Famously known for being used in the Kokoda Campaign during the Second World War, the Kokoda Trail (or Track) has become a popular pilgrimage tourism destination for trekkers from across the globe. The Kokoda Track is found outside of Port Moresby, on the side of the Owen Stanley Range.

The trail itself is one that tests the strength of many, both physically and mentally. It is also one of history and unearths the tales of courage, endurance, mateship, and sacrifice.

Here are 8 facts about the Kokoda Trail. Did you know…

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1. Language

The largest language-speaking group in the Oro Province where the track is located is the Orokaiva Language.

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2. The "Place of Skulls"

The word “Kokoda” originates from the “Orokaiva” language group spoken by the traditional custodians of the (Kokoda) area in the Oro Province. 

The word Kokoda translates to “Place of Skulls”.

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3. Track length

The the series of interconnected tracks is 96km long.

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4. The Journey

Walking the Kokoda trail is usually broken down into 8 days.

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5. Track your steps!

You can take as many as 25,000 steps in one day of trekking.

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6. Highests point of the track

The highest point on the track is on the side of Mt Bellamy which is about 2.19 km high, that’s 2 and a half times higher than the tallest man-made structure in the world, the Berj Khalifa.

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7. 96km in less than a day!

The fastest time to ever complete the Kokoda Trail is 16 hours and 34 minutes, a record currently held by local Brendon Buka, who was 22 years old at the time.

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8. Age is just a number

 The youngest person recorded to trek the Kokoda was 6 Years old with the oldest being 82 years old.

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Trek with a licensed tour operator from the Kokoda Track Authority, click

Discover all the fun and exciting things you can do at Port Moresby Nature Park.
By Elizabeth Makis

Port Moresby Nature Park is one of Papua New Guinea’s most visited attractions, receiving over 145,000 visitors annually. With over 550 animals and hundreds of plant species not found outside of Papua New Guinea, the POM Nature Park has become PNG’s only internationally recognized wildlife park that sets the bench-mark for tourism, animal-welfare, and community nature-based education. The park boasts a number of activities one can indulge in when visiting. Come take a look and see just what you could expect to find when vising the Port Moresby Nature Park.

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1. Animals

Port Moresby Nature Park is home to over 350 native animals, many of which are rarely seen outside of PNG. The park allows you to get up-close with these unique wild-life via the well-designed sanctuaries. See different bird species in the WWII Walk-through Aviary, the Parrot Walk-through Aviary, the Crowned Pigeon Aviary, the Bird of Paradise Precinct, and the Cassowary Corridor; or get up-close with the tree kangaroos in the Tree Kangaroo Trail or see different species of wallabies in the Wallaby Walk. Or bravely step through the Reptile Haus and see the various types of reptiles housed, from small frogs, to shiny snakes, and crocodiles.

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2. Gardens

Papua New Guinea has the third largest rainforest in the world, with two-thirds of the island still covered with forest. From the tiniest flower to the tallest tree, Papua New Guinea is a utopia for botanists and lovers of diverse flora. Port Moresby Nature Park, prides itself in being the only rainforest within the city of Port Moresby. From the Palm Corridor to the Rainforest Retreat, there are thirty acres of beautifully tended gardens that are enjoyed by visitors from all over the country and the world. A walk through the Port Moresby Nature Park is a walk through a tranquil forest, that allow visitors to see the beauty of Papua New Guinea’s diverse vegetation.

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3. Cultural Displays

Papua New Guinea is a land with over a thousand tribes, each with their own traditions and culture. Port Moresby Nature Park believes that Papua New Guinea’s tradition and culture are tied to the natural environment. Animals and plants have always held significance in each distinct culture in Papua New Guinea, therefore, the park not only houses wild-life, but connects the environment to PNG culture. There are various cultural exhibits at different locations around the park including a traditional yam house, a traditional war canoe and traditionally carved totem poles.

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4. Events

With A very large space and a peaceful setting, Port Moresby Nature Park has a number of venues available for hire. Whether you want to hold a corporate function on the deck, a birthday party at the round house garden, a family picnic on the frangipani lawn, a wedding at the chapel or a casual barbecue with friends in the aviary garden, Port Moresby Nature Park is your best choice! With several venues and hire options available to suit all budgets and delicious catering packages also available to take care of food and drinks for your special day, Port Moresby Nature Park is a great location to host any type of gathering.

