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Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageEnglish, Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin
CapitalPort Moresby
Area462.840 kmĀ²
Population9,239,416  (2021)
Currencykina  (PGK)

Vacations and Sightseeing

Papua New Guinea is a destination for the more adventurous tourist. It is an authentic country with a lot of wilderness and a very different culture than anywhere else in the world. Below is a brief summary of the highlights of what there is to see.

Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea and is situated on the beautiful Fairfax Harbour. Sights include the national parliament, the National Museum, the Botanical Gardens and the Catholic Cathedral, built in the Tambaran (House of the Spirits) style. Also take advantage of some of the many sports facilities in Port Moresby, such as scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, sport fishing, water skiing, golf, tennis and squash. Outside Port Moresby is the Kokoda Track and Sogeri, which offers stunning views and winds through rubber plantations.

Other nearby attractions include Wairiata National Park, Moitaka Crocodile Farm, Loloata Island and the Sea Park Oceanarium.

Seek out traditional crafts in the Eastern Highlands. The village of Bena Bena, near Goroka, has the largest handloom cooperative in the region. Nearby is Asaro, where men smear themselves with mud to relive their historic revenge on a neighbouring village, whose inhabitants thought the mud-caked people were ghosts.

Take a trip around the islands and the Sepik River from Madang the capital of the province of the same name. It has a variety of shops and markets, and in nearby Bilbil and Yabobs, you can visit traditional potteries.

The coastline around Madang has many small sandy places where you can swim with grass, large trees and shade.

Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscape from the Mendi Valley in the Southern Highlands, also known for its limestone caves. Here live the Huli people who wear red and yellow face paint and richly ornamented wigs made of human hair.


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Last updated May 2024
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