16 November 2010

National Canoe and Kundu Festival

The 7th National Canoe and Kundu Festival has come and gone in beautiful Alotau, Milne Bay province.  Thousands of people including local and overseas tourists converged on the town to watch the festival.  The festival is a celebration of culture and tradition of War Canoes and inherited Kundu drums. 

04 November 2010

fvw Counter Info about PNG

For our German followers please have a look at our new PNG supplement at magazine fvw.
Counter Info Papua New Guinea - 16 pages about PNG...

Click at the link below and enjoy the information & images about this facinating country!

15 October 2010

Enjoy our collection of new pictures

Baining Dancers of East New Britain

Tufi woman and girl with traditional face tattoo

Tumbuan dancing on canoe, East New Britain
Performers at the mask festival in Kokopo, East New Britain

Performer from The North Coast of Milne Bay

08 October 2010

The recent discovery of 200 new species in PNG - Watch this video about pink-eyed katydids

Click on the headline below to watch this exciting and amazing video about new species in PNG: katydids, frogs, insects and so much more - PNG is really the "Land of the unexpected":

Discovery of new species in Papua New Guinea

16 September 2010

Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby 17th - 19th September

The Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby is a celebration of the wonderful culture of the region. The region of Port Moresby includes astonishing assortment of cultures that are unique. The Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby exhibits the unique culture of the city. The region includes several ancient cultures that are practiced till date. The wonderful and amazing culture of the region makes this place more interesting. 

The cultural diversity of the region is well exhibited in the Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby. It is believed that the people of this region are more colorful and exhibits the most diverse culture in the world. The body decorations, traditional rituals and customs and traditional dances of the local population is spectacular. You can discover each of these in the Hiri Moale Festival in Port Moresby. There are many cultural events that take place in this city. The Hiri Moale Festival of Port Moresby is one such cultural celebration of the city. 

The Hiri Moale Festival Organizing Committee organizes the Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby. The Hiri Moale Festival at Port Moresby is a celebration of the Motuan people of the Papuan region. The festival takes place at the Ela Beach of Port Moresby. The Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby is a celebration of the unique culture of the region. This culture is the renewal of the ocean voyages of the ancient days. 

In ancient days the Motu Koitabu people used to travel in the direction of west in huge dugout canoes in order to trade with the Erema people. These trips were very dangerous, but the Motu Koitabu people considered this travel very significant, as this was the only way to bring food to their family so that the families could survive the severe drought in Port Moresby in those days. The return of the voyagers from the trip was the celebration of the region. The Hiri Moale Festival marks the celebration of this trip. Though the trip is no longer existent as the region has developed in the recent times and there are several sources to over come any type of calamity. The festival is still there and people celebrate every year the Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby.

Source: http://travel.mapsofworld.com

23 August 2010

Bougainville Mona Cultural Festival 2010 Upe at Buka

Colin went to the Bougainville Mona Cultural Festival 2010 and shared this video with us (see comment of article below)...Thanks for sharing Colin!

Dancers from the Wakunai area of Central Province feature the Upe hat.

The Upe hat, also featured on the provincial flag, is Bougainville's accepted symbol of manhood.

The Bougainville Peace Agreement between the National Government and the Bougainvillean leaders was a significant event, marking the province moving into an autonomous status from Papua New Guinea.

Young men from the Wakunai area have to live in seclusion in the bush for a number of years and wear the hat which their hair grows into. The hat does not come off until the young men are initiated into manhood in special ceremonies.

Text by Colin Cowell

11 August 2010

Welcome to the 2010 Digicel Bougainville Mona Festival, 12-14 August 2010

Bougainville has much more to offer for tourism with its natural attractions and diverse cultures. With Bougainville’s unique and diverse cultures, tourism can reinforce and assist in preservation by adding economic value to cultural aspects and promoting cultural events and traditions attractions. 

Mona canoe is a unique icon for North Bougainville. During the Bougainville Mona Festival, the Mona is highlighted to show case Bougainville’s true canoe icon. The festival shows the culture for Bougainville which binds Bougainvilleans to foster rehabilitation, reconciliation and long lasting peace on Bougainville. It also reminds
people of the importance of their culture and their identity as more people nowadays tend to forget about their culture.

The Bougainville Mona Festival Chairman Lawrence Belleh and his colleagues are working round the clock to complete the ground work ready for the big festival.

The Buka show ground will be the main host for the festival and so far so good the ground work has advanced and is ready. 