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5. Natures Gift Shop

Port Moresby Nature Park not only leaves you with memories, but also special souvenirs from your visit there. At Nature’s Gift you can take home your own keepsake from Port Moresby Nature Park! Hand-crafted arts and crafts items, carvings, souvenirs, books, postcards, stationery, bags, baskets, educational and plush toys and other mementos are available for purchase. All purchases help the park to look after the animals and assist with the running and upkeep of the park.

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6. Natures Café

After a long walk through the park, one may find themselves thoroughly exhausted. Relax at Nature’s Café, nestled on a spacious deck under the canopy of rainforest trees.

Enjoy a delicious meal, or a nice warm cup of PNG coffee to the sounds of birds singing in the trees. On weekends, drop by Port Moresby Nature Park and try the Hombina Grill. Enjoy the park’s new barbeque menu in the Main Picnic Area, a short stroll from the park’s entrance.

For further information, visit the Port Moresby Nature Park website.

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Discover and escape from the busyness of Port Moresby city and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature at the Varirata National Park
By Maureen Wei

Varirata National Park sits calmly on the cool and picturesque Sogeri Plateau, on the back of the Owen Stanley Range. It is Port Moresby’s best-known sanctuary that provides an ecosystem for distinct flora and fauna. Complimented by an aerial view of Port Moresby’s main land and coastline, Varirata National Park is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life into the peaceful and tranquil serenity of nature. There are many activities that one can enjoy at the Varirata National Park. From birdwatching, hiking, picnicking, even school excursions or just simply sightseeing. The park has no shortage of activities one can indulge in.

Varirata National Park is known for its breathtaking lookouts, lakes, streams and hiking trails. The ‘Main Lookout’ is the Park’s most popular attraction. The majestic views stretch over the Sogeri escarpment, surrounding hills, coastline and the city of Port Moresby. There are also several lookouts in the park that offer interesting views of the lush vegetation found up at Varirata. A lake can be found in the middle of the park, and is home to some interesting flora and fauna – including frogs and egrets. The park has five tracks that are well signposted and often lead to other unique attractions like the Koiari Tree House and even the Raggiana birds-of-paradise. Discover stunning plant life during your hike and immerse yourself in a symphony of insect-sound and birdsong.

Varirata National Park’s location and vegetation provides an ideal habitat for a variety of birds, many of which are endemic to Papua New Guinea. As such the park is a top site for bird watching in the Central Province. Bird watching tours to Varirata can be booked through PNG Explorers International and New Guinea Natural Tours. Some of the extraordinary bird life that can be found at the park include the Raggiana Bird of Paradise, Hooded Pitohui, Southern Cassowary, Hornbill, Kingfisher, Megapodes – as well as other animals like wallabies, echidnas, bandicoots, green pythons, parrots, butterflies and more. Nature lovers will enjoy seeing and hearing the park’s unique wildlife.

The park has several spots suitable to layout a picnic while enjoying the lush green scenery. The picnic areas are built in places that have access to breathtaking views. In addition, they have functioning well-maintained toilets, running water taps, barbecue areas, haus-wins and picnic tables. The roads are accessible and sealed, with one entry point and exit point.

An Information Centre can be found at the main picnic site. This is a modern building with some interesting displays that provide invaluable information about Varirata’s history, the significance of the Koiari culture, and the amazing flora and fauna that can be found there.

Varirata is a popular spot for Port Moresby residents, especially school excursions, picnics and weekend outings.

Varirata National Park is Papua New Guinea’s first National Park. It was declared on December 10th, 1969 and was officially opened in October the 8th, 1973, just two years before PNG gained independence. The Park is located approximately 23 kilometres (14.30 miles) North-East from Port Moresby at the edge of the Sogeri Plateau. It occupies an area of 1,063 hectares at an elevation of 630 to 833 meters giving it the most impeccable location to have an aerial view of Port Moresby from the Lookout point. The vegetation around the park is made up of Eucalypt Savannah, Secondary Forest mainly consisting of native casuarina trees.

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Admission

  • Adults – K10 (Expatriates) K5 (Locals)
  • Child – K6 (Expatriates) K3 (Locals)
  • Vehicle – K50 To K100 (Depending on size)
  • For more information, visit the Varirata Facebook page: www.facebook.com/varirata

By Ingrid Kuman

The sounds of birds singing their morning majestic calls rang across the misty camping and picnic site of Iarokrai rapids in the Sogeri plateau. I’ve been an avid visitor to Sogeri as a Moresby resident since childhood, it is the usual weekend gateway, with a variety of activities and sites to visit, fresh produce to indulge in and friendly locals, makes it hard not to stay away for too long. After hearing stories of an ancient “tumbuna” stone markings site on the stone like half-cave, I decided it was time to pack a change for the night, trekking shoes and head up to Iarokrai for a camping and trekking trip over the weekend with friends.

