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HIGHLANDS REGION

To the north lies the Highlands Region, an east-west zone of mountains with elevations in excess of 13,000 feet (4,000 metres). This region has five provinces – Southern Highlands, Enga Province, Western Highlands, Simbu and Eastern Highlands.


With its fertile valleys and rugged mountains, the Highlands Region is PNG’s most densely populated region. The Mt Wilhelm region is a popular PNG trekking area. It is known for its coffee plantations, cultural diversity and beautiful orchids, as well as being home to many rare animals, insects and birds, including the birds of paradise.


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HIGHLANDS REGION

The five provinces of the aptly named highlands region of Papua New Guinea are home to fertile valleys and rugged mountains described by early visitors as the Papuan Wonderland. The country’s most densely populated region provides countless activities for travellers; from trekking and bird watching, to local festivals imbued with the rich and diverse culture of the region.


Each province of the Highlands region provides countless treks to explore. With elevations in excess of 4,000 metres, most treks involve mountain climbs to some degree. The most astonishing climb is arguably that of Mt Wilhelm in Simbu Province; the country’s highest mountain. Known to avid mountain climbers around the world, for many visitors, the climb to the summit is a highlight of their stay, affording panoramic views over the highlands that on a clear day stretch from the north to the south coasts of the country.


The region is home to many rare animals, in particular the birds of paradise, making bird watching a popular activity in all of the provinces. Lake Kutubu and Wasi Falls of the Southern Highlands Province are ideal for bird watching. The Kumul Lodge on the slopes of the Mount Hagen Ranges in Enga province is one of the few places where you can see various species on display in relative comfort. For a more remote experience, visit Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area, located in the south of Goroka in the Eastern Highlands province. The friendly people of Herowana and Ubaigubi villages can act as guides for these more unique experiences, but it is only recommended for experienced trekkers.


The culture of the region is also worth exploring. Tours of the coffee plantations in the Eastern Highlands are a great way to see some of the outlying villages, whilst there are several shows, festival and markets throughout the region that provide a real insight into the life of the locals. The Enga Show, a three-day event held annually in August to celebrate Enga culture, features cultural groups from all over the province as well as groups from the rest of PNG and shouldn’t be missed.


This Papuan Wonderland provides countless things for you to do when you visit. With unrivalled natural beauty and a rich welcoming culture, the real question is, what great activities can you fit into your time in PNG?


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Mount Hagen (Western Highlands)

PNG’s third largest city, Mount Hagen is the gateway to a range of exciting activities throughout the Highlands from visiting the Huli Wigmen in Tari to exploring the world-famous Sepik River. Hikers can take on PNG’s highest peak, Mount Wilhelm using Hagan as their base. Visit Mount Hagen’s local markets for a friendly and authentic PNG experience.


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Mount Hagen (Western Highlands)

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MOMASE REGION

Made up of four provinces – East Sepik, Madang, Morobe and West Sepik, this region is home to the second largest city of the nation, Lae, which is the capital of Morobe Province. On the outskirts of Lae are wonderful rainforests, and in the city itself, a raft of shops, restaurants, cultural galleries and accommodation options.


The East Sepik province produces cocoa, coffee, copra and sugar, while Madang is the country’s second largest producer of cattle. With its tropical humid climate, normally between 24 and 32 degrees Celsius, it is envied by many around the country.


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MOMASE REGION

The 4 provinces of Mormase Region contain not only the second largest city of the nation, Lae, but also a host of activities for any traveller to undertake. From bustling urban streets imbued with culture for you to discover, to beautiful coastlines, river systems and mountain ranges that are waiting for you to explore, you’ll find countless things to do in this beautiful region of Papua New Guinea.


If you’re into diving and fishing, the Madang Province is where you want to be. Perched on a fertile peninsula, with a backdrop of steep mountains and lush tropical vegetation, the town of Madang looks across a scattering of perfect islands, dotted through a tropical deep-water harbour. Known as one of the South Pacific’s most beautiful, the harbour boasts Kranket and Siar Islands, two of the most popular spots for swimming in still blue waters. The blue waters serve well for divers; the magnificent coastline of the province is world famous for its coral gardens and superb visibility, with 34 sunken ship dive sites to explore at Hansa Bay.


If you’re more into surfing, Lido Village in West Sepik province has a good surf beach and a guesthouse catering for surfers, whilst motorised canoe trips and luxury cruises are available from East Sepik Province, allowing you to explore the incredible Sepik River waterways, one of the largest systems in the world that holds an immeasurable cultural importance to the people of the region.


The region is also known for its trekking and bird watching. In Morobe Province, there are several long hikes. The trek around the coast from Finschafen to Lae, takes about three to four days and requires a guide but is highly rewarding to all who undertake it, whilst the Wau area offers superb bird watching.


Perhaps what’s most important to do when in Mormase is to be conscious of the rich pervading local culture and history of the region. The Mabarose Festival, in Madang Province is an incredible and colourful display of dancing, singsings and bamboo bands.