Bougainville Mona Festival is promoting culture and with that it can attract a lot of tourists to the province. This cultural festival will also encourage the people to stand on strong grounds to hold their culture and traditions. Therefore, cultural activities such as singsing kaur groups, bamboo bands and Solomon dances will be held at the time of festival.

Two traditional contestants, a male and a female from individual traditional group will contest during the three days show.

Meanwhile, CEO for Commerce, Mr Albert Kinani has confirmed that five Mona’s are set to participate at the festival, one from Halia, one from Hahalis, two from Gogohe and two from Malasang.

There will be some activities continued through to the evening until 10pm, on Thursday and Friday nights.

Text by Bougainville Tourism Office

21 July 2010

From San Francisco to Australia - with a stop in PNG

Roz Savage, from London, arrived in Madang on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea on Friday, after setting off 46 days ago from the tiny island nation of Kiribati.
Her arrival marks the end of the final leg of the expedition. She began the first stage in 2008, rowing from San Francisco to Hawaii.
Last year she completed the second leg, from Hawaii to the Tarawa atoll in Kiribati.
Ms Savage, 42, was greeted by a flotilla of 30 canoes decorated with flower garlands.
After more than six and a half weeks alone at sea, she said she "felt like a rock star".
"I was definitely feeling the love," she said hours after stepping back on to dry land.
"There were 5,000 people here that came out to greet me, they came so close to the boat that I could shake their hands, it was an amazing feeling."
Having regained her land legs. Miss Savage said she was looking forward to "a warm shower, a cold beer and a long massage." The trip from Kiribati had been difficult. Her email access failed, meaning that she had to dictate her blogs to her mother in England over a satellite phone, and her water-maker broke. Then there was the boredom.

"I can get bored during 12 hours of rowing, I'm only human," she said.
"Audio books really really help, but I can lose motivation, so I would only let myself listen to an audio book while I was rowing, and I was only allowed to eat when I had finished rowing."

Ms Savage, a divorced former management consultant who quit her job in her mid-thirties because "there must be more to life", packed large quantities of freeze dried meals, as well as fruit and nut bars and crackers to keep her going. She made the crossing in the Brocade, a carbon fibre boat designed specially for the trip. Measuring just six feet across, the craft has two cabins and was designed to be unsinkable while intact.

Now, however, it is "covered in hundreds of barnacles and needs a good clean".
Ms Savage set off on the trip to raise awareness of the damage humans are doing to the environment. During her first leg she rowed past the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, passing plastic bottles and tiny pieces of plastic bags in the water. "It was quite depressing seeing tiny bits of plastic thousands of miles away from land, and knowing that they are never going to break down properly," she said. "The point of this trip was to make people realise that small things can make a difference. "Each of my big ocean rows has taken about one million oar strokes, so one oar stroke does not get me very far, but you take a million tiny actions, and it really does have a big impact. And I think when it comes to some of the environmental issues, it is easy for people to feel that anything they do as an individual is going to be just a drop in the ocean, that it does not really make a difference."

After spending a month off exploring Papua New Guinea and some time travelling around South East Asia, Ms Savage intends to start preparing for her next voyage across the Indian Ocean. She plans to set off from Fremantle in Western Australia in March 2011.

An article by Telegraph UK

29 June 2010

O-shen - a PNG artists goes steep!

Here is some information on O-shen - a known artist in the Pacific realm. Find one of his music videos at the end of this post...Remember, you are most welcome to comment on our posts...

O-shen's musical career began in the South Pacific nation of PNG. His first album was released into the PNG market in mid 1997. Although the record was only intended to be a demo, it's uniqueness won nationwide recognition and resulted in O-shen's local fame. He was the first PNG artist to rap in the local language and that made a big impact on the island music scene. Widely supported by the public, O-shen became somewhat of a musical ambassador for Papua New Guinea. O-shen's first release was only marketed in PNG and other Melanesian island countries.

In 2000, O-shen broke into the Hawaii music scene with his release, self titled, “Iron Youth". O-shen's blend of reggae, hip-hop, and contemporary sound won the prestige’s 2001 "Na Hoku hanohano" award for Hawaii reggae album of the year. The „Iron Youth" album was a hit throughout many island countries, and helped establish O-shen's music throughout the Pacific.

After some touring in the Pacific O-shen released the album "Rascal in Paradise' which also gained popularity throughout the islands. "Throw away the Gun“ is a song on the album "Rascal in Paradise” which was used in a major motion picture “Fifty first Dates". O-shen's song "Free Island People" was a featured song on the GRAMMY nominated "Island Warriors” compilation. This compilation featured local Hawaiian Reggae artists.

