Lying at 1600m, this attractive town built around the airport has pleasant temperatures for walking and is cool at night. On Saturdays, the market, across the park on the side of the Highlands Highway, is very colourful and busy as people trade, fruit, vegetables, pigs, feathers, small animals, ferns and fungi. The Raun Raun Theatre is home to a Goroka-based theatre company. This circular building located in the park opposite the market is the place to see live performances.
The JK McCarthy Museum have excellent displays of artefacts, pottery, weapons, war memorabilia and a collection of photos taken when Mick Leahy first came to the area in 1939. It's located across the airstrip on Morchhauser Street.
Arts and Craftsof baskets, highland hats, bilums, spears, bows and arrows and necklaces are available from the museum, from the footpath outside, and inside the lobby of the Bird of Paradise Hotel. Other places to look are the Christian Bookshop, the Prison Rehab Shop behind the Police Station and the art department of University of Goroka. Teachers College.
There is a PNG Coffee Festival & Trade Fair which started in 2001 and and is held every May each year. Each year on Independence Day in mid-September thousands of painted tribespeople bedecked in feathers, grass skirts and other traditional costumes come together for a huge "sing sing". There are ground-shaking dances, bands and other cultural attractions â€“ a sight not to be missed.
The Raun Raun Theatre Company, based in Goroka is a highly acclaimed performing group which tours both nationally and internationally. The theatre is located near the market, just a short walk from the town centre.
Coffee Plantations: Tours of plantations and processing plants can be arranged and are a good way to see some of the outlying villages.
Asaro Mudmen: Villagers once used weird mud masks to scare their enemies frighten opponents and will show these off for visitors.
Famito: This lush valley 10km south of Goroka has a 9-hole golf course, pretty villages, coffee plantations and a go-cart track.
Lufa: A cave near here has interesting cave paintings and the village makes a good base for climbing Mount Micheal (3380m). Take guides.
Kainantu: Strung along the highway this small town is a key service centre for the local coffee and cattle producers. Located on the Lae side of town, the Eastern Highlands Cultural Centre sells traditional crafts and has a small museum and coffee shop. Open 8amâ€“4.30pm weekdays; 9amâ€“4pm weekends.
Ukurampa: The Summer Institute of Linguistics is based here in the Aiyura Valley, a 30-minute drive from Kainantu. It's a pleasant place for day walks and the Institute has a guesthouse.
Okapa: Traditional culture can be seen in the nearby Yagusa Valley. In town, Highlands Handicrafts sells bark paintings and crafts typical of the area. The Eastern Highlands Mission has a guesthouse for those wanting to do walks, birdwatching, see wildlife or visit villages. Bird of Paradise Hotel (731 3100) has more information.
Bird watching/adventureing: For a remote experience, visit Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area to the south of Goroka. The friendly people of Herowana and Ubaigubi villages can act as guides. You can fly to Herowana or reach Ubaigubi by a long difficult road. Trekking between villages is only for the experienced.
War wrecks also litter the surrounding reefs. The excellent visibility makes this an exciting dive spot all year round. Dive trips, day tours as well as charter boats for fishing can be organised through any of the accommodations or tour operators.
Forty five minutes by boat from Kokopo are the Duke of York Islands offering sport diving, snorkelling and picnics under the coconut trees.
The lagoons around this historical group of islands provide all-weather canoeing, wind surfing and water skiing and are a haven for visiting yachts.
Kokopo: East New Britain Historical & Cultural Centre: Located across the road from the golf course, this has good displays and collections of historical relics and photographs, with plenty of information. Open 8am-1pm and 2pm-4pm week days; 1pmâ€“5pm weekends. Small admission charge.
Vunapope Catholic Mission: Pleasant views and old colonial buildings in the hospital grounds are interesting. The mission is located at the eastern end of Kokopo.
Bitapaka War Cemetery: The graves of more than 1000 allied war dead are in these well-kept grounds and gardens. Located several kilometres inland, turning off the coast road past Vunapope.
Malmaluan Lookout: Fantastic views over the volcanoes surrounding Simpson Harbour can be enjoyed from this inland highpoint. Take Burma Road, off the Kokopo-Rabaul Road.
Japanese Barge Tunnels: At Karavia Bay between Kaluana Point and Vulcan are a network of tunnels and tracks connecting barges and buildings dating back to the war. In the main tunnel are five barges lined up end to end. Take a torch.
Rabaul: Some parts of Rabaul still function but most of it remains an eerie desolate wasteland covered by metres of ash. Beautiful Simpson Harbour is still the main port, guarded by the grumbling volcanoes. A market and a few shops still operate at the eastern end of town.
