Papua New Guinea Travel
Papua New Guinea Weather
For the main sights of the Highlands or Sepik River
Best: May-October, but still wet!
Worst: December-April (wetter! )
Length of stay:
Min. worthwhile stay, not incl. flights: 9 days, e. g. Port Moresby- Tari, Mt Hagen and/or Goroka
Recommended : 3 weeks+ for Highlands and Sepik River
***Tari (Highlands) to see primitive, bizarre Huli wigmen, their peculiar customs and living conditions and beautiful countryside.
***Goroka or Mt Hagen(Highlands) for walking, people watching and the fantastic, out-of-this-world annual shows (Goroka – mid Sept, Hagen – late Aug).
***Sepik Rivercruising on this long Amazonish river dotted with interesting stilt villages, crocodile cults and a fair bit of wildlife, see below.
*Madang, a pretty coastal town with superb diving, snorkelling and windsurfing.
**Trobriand Islands, cruising the yam cults, growing money on trees, free love and many more strange but true customs. The annual yam festival in June (ish).
Port Moresby? No thank you! Razor barb and rascals! Fly in, fly out, lookim you behin! (as they would say).
Hiking: there’s a range of walks, from strolls around the Highlands to 7 tough days on the Kokoda trail.
Diving, snorkelling & windsurfing: Clear water, good coral and lots of WW II wrecks. Madang +.
Bird watching: 38 species of birds of paradise, and loads of parrots, kingfishers, pigeons, cassowarys, cockatoos and hornbills amongst others.
Sepik River cruising, in small motorised canoes from Ambunti, Pagwi and Angoram, or luxury cruises like the excellent Melanesian Discoverer if you can afford them.
Paddle-your-own-canoe is tough but possible in PNG.