Although Papua New Guinea has a wild reputation, I’m more interested in the wildlife. Keep your wits about you and your trip can be a really great adventure.
Fly by plane to Port Moresby and journey to Mt. Hagen. Mt. Hagen is the capital of the Western Highlands and the third largest city in Papua New Guinea. It’s also home to an annual cultural show which is one of the biggest and most celebrated in the country. From here you are able to visit the Baiyer River Bird Sanctuary, a 740 hectare wildlife reservation which hosts the largest amount of birds and wild life in the country. With over 185 species of birds including the much celebrated Bird of Paradise you will be in bird watcher heaven.
Change the pace and head down to the sea side town of Alotau. Alotau is a relaxed town on the shores of PNG. In this area the invading Japanese army suffered their first land defeat so there are many war memorials and a lot of the local elders aided Australian soldiers and became known as ‘fuzzy wuzzy angels’ due to their curly hair and the angelic assistance they provided to wounded soldiers.
A short drive from this seaside village you will find some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the South Pacific, and just off the beach for that matter. The waters team with fish and dense beds of untouched coral.
Papua New Guinea has been getting a pretty bad wrap in the media lately, but like any country it has it’s good and bad. Let’s not forget about the good.