Tunnels and war relics: Some of the 580km of tunnels built by the Japanese are still open and aircraft wreckage can be seen beyond the old airport.
Duke of York Islands: These beautiful islands are undeveloped but are easily visited. Some have accommodation and tiny Mioko Island has an interesting history. Swimming, snorkelling and canoeing are good.
Diving and snorkelling: In Simpson Harbour there are World War II boat and plane wrecks, good walls, and the Beehives (a small group of craggy islands) to explore. At Tavui Point is Submarine Base where Japanese subs pulled right up to the edge of the reef. Itâ€™s superb for snorkelling on the flat coral beds and along the edge of the 75m drop-off, which is also good for diving. Most resorts can arrange dive trips.
Climb a volcano: The island of New Britain is dominated by both active and dormant volcanoes, some of them bellowing great clouds of black ash-laden smoke. All the volcanoes, except Tavurvur, can be climbed. Be aware that heavy rain can make the ground slippery and cause landslides. Vulcan is best tackled on the northern side, and the deep fissures can make it a difficult climb. Take plenty of water.
Canoeing: Taklam Tours in Kokopo can arrange paddling experiences around the Duke of York Islands.
Fishing: Sport fishing for blue and black marlin, sail fish and dog-tooth tuna is good in the waters around New Britain and the Duke of York Islands. Baia Sports Fishing. The Blanche Bay area is good for casual line casting. Boats operate from Rabaul and hotels and guesthouses can organize trips.
Swimming: Beaches near Kokopo are good. Hotels in Rabaul have pools and there are good beaches at Pila Pila and Ratung villages in Talili Bay north of Rabaul.
Trekking: Suggested areas are the Bainings Mountains, the Pomio area, where you can walk from Pomio to Navu, and the Wide Bay area, walking between Milim and Sampun or Tokua and Merai.
Air Niugini and other third-level airlines provide flights to Tokua Airport from Port Moresby. They also provide connections to Tokua from other centres in PNG
Markets: The best is Taun Market, in town at the end of the main street. Kreer market is on the airport road just before it turns inland and Dagua is on Dagua Road near town.
Arts and crafts: Baskets and bilums can be bought at Taun Market and at a stall at Chambri bus stop on Boram Road. Traders also sell jewellery and other pieces outside the Windjammer Hotel after 4pm. Masks can be bought inside the hotel. There is also a craft shop at the airport.
Cape Wom: The wartime airstrip and memorial where the Japanese signed surrender documents on 13 September 1945 are 14km west of Wewak. Open 7am-6.30pm. There is good swimming and snorkelling on the west side of the Cape.
War relics: Japanese war relics can be seen at Brandi High School, east of Cape Moem army base. Bomb craters are still visible around Boram Airport runway and the disused airport near town. The rusting remains of Japanese landing barges lie on the beach between Kreer market and the hospital.
Muschu and Kairiru Islands: These lie close to Wewak and can be reached by the mission boat Tau-K or catch one of the small boats from the wharf near the post office. Kairuru Island is almost 800m high and has hot springs, waterfalls and good snorkelling. Both islands have accommodation.
Maprik Area: Maprik town in the Prince Alexander Mountains overlooks the Sepik Basin. Many villages have spectacular forward-leaning haus tambarans and during July and August, when yams are harvested, there are â€˜sing singsâ€™ and rituals. Woven fibre masks, the regionâ€™s most famous artefacts, are used in yam ceremonies.
Angoram & Lower Sepik River: From Angoram, 113km by road from Wewak, you can make trips by motorised canoe to some interesting places. It has banks and trade stores, and there are several places to stay which offer boat trips. Good day trips are to Moim or Kambaramba and nearby lagoons, or to Kambot on the Keram River where there is accommodation. Beyond Kambot there is good forest with plenty of birds. Alternatively, visit the Murik Lakes on the coast and stay overnight.
Ambunti & Middle Sepik River: This section of the river between Ambunti and Tambanum is regarded as the regionâ€™s cultural centre with each village having its own artistic style. From Ambunti, reached by air from Wewak, travel is by motorised canoe either down or up-river, staying in houses or village guesthouses. Villages in the Chambri Lakes area are notable for polished carvings, spears and pottery. The Blackwater Lakes on the Korosameri tributary have stilt villages, dense forests and incredible birdlife.
