiences in Papua New Guinea are special and interesting occasions.

We have seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, chocolate, wine, coffee, beer and more – our appeal is the enormous assortment of food and beverages one can find and taste in Papua New Guinea.

International influences in our cuisine are apparent in major towns and cities – Asian, Western and even Mediterranean.  Many hotels and restaurants can cater to a guest’s specific dietary and culinary requirements, especially vegetarian, lean, kosher and even halal.

M.I.C.E. TOURISM:

“A great place to meet.”

Papua New Guinea offers a variety of suitable locations for hosting Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE). With our recent infrastructure developments, our national capital Port Moresby can host up to 5,000 to 10,000 visitors at any one time.

There are accommodation, sports and conference venues for any type of event – sports, festivals, conferences and meetings. Papua New Guinea was the proud host of the global APEC 2018 Forum, and hosted the FIFA U-21 Women’s’ World Cup.  In 2019 the country welcomed its Pacific Island neighbours when hosting the Regional Miss Pacific Islands Pageant. 

“Recommended Sights and Attractions to visit in Papua New Guinea”

There are hundreds of interesting sights and attractions in Papua New Guinea that will stir the curiosity and imagination of any visitor.  

Here are our recommended top six (6) places to visit in Papua New Guinea:

Kokoda Track: A 96-kilometer historical trekking route traversing incredible jungle and mountain terrain.  Best for the outdoor adventurer who likes camping.  Short trekking tours are available. 

Port Moresby Nature Park:  Located in the nation’s capital, this famous wildlife park is spread over 30-acres of lush tropical garden.  Home to over 350 native animals, Port Moresby Nature Park has won numerous international awards.

Sepik River: Stretching over a thousand kilometres through lowland plains, the Sepik River is Papua New Guinea’s longest river.  The river takes visitors into one of the country’s famous tribal heartlands, whose well-documented culture revere the crocodile.

Massim Museum:  This museum displays the rich culture and history of the people of Milne Bay, whose seafaring trade routes and unique traditions captured the attention of renowned social anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski.

Kimbe Bay: Located in West New Britain Province, Kimbe Bay is one the country’s best diving spots.  This natural marine wonderland is home to hundreds of fish and coral species.  Visitors will find there is much to explore overland as well as underwater.

Varirata National Park:  An hour’s drive from Port Moresby, these 1,000 hectares of parkland has picnic and barbecue areas, hiking trails, bird watching sites, look-outs, streams, and even a traditionally built treehouse.  The Park is one of the country’s first national parks.  Park rangers and an information center provide valuable resources for visitors. 

Click: Papua New Guinea TripAdvisor listing to find other interesting places travellers have enjoyed visiting. 

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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PAPUA NEW GUINEA:

“Did you know that…?”

1.  Papua New Guinea has the highest mountain in the Pacific: Mount Wilhelm - with a height of 4,509 kilometres.

 

2.  Papua New Guinea has the largest Birdwing Butterfly: the Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly with an adult’s wingspan reaching up to 28 centimetres.

3.  Papua New Guinea is a linguistic and anthropological wonder with over 850 ethnic languages and over 1,000 cultures.

4.  Papua New Guinea has 38 of the 42 known Birds of Paradise species, including our national bird the Raggiana Bird of Paradise and the exquisite Blue Bird of Paradise.

5. Papua New Guinea has 5 percent of the world's biodiversity, even though it only covers 1 percent of Earth's total land area. It has more than 20,000 plant species, 800 species of coral, 600 species of fish, and 750 species of birds.  A new species of tree frog was discovered recently in the Papuan Region, dubbed the ‘chocolate frog’ its scientific name: ‘Litoria mira’.

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