Things to do in Papua New Guinea

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Things to Do in Papua New Guinea


Top Attractions in Papua New Guinea

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  • Helen T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Through “On Track Expeditions” and with Sean O’Gorman as our guide, our experience was simply amazing.
    We completed the full track including side walks : Myola Lakes, Moss Forrest, lost battle field, B25 bomber crash site, Japanese gun emplacements and ammunition dumps. Importantly, we had emotional remembrance ceremonies at Ioribaiwa, Brigade Hill, Eora Creek and Isurava. Complete with: raising of the Australian and PNG flags, poems, songs, names of the fallen and the “ode to the fallen”.
    Sean:
    Your energy, humour, care for and encouragement of the team, and detailed knowledge of the Kokoda campaign, helped us across the track. But, most of all , your respect for the fallen and all who gave service, was simply infectious.
    I expected a 100% experience and thanks to you, achieved much more. If I go again , I will go with you.
    Cheers, 72 year old Trekker.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Bronson O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Nature park was amazing and I loved it dbvugvcnorhgoibrgcoehhmgxiwtunrmcechnoitrcehtrhcoiurhtmouhevoiumvtrhgoiruhmtg4n7tfo754khfyd578yk3085y493yn487byfn28423
    Written 14 May 2024
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  • jobiks
    Cairns, Australia124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I really enjoyed our visit as part of a tour from Kokopo Beach Bungalows. It was an early start to avoid the heat. The climb is fine for anyone with average fitness although it is a bit slippery on loose gravel and some sharp rocks so just watch your footing and take it carefully. Our driver and security from Kokopo Johnny and Maris were great and the local guides that joined us were friendly and helpful. The views are amazing and the colours of the volcano and the hotsprings are a contrast to the blue water and surrounding green hills. It's a must do if visiting Rabaul and Kokopo and we felt safe and at ease.
    Written 9 December 2023
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  • Sean R
    Adelaide, South Australia, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had come off the Kokoda Trail and found the graves of some of the soldiers whose experiences we had followed.
    Written 10 November 2022
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  • Mister C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked a Sepik tour with brother Cyril. Didn’t know what to expect but it was one of the most beautiful memorable and amazing trips I’ve ever been on. We went to Sepik to visit the crocodile tribe and experience the local culture. Cyril was our host and tour guide. He was on point and very organized. Super honest and no doubt about it. He is my go to fixer when visiting PNG. As it’s a very difficult place to move around and get stuff done. You will need Cyril in your life if coming to PNG. regardless please come to Papua New Guinea these are the nicest most humble and sincere people I’ve met on earth. Much love and power to the people of east Sepik as they are still recovering from the earthquake that hit them last month. 💪🏽🐊
    Written 24 April 2024
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  • Tikibird
    Brisbane, Australia1,264 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We organised our visit independently with Edwin at the park's HQ in POM. Our guide was Morgan who was a great guy and found lots of birds for us. The Raggiana BoPs were displaying between 06:30-07:15 roughly. Then we went back to the main picnic grounds with the taxi and did a few short walks to see more birds. Visibility is great, lots of lorikeets flying overhead. Many birds in the surrounding trees. Taxi from POM for a day trip was 300 Kina for full day hire, pick up at hotel at 05:00 and dropped at museum around 14:00. We brought sandwich fixings for a picnic lunch. There are no cafes or restaurants in the park.
    Written 26 July 2023
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  • Kevthescot
    London, UK135 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is well worth a trip if you’re in Port Moresby.
    Well thought out in a cool building, it’s full of incredible artefacts from the various groups dotted around PNG.
    Written 20 September 2023
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  • Robert M
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited Mt Wilhelm as well as cultural tours over 10 days including g Hela, Enga, Western, Simbu, Jiwaya, and Eastern Province with Imbuka Trek and Tours Ltd. We had a Private guide cook and driver. It was an incredible experience which was customized to our wishes which included bird watching and some trekking. We got so much more than expected and at a good price. We felt comfortable and safe the entire holiday.
    Imbukatrekntours@gmail.com