I had only recently discovered the beauty of Iarokrai Rapids, discreetly nestled in a disguise of red clay ground, it is situated a few kilometers down the road past the overly popular Crystal Rapids picnic area, just a stone throws away from Sirinumu dam. The custodian of this beauty of a gem is a young, energetic man, filled with passion to empower his youth in the community by providing income earning opportunities through Tourism and Agriculture. Billy Marks has been welcoming visitors to his picnic spot since 2017 and has gradually seen a steady increase of visitors over the past years, many of whom, are Port Moresby residents.

Billy had told me about these stone marking on a previous trip to Iarokrai Rapids, this was enough to intrigue the senses and I knew I just had to go back, this time with trekking shoes in tow. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon, just after 7 pm at Iarokrai and were met with an eight-men tent setup and a huge fire lit and roaring away with the cool misty lawns in the backdrop. Dinner and stories around the camp fire followed suit until it was time to head to bed for an early start the next morning. Billy has already organized guides who were the local custodians of the stone writing site, four lean middle-aged men, were bright and early at the camping site by 6 am ready to go, when we were. After coffee and some biscuits, shoes were on and off we went. A water crossing and the first steep climb of the trek had me questioning my intentions of the day instantly, but power on we did and boy, was it worth it. The trek to the stone writing site took approximately two (2) hours, weaving through lush forests, dodging fallen branches and incredible rock formations, the makeshift tree bridge crossing brought an adrenaline rush at first sight, that quickly subsided as I negotiated my steps across with a witty sense of accomplishment once I had reached the other side.

Two hours later we reached the stone writing site and it absolutely blew our minds. Stone markings that were possibly hundreds of years old, untold stories that held the secrets of customs and traditions of the years gone. My heart sunk when we heard of the oral history being lost and the people, to whom this history belongs, could not tell us the stories behind these markings, only mere assumptions of what the drawings could perhaps mean. I left that day with a sense of appreciation of how incredibly important oral history is in a society such as ours, entwined in such rarity, bestowed with a culture so ancient and customs, traditions so sacred it could humble the proudest. Staring at those markings made me so eager to know what story it told, but I guess, some things are better left unsaid.

The trek back to the Iarokrai rapids was a good one and a half hours, shorter and less intense than the trek to the stone writing site with a quick stop enroute on the top of the range, the view was absolutely breathtaking to say the least. When we returned to our camping site at Iarokrai rapids, a good feed and a dip in the cool rapids was on the top of the to-do list. Once all post-trekking satisfactions were met, we sat back on our camping chairs and marveled at an incredible experience the short-trek was, a breath of fresh air to invigorate the soul, renewal of the sense, it was truly therapy in a trek.

If you live in Port Moresby or are visiting, make the trip up to Sogeri, channel your inner adventure spirit and experience something new.

Whether you’re looking for a weekend escape for a day or a camping site to take in the beauty of Sogeri, the lush green lawns make it the perfect ad hoc rugby field or running track for kids, the BBQ facilities are just perfect to get a hearty meal on the table after a cool dip in the fast-flowing green-clear rapids. If your kids are energetic and love to explore, the traditional Koiari tree house, kayaks and swings in the area are ideal to keep them busy.

The beauty of Iarokrai Rapids is effortless, but the passion and vision Billy and his family have to make this site an attraction that stands out, is what makes a trip to Iarokrai special.

After all, this is the land of a million different journeys.

  • Contact for camping bookings or stone site short-trek: Billy Marks (675) 71832335 or find them on Facebook: Iarokrai Rapids. Open Monday-Friday and Sunday

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Our trekking guides for the day

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Stone writing site

A round-up list of historical locations, in East New Britain, that are guaranteed to intrigue history enthusiasts.

East New Britain (ENB) has a rich traditional culture, and an intriguing history featuring war memorials, landmarks and memories of a bygone era when imperialism once stretched its massive hand across this province. 

Once the thriving capital of Kaiser-Wilhelmsland – as it was fondly known during its protectorate days under German colonial rule, 1884 to 1920 – the British empire took over after the first great war, renaming the territory to East New Britain.  The English name has proudly remained, even after Papua New Guinea’s independence in 1975. 

Very few destinations offer a rich array of historical experiences like East New Britain, this province is a living time capsule – offering incredible tours that will intrigue any history enthusiast. 