Flora and Fauna
Madang is outstanding in its range of natural mountainous, coastal and island features. Some of the elegant flowers and plants, from ferns to tall lofty coconut trees combine to beautify the province. Birds like Hornbills, or Kokomo in the local dialect is found in the jungle at an altitude of 1200m and is used or worn as adornments. The fan shaped crest of the Victorian Guria, also known as Crown Pigeon, is used for decorative purposes such as the hair dress for the singsings (traditional dances).
Visitors can see the Elizabeth Sowerby Orchid Collection and cuscuses, hornbills, cockatoos and tree kangaroos at Madang Resort Hotel.
Visitors and Cultural Bureau: Located in Haus Tumbuna on Modilon Road near the intersection with Coronation Drive, the bureau has information on things to see and do and a small museum with displays of weapons, jewellery, musical instruments and historic photographs.
Arts and crafts: The Madang Resort Hotel and Smugglersâ€™ Inn have workshops and markets for carvings, shell jewellery and bilums, or try the local market. Traditional clay pots are made at Bilbil Villages just south of Madang. Tours can be arranged.
Orchids and animals: Visitors can see the Elizabeth Sowerby Orchid Collection and cuscuses, hornbills, cockatoos and tree kangaroos at Madang Resort Hotel.
Kranket, Siar and Samun Islands: These picturesque islands all have accommodation and are fantastic for day trips for swimming, snorkelling and picnicking.
Kau Rainforest Museum: Owned by the Didipa Clan, this small remnant of rainforest was set aside to retain traditional bush knowledge and for environmental education. Located about 20km from Madang off the North Coast Road.
Volcanoes: The islands of Manam and Karkar have volcanic cones rising 1800m above sea level. The smoking cones provide a spectacular sight for visitors. Manam Island volcanoe erupted again November 2004.
Madang hosts the Mabarosa Festivaleach year, a colourful display of dancing, singsings and bamboo bands.
Diving and snorkelling: There is great snorkelling off all the islands around Madang Harbour and at Jais Aben Resort, 20km north of Madang. Fantastic dive sites near Madang are Magic Passage, war wrecks and Planet Rock, an underwater sea mount with a population of curious hammerhead sharks, multitudes of small fish and beautiful corals. Further north there are war wrecks at Bogia Bay and Hansa Bay. Reefs around Bagabag Island are swept by strong currents and have pelagic fish.
Fishing: Anywhere off the coast around Madang is good, especially Bagabag Island. Hotels, dive operators and the visitor bureau have lists of charter boats.
Canoeing: Jais Aben resort has canoes for hire as do the guesthouses on Siar Island. Otherwise hire someone from one of the many villages to paddle you around.
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Air Niugini and other third level airlines provide direct flights to Madang from Port Moresby. They also provide connections to Madang from other centres in PNG.
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or contact numbers Ph: (675) 852 3302 Fax: (675) 852 3540
The most comfortable way to enjoy Milne Bay diving is aboard one of the live-aboard dive boats based out of Alotau, the provincial headquarters. The 60 foot MV Chertan can comfortably accommodate up to 14 divers. Built in 1992, it is equipped with the latest electronic equipment, video and stereo systems. The MV Telita was Papua New Guinea's first live-aboard dive boat and was designed specifically as a live-aboard diving vessel. It has five twin-berth cabins, sophisticated electronic equipment, a bar, video, stereo, a well-equipped library and a charging console for photographers.
Alotau town and its busy harbour are spectacularly sited on the edge of Milne Bay. For good views climb the hill behind the town. Handcrafts, mostly from the Trobriand Islands, are available at the Masurina Business Centre and Masurina Lodge.
Samarai & the China Strait: The 24ha Samarai Island was the provincial government headquarters until 1968. There are guesthouses here or you can stay on other nearby islands. All have good beaches and reefs and some have walking trails.
Dâ€™Entrecasteaux Islands: The largest in the group is Fergusson Island which reaches 2073m and has thermal areas with hot springs and bubbling mud pools. Salamo has guesthouses and there is one at Nadi, 45 mins by boat along the coast, and others inland near the mountains. There are plenty of good walking options.
The district headquarters is at Esa'ala on Normanby Island, at the entrance to the spectacular Dobu Passage. There are guesthouses in town to base yourself for exploring. Reefs close to town are good for snorkelling.
At 26km across and 2566m high, Goodenough Island is spectacularly rugged above a flat coastal plain. The largest settlement, Bolubolu, has accommodation or you can stay at Vaiava village. The peaks can be climbed from Lokulokuya Village in two days but get permission and take a guide. Snorkelling anywhere around the coast is rewarding.