O-shen's album “Kanaka Pacifica" also released in Papua New Guinea and went number one on the local charts and radio stations in PNG. "Kanaka Pacifica” was recorded with the legendary "Supasound Crew". O-shen's next album project titled "Rising Son” was released m 2004, which restablished O-shen with several radio hits such as "Tropically Fine" and "Salt Water Anthem." "Rising Son” showed O-shen's versatility with his music and sent a strong message through his conscious lyrics.

Shortly after the release of "Rising Son," O-shen went back to his roots by returning to PNG to record the multi-language success "Faya"! The "Faya!' Album struck the market by surprise with ifs cultural diversity that colourfully displayed where O-shen is from and what he's all about.

His latest release was by far one of his greatest accomplishments yet especially since he collaborated with some of Reggae's International Greats! These artists include Elephant Man, who is currently signed with VP Records and the well-known Bad Boy Records, Bunny Rugs from the group Third World, and none other than the legendary Don Carlos! Not only does "1 Rebel" feature all these great artists, but it also was produced by up and coming engineer & producer Laka Carpernter and the already well-known and vastly established Brett Forvague. "1 Rebel" has already proved to many that it's a serious contender with some of the best reggae albums in its day.

Text from www.o-shen.com - find out more!!!

23 June 2010

Wrap-up of the 2010 7th Coca Cola Waghi Cultural Show

Twenty 22 Japanese and Brazil tourists flocked the 7th Coca Cola Waghi Cultural Show at remote Nondugl, Jiwaka Province Papua New Guinea over the Queens Birthday long weekend.
It was a peaceful and quiet event held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from 12-13 June 2010 at the once renowned colonial Edward Hallstrom Bird of Paradise Sanctuary.

Continuous highlands torrential rain which has caused havoc through floods and roadside landslide the last four months or so was respectful of the annual celebration taking a good well advance two weeks break. A week of dry period before the show was ample for the 10km dirt muddy pothole-ridden road to be refilled and flattened for comfortable rides by travelers to the showground. Only concerned sections needed patching, not the whole 1okm to be specific. From Waghi Bridge, junction of the road leading to Nondugl from the Okul Highlands Highway, was at a reasonable state for show goers travelling to and from the show ground on a 25-seater Toyota coaster bus and trucks, after the road being maintained.

A fine day on Saturday 12 June 2010 preceded by early morning fog clearance after the first dawning rays was a fantastic day. Usual tropical highlands of the pacific hue of green, blue fading with elevation to white clouds on the top of the ranges of Kubor and Bismack to sky blue was the spectacular ambient sight for the visitors. Panoramic view from Dona ridge, just 4km meters up north from Waghi Bridge, the junction of the dirt road leading to Nondugl, was breathtaking. Scattered plumes of smoke on the nearby hills remind us of subsistence farmers utilizing the dry weather making garden, hunting or having an outdoor mumu. Dotted sweet potatoes garden plots with nearby village hamlets are visible along the hills. That is the centre of Waghi Valley and Papua New Guinea. Here, there is another junction with road branching to Banz and Nondugl. The road leading to Banz has been upgraded by Cameron Construction which will to be sealed soon. Truck and bus loads of singsing groups and spectators are heading for the showground from both roads towards Nondugl.
The smaller local crowd within the showground provided enough room for tourists to mingle with the members of singsing groups and take photos. Two Brazilian tourists attended the show on Saturday through Trans Niugini Tours were delighted. Expatriates from the Melanesian Nazarene Bible and Teachers college at Ninge and Kudjip attended, though they were purposely there for an evangelistic outreach at the showground. They enjoyed the event too.

Mark Eby and Marion Cadora from University of Goroka (UOG) attended the show after checking Waghi Cultural Facebook fan page. Mark Eby is a lecturer at UOG. He is from Venice, California but has grown up in Waghi Valley at age 13 when his father Lee Eby established the Melanesian Nazarene Bible College in 1967 at Ninge. He enjoyed the show and is sharing his photos as posted on his Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=222104&id=756420347).  Mark is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, USA but has taken avid interest  in Waghi Valley  producing a Papua New Guinea documentary featuring tribal fights, coffee, local painters  to name a few featuring local talents. It will be showed for the first at Melanesia Nazarene Bible/Teachers College at Ninge at 2pm on Saturday 26 June 2010. Feel free to contact Mark Eby on markeby@azbri.com about the documentary film. Marion is quickly adaptable in Papua New Guinea jumping up PMVs while in Goroka. She is having a great time. Marion is living in Honolulu, Hawaii but she is originally from Dana Point, California. While on a short visit to PNG she managed to make it to Waghi Cultural Show which we hope she took brought back lasting memories of the place and event.