Whatever your persuasion, there are countless activities for you to undertake when your in the beautiful paradise of the Mormase Region of Papua New Guinea.


Where To Stay

Where To Stay

RAINFOREST HABITAT

Rainforest Habitat is a subsidiary of Unitech Development & Consultancy Limited, the business arm of the PNG University of Technology (Unitech). The Rainforest Habitat Guesthouse offers budget accommodation ideal for families, group bookings and back packers, air conditioned conference and training facilities, spacious fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. The Rainforest Habitat itself occupies 3000sqm and houses a mix of animal and vegetation diversity all enclosed under an 11 metre high canopy. The Rainforest Habitat forms part of the Unitech owned Insect Farming and Trading Agency which is a community development project that provides income for over 1200 village farmers and collectors. The Rainforest Habitat also offers tours in Lae and surrounding areas.

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Madang

The colourful Madang Township has been called the “prettiest town in the South Pacific”.   Perched on a fertile peninsula, with a backdrop of steep mountains and lush tropical vegetation, the town of Madang looks across a scattering of perfect islands, dotted through a tropical deep water harbour. Known as one of the South Pacific’s most beautiful, the harbour boasts Kranket and Siar Islands, two of the most popular spots for swimming and the still blue waters.


Madang is known for its excellent fishing, diving and surfing along its magnificent coastline, which is world famous for its coral gardens and superb visibility. Madang was the centre of heavy fighting during World War II, and there are 34 sunken ship dive sites to explore at Hansa Bay, near Bogia. It is also the gateway for Tupira surf club.


The town has modern urban facilities, including hotels, department stores, bustling markets and historical artefact shops and displays in the Cultural Centre. Madang is a key destination for meetings and conferences.


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Momase region

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Papua Region

This region is made up of Central Province, Gulf Province, Milne Bay Province, National Capital District, Northern Province and Western Province. A hot humid climate exists for most of the year, except in the mountains, and with some variation in the northeast monsoon season.


In the National Capital District, Port Moresby is PNG’s capital and the main entry point for international travel visitors. Port Morseby has botanical gardens, museums, art galleries, markets and government buildings to explore.


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Papua Region

The five provinces and one district of the Papua Region encapsulate all that PNG has to offer, with a diverse selection of exciting activities from the coast to the mountains for travellers to experience.


Diving is a prominent activity right along PNG’s coastline, but especially so in the Central and Northern provinces of the Papua Region. The exceptionally clear waters of Tufi, at Cape Nelson in the Northern Province, are highly recommended. Here exotic fish and beautiful coral are abundant in the fiord like rias formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. There are plenty of other dive sites in the region, with diving charters and live-aboard boats operating throughout the Central Province.


If diving isn’t for you, there are numerous activities that allow you to explore and interact with the Papua Region’s beautiful coastline. Canoeing along the Embogo River in the Northern Province is highly recommended whilst recreational surfing and fishing are both available just outside of Port Moresby. If you’d just like to kick back and relax when you explore, there are cruises available right along the coastline of the region, including an exploration of the islands off Milne Bay.


For those who would rather stay on land, there is much to explore in the region. Trekking is very popular, with the start of the history laden Kokoda Track beginning here. The famous 96km track takes 5 to 10 days to walk depending on fitness and conditions, but a short day walk can be done on the first part of the trail from Owers Corner to Imita Ridge. If the challenge of Kokoda isn’t enough for you, Mount Albert Edward sits nearby in the Central Province.


There are lots of activities to undertake within the main city of the region, the national capital of Port Moresby. The National museum and Art Gallery and the Bomana War Cemetery are great places to gain an insight into the history and culture of a nation that is intertwined with that of Australia, whilst the Nature Park provides a haven of greenery and two kilometres of boardwalk to explore beneath a jungle canopy.


For a region that serves as the main entry point for international visitors to the nation, these five provinces and one district provide enough activities to last for an entire trip. One thing’s for sure; you’ll need to come back again to explore this beautiful and diverse region of Papua New Guinea.


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Port Moresby

Port Moresby is the South Pacific’s largest city and all travellers to PNG pass through this capital city. The country’s best, high end hotels can be found here together with some good restaurant and bar options.


Highlights for visitors include: Parliament Haus, PNG’s most impressive building; The National Botanical Gardens; Bomana War Cemetery and the National Museum.


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Papua Region

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Alotau

Head to the very eastern end of Papua New Guinea and you’ll reach Alotau, the capital of Milne Bay Province an area famous for the Battle of Milne Bay in World War II, the first major battle in which Allied troops decisively defeated Japanese land forces.


The province also includes seven groups of islands; the Trobriands, Woodlark, Laughlan, Louisiade Archipelago, the Conflict Group, the Samarai Group and the D’Entrecasteaux Group


 Snorkel alongside massive manta rays, go dolphin spotting around the islands, learn both the Australian and Papua New Guinean history of the area or go diving and discover the colourful coral reefs and dramatic drop-offs beneath the ocean.


