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Papua New Guinea: What, Where, And When


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Called one of the world’s last great frontiers, Papua New Guinea is somehow still finding a way to fight mass tourism.

However, it won’t be able to do so for much longer, as more and more people are deciding on spending their hard-earned money and free time in this amazing destination. Imagine pristinely clear waters, lush rainforests, magnificent volcanoes, and intriguing tribal culture, and you’ll get this country in Oceania.

When To Visit

As the weather in Papua New Guinea can be pretty unpredictable, the “safest” time to visit this amazing land are months from May to October. This time period is also the time when many of the festivals take place. The wet season lasts from December to March, so it’s advisable to avoid visiting this land during those months. However, that time is the perfect time for surfing.

What To See And Where To Go

Papua New Guinea offers a lot of activities for nature lovers and history geeks alike.

It was a part of the huge British Empire back in the 19th century, and it was later administered by Australia up until 1975.

The country’s intricate colonial past can be seen on many buildings, especially on those in Port Moresby and on Samarai Island.

Also being a place where many of WWII battles were fought, travelers can follow in the footsteps of Australian “diggers” who held off a Japanese invasion on the Kokoda Track, or they can visit a former Japanese submarine in Rabaul, where many fighter plane shells still lay half-buried in the jungle.

Papuans offers a whole array of activities in their wonderful land, which include everything from stays in rainforest villages to witnessing a “sing-sing.” Sing-sings are traditional, very colorful folklore festivals during which tribal groups chant to rhythmic drum pounding and proudly wear their wonderful national garments and elaborate headdresses. If you’re a diver, you can explore the magically rich reefs and WWII wrecks.