Consistent staging of the 7th Waghi Cultural Show annually since 2004 has impressed a senior officer of Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNG TPA). Jerry Agus, Manager of Policy and Planning, who has associated with the show since its infant stages was impressively delightful. Jerry has attended the show in 2006 and again in 2010. In 2008, the former PNG TPA Marketing and Promotion Manager, Jimmy Yomapisi attended. Jimmy was accorded beautiful Waghi hospitality when he attended the event. Jerry congratulated the WCS Committee for consistently staging the event annually making it a tourist attraction event.

The annual cultural festival not only brings in international tourists to witness the event but also promotes preservation of the local Waghi Valley style of decoration (bilas), face-painting, singsing, dance and songs during pig killing, bridge price, compensation, tribal fights and funeral rituals. 
Fine weather again on Sunday 13 June. Two 25-seater bus load of Japanese tourists left Mt Hagen town for the show at around 9am. This group of tourists was arranged by Elizah Hon of Paradise Tours. They headed eastward flowing with Waghi Valley along the Okuk Highlands Highway. Passed Kuli Gap and descended into fertile belly of Waghi Valley. The testimony of the soil fertility should be the lush tea and coffee trees along either sides of the road. WR Carpenters tea and coffee plantations on either sides of Kudjip is an irresistible sight for photographers to pass by. The tourists toured Banz town, a bustling and fast-growing township serving the newly created Jiwaka Province. Back to Kudjip and another further 40km east to Waghi Bridge and a 10km dirt road drive north to Nondugl. They were in the midst of the event mixing and taking shots of the dancers in colorful costumes.  Groups of celebrants from Muinde (border of Chimbu and Jiwaka Province), Minj Junction, Tambul-Nebilyer and one from Nondugl entertained the Japanese tourists. Each tourist was pinned a badge each commemorating their attendance at the 7th 2010 Coca Cola Waghi Cultural Show by the committee members. They left the vicinity around 2pm with lasting memories of the event and place, friendly people.

The bonuses, as  always been and are, for tourists traveling to Waghi Cultural Show apart from seeing the celebrants in finely attired traditional customs, dances and songs are many . But the few notable are the breathtaking scenery of Waghi Valley including the everyday life of people along the roads; the food crops, the gardens, the village huts, markets, food sold on the market, tea and coffee plantations, the ambient temperature and climate and rivers. Innumerable tourism activities can be undertaken within Waghi Valley and Jiwaka Province. A tourist choose to Waghi Cultural Show is not just about witnessing a cultural festival but stepping a into a lifetime adventure of tropical highlands of Papua New Guinea where nature is still pristine with less western influence. Yes, that is where the people still live in their traditional style…much different from urban Papua New Guinea lifestyle.

Written by "Waghi Cultural Show Committte"

21 June 2010

Documentary 4/4

Here is the last part of the documentary on PNG. Did you know there were hot springs in the Jungle? Or what about the war memorial at the Kokoda Trail? Sit back and enjoy these visual impression including sing-sings and more...

Do you have a video you want to share? Contact us at info@pngtourism.de!

18 June 2010

A good start into the weekend...

...turn up the volume and just enjoy. Papua New Guinea - you are a great country!!!

16 June 2010

An authentic story on Madang, PNG

Jessica is an American girl who lives in Papua New Guinea and fell in love with this country. Find out more about Madang and read this article she wrote for us. Thanks for your input, Jessica!