Here are five recommended historical sites in East New Britain that you should visit:

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1. BITA PAKA WAR CEMETERY

Bita Paka is a War Cemetery that contains the graves of Australian soldiers who lost their lives during the operations in New Britain and New Ireland, or who died in the area while prisoners of war, which were brought into the cemetery from isolated sites, from temporary military cemeteries and from camp burial grounds during WWII.

Laid out in a well-kept field, nestled in the natural canopy of gigantic rainforest’s trees, the War Cemetery provides an over-whelming sense of peace and tranquillity to anyone who visits.  

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2. MONTEVIDEO MARU MEMORIAL

Near the waterfront in what was once downtown Rabaul (before the 1994 volcano eruption) sits a stone memorial to the victims of the “MV Montevideo Maru”, a Japanese prison ship that was sunk off the Philippines, killing approximately 845 prisoners of war and 209 civilians.

It marks the location where the ship was loaded with its prisoners of war before sailing for Japan. The sinking of the “Montevideo Maru” was the worst maritime disaster in Australian history. The memorial is a small yet significant reminder of the tragedy that occurred in 1942 and pays homage to those fallen prisoners of war and civilians on-board the MV Montevideo Maru when it sank.

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3. JAPANESE WAR MEMORIAL

On a road above Rabaul is the Japanese War Memorial, which overlooks Simpson Harbor, once the sea anchor in the South Pacific of Japan’s invincible navy. The Japanese Memorial Monument is built on ash-covered Namanula Hill and is the main Japanese World War II Memorial in the Pacific.

There is a hole in the structure that allows sunlight to fall on the simple stone shrine in the centre. There are altars, and various shrines, but what’s most memorable is the view of the harbor, surrounded on three sides by foreboding volcanic hills This monument serves as a memorial to those who sacrificed their lives in the islands and seas of the South Pacific during WWII and is dedicated as a symbol to world peace.

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4. SUBMARINE BASE

This site serves as a historic reminder of how deadly the Japanese were during WWII. As Japan made Rabaul their headquarters during the war, they used a system of almost 100 kilometres of caves, tunnels, and lookouts to hide their tanks, hospitals, barges, artillery, ammunitions, and many more. And with a fleet of over 100,000 Japanese ships, aircrafts, and soldiers, they were able to cut off Australian soldiers from receiving any aid or supply from the United States.

The Submarine base serves as a truly remarkable historical reminder to how hard soldiers fought during the war and allows for people to catch a slight glimpse into the past thanks to perfectly preserved history.

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5. NAMANULA HILL

Rabaul still remains a memory of Germany’s dominance and reach. Rabaul was a town planned and built by the Germans, and Namanula Hill was the site of the German Headquarters, built by the second colonial Governor of German New Guinea, Albert Hahl, who governed from 1902 to 1917. It was he who founded the town of Rabaul, establishing it as the capital of the German New Guinea colony.

Namanula Hill still stands to this day to represent the birth of Rabaul, and the formation of its township and administration. For even though Germany lost the territory of New Guinea, Namanula later became headquarters of New Guinea under Australian Colonial Administration from 1921-1944.

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Recommended places to stay in East New Britain:

  • Rapopo Plantation Resort
  • Kokopo Beach Bungalows
  • Gazelle International Hotel
  • Kulau Lodge

Recommended tour guides in East New Britain:

  • PNG Tour Guide
  • Rabaul Historical Tours
  • Rabaul Scenic Tours

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: 16th September 1975 – Papua New Guinea is a Pacific Island nation like no other.

Journey back in time with our exciting historical tours offering tales of discovery and adventure – from early European explorers, missionaries and settlers, to our German, British and Australian colonization. Remember with us the chaos and tragedy of the World Wars that saw the emergence of our national heroes like the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’ – whose sacrifices will never be forgotten. Time travel in Papua New Guinea, we have a million different stories we want to share with you!

These are our top three picks for your journey back in time in the land of ‘A Million Different Journeys’.  

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Time Traveling Adventures In Papua New Guinea To Add To Your 2024 Bucket List Kokoda

Image: Trekking through the ‘choko’ covered forest floor, Kokoda, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea.

1. Kokoda

Trekking world-famous Kokoda is not only a 96 km physical endurance challenge, it’s also a spiritual journey, retracing the footsteps of the thousands of soldiers and Papua New Guineans who were killed or injured during World War Two. In Australia, Kokoda is regarded as a rite of passage, and those who trek it feel an overwhelming sense of appreciation for what the ANZAC’s endured during the war. If that is not enough to sway you, the scenery you walk through will blow you away as you experience deep jungle and beautiful waterfalls. Reputable Kokoda tour operators are listed on the KTA website (kokodatrackauthority.org).