Trobriands: In contrast to other island groups, the Trobes are low lying. The islanders are famous for their culture and huge yam gardens, which have cultural significance in tribal rituals. Yams are kept in tall storehouses set above the ground and the harvest season is celebrated with the Milamala festival in late July/August. Beautifully carved bowls, walking sticks and fish are another hallmark of these islands.
Losuia, on the biggest island Kiriwina, has accommodation but there are few other facilities. Village stays and visits to numerous freshwater holes or burial caves can be arranged. The best beach for swimming is at Wawela, which also has a lagoon and reef for snorkelling.
East Cape: This easternmost point of the mainland can be visited in a day or you can stay at Oima Guesthouse, the last village. Snorkelling and diving are fantastic here and beaches and scenery en route to the cape are beautiful
Diving: Places to dive are innumerable in Milne Bay and around the islands and are best enjoyed from a live-aboard dive boat. The local experts Milne Bay Marine Charters also do day trips.
Cruising: The comfortable way to see the islands is aboard the luxury Melanesian Discoverer which cruises between Alotau and Madang via the Trobriands. Otherwise small boats can be chartered.
Island Hopping: Airlines PNG does a regular â€˜milk runâ€™ around the islands and is a good way to see some remote places in a short time.
Walking/trekking: The Weddau area on the north coast offers walks and for great views you can hike to the top of Mount Pasipasi (600m), behind Dogura, in a long hot day. Walking from Weddau to Alotau takes three to four days, following the north coast then crossing the hills. The Cape Vogel area also has bush trails and waterfalls to explore from the Bogaboga Guesthouse.
Locally organised tours can show the highlights around Alotau.
Birdwatching: The Alotau area is good for birds. Contact the Milne Bay Tourist Visitors Bureau (675) 641 1503, at the Masurina Business Centre in town, or organise a guide through your hotel.
Alotau, spectacularly sited on the edge of Milne Bay is a good base for visiting the outlying islands. Fergusson Island has an active thermal region, hot springs, bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers and volcanoes. Misima Island was the scene of a 1930 gold rush from which a major mine has now been developed. Woodlark Island is populated by people of Melanesian ancestry. The islanders are renowned for their expertly crafted wood carvings.
One of the best locations to enjoy the charms of the friendly and peace loving Milne Bay people is the Trobriand Islands. Their unique social system is dominated by hereditary chieftains who continue to wield tremendous power and influence, although inheritances and lines of power are passed through the female side of the family. From June - August the Milamala yam harvest festival is held. The Milamala starts with a procession of men carrying the newly harvested yams from the garden storage hut to the village yam houses while the women ahead sing and dance. During the festival time, traditional rites are observed. It was from Malinowski's anthropological studies of the customs and sexual practices during this time that The Trobriands became known as The Islands of Love.
Fresh water caves are found all over Kiriwina island. Near Matawa Village there are several deep limestone caves housing burial antiquities and skeletal remains. At Wawela there is a beautiful curving beach on a cool, deep lagoon. The village children fishing from their outrigger canoes are happy to give visitors a ride out to the reef to enjoy snorkelling. Visitors should bring their own snorkel or dive gear to Kiriwina as availability at the lodges is not constant.
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Air Niugini and other third level airlines provide flights to Gurney Airport from Port Moresby. They also provide connections to Gurney from other centres in PNG
LAE MORROBE PROVINCE
Lae Botanical Gardens: This haven of greenery has huge trees, bright, noisy birds, lizards and an extensive orchid collection, including the worldâ€™s largest orchid.
Lae War Cemetery: Most of the 2363 graves in this peaceful, well-kept cemetery are of young Australians. Located within the Botanical Gardens, itâ€™s a short walk from town along Coronation Drive to Memorial Avenue. A map of the cemetery is available for those interested in locating particular headstones. Contact Morobe Tourism Bureau for more information on 472 7823.
Unitech: The Matheson Library of technology is the largest in the South Pacific and there is also a collection of artefacts with rare pieces. Buildings worth seeing are the haus tambaran-style (spirit house) coffeehouse and the 36 Sepik-style carved pillars in Duncanson Hall. Parks and gardens surround the buildings. Located 8km out of town on Bumbu Road.
Rainforest Habitat: Located next to the University of Technology is 3000sq m of rainforest under a canopy, with a lake, raised walkways, semi-tame birds and beautiful flowers. Youâ€™ll find the largest variety of birds of paradise species kept anywhere in the world, together with other native wildlife such as tree kangaroos, parrots, cassowaries and the unique New Guinean long-nosed echidna. Open daily 10am to 4 pm. Contact Ph: 475 7839 for more information.
