Papua New Guinea lies just north of Australia, and takes up the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, which it shares with the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya. It’s the perfect destination for adventurers, and a holiday in Papua New Guinea offers endless thrills and wild delights.
The Kokoda Trail was first used by miners during the 1890s, and runs some 100 kilometres from Port Moresby deep into the Owen Stanley Range. During World War II the Japanese forces used this trail to try to invade Port Moresby, but were driven back by the Australians. The hike begins at Ower’s Corners, and takes around five days of negotiating mountain ridges, muddy streams, and other rugged terrain.
More relics from World War II can be found in the waters near the town of Rabaul, where the wrecks of ships and planes can be found amid some of the most stunning coral reefs in the world. Kabaira Dive Rabaul offers dive excursions from their beachfront resort. Many wrecks can be found from Rabaul Harbor to Kokopo, and offer dive experiences for adventurers of varying levels of experience and interest. When not submerged, visitors can also visit nearby villages and meet the indigenous Tolai and Baining people, explore the nearby hot sulphur springs, and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
The highest mountain in Papua New Guinea is also a challenge for adventurers on holiday. Mount Wilhelm has rugged peaks, but a well-formed trail leads to its summit, making it accessible even to non-technical climbers of all ages and experience levels. The ascent up the mountain offers remarkable scenes: lush gardens perched on steep granite slopes, wild orchids, and savannas dotted with cycad plants.
Other sites to visit on a Papua New Guinea holiday include the Moitaka Wildlife Sanctuary, Rouna Falls, and Idler’s Beach.