    Robert McCroskey. Rmccroskey@nwmsonline.com
    Written 30 April 2024
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  • jobiks
    Cairns, Australia124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an emotional place with a sad atmosphere. The cemetery is immaculate and well laid out with beautiful gardens and huge raintrees. Lots of information about the wars and the brave men that fought for their countries and the commmonwealth
    Written 9 December 2023
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  • Renuka R
    Fiji118 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went for a visit and also got a tour of the Parliament House. Interesting to see the collection of butterflies of PNG. The outside of the building looks pretty interesting too.
    Written 2 February 2020
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  • RoadTripRoger
    Putnam, CT593 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kitava is unlike any cruise stop we have ever made. The island's 2,200 residents, spread among three villages, are subsistence farmers and fishermen who live, without electricity or other modern conveniences, in thatch-roofed huts fashioned with materials from the lush equatorial forest.

    Kitava is one of the Trobriand Islands, whose "savages" were famously written about by Bronislaw Malinowski, the "father of social anthropology," when he studied them in the 1920s. Even today, their way of life is astoundingly alien to us, with the use of yams as a medium of exchange and a measure of wealth, the belief in magic and spells, the fluid system of marriage and divorce, and the adoption of a particularly aggressive form of cricket -- incorporating dancing and taunting -- as a substitute for intertribal warfare. (Wish we could've seen a game!) It's all way too much to talk about here, but the Wikipedia article on the Trobriand Islands is fascinating reading.

    So how do cruise ships figure into this picture? They're part of the very slow and very incomplete modernization efforts undertaken after the islands came under the control of Papua New Guinea in 1975. A ship visits, on average, once a month, and on that day huge numbers of people walk for about an hour down to the beach to meet passengers who are ferried ashore on the lifeboats. Market stall after market stall extend for several hundred feet along the edge of forest that lines the beachfront.

    Most of the stalls are selling handcrafts, mainly wood carvings and goods like mats and handbags woven from plants; we see a small fire set up to dry the fiber. But some of the stalls are fundraising displays for causes like the midwife service, a water purification system, and tuition for students aspiring to attend college.

    The local schools are well represented, too. Formal education (including English) has been mandated since Papua New Guinea absorbed the islands. The children solicit contributions for their schools with singing and dancing. Some of the kids are in traditional Trobriands attire; we learn that they are required to dress this way once a week as a way of reinforcing a link to their traditions.

    On the other side of a small channel (100 yards or so) is a tiny uninhabited island where the snorkeling is terrific, with great views of colorful coral and tropical fish. The only way to get over there is via one of home-made outrigger canoes -- some with sails, others paddled. For five kina (about $2), the locals will help visitors into the boats (which is none too easy for the typical retirees on the ship) and ferry them across. On the way we see bottlenose dolphins and a big sea turtle.

    So it's a fun and fascinating day, but a sense of unease remains. The people are so obviously needy, and we wonder how they feel being gawked at by comfortable white retirees. When they sing and dance and offer their crafts, do they feel it is demeaning? Is it a sharing of their culture with pride? Is it an economic transaction, willingly entered into, that monetizes their culture? It's so hard to say. But the people of Kitava do no overt begging or panhandling that we can see.

    We try to do a little good. We had read that the schools badly needed supplies, so we packed a bagful of pads, pencils and such to donate. We buy some of their crafts and pay the ferrymen more than they ask. It's nowhere near enough, but it eases our guilt. And our fellow passengers all seem to be doing the same thing. So maybe our visit does some good.
    Written 23 December 2019
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  • katrina
    Melbourne, Australia113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I saw this museum as part of a 4 hour tour with Rabaul Scenic Tours . The Museum was interesting with information about the area and the Japanese invasion in WW2 and the allied campaign. We also went down into the bunker used by the famous Japanese high commander General Yamamoto . There were some school children singing for us and market stalls for souvenirs. Clean toilets are at the back of the building.
    Written 22 October 2022
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