This is an extraordinary destination - the second largest island in the world, with nearly 800 tribes, all with different languages, and mountains as high as 14,000 ft high - a place of great wonder and mystery. Exotic animals, extraordinary art and flamboyant warriors await the curious traveler. It is a destination for the rich and elite who are constantly craving for unique and intimate insights into the culture and ecology of Papua New Guinea - a land full of mystery and adventure. Here, travellers come across varied cultural experiences, local festivities and various tribal dance forms - wild people, yet friendly. All days are filled with activities visiting different tribal villages. The best part is: it is a year round destination.
Geography: The country's geography is similarly diverse and, in places, extremely rugged. A spine of mountains runs the length of the island of New Guinea, forming a populous highlands region. Dense rainforests can be found in the lowland and coastal areas. This terrain has made it difficult for the country to develop transportation infrastructure. In some areas, planes are the only mode of transport. After being ruled by three external powers since 1884, Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia in 1975. It remains a Commonwealth realm.
At 462,840 km2 (178,704 sq mi), Papua New Guinea is the world's fifty-fourth largest country (after Cameroon). It is comparable in size to Sweden, and somewhat larger than the US state of California.
Papua New Guinea is mostly mountainous (highest peak: Mount Wilhelm at 4,509 m; 14,793 ft) and mostly covered with tropical rainforest, as well as very large wetland areas surrounding the Sepik and Fly rivers. Papua New Guinea is surrounded by coral reefs which are under close watch to preserve them.
The country is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, at the point of collision of several tectonic plates. There are a number of active volcanoes and eruptions are frequent. Earthquakes are relatively common, sometimes accompanied by tsunamis.
The mainland of the country is the eastern half of New Guinea island, where the largest towns are also located, including the capital Port Moresby and Lae; other major islands within Papua New Guinea include New Ireland, New Britain, Manus and Bougainville.
Papua New Guinea is one of the few regions close to the equator that experience snowfall, which occurs in the most elevated parts of the mainland.
What can we offer? The Wanderers offer stays in wilderness lodges, diving (both land based and live aboard), village stays etc.
For the first timer who wishes to soak in the charm of PNG (as its popularly called), we offer the 8 day tour covering Tari, Karawira, Mt.Hagen and Port Moresby. Contact us for more details.
Connectivity & Visas
There are direct Air Niugini flights from Singapore, Hong Kong & Tokyo in the Orient as well as Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne from Australia One could either fly via Far East or from South Pacific using Qantas & Air Niugini. Visas for Indians are available at the High Commissioner (based in Delhi) and it would generally take 3 to 4 days in processing the visa.