Join the ANZAC Day observances in PNG this 25th of April: Bomana War Memorial, Kokoda Isurava Memorial, Kalibobo Coastwatchers Memorial, Rabaul RSL Cenotaph, Bitapaka, Alotau Memorial, Lae War Memorial and Wom Memorial in East Sepik Province.   

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Time Traveling Adventures In Papua New Guinea To Add To Your 2024 Bucket List Local Children At The Kokopo War Museum, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea

Image: Local children at the Kokopo War Museum, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea.

2. Rabaul

East New Britain province, is a destination rich with history. Its main township of Rabaul was once the capital of Kaiser-Wilhelmsland, or German New Guinea, 1884 – 1919. Memory runs long and deep for residents here, the most memorable being that of the twin volcanic eruptions of Vulcan and Tavurvur in 1994 that devastated Rabaul town. Nearly three decades later, Rabaul has been rebuilt by its residents. Every year during the week of the nation’s Independence Day Anniversary, the people of Rabaul come together to celebrate the annual Frangipani Festival, named after the town’s signature bloom, and one of the first flowers to blossom after the eruption.

Volcano tours are proving quite popular for visitors, especially watching the spectacular sunrise from the top of Mount Tavurvur.

World War Two also left its indelible mark in East New Britain. The Rabaul Historical Museum and the Kokopo War Museum are worth a visit. Guests will be intrigued by the many stories each museum object and relic contains, and just how significant this province was during the WWII New Guinea campaign.

Apart from the history, there is no escaping the tropical beauty of East New Britain. Discover delicious finds at the Rabaul and Kokopo fresh food markets. Enjoy romantic picnics in the Duke of York Islands and swimming with the friendly Bottlenose dolphins.

Traditional culture livens up the local atmosphere in Kokopo with the annual Mask & Warwagira Festival every mid-July.  Don’t miss all the excitement

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Time Traveling Adventures In Papua New Guinea To Add To Your 2024 Bucket List Cultural Performer From The Keeya Tribe, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Image: Cultural performer from the Keeya tribe, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.

3. Goroka

The month of September is the an exciting time to visit the Eastern Highlands province. A string of wonderful cultural festivals are hosted in this beautiful part of the country, including one of the nation’s oldest annual events – the Goroka Show. Prior to that is the Kemase Eco-Tourism Cultural Festival, 13th to 14th September. Kemase is an hour’s drive from Goroka town, and is home to fascinating limestone caves that contain prehistoric cave paintings.

While in Goroka, visit the J.K. McCarthy Museum; pay a visit to one of the local coffee factories to sample some of the world’s best-tasting coffee; plus take a guided tour of the local fresh food, and craft markets.  

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Celebrate Papua New Guinea's 50th Independence Day Anniversary in 2025

OUT OF A MILLION DIFFERENT JOURNEYS, HERE ARE 50 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BEGIN TRAVELLING PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Papua New Guinea is a beautiful destination, full of adventure and intrigue.  Whether you are a resident Papua New Guinean or an expatriate living in our great nation, you’d be surprised to find that, like our rich and diverse country – there are a wealth of things to see and do in Papua New Guinea.  Like our ancestors who journeyed rugged mountains and vast seas, perhaps it’s time for you to answer that call for adventure when our nation reaches its golden milestone in the year 2025! Here are 50 Papua New Guinea journeys we recommend you should make in this lifetime.

  • 1. Trek the famous 96 km Kokoda Trail.  Short treks are also available from Ower’s Corner to Ioribaiwa village.  Visit the Kokoda Track Authority websitefor a list of licensed tour operators.
  • 2. Kimbe Baytours with Walindi Plantation Resort. Snorkel, kayak or go scuba diving.  Did you know Kimbe Bay is home to over 96% of the Indo-Pacific region’s coral species?
  • 3. Experience one of these spectacular Highlands festivals – held every year in August and September: Enga ShowGoroka Showand Hagen Show
  • 4. Take the twin-peaks challenge in Simbu and the Western Highlands. Climb the highest mountain in Oceania at 4,509 meters – our very own: Mount Wilhelm, then Mount Giluweat 4,367 meters.
  • 5. How about some off-the-grid surfing in Namatanai, New Ireland Province?  Stay at the peaceful Rubio Plantation Retreat where nothing else matters but you and the ocean.
  • 6. Heat things up at Mount Tavurvurfor a historical volcano tour in Rabaul, East New Britain.  Eat a delicious fresh wild fowl egg boiled at the Matupit Hot Springs.
  • 7. If you love the naturally wild and weirdly wonderful, then you need to see our national bird – the Raggiana bird-of-paradise, in full display at the Varirata National Park.
  • 8. Support local artisans, and buy PNG crafted products hand-made with love at the POM City Marketsheld every second Saturday and Sunday of each month at the grounds of the National Museum & Art Gallery.
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Visitors browsing the monthly POM City Markets | Pascoe Promotions 

