|Papua New Guinea has a good variety of attractions to keep tourists occupied and is relatively well developed with tourists in mind. You can find a good selection of hotels and other places to stay across the nation; particularly well served (unsurprisingly!) is the capital city, Port Moresby, where you’ll find hotels of most classes, including international names.
Papua New Guinea is well known for its beautiful diving opportunities around the coastlines, particularly around the island of New Britain and off the coast at Madang. Other popular dive spots include Kavieng, Tufi and Alotau. Papua New Guinea is so popular for diving because of the various diving opportunities – it has one of the healthiest coral reefs in the world, for those who enjoy diving amongst natural underwater scenery, or for those who prefer a different diving experience exploring sunken ships and aircraft left over from World War II you can do this here too.
Staying with the water theme, Papua New Guinea also has some great surfing and the best thing is that it can be enjoyed all year round in different parts of the nation. There are a number of great surfing spots which include Milne Bay, Hula Beach, Madamg and Kavieng.
For visitors who prefer a more cultural experience whilst on holiday, Papua New Guinea certainly will not disappoint. To start with, the country has more than 850 indigenous languages as well as hundreds of different traditional societies, making this quite a unique place to visit. From one town to the next you will be treated to a variety of differing cultural experiences including dance, arts, crafts, song, architecture and more. In addition, visitors can also witness some of Papua New Guinea’s festivals throughout the year, which include the Coffee Festival, Hiri Moale Festival and Kundu and Canoe Festival.
Once you’ve witnessed some of the culture you may like to buy some souvenirs to take home with you. The markets of Papua New Guinea are an excellent place to do this, and relatively inexpensively. Many traditional items can usually be found for sale, including woven items such as baskets, as well as traditional carvings, beadwork and art. The only difficulty you may have is finding out where and when the markets are being held as they are not always frequent, often only once a month!
Papua New Guinea has some stunning natural beauty and one of the best ways to see this is by hiking and trekking. The most famous trail here is the Kokoda Track which is 96 Kilometres (60 miles) long. It can take between 5 and 12 days depending on your level of fitness and you get to see some great scenery as well as the location of the WW2 battle between the Japanese and Australian forces in 1942.