Papua New Guinea Holidays: an Overview

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.

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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.
  • Over 850 are spoken in Papua New Guinea, making up about 13% of the world's total
  • If birds are your thing, you will find the Birds of Paradise in Papua New Guinea which is a real treat.

Our Guide to Papua New Guinea Diving Holidays

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.

Did you know

  • Papua New Guinea only gained independence from Australia in 1975
  • The country is home to one of the few known poisonous birds, the Hooded Pitohui
  • Air travel is more popular in Papua New Guinea than road travel because of the extremely dense jungle covering the island - there are 600 runways compared to just a handful of paved roads

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 850 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.

Top picks for Papua New Guinea

Longnose Hawkfish, Milne Bay

Milne Bay

Papua New Guinea

Milne Bay is where diving started in Papua New Guinea. It is home to world-class reefs, macro and muck diving and is a highlight of any diving trip to Papua New Guinea.

Where to go

Blanche Bay, New Britain, PNG

New Britain

Papua New Guinea

Within the coral triangle, the centre of marine biodiversity which has the highest diversity of tropical fish and coral in the world, are the waters of New Britain. Diverse and colourful corals are home to a variety of marine creatures including fish, crustaceans and invertebrates.

Where to go

Picture of aerial view of Tufi


Papua New Guinea

Tufi is home to stunning offshore reefs (where you may find an albino hammerhead) and wonderful cultural activities. It should be near the top of any Papua New Guinea dive itinerary.

Where to go

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