Land of Color and Contrasts
From its rugged mountains and low lying swamps, to steaming volcanoes and coral atolls, Papua New Guinea is a country of vast geographical diversity. Located just south of the Equator, Papua New Guinea covers a land mass of about 178,300 square miles, an area slightly larger than California. The country encompasses the eastern part of the Island; the second largest island in the world, plus some 600 other islands, atolls and coral reefs.The country’s extensive tropical rainforest provides the perfect habitat for a wide variety of bird life, including the world’s smallest parrot and 38 of the 43 known species of birds of paradise. Papua New Guinea is famous for these brilliantly colored birds and many tribal groups use their plumes to decorate traditional costumes and headdresses, especially in the Highlands.Papua New Guinea is truly the melting pot of Melanesia. Contained within its borders are more than 200 cultures, each with its own unique traditions and native languages. It is easy to understand why Papua New Guinea is considered one of the most diverse nations in the South Pacific.Resorts/Dive Operators
Loloata Island Resort – Loloata offers the unique qualities of convenience and untouched natural beauty. The resort island is only 15 minutes from the international airport in Port Moresby, but you’ll feel like you’re a world away on this beautiful Melanesian garden isle. Its world class scuba services offers adventurous wreck dives throughout Bootless Bay, night dives and superb diving excursions to nearby Horshoe Reef Marine Park.
Walindi Plantation Resort – Located on the North Coast of New Britain, Walindi Plantation Resort is world renowned. Voted as the best diving Resort anywhere in the world by reader surveys, the staff and hospitality will ensure your stay is memorable. The resort only caters to a maximum of twenty-four guests, which means you receive the undivided attention you deserve. Good company, great food, friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere provide a perfect backdrop for you to enjoy the delights of Kimbe Bay diving.
Lissenung Island Resort – Located about 20 minutes by boat out of Kavieng, Lissenung Island Resort sits on a small private island with coconut palms and a beautiful white sand beach. There are only four bungalows on the island, with a total of seven rooms. Lissenung Diving offers daily trips to the outer reefs, drop offs and wrecks.
Tawali Resort – Hidden away and only accessible by boat, Tawali Resort may be Papua New Guinea’s best kept scuba diving secret. Located on a volcanic bluff overlooking the clear protected waters of Milne Bay, Tawali offers travelers a unique location to dive, relax and enjoy the unspoiled wonders of this magnificent part of the world.
Tufi Resort – An inviting place to relax and relive the day’s activities. The resort, although primarily a dive resort, offers a wide range of recreational activities including blue water fishing, canoeing, bushwalking, bird and butterfly watching. For the naturalists, Tufi is home for many of the worlds most exquisite orchids.
South Pacific Island Travel also recommends Jais Aben, located near Madang and their dive operation, Aquaventures Diving.
Trans Niugini Tours is Papua New Guinea’s leading inbound tour operator. Trans Niugini Tours owns and operates a number of award winning Wilderness Lodges including; Ambua Lodge in the Southern Highlands, Karawari Lodge in the Sepik Basin, Malolo Plantation Lodge on the coast near Madang, and the Sepik Spirit, a deluxe Floating Lodge now permanently moored at a strategic site on the Sepik River.
Other tour operators include Melanesian Tourist Services, PNG Tourism and New Guinea Expeditions.
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