Nature & Parks in Papua New Guinea

THE 10 BEST Parks & Nature Attractions in Papua New Guinea

Nature & Parks in Papua New Guinea

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  • Matt & Kath
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome. Walked the track with No Roads Expeditions. Guides and porters were fabulous. Exhausting trip and fitness a must but the team look after you well and the food plentiful. Never thought I have Popcorn and pizza on a jungle track. Shane, our guide has an extensive knowledge of the wartime battles along the track. This plus the personal histories provided for our group to read enhanced the experience. Would love to go again.
    Written 23 November 2023
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  • Kevthescot
    London, UK136 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I enjoyed my trip to this park and the chance to see some of the birds of paradise which can be found on the island along with tree kangaroos and other animals of interest, I couldn’t help but think that the tree kangaroos especially would benefit rom larger enclosures.
    On the whole it’s a reasonable diversion for a cpl of hours.
    Written 21 September 2023
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  • jobiks
    Cairns, Australia95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I really enjoyed our visit as part of a tour from Kokopo Beach Bungalows. It was an early start to avoid the heat. The climb is fine for anyone with average fitness although it is a bit slippery on loose gravel and some sharp rocks so just watch your footing and take it carefully. Our driver and security from Kokopo Johnny and Maris were great and the local guides that joined us were friendly and helpful. The views are amazing and the colours of the volcano and the hotsprings are a contrast to the blue water and surrounding green hills. It's a must do if visiting Rabaul and Kokopo and we felt safe and at ease.
    Written 9 December 2023
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  • Tikibird
    Brisbane, Australia1,255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We organised our visit independently with Edwin at the park's HQ in POM. Our guide was Morgan who was a great guy and found lots of birds for us. The Raggiana BoPs were displaying between 06:30-07:15 roughly. Then we went back to the main picnic grounds with the taxi and did a few short walks to see more birds. Visibility is great, lots of lorikeets flying overhead. Many birds in the surrounding trees. Taxi from POM for a day trip was 300 Kina for full day hire, pick up at hotel at 05:00 and dropped at museum around 14:00. We brought sandwich fixings for a picnic lunch. There are no cafes or restaurants in the park.
    Written 26 July 2023
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  • Samuel D
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked a 7 days trip in the upper sepik in August 2023 with starting date being the crocodile festival. We got the surprise when we arrived at Wewak that Cyril was not finally available for our trip and that Joseph Kodi will be our guide in replacement of Cyril. I expressively mentioned to Cyril that our choice was to travel with him and he agreed about this. The price that we paid was a bit overrated but we accepted it since Cyril was highly recommended. As we paid in advance 30% of the price and with no other choice in terms of logistics, we went to the trip with Joseph.
    So be aware that Cyril may not be fully transparent and reliable.
    This being said, upper sepik and the crocodile festival was an amazing experience, one of the best as traveler.
    We spent 2 days in Ambunti taking time to enjoy the crocodile festival then we moved forward to remote villages in the upper Sepik. People have been lovely, every village was different, I have no word to describe our experience there. All family that welcomed us have been very kind. There was no much comfort, but this was obviously not what we were looking for. About Joseph, he was a good guide. Honestly, he did his best for us to have this amazing experience. We followed the itinerary that we discussed with Cyril. He offered some other activities and was very easy to speak with. He had extensive experience in the Sepik and we enjoyed our discussions.
    So don't hesitate to organize a trip directly with him. Price should be more affordable that Cyril.

    After Sepik, we moved to Mushu island. 3 days experience there. Clement and his family welcomed us. Peaceful moment there in a lovely island. The family is very kind. Good to rest in Mushu after Sepik. Don't hesitate to contact him, tried to organize it few days before, logistics is not the first strengths of PNG people.
    Other info that may be useful in you are travelling in the highlands, contact Cody, he will be more happy to welcome you in the village of the Mudmen (Asaro village). He used to do couchsurfing and will make you discover the culture of the Asaro village, goroka and the highland.
    He is very lovely, don't hesitate to text him in what's app.

    Last but not least I will recommend you to go to Tufi. Another amazing experience.
    Stay few days in the resort (that is very nice - the place is just amazing, go to enjoy this fjords) and then moved to the village around (the resort will help you, they promote local tourism with local communities, and accommodation in the village are affordable), there are some guesthouses there. Very lovely people. The village are very remote, very quiet, white sandy beach... just amazing. One the closest one to the resort was very nice.

    Samuel & Sophie From France
    Written 22 November 2023
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  • Rob L
    Minneapolis, MN63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great challenging hike and beautiful views at the top. The only bad thing about the hike was how the natives treat the mountain. They just throw garbage off the side of the mountain and hide it under rocks. I think they think that if they are putting it somewhere where it’s not visible, that makes them out and clean. It took all I had not to kick my guide off the side of the mountain because I hate people who do that. Luckily he didn’t speak English so he didn’t know how much I hated him. You can say it’s because they’re poor and they don’t know any better but quite frankly, it’s just choosing to be an A hole. There were piles of garbage in places and it’s definitely not from tourists. However if you get by that the mountain itself is beautiful and is as tourists going there will only make people want to protect it more and not litter.

    It’s a bit of a challenge to get there, but how many people go to Papua New Guinea and can put the pin on the map for that country?
    Written 18 November 2023
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  • RoadTripRoger
    Putnam, CT610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kitava is unlike any cruise stop we have ever made. The island's 2,200 residents, spread among three villages, are subsistence farmers and fishermen who live, without electricity or other modern conveniences, in thatch-roofed huts fashioned with materials from the lush equatorial forest.