Markets: Laeâ€™s main market is located on Air Corps Road west of the old airstrip. Food, produce and local curios are available here. Smaller markets are out of town on Butibum Road and just past the Bumbu Bridge on the way to Unitech.
Arts & Crafts: Street sellers often position themselves outside department stores. Look for bilums and other crafts at the main market. The biggest selection is at Melanesian Arts Centre Ph: 472 1604, located at the old airport below the town.Wau and Bulolo: Goldmining, birdwatching and butterflies are the attractions in this area in the hills south of Lae. Wau Ecology Institute, which does research on the countryâ€™s ecology, has a small museum with photos of Wau in its heyday, hostel accommodation and a Butterfly Ranch with an amazing variety of insects. The Insect Farming and Trading Agency on Godwin Street in Bulolo, run in conjunction with Lae Unitech, is similar. The small McAdam National Park preserves the last virgin stands of Klinkii and hoop pine and has many birds and tree kangaroos. There is one trail and you will need a guide.
Finschhafen: First colonised by Germans in 1885, this small coastal town is peaceful and idyllic. There is guesthouse accommodation, good snorkelling and walking and a lot of history in the area. Beautifully carved Tami Island bowls can be bought at nearby Malasiga Village. Sialum, a two-hour drive north, also has good walking, swimming and snorkelling.
Salamaua: Important during the war, this pretty area has war relics, fishing, swimming, snorkelling, and walking to Coastwatchers Ridge and Mount Tambu for spectacular views. There is guesthouse accommodation. Boats leave from Voco Point in Lae.
Limestone Caves: Near Mumeng on the scenic drive to Bulolo are the Avilu Caves and the Avadedu burial ledges, above the Gangwe River.
Menyamya and Aseki: In this coffee-growing region in the heart of Anga country people still wear traditional dress. Anga people used to smoke their dead and mummified bodies can be seen at Angipena, between Wau and Aseki. Market days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in Aseki, and Monday, Thursday and Saturday in Menyamya.
Labu Tali Conservation Area: Giant leatherback turtles come here between late November and early February to lay eggs. Guesthouses are at Maus Buang and at Busama and villagers will act as guides. Fishing, bushwalking and swimming are other options. Boats going to Salamaua stop here. Contact Morobe Tourism Bureau, phone (675) 472 7823, or Joe Kewere, phone 473 1688.
Kamiali Wildlife Management Area: Local people run eco tours to see turtles nesting or you can swim, fish, snorkel, walk or paddle canoes. For guesthouse bookings, phone (675) 472 1666. Located in Salamaua District and reached by boat from Lae Lutheran Shipping ph (675) 472 2066.
Diving: Niugini Diving, phone 472 5692, runs dive trips aboard the Babarian II. The coasts around Finschhafen, Salamaua and the Siassi Islands are particularly good. The wrecks of the B-17 bomber Black Jack and the Dutch cargo ship St Jacob are interesting dives.
Fishing: Contact Hedura Cruises and Charters, phone (675) 472 1370, or Morobe Tours phone (675) 472 3647, for trips out into Huon Gulf. Huon Gulf Charters on MV Sunami, ph: (675) 472 2745
Trekking: There are several long hikes but you will need a guide. Finschhafen to Lae
around the coast takes three to four days, or fly to Teptep, a village high in the Finisterre Mountains, for the two-day walk to Wantoat. A section of the old Bulldog Track between Tekaku and Kakoro can also be done in two days. Menyamya to Kamina or Kerema takes six to eight days.
Black Cat Track: From Wau to Salamaua should take five days. The trek was used during the gold rush era in Wau in the early 1920s and during the 2nd World War.
Birdwatching: The Wau area has some good spots. Contact Wau Ecology Institute for details.
Golf: Papua New Guineaâ€™s best golf course has its clubhouse on Bumbu Road, near the intersection with Markham Road. Contact Lae Golf Club for more information,
ph (675) 472 1353.
Cruises: Morobe Tours offers day and overnight charters out to have trips out onto Huon Gulf, Salamaua, Busamang and Jawani Island onboard aboard the luxury MV Endeavour. Day trips to Salamaua, Busamang and Jawani Island with sing sings and mumu lunches can be arranged. Ph (675) 472 3647 for more information
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Access and entry fees
Most land, beaches, lagoons, bays and islands in Papua New Guinea, are owned by a village, family or individual. You must ask permission for access and a small entry fee may be payable.
Markets: Gordons Market, on Gordon Court Road off the end of Cameron Road, is one of the largest in the country and always bustling. The fresh fruit and vegetables are superb, and they also sell fish and exotic meats. Koki market, on the waterfront near the Koki shops, is the main seafood market and best on Saturdays.
