Places to Visit in Papua New Guinea

Kavieng, island of New Ireland (Papua New Guinea)

The city of Kavieng is the main settlement of the island of New Ireland. It is located in its northern part. The city is popular with fishermen and divers. It hosts the Call of the Sharks festival every year. This is an interesting sight, because the locals can actually call on sharks.

The main attraction of Kavieng, as well as the entire island, is the rich underwater world of the seas surrounding it. Not far from Kavieng on a small island is the world-famous dive resort Lissenun. Lissenoon Island is so small that you can get around it in 10 minutes on foot. It is covered with palm trees, among which there are 4 bungalows with 7 rooms. The main attraction of the resort is the colorful underwater world. The resort has 35 dive sites. In the waters surrounding the island of Lissenun, strong currents are observed. The water temperature during the year is +29 degrees, and visibility ranges from 30 to 40 m. The resort has 2 dive boats for trips to distant sites. The underwater world of Lissenun surroundings has about 200 species of fish. Here you can see a wide variety of corals and sponges, shrimp, seahorses, clown fish, frog fish, needletail tuna, Spanish mackerel, octopus, cuttlefish, barracuda, turtles, rays and gray reef sharks. Also in Kavieng Bay ships and planes from the Second World War lie at the bottom. In addition, New Ireland’s beaches are great for sunbathing and swimming, and are also popular with surfers.

Madang (Papua New Guinea)

The city of Madang is the center of the province of the same name in Papua New Guinea. It is located on the coast of the New Guinea Sea. Recently, Madang was named one of the most attractive cities in the South Pacific. The city is full of greenery, surrounded by islands and, despite its small size, has a developed infrastructure. Madang has a large street market and a cultural center.

Tourists go to Madang in order to go diving, surfing and fishing. The main dive sites are located off the offshore islands of the province just north of Madang. Also of interest are the nearby volcanic islands. On the islands of Mannam and Karkarrising smoking peaks of volcanoes about 1800 m high. On the territory of the province there is a reserve Balek, where there are hot springs, impenetrable jungle and caves with lakes full of fish. The nature here is so beautiful that fragments of the movie Robinson Crusoe starring Pierce Brosnan were even filmed in the reserve. Not far from Madang, in the villages of Bilbils and Yabobs, famous throughout the country masters of pottery live.

Mount Hagen (Papua New Guinea)

Mount Hagen is the provincial capital of the Western Highlands. It is located at an altitude of almost 2 km above sea level. The population of the city is very diverse in terms of ethnic composition – almost all ethnic groups of Papua New Guinea live here. As a result, Mount Hagen hosts the most festivals throughout the year.

Of interest is the Mount Hagen Cultural Center with a museum that exhibits the work of local craftsmen and religious objects of various tribes. On Saturdays, a bustling market opens in the city, where residents from all over the province trade. This is a great place to buy souvenirs. Traveling from Mount Hagen on the mountains Giluve, Ivlibu, Hagen, Ongo, along the Bismarck and Kubor ridges. Bayer River Reserve is located 55 km north of Mount Hagen. It was founded in 1968. It is home to many birds of paradise, parrots, cassowaries, as well as possums and tree kangaroos.

Rabaul, island New Britain (Papua New Guinea)

The city of Rabaul was once the main city of the island of New Britain. However, in 1994, as a result of the eruptions of the two volcanoes Tavurvur and Vulcano, it was almost completely destroyed. Now the city has not recovered. Many of its areas are deserted and covered with ashes. The busiest part of the city of Rabaul is Mango Avenue, where all the hotels, shops and restaurants are located. Rabaul offers excursions to the infamous volcano Vulcano. Tavurvur volcano is not accessible for climbing. In addition, you can go to the highest volcano of the Bismarck archipelago – Ulavun (2334 m).

In the harbor of Rabaul you can go diving, because at the bottom of the coastal waters there are planes and ships from the Second World War. Also not far from Rabaul is Duke of York Island, which offers a wide variety of water sports. To the east of the city is the city of Kokopo. After the earthquake in 1994, most of the administrative institutions of Rabaul were transferred here and Kokopo became the new capital of the island of New Britain. In Kokopo, the Museum of Military History is interesting.

Wewak (Papua New Guinea)

According to EHANGZHOU, Wewak is the capital of East Sepik Province. Tourists are attracted by opportunities for diving, surfing and fishing. The best diving sites are located at Cape Moem (slightly east of Wewak). Surfing in East Sepik can be practiced all along the coastline from September to January. The coastal waters of the city of Wewak are home to blue and black marlin, sailfish, kingfish, dogtooth tuna, mackerel, barracuda, barramundi, giant trevally, coral salmon and wahoo fish. Such a variety will amaze even the most experienced anglers.

In the city of Wewak itself, only Cape Vom is interesting, on which the Memorial Park is located. with many mass graves, dedicated to the surrender of Japan in 1945. Tours are organized from Vevak along the Sepik River. In this area, the flow of the river is calmer, so you can go on a cruise on a comfortable boat or ride a motor canoe. The valley of the Sepik River is very beautiful – it is occupied by swampy lowlands and tropical forests, over which mountains rise from the south. Also from Vevak you can go to the heart of East Sepik, where there are protected areas of Lake Chambri with a large variety of birds and crocodiles.

Wewak (Papua New Guinea)