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Papua New Guinea

30 Nov Posted by in Australasia, Papua New Guinea | Comments
Papua New Guinea
 

Papua New Guinea is located in the Oceania continent and it includes the Eastern half of the island of New Guinea as well as over 600 smaller islands. Papua New Guinea has not been thoroughly explored and a lot of the tribal peoples that inhabit the island have, to this day, very little contact with the outside world. Unique in its lingual diversity, the island is home to more than 850 traditional groups, that speak an equal amount of languages, in a population of around seven million.

Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Image Credits: Ian

Papua New Guinea is located in the Oceania continent and it includes the Eastern half of the island of New Guinea as well as over 600 smaller islands. Papua New Guinea has not been thoroughly explored and a lot of the tribal peoples that inhabit the island have, to this day, very little contact with the outside world. Unique in its lingual diversity, the island is home to more than 850 traditional groups, that speak an equal amount of languages, in a population of around seven million. Ninety seven per cent of the land of Papua New Guinea is covered by the customary land title legislation, which recognises the right of tribal people to dwell and inhabit their traditional land.

The terrain of the Eastern New Guinea is divided between highland and lowland. Rainforests and dense vegetation exist both in the highlands and the lowlands and reach until the coast. Rivers that flow from the mountains also discharge to the sea. An active volcano zone exists along the North coast and crosses over to the Papua New Guinean island of New Britain. The country is extremely bio-diverse; in the lowlands alone several types of rainforests can be encountered. Unique species of animals are also present like kangaroos, wallabies, around 200 different species of frogs and 38 species of the bird of paradise.

What to See

When you visit PNG you will most likely first arrive to Port Moresby, the capital city. From here you can organise your excursions to rest of the island. You can also engage in various activities in Port Moresby such as scuba diving, wind-surfing, water skiing or visits to the National Museum and the Botanical Gardens. You can then head to Madang, in the Madang province, a good starting point to set off exploring more remote parts on the island as well as for going rafting in the Sepik River. The river has been the gateway and the main route for the less explored inland. Here, you can get on a River Sepik cruise or visit Haus Tambaran at Angoram where tribal art of peoples living along the Sepik is displayed.

The Eastern highlands is where the Huli wingmen live, famous for their bright color face paint and the human hair wigs that they wear. In Enga, the least developed of PNG’S provinces, you can see examples of artwork from the entire island. You may also visit the islands off the coast of New Guinea and engage in various activities or go swimming at the beaches that exist in abundance.

Papua New Guinea is an attractive place as it still surrounded in some mystery, due to the fact that it has been explored less than any other part of the world. You holiday will be most rewarding if you like adventure travelling.

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