Parliament House: Built in the style of a Maprik Haus Tambaran (house of spirits), this impressive building was opened in 1984. Itâ€™s an interesting place whether Parliament is sitting or not. A small shop has books and displays of Papua New Guineaâ€™s fantastic butterflies. Open 9am to noon and 1pm to 3pm.
National Museum & Art Gallery: Located on Independence Hill close to Parliament House, the museum has excellent displays on fauna, culture, geography, ethnography and history of PNG which include examples of masks and shields, shells, and local foods. A small shady courtyard in front is a pleasant place to sit and has a few live specimens of local wildlife to view. The small bookshop has a limited range of books on pre-history and culture. Open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm and 1pm to 5pm on Sundays. Admission by donation.
Libraries: The Michael Somare Library (Ph: 326 0900) located at the University of Papua New Guinea, Waigani Campus and the National Library located at Waigani (3256200), Independence Drive, have huge PNG collections. Both are open to the public.
National Botanical Gardens (311 2471): This is a haven of greenery with 2km of boardwalk threading beneath a jungle canopy, green lawns, excellent wildlife displays, and a huge collection of orchids. A shadehouse in the shape of the country has plants from all regions. Located just beyond the University of Papua New Guinea on Waigani Drive. Entrance fee.
City and harbour views: These are great from Paga Hill behind the Crowne Plaza or from Touaguba Hill above the harbour. A tour of the city should include these lookout points as well as the stilt villages of Hanuabada Poreporena.
Bomana War Cemetery (Ph: 328 1536): Thousands of young Australian and Papua New Guinean soldiers are buried in this carefully tended WWII cemetery, a heart-wrenching reminder of the horrific campaigns in the region. Located on the Sogeri Road not far from the Sir Hubert Murray Highway.
Hiri Moale Festival (Ph: 324 0829): Celebrating the traditional trading that took place along the coast, this is celebrated mid-September, around Independence Day. Replicas of the lakatois â€“ the giant canoes that were used â€“ pull up on Ela Beach to dancing and singing.
KAVIENG NEW IRELAND PROVINCE
Diving and snorkelling: War wrecks, big fish, coral and sharks are just some of the things to be seen here. Local land-based dive operators are Lissenung Island Resort, which has gear hire, and Archipelago Diving in Kavieng, which takes courses and also hires gear. Mansava Adventure Lodge on Tsoi Island, off Lavongai or New Hanover Island, is an hour and a half by boat and has great diving and snorkelling.
Fishing: Rods and tackle can be hired from the Kavieng Hotel (675)(984 2199) and they also arrange game fishing tours.
Surfing: There are many good breaks close to town, accessible by boat or vehicle. Nusa Islands Retreat, based on Nusa Lik Island, has accommodation and caters for surfers, phone (675) 984 2247.
Canoeing: Canoes and paddlers can be hired from the beach front in Kavieng to visit some of the islands or you can hire an outrigger from the Malagan Beach Resort and practice the art of paddling. Nusa Island Retreat also offers traditional canoeing as does Mansava Adventure Lodge (see diving).
Golf: The nine-hole golf course lies between Tabar Terrace and Tanga Street and the Golf Club is located on Coronation Street. Golf clubs can be hired from the Kavieng Hotel.
Cycling: Being flat, Kavieng is ideal for cycling and there is little motorised traffic. Bicycles can be hired from the Kavieng Hotel Ph: 984 2199 and Malagan Beach Hotel Ph: 984 2344 The Boluminski Highway on the north-eastern side of the island is flat and sealed for 74km. Beyond here the crushed coral surface is smooth and easy to ride but very bright. There is guesthouse accommodation at Sali Village (55km), at Libba and Konos (about 140km), at Karu (220km) and at Namatanai (264km). The road on the south-eastern side also offers good riding although there are fewer places to stay. For bike tours and hire contact Rainbow Tours in Kavieng or New Ireland Tourism Bureau through Kavieng Hotel Ph: 984 2199, fax: 984 2234.
New Ireland Province includes a number of offshore islands. From the northeast coast are the islands of Tabar, Tanga, Feni and Lihir. Lihir Island is the site of the Lihir gold mine, reputed to have the second largest gold deposit in the world.