  • 9. The Sirunki Agro Farms in Enga Provinceprovide the sweetest experience ever for strawberry and honey lovers.
  •  10. Follow in the proud footsteps of our nation’s founding fathers at the Haus Independensmuseum, DownTown, Port Moresby.
  • 11. Experience the best of Kawashospitality at the Uruna Bay Retreat, Pokpok Islandin the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.  Try the fun-filled island hopping and water-skiing activities available on site.
  • 12. The pristine waters and dazzling beaches of the Duke of York islandsin East New Britainawait! Book a homestay with the friendly DOY islanders today.
  • 13. For you thespians who love drama, see some of our best actors hit the stage at the Moresby Arts Theatrewho are celebrating 110 years of theatre arts. Follow the Moresby Arts Theatre Facebook page for updates and upcoming shows.
  • 14. If you are a didimanand didimeri at heart, you will love the Morobe Show coming in November.  See the amazing rodeo-style events and browse the variety of stalls showing off some of the best PNG crops in this part of the region.
  • 15. There is nothing like seeing Port Moresby’sFairfax harbour at night on board Sportfishing PNG’s K2O yacht, especially if you love the finer things in life.
  • 16. Pay homage to the greatest heroes of a bygone era when the world was at war – Bitapaka War Memorialin East New Britain holds timeless stories of heroism and sacrifice that should never be forgotten.
50 Reasons To Travel In Papua New Guinea A Sandbank Near Pokpok Island, Autonomous Region Of Bougainville Tourism Promotion Authority

A sandbank near Pokpok Island, Autonomous Region of Bougainville | Tourism Promotion Authority

  • 17. For the most scenic road trips in the country, the Boluminski highway in New Ireland Provinceoffers you an experience like no other – especially roadside attractions like the amazing Laraibina Eels and the Fissoa blue water hole.
  • 18. The legend of the Asaro people is well-known throughout the country.  Meet the descendants of these folklore legends at the Asaro Cultural Centre, Asaro village in the Eastern Highlands Province.
  • 19. Awawi Fallsis a must when you visit Sandaun (West Sepik) Province.  This popular well-kept swimming spot has a canopied waterfall that offers a cool escape from the jungle heat.
  • 20. Located in the heart of the nation’s capital is Port Moresby Nature Park, one of the country’s leading recreation parks connecting people and nature through education and conservation.
  • 21. Did you know that Papua New Guineans were some of the world’s first farmers? The Kuk Early Agricultural Sitein the Western Highlandsis an archeological UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Drainage systems and farming implements were found at this site dating back 9,000 years.  Visit the Information Booth on-site offering visitors a chance to discover more about this unique heritage site.
  • 22. If you’re the kind of person who loves cool mountain walks, warm and friendly conversations by the fire, plus home-cooked food – Betty’s Lodgeat Mount Wilhelm, Simbu Province offers great hospitality for climbers and casual visitors.
  • 23. Port Moresbycity slickers can find a welcome retreat from urban life when visiting the Koitaki Country Club. Tee off on the golf green, or go horseback riding, there are a lot of things to do at Koitaki to while away the hours.
  • 24. Beef connoisseurs visiting West New Britainshould stop by the Numundo Beef abattoir along the New Britain highway. The best local beef in the country is found here.
50 Reasons To Travel In Papua New Guinea Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo Mother And Joey At The Port Moresby Nature Park

Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo mother and joey at the Port Moresby Nature Park. 

