Time your trip for the window between July and October when the fabulous local gatherings or ‘sing-sings’ take place and various tribes meet up to show off their particular dances and idiosyncratic ceremonial costumes. The biggest and best of the sing-sings is the Goroka Show, which takes place in the Eastern Highlands in September every year and features more than 100 tribes. Seeing the hugely colourful costumes and snazzy dance moves is a highlight of any trip to this dazzling country.
Neill, Original Diver
This is one of the last few genuine frontier areas left on the planet. Mention the Solomon Islands and most people will have no idea where they are; mention Papua New Guinea and those same people will probably have visions of cannibals marauding through the jungle. Well, nowadays, the only headhunters you're likely to come across are Australian recruitment consultants on holiday, but they - and you - would be among the first people to explore what is a truly original destination.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Truly world-class and incredibly varied diving. Whether you want pristine coral, big fish or muck diving, PNG really has it all.
- On land, over 800 spoken languages make this as diverse as it gets and a wonderful place to explore above the waves.
- If birds are your thing, you will find the Birds of Paradise in Papua New Guinea which is a real treat.
From the gallery
Our Guide to Papua New Guinea Diving Holidays
Admittedly it's not the easiest place to get you - you are looking at about 20 hours flying time from the UK to Port Moresby - but if there's any truth behind the maxim that all good things come to those who wait, Papua New Guinea is pretty damn good.
For many people, the reason to travel here is the unspoilt and world-class diving that lies off both mainland Papua New Guinea, its island provinces and around the Solomon Islands. And it doesn't disappoint. From the pristine coral of Walindi and the big fish at Kavieng, to the offshore reefs at Tufi and liveaboard diving in the Solomon Sea, this area of the world really does have it all from a diving perspective. And the best bit? There is virtually no-one there.
But it's not just the diving in Papua New Guinea that fascinates. Indeed, even if the main focus of the trip is to dive, it would be a shame not to visit some of the inland areas of Papua New Guinea to experience the culture and wildlife (particularly birds) of the interior. It is quite simply incredibly diverse. There are over 800 languages spoken and no two areas you visit will be the same. From the Huli Wigmen of the Southern Highlands to the Karawari People of Sepik, there is so much to explore here. The interior of the country, known as the highlands, is a vast forested region that was completely uncharted until as late as the 1930s and it is pretty much as close as you can get to unspoilt travel in this day and age.
We have extensively researched both the coastal areas and the inland regions to find the very best accommodation, dive boats and tours so we can create fantastic trips to these remote areas. Whether it's the diving in Papua New Guinea, the culture or the wildlife that appeals, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands really do have it all.