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Air Niugini and other third level airlines provide flights to Kavieng from Port Moresby. They also provide connections to Kavieng from other centres in PNG
Diving & snorkelling: Tufi at Cape Nelson has exceptionally clear waters, abundant fish and beautiful corals in the fiord-like rias formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. There are easily accessible wrecks and reefs with drop-offs, hammerhead sharks and moray eels. Wanigela, on Collingwood Bay, has great places for snorkelling and can be reached by boat from Tufi. Airlines PNG flies direct into Tufi and Wanigela from Port Moresby on a weekly basis ph (675) 325 0555
Canoeing: Outrigger canoes are available from many of the guesthouses around Tufi and are an ideal way to explore. For a close-up of river life you can canoe down the Embogo River. Check at Oro Guesthouse on how to get there and for accommodation.
Trekking & walking: Kokoda and its guesthouses are about a two-hour drive from Popondetta. Guides and information on the Kokoda Trail are available there. Mount Lamington volcano (1585m) can be climbed from Sasembatta Mission, a short way off the Kokoda Road. Itâ€™s a hot two-day walk but the views are superb. Get permission and guides from one of the local villages.
The Tufi area has many walks around the rias and you can arrange to be picked up or dropped off by boat. Mount Trafalgar (1644m) is an overnight hike, with guides. The high plateau around the tiny town of Afore has good walks including one to a very deep, steep cave with bats.
Fishing: Bendoroda Fishing Lodge offers fishing adventures from a scenic location. Contact Dale McCarthy, phone (675) 329 7148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mendi: Built around the airport in a lush high valley between impressive limestone peaks, this small town has essential services. Huli, Duna and other tribespeople from this area are famous for their red and yellow face decorations and elaborately decorated wigs.
Mendi Market: Fridays and Saturdays when the locals come to town is best. The market is located by the main highway north of town across the bridge and beside the river.
Artefacts: A shop near Mendi Bakery sells weapons, baskets and hand-loomed products.
Lake Kutubu: Butterflies and birds of paradise are plentiful around this beautiful, peaceful place and the friendly people live traditional lives. You can swim, visit villages or just enjoy the scenery. The closest airstrip is at Moro and is serviced by Airlines PNG from Port Moresby and Mount Hagen.
Tari: Saturday is when most Huli people come to market. Apart from a few trade stores, there is little else but the surrounding countryside. The people are interesting and there are many good places to stay, ranging from upmarket lodges to village guesthouses.
Wasi Falls Wildlife Management Area: Virgin rainforest here is rich in birds and wildlife. There are several waterfalls including the Wasi Falls, which plummet 100m, and many caves, some of which were used for burials. Tubo Lodge can organise birdwatching and wildlife tours. Enquire and book direct to Box 1628, Boroko, NCD, phone (675) 327 3286 / 323 9681 or mobile (675) 686 4524.
Walking/trekking: Many people walk from nearby to Lake Kutubu and fly out from Pimaga. The longest route, from Nipa on the Tari-Mendi Road, takes three days and is fairly rigorous. Take a guide. Alternatively you can walk about 20km from Pimaga to Gesege Village and go by canoe to the lodge at Tage Point. Ambua Lodge and Lakwanda Lodge near Tari can organise hikes and tours.
Mount Giluwe (4368m), the countryâ€™s second-highest mountain, is an old shield volcano with vast alpine grasslands. Ancient lava plugs form the two summits. It can be climbed from Palnol or Kopkop villages taking four days, or from near Tambul in Western Highlands Province. Kiburu Lodge at Mendi can organise walks and treks.
Mount Ialibu (3465m) and other hikes can be made from Ialibu, midway between Mendi and Mount Hagen. Ialibu has a cultural centre and museum, and accommodation built by the local people, the Imbonggu. Basket-making is a village industry here.
Birdwatching: There is birdwatching at Lake Kutubu and Wasi Falls. Ambua Lodge, surrounded by dense tropical rainforest, and Lakwanda Lodge, near Tari, also have good birdwatching.
Sightseeing tours: Ambua Lodge organises a range of guided tours. Walk along rainforest tracks to go birdwatching, take a trip down the river to see the waterfalls or go by 4WD to visit a village and watch a traditional â€˜sing singâ€™. Kiburu Lodge, on the banks of the Mendi River, has a wide range of activities including cultural tours, mountain climbing and flora and fauna expeditions. Lakwanda Lodge offers orchid tours, skeleton cave tours, trekking, bush walking and other cultural activities.
KIUNGA NATURE TOUR is based in Kiunga, Western Province of Papua New Guinea, far northwest of Port Moresby and sharing international land border with Indonesia (West Papua). Kiunga Nature Touris is an ecotourism business engaged in promoting bird watching and other tourism activities such as jungle trekking, general sightseeing, arts and singsings (traditional song and dance), canoeing, fresh water fishing, arts and crafts displays. We operate birding tours in Kiunga, Tabubil and Upper Might Fly River areas which are home to well over 300 bird species. We can also arrange birding tours in Tari, Mt. Hagen, and Port Moresby.