    Kitava is one of the Trobriand Islands, whose "savages" were famously written about by Bronislaw Malinowski, the "father of social anthropology," when he studied them in the 1920s. Even today, their way of life is astoundingly alien to us, with the use of yams as a medium of exchange and a measure of wealth, the belief in magic and spells, the fluid system of marriage and divorce, and the adoption of a particularly aggressive form of cricket -- incorporating dancing and taunting -- as a substitute for intertribal warfare. (Wish we could've seen a game!) It's all way too much to talk about here, but the Wikipedia article on the Trobriand Islands is fascinating reading.

    So how do cruise ships figure into this picture? They're part of the very slow and very incomplete modernization efforts undertaken after the islands came under the control of Papua New Guinea in 1975. A ship visits, on average, once a month, and on that day huge numbers of people walk for about an hour down to the beach to meet passengers who are ferried ashore on the lifeboats. Market stall after market stall extend for several hundred feet along the edge of forest that lines the beachfront.

    Most of the stalls are selling handcrafts, mainly wood carvings and goods like mats and handbags woven from plants; we see a small fire set up to dry the fiber. But some of the stalls are fundraising displays for causes like the midwife service, a water purification system, and tuition for students aspiring to attend college.

    The local schools are well represented, too. Formal education (including English) has been mandated since Papua New Guinea absorbed the islands. The children solicit contributions for their schools with singing and dancing. Some of the kids are in traditional Trobriands attire; we learn that they are required to dress this way once a week as a way of reinforcing a link to their traditions.

    On the other side of a small channel (100 yards or so) is a tiny uninhabited island where the snorkeling is terrific, with great views of colorful coral and tropical fish. The only way to get over there is via one of home-made outrigger canoes -- some with sails, others paddled. For five kina (about $2), the locals will help visitors into the boats (which is none too easy for the typical retirees on the ship) and ferry them across. On the way we see bottlenose dolphins and a big sea turtle.

    So it's a fun and fascinating day, but a sense of unease remains. The people are so obviously needy, and we wonder how they feel being gawked at by comfortable white retirees. When they sing and dance and offer their crafts, do they feel it is demeaning? Is it a sharing of their culture with pride? Is it an economic transaction, willingly entered into, that monetizes their culture? It's so hard to say. But the people of Kitava do no overt begging or panhandling that we can see.

    We try to do a little good. We had read that the schools badly needed supplies, so we packed a bagful of pads, pencils and such to donate. We buy some of their crafts and pay the ferrymen more than they ask. It's nowhere near enough, but it eases our guilt. And our fellow passengers all seem to be doing the same thing. So maybe our visit does some good.
    Written 23 December 2019
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  • Francine D
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was one of our ports of call on our Carnival cruise in November. We went by tender boats and were greeted by thousands of locals selling their wood articles...very overwhelming. We chose to ask a gentleman by the wharf for a walking tour. Such a good move. He showed us the school and his village. We even went to his house, met his children and his mother. We also went to 2 other villages. It was such an authentic experience and very very humbling. We paid him alot more than what he asked as we prefered it to go to his village rather than buying things. If you go on a cruise they would love towels, t-shirts and if able solar lighting for the trees. The school would also welcome supplies...pencils, textas, etc...The gentleman's name was Rhua Modamola. He was lovely and very very thankful.
    Written 11 December 2023
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  • Fiona S
    Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes it's free to visit!! Take your family and enjoy this great place. There is a train for the children to ride for a couple of Kina; a great Aviary with 9 species of Birds of Paradise; Cockatoos; parrots; Kokomos and a Spotted Cat bird. The children can also visit Dinosaur Park which is small but informative. There is BBQ picnic facilities and pedal boats for the lake or have a look at the goats or catch some Barramundi. Finally you could visit the wonderful Orchid Garden which will make you 'oooo'.

    Dont miss out on the Tree Kangaroo enclosures either. The sheer size of them will amaze you.

    Congratulations to Justin Thatchenko MP and his dedicated staff for this ongoing labour of love!
    Written 5 January 2020
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  • Carmenere007
    Canberra, Australia132 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The orchid garden is well maintained and is located in the grounds of the Adventure Park. The fantastic and well presented Bird Sanctuary is also located next door the the Gardens.

    We have been to a few orchid gardens around the world and these Gardens are up there with the best of them.
    Written 25 June 2017
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  • raynmon
    Tamborine Mountain, Australia16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must place to dive if visiting PNG for a different experience of coral and fishlife. Some interesting stuff to do in the area including hot springs, local markets and beautiful beaches. It rains a lot at times but it is warm and refreshing when it does.
    Written 28 July 2018
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  • KAF0460
    Cheltenham, UK1,134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from the side of the road and the viewing platforms. The local folks will ask for a few Kina which is no big deal
    Written 5 May 2019
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  • Alan Gelder
    Adamstown, Australia230 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are various reasons why skulls are kept in caves. On Doini its because people value their ancestors & like to keep them close by. In Rabaul skulls were prized as trophies of a warriors victims. On Kiriwini the skull cave is a memorial to the 32 allied natives killed by a single Japanese bomb in WW2.
    Skull Caves provide a fascinating insight into The various cultures of Bougainville, the Solomons, Trobriands & Papua.
    Written 13 March 2018
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  • malkan2018
    Tel Aviv, Israel21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This remote lake really is at the end of the world. Rustic, simple, very quiet, great jungle trails, fantastic swimming.
    Written 20 June 2018
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  • Nini I
    Sydney, Australia60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Look, it’s definitely run down and needs some attention but it really is about the animals. We had goosebumps through the whole tour and got to hold a tree kangaroo. I wish the crocodile had a bigger pool but it was one of the most magical experiences!
    Written 3 March 2020
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