  • 25. It’s time to pamper yourself and take that boardwalk sunset selfie. Loloata Island Resortis a luxury island escape off Port Moresby – as a guest, you always come first here and the facilities are top-notch.
  • 26. Turtle conservation at Lissenung Island Resortis an important feature of this private island paradise in New Ireland province. Join the effort to protect the future of hawksbill turtles in Papua New Guinea.
  • 27. Ride an outrigger canoe across the geographical wonder of the Tufi fjords. What better place to experience this than at the Tufi Dive Resort, in the Oro (Northern) Province?
  • 28. Those who love ‘garden kaikai’ will love the fresh food at the Hagen Market.  With flights from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen twice daily, here’s an opportunity to reward your body with the best vegetables and fruits from Papua New Guinea’s ‘food basket’ – the Western Highlands.
  • 29. Game fishing enthusiasts will find some of the best fishing in the world right here in Papua New Guinea. The lure-shy Papuan Black Bassis a mighty fish that is likely to test any seasoned fisherman’s mettle. It roams the river systems of the Gulf and Western Province. For that once-in-a-lifetime fishing adventure, contact: Sportfishing PNG.
  • 30. Local tour operators – LaeAbout Toursoffer a unique mangrove adventure along the Labu Lake in Morobe Province.  This fun and educational tour allows visitors to navigate the mangroves, trek through the bushes, and meeting the locals, while learning the cultural values of the Labu people and their connection to their natural environment.
  • 31. Unwind with friends at the Japanese Spy Bar, Paradise New Wewak Hotelin the East Sepik Province.  Enjoy the locally themed cocktails – Wasara Mai Tai, Dagua Breeze, Wia Magarita, Maprik Martini and more!
  • 32. A guided tour of the ancient Tawali Skull Cavesis a must while at the Tawali Leisure & Dive Resorton the East Cape of Milne Bay Province.  Your friendly local guide will share stories of long ago – taking you on a fascinating discovery of bizarre burial rituals and a war-mongering way of life that no longer exists.
50 Reasons To Travel In Papua New Guinea Outrigger Canoes In Tufi, Oro (northern) Province Tufi Dive Resort

Outrigger canoes in Tufi, Oro (Northern) Province | Tufi Dive Resort

  • 33. Experience the magic of a night tour at the Walindi Plantation ResortWest New Britain. See the magnificent ‘firefly tree’ or catch a glimpse of the rare, nocturnal and endemic Golden Masked Owl.
  • 34. Bibliophiles can find the best collection of Papua New Guinea books at the University Book Shoplocated at the University of Papua New Guinea, Waigani Campus in Port Moresby.  Satiate your imagination and knowledge with remarkable works of  PNG literature. Find classics by authors Vincent Eri, Ignatius Kilage, Russell Soaba, John Kasaipwalova, Kumalau Tawali, Nora Vagi Brash and more.
  • 35. Offering panoramic views of Mount Hagen town, in the Western Highlands Province is the boutique lodge Rondon Ridgeowned by Trans Niugini Tours. This beautiful hideaway provides charming accommodations and appetizing meals.  The lodge’s tropical surrounds present the perfect spot for guests to experience nature hikes, bird watching and cultural tours.
  • 36. In the heart of the Sepik River, discover the Abelam People of Maprikand their fascinating masks celebrating yam harvests, especially giant long yams.  Visit the Apangai village which has a special ceremonial house called Kurambu, which stores important ritual arts and crafts.  Tours are available from local tour operators Sepik Adventure Tours which cover the length and breadth of the East Sepik Province.
  • 37. Nusa Island Retreatin New Ireland Province is the perfect spot for relaxing and unwinding. Just a short boat ride from Kavieng town, the Retreat has comfortable beachfront bungalows, the best-tasting food in the New Guinea Islands region, and takes advantage of the province’s aquatic wonders – offering surfingscuba divingsnorkellingkayaking and game fishing.
  • 38. As an architectural wonder blending the modern and traditional, the National Parliament Housedeserves a visit while you’re in the nation’s capital. Well manicured lawns, gardens traditional sculptures and ponds are spread out over the grounds providing a pleasing promenading experience.
  • 39. A haven for the humble cuscus and all manner of bird life in Manus Provinceis Mendrelin Island, a few miles North-west of Lorengau and part of the the Pityiliu Islands. The Malakai family who resides on the island have banned visitors from harming the animal life on the island, this has resulted in the animals thriving.  This is a wonderful spot for picnics and nature appreciation.
  • 40. Milne Bay‘s giant manta rays of GonubalabalaIsland are a magnificent site to behold. A seasonal cleaning station for large marine life, Gonubalabala provides a symbiotic environment for marine life, this includes the giant manta rays. Go diving to get up close – but not too personal, to these giant wonders of the deep while they rejuvenate in this natural underwater salon.

