Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
If you want to experience a vacation like no other, you might want to fly out to Papua New Guinea. It’s among the most untouched places on earth. And when we say “untouched”, just imagine the abundance of lush greens, a rich cultural heritage and rural communities. Yes, there are mostly rural, make that “highland” communities in PNG (Papua New Guinea). It is nestled in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, about 160 kilometers north of Australia. Made up of more than 600 islands, it is home to less than 7 million people who share more than 850 indigenous languages. About 82% of its people live in rural areas instead of developed cities or towns that actually make the place a paradise for travelers or tourists who want to experience a world free from paved roads, technology or the stress brought about by city life. So what then are you signing up for when you visit Papua New Guinea?
PNG has a wide array of tourist attractions and adventures to offer. If you’re more of a Christopher Columbus type who wants to discover a new world, you might want to try touring around in different areas of the country. Enjoy a nature tour and be amazed to see a diversity of exotic birds, plants, animals, astonishing mountains and volcano and breath-taking vegetations that include mangroves and alpines. You can also travel back in time by visiting Papua New Guinea’s World War II historical spots and relics that showcase aircrafts, tanks, sunken war ships and burial grounds of those who brought honor to their country. If you are curious about PNG’s way of life, you can go on a village or city tour and get to know its culture by tasting the local foods and experiencing unique festivities and cultural events.
Should you want more adventure, Papua New Guinea features various natural water forms that can make your stay more memorable. You can take a cruise ship and be taken aback by the beauty of its virgin islands. You may also stay in beach resorts and engage yourself in exciting water activities like surfing, diving, kayaking and snorkeling. Or if you want to relax at sea and enjoy a peaceful day, you can surely go on a fishing exploration. Just in case you want to test your leg muscles and your camping skills, trekking and hiking are also pleasurable activities in PNG. Lastly, they say that the view from the top is always unforgettable. So jump in on one of their helicopter rides and get an excellent view of the entire archipelago.
Papua New Guinea is absolutely a paradise to visit and a vacation worthy of your time and budget. Just remember to always be respectful of the country’s religious beliefs, customs and traditions to avoid problems with the local people. Also refrain from wandering around without any local guide beside you. Most of PNG’s lands are owned by communities or villages and their people aren’t really happy with people who seem to invade their privacy. Take note of these simple conditions to experience their remarkable hospitality and you’ll surely visit Papua New Guinea again.