Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries of the world. It wears its nickname, ‘The Land of the Unexpected’ with pride. And with over 800 active languages, diverse cultures and customs within each region, navigating this amazing country keeps everyone, even locals, guessing most of the time. There are still communities uncontacted by anyone beyond their circles and many undiscovered species of flora and fauna abound.
Over 80% of the 8 million population live in customary communities. And almost half of the nation lives without electricity and running water.
Luxury in Papua New Guinea is less about hot towels and gourmet breakfasts and more a luxury of experiences: the environmental offerings are pristine, and culturally you’ll witness traditions that haven’t changed in centuries.
Maline Bay: Over 600 islands make up the Milne Bay province. Mainland Alotau is the provincial capital and home to a favourite cultural festival, the yearly Canoe and Drum Festival in November. Milne Bay is famous for its carving, music and creativity – there’s abundant war history here, matrilineal societies and pristine diving, snorkelling and island-hopping opportunities.
Port Moresby: PNG’s capital city is currently riding a wave of construction, economic growth and glimpses of visionary decision makers. It’s a young city starting to gather some momentum and offers historic and cultural insights as well as an intriguing glimpse into the future of this amazing country.
Yeah, but what is it really like? Depending on you. For the slightly more cautious, a 5-day fjords and jungles itinerary is an easy option to combine with an Australian itinerary. You'll get a chance to experience a couple of very different regions. For someone interested in the many diverse experiences, landscapes and cultures, an itinerary of around 10 to 14 days will provide a great chance to delve deeper. Think rich and diverse cultures of the Highlands, swimming in pristine coral reefs beside a smoking volcano, paddling tropical fjords, and learning about the still-practiced customs of witchcraft and sorcery. For the adventurous, this is where we can really go to town! From learning how to survive on a South Sea Island with help from the local villagers, to helping in turtle conservation, paddling a dug-out down the Sepik River, or cruising the islands on a Super Yacht, we think we've got most things covered.
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