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Alotau

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Tufi

Only 55 minutes by plane from Port Moresby, Tufi, in the province of Oro, is a unique and pristine region of PNG known for incredible diving and exciting land adventures.


Volcanically created fjords tower over the clear waters and are perfect for kayaking through on your way to visit a lively local village. Divers can explore large coral outcrops, ship and plane wrecks or mesmerising reefs.  


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Tufi

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Milne Bay

Head to the very eastern end of Papua New Guinea and you’ll reach Alotau, the capital of Milne Bay Province an area famous for the Battle of Milne Bay in World War II, the first major battle in which Allied troops decisively defeated Japanese land forces.


The province also includes seven groups of islands; the Trobriands, Woodlark, Laughlan, Louisiade Archipelago, the Conflict Group, the Samarai Group and the D’Entrecasteaux Group


 Snorkel alongside massive manta rays, go dolphin spotting around the islands, learn both the Australian and Papua New Guinean history of the area or go diving and discover the colourful coral reefs and dramatic drop-offs beneath the ocean.


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Milne Bay

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Kokoda

For Australians, the Kokoda Track is one of the most significant battle locations of the Second World War and one of the world’s most challenging and rewarding treks. The 96km trail snakes in and out of traditional villages, up and down muddy hills and trekkers can take in breathtaking views along the way.


Whether you’re a history buff, interested in PNG culture or just looking for an intense physical and spiritual challenge, Kokoda is definitely worth considering.


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Papua Region

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ISLANDS REGION

Islands Region comprises East New Britain, Manus, New Ireland, Bougainville and West New Britain. With white sandy beaches this untouched land of beautiful tropical islands and rich culture offers an amazing experience. Snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, walking, climbing, fishing, shopping, arts and crafts are all popular activities in this region


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ISLANDS REGION

Perhaps the most fascinating region of Papua New Guinea, the five provinces of the Islands Region in the country’s North East offer a raft of sea and land experiences for you to undertake, from snorkelling and swimming to climbing and fishing.


The East New Britain province provides a great base and countless activities for any traveller. In Simpson Harbour there are World War II boat and plane wrecks, good walls and more to explore through diving and snorkelling. At Tavui Point there is an old Submarine Base where Japanese subs pulled right up to the edge of the reef. This area offers superb snorkelling on the flat coral beds along the edge of a 75 metre drop off. You can tour the surrounding islands by canoe, go sport fishing for blue or black marlin, sail fish and dog tooth tuna in the abundant waters, or even just relax and go swimming at the tropical blue beaches near Kokopo.


There are lots of great treks to take around the region. In West New Britain you can explore the Kandrian area, trekking along the coast through the beautiful landscape to Eseli, staying at guesthouses along the way. The rugged and picturesque interior of Manus Island is perfect for hiking too, and whilst there are no trails, you can traverse the island along traditional walking routes with local assistance. Back in East New Britain you can even climb a volcano if you dare. All volcanoes except Tavurvur can be climbed, some of which are still active.


If you’d rather explore the culture and history of the region, there are numerous World War II sites that give an insight into the more recent history of Papua New Guinea. Manus Province was the site of a huge allied naval base during the war and now rusting war vehicles, old wharves, old airstrips, bomb shelters, pontoons, bullets, guns, helmets and boats lie scattered around various parts of Manus, waiting to be discovered. New Ireland Province provides an insight into older cultural elements of the region, with the Luka Barok Festival, held in late June or early July, celebrating old rituals through feasts and shark calling, a traditional art where certain men have the ability to call up sharks from the deep where they are then speared and netted.


The Islands Region of Papua New Guinea provides countless activities for you to undertake, and with a rich history to investigate and beautiful landscape to explore, its without doubt that the more you look to do, the more you’ll find.


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Rabaul-Kokopo & Gazelle Peninsula

60 kilometres to the east of the Papua New Guinea mainland in the East New Britain Province lies the fascinating town of Rabaul, nestled under the majestic Mount Tavurvur volcano. Rabaul and its neighbouring town Kokopo are known for their fascinating World War II history, the incredible wreck diving and the surrounding picturesque white sandy islands.


Discover the hidden Japanese barge tunnels, visit the bubbling Rababa hot springs, pay your respects at the Bitapaka War Cemetery and Kokopo War Museum or take a day trip out to the Duke of York Islands and spot pods of dolphins and flocks of flying fish.


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Islands region

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Kavieng (New Ireland)

Kavieng is a small and friendly town in the province of New Ireland, one and a half hours flight north-east of Port Moresby. White sand beaches, clear blue waters, world-class diving and surfing are what the area is known for.


For a unique adventure, cycle down the Boluminski Highway visiting local villages and taking in the stunning scenery, or cast your rod in for a spot of amazing fishing.


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Kavieng (New Ireland)