The Abelam people of Kanganamun village in traditional dress, Maprik, East Sepik Province | Mateos Alois, Sepik Adventure Tours 

50 Reasons To Travel In Papua New Guinea The Abelam People Of Kanganamun Village In Traditional Dress, Maprik, East Sepik Province Mateos Alois, Sepik Adventure Tours

Visitors browsing the monthly POM City Markets | Pascoe Promotions 

  • 41. If seduction was an animal, it would be the gorgeously iridescent male Flame Bowerbird.  Found in the interior Highlands of southern Papua New Guinea, this flirtatious bird has a fascinating way of attracting females.  They are pretty hard to locate in the wild, which is a good thing as they are ground dwellers and often defenceless against human impact. To see these stunning creatures, you can book a tour with one of the best bird-watching tour guides in the country – Samuel Kepuknai and his team Kiunga Nature Tours.
  • 42. National Remembrance Daycommemorations every July 23rd is a special day of observance in Papua New Guinea honouring our nation’s service men and women who served during the World Wars and general peacekeeping missions in the country and abroad. Join in the national commemorations, especially at the Ela Beach Memorial Park, and key war memorials in RabaulKaliboboLae and Alotau.  Lest we forget.
  • 43. You’ve probably heard how amazing and world-renowned scuba divingis in Papua New Guinea.  It’s a technical activity that requires training, however, in Port Moresby, you can make your scuba diving dreams come true by taking up diving courses that will bring you a step closer to discovering the magic of diving our awe-inspiring coral gardens and ocean depths. Contact PRO Dive PNG today for scuba diving lessons.
  • 44. Avid golfers will be impressed with the championship 18-hole golf course at the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club.  Also available is a practice driving range plus a short game practice area for chipping and putting.  Visit the Port Moresby Golf Club websitefor visitor entry fees.
  • 45. Imagine a beachfront all to yourself and glorious ocean sunsets every day.  Sepoe Village Guest House in the Gulf Province offers visitors a quaint escape from modern life. Enjoy endless swimming opportunities in the sea at your doorstep, short treks exploring nearby jungles, meeting the friendly local Sepoe villagers, and sampling traditional Gulf dishes.  Visit the Sepoe Village Facebook pagefor more information.
  • 46. Let loose at the Lamana Gold Club, one of Papua New Guinea’s popular nightclubs in Port Moresby. Dance the night away with your friends in the adjoining outdoor club or enjoy a cold one with the indoor live band. Lamana is the place to party and boogie the night away.
  • 47. Orchid lovers will find theNational Orchid Gardens at 14-Mile on the outskirts of Port Moresby a visual treat. There are over 3,000 known species of orchids in Papua New Guinea, not all are showcased at the Gardens, but you will be amazed at the variety, colour and uses of these phenomenal plants.
50 Reasons To Travel In Papua New Guinea Scuba Diver And Batfish, Bootless Bay, Central Province Pro Dive Png

Scuba diver and batfish, Bootless Bay, Central Province | PRO Dive PNG 

  • 48. The Cape Wom WWII Memorialin the East Sepik Province, is a must-visit when you are in the province’s main township of Wewak.  Just under an hour’s drive from town via 4-wheel-drive, the drive can be quite scenic passing through forests, mangroves, estuaries and seafronts.  This is a historical World War Two site, where the Japanese Forces occupying Wewak and its surrounding areas in 1942, officially surrendered to Australia – a momentous period in history that changed the fate of this part of the country.  A further 15-minute drive from the memorial site is another popular attraction often frequented by locals – Wom Beach.  Beach picnics and swimming are favorite activities at the picturesque Wom Beach.
  • 49. Food lovers in our nation’s capital Port Moresby, can find a great variety of places for eatingout – from fine dining to casual dining.  Our cuisine range is just as diverse as our country – from traditional local food, to Asian and Western food.  Check out our restaurant listing here.
  • 50. Visit the incredible Belifu Canyonin New Ireland Province, an exciting new natural attraction managed by Karanas Comfort Tours with support from the local Belifu community.  Swim between the rock canyons and marvel at the pristine clear sea water before you – this province in Tok-pisin is often referred to as ‘Bilas Peles’, which means ‘place of beauty’.
50 Reasons To Travel In Papua New Guinea Service With A Smile At The Grand Brasserie Restaurant, Grand Papua Hotel, Port Moresby Png Tourism Promotion Authority

Service with a smile at the Grand Brasserie restaurant, Grand Papua Hotel, Port Moresby | PNG Tourism Promotion Authority

Join us in 2025 for a memorable golden anniversary – as we unite as a nation to remember our 50-years journey as the Independent State of Papua Niugini! 

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