Mount Hagen: Set in the large Wahgi Valley, with its neat villages, gardens, coffee plantations and groves of casuarinas, this busy town has a wild-west feel about it. All main banks and airlines have offices here. The market, located at the corner of Wahgi Parade and Kum Road, is the place to see colourfully attired locals, particularly on Saturdays, as well as fresh produce, pigs, feathers, and maybe cassowaries. The men traditionally grow a long beard and the women wear an array of brilliant scarves and carry their brightly coloured string bags, or bilums. Bilums are used to carry everything from babies to firewood.
Mount Hagen Show: Held the third weekend in August, this amazing show is the place to see the fantastic traditional costumes and headdresses decorated with bird of paradise plumes and the cuscus fur that Wahgi people wear.
Art & Craft: Traditional weapons, bilums and Highlands hats, decorated with cuscus fur, are available from the larger hotels and around the town. The Cultural Centre has a reconstructed village hut and a museum with artefacts.
Archeological Sites: The Kuk Valley is a site where land was first cultivated for gardening. Check with the Cultural Centre or hotels for permission to visit.
Walking/trekking: Walks of various lengths can be done from Haus Poroman Lodge, phone (675) 542 2722, through forest or to villages and plantations. Longer and more strenuous hikes can be taken from the city to the towering peaks of Mount Hagen (3791m), Mount Ongo, Mount Kubor, Mount Kini Kaino Ku, and Mount Giluwe (4368m). Trans Niugini Tours, on Kongin Street behind the hospital, can also organise tours and treks, as well as
Paradise Adventure Tours (675) 542 1696.
Birdwatching: Baiyer River Wildlife Sanctuary north of Mount Hagen is one of the best places to see Papua New Guineaâ€™s colourful birds of paradise.
Diving and snorkelling: Kimbe Bay is famous for its huge corals, big fish and caves. Land-based diving is available from Walindi Plantation Resort; phone (675) 983 5441, which also has a live-aboard, the MV Febrina, and from Hoskins with Dive Hoskins at Palm Lodge Hoskins. Snorkelling at Walindi is also rewarding.
Fishing: Big fish found off Kimbe Bay are blue and black marlin, sail fish and dog-tooth tuna while the waterways around Kandrian, on the south coast, and Talasea, are known for spot-tail bass. For the ultimate Papua New Guinea fishing experience, combine a Madang adventure with a trip to Arrjim Island Bass Fishing Camp on the remote south coast of West New Britain. It is internationally renowned for its black and spot-tail bass.
Trekking: Good trekking can be done in the Cape Gloucester area where Mount Langila is still rumbling gently. The Kandrian area is very beautiful and you can walk from Kandrian along the coast to Eseli, staying in guesthouses. From Talasea you can walk out to Cape Hollman on the Willaumez Peninsula. Lake Dakataua, at the end of the peninsula, was formed after a giant eruption in 1884, and itâ€™s a picturesque spot to explore. Contact Ecotourism Melanesia, phone (675) 323 4518, www.em.com.pg.
On Pangula Island, across from Talasea is the Valley of Wabua, meaning Valley of Hot Water, a mass of thermal geysers.
Apart from Walindi Resort there are several other options for accommodation including the Palm Lodge in the provincial headquarters of Kimbe; the Hoskins Hotel in the small town of Hoskins where the main airport for West New Britain is located; the Kautaga Guest Haus on a small island off the western side of the peninsular and the Bialla Guest House.
Air Niugini and a number of third level airlines fly via Hoskins airport from other parts of Papua New Guinea every day. There are also a number of coastal ships which call in at Kimbe on their way to and from Lae and Rabaul
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For more information about the West New Britain Province and its accommodation listing, visit the West New Britain Tourism Action Group ( WNBTAG ) website:www.tourismwestnewbritain.org.pg
Walking: A circuit of the headland at Vanimo is pleasant or go west past the airport to a vine-draped headland. You can wade around to a beautiful beach.
Surfing: Lido Village, 8km west of Vanimo, has a good surf beach and a guesthouse catering for surfers. They hire surfboards and bicycles. Aitape also has surf beaches and accommodation.
Visit the Indonesian border: Superb beaches, lagoons, views and picturesque villages can be seen along the way, although the border is not open to tourists.
For more information on Sandaun Province and contact details please contact Division of Commerce, Tourism Officer Ph: (675) 857 1251 Ph/Fax: (675) 857 1384