Imagine relaxing on a comfortable wooden chair near a tiny beach at a comfortable resort. Or imagine spending an afternoon snorkeling through an under water world. Picture lounging on a little "dock" in the dark, watching the reflection of lights on the water and gazing up at the Southern cross in a beautiful, unpolluted sky. Sounds perfect, right... See More? You can experience all of these things, and many more in Madang, Papua New Guinea. The trip there will take a long time, and could be quite expensive, but it's so worth it! You'll love Jais Aben Resort  
(www.jaisabenresort.com), where you can stay comfortably in cute air conditioned cabins. See Jais Aben beach on the photo above. It's far out from Madang, but that means that it is less populated and really feels like a vacation. It is worth taking a walk along the shore, looking out to sea. You'll probably see several canoes with nationals carrying fresh produce from home to the market in town and back again. Snorkeling is also a wonderful thing to spend a few hours doing. Papua New Guinea has the best snorkeling in the world, besides the Great Barrier Reef in Australia! If you'd prefer to stay in town, Madang Resort (www.madangresort.com/madang.html) is the best place around. Offering a variety of rooms, some with views over the water (see photo),
others with views of the large salt water pool, and still others with views of beautiful gardens, Madang Resort has something for everyone. You will want to visit the market and used clothing stores located nearby. There are beautiful artifacts for sale in the market, and quality, cheap clothes in the used clothing stores. It is most certainly a worthwhile experience! If you desire a small and far out but gorgeous place to stay or simply spend a day relaxing at, then Malolo Plantation Lodge (http://www.pacificislandtravel.com/png/hotels/mdg_maloloplantation.html) may be the perfect spot for you. Malolo Plantation Lodge sits along the Bismarck Sea, with a gorgeous black sand beach stretching for miles. Virtually empty, it's certainly a great place to spend a lazy afternoon.
Eat lunch at the restaurant, head down to the beach for body surfing, hit the pool for a while, and head back down to the ocean before the afternoon's over. You'll love the warm ocean water and the view of KarKar Island in the distance (see bottom photo). Want to go out for a tasty pizza dinner or still looking for a place to stay? Madang Lodge (www.madanglodge.com/) is located in town, central to the main shopping centers. There is a picturesque
view of the ocean and the gardens are beautifully cared for. Watching the sun set while eating a pleasant dinner outside in the restaurant at Madang Lodge is an experience that you'll never forget! There are so many other awesome things to see and do in Madang, but they would take much too long to describe and there isn't much room left as it is. I'll leave you with this: Madang is a pristine beauty in the Pacific. You'll love everything about it, from the lovely, sandy beaches to the wonderful views to the peaceful atmosphere. Next time you're looking for a place to vacation, why not head to Madang, Papua New Guinea? © 2010. All rights reserved

Have you got to tell us your impressions about Papua New Guinea? Write us and we post your story online. You can contact us at info@pngtourism.de. Help us to show the world what PNG is like...

15 June 2010

Documentary 3/4

Come with us on a journey to a secluded fishing village and get some impressions of the Highlands and coral reefs...Get on board the True North, lean back and enjoy...

07 June 2010

Documentary 2/4

The adventures continue...The Land of "A million different journeys" awaits you with more impressions of PNG. The True North takes you virtually to different places. Enjoy the second part of our documentary...

Have YOU got a video on PNG you would like to share with others? Send it to us and we will post for you!!

01 June 2010

Documentary 1/4

Join us in June and learn about PNG's culture, nature, and people. Come and join us on "A million different journeys"!

31 May 2010

Waghi Cultural Festival

Our Facebook Fan Siwi shared information on the Waghi Cultural Festival with us...Must be a great show - join it on 12th and 13th June!

Siwi wrote:
The annual cultural festival brings to live the traditional singsing (dance) of Waghi Valley and Jiwaka people of Papua New Guinea. Attendees come as far as near Simbu, Mt Hagen, Enga and even Southern Highlands apart from the foreign tourists participating either as performers or spectators. 

Waghi Valley is often known as the valley in the cloud... See More. The panaromic view of the blue cloud caped mountain ranges of Kubo and Bismack is breathtaking for one who has never been to the tropical highlands of the Pacific. Waghi valley is 60 km wide and 90km long with an elevation of more than 600m from the Serpent Waghi river. Mt Wilhelm (4509m), the highest mountain of Papua New Guinea is towards the east of Bismarck Range while Mt Hagen (1677 m) is to the west. Waterfalls cascade the ranges from both sides and journey onwards to Waghi river.

It is not just an event for a tourist but a real adventurer who wanna self-explore new places and people.

All welcome.

Check photos of previous shows here:


26 May 2010

On Sunday, 30th May, the Hawthorn team plays versus the Sydney Swans in Melbourne. The teams come together in aid of the Kokoda Track Foundation's "Adopt an Angel" scholarship program (www.hawthornfc.com.au).

The Kokoda Track holds special significance for the Hawthorn Football Club and the players draw inspiration from the Kokoday story. The senior coach of the club has taken members on three unique treks which form an important part of the cultural induction of new players to the Club. Approximately 125 Club representatives of every level went on three expeditions.

When history meets presence....

18 May 2010

In Papua New Guinea a number of indigenous tribes are still walking or trekking to get from A to B. The rugged and mountainous terrain is marked by endless tracks and a diverse nature. The landscape is just as stunning as the flora and fauna.

The most famous track of Papua New Guinea is the breath taking "Kokoda Trail" which is definitely nothing for people that are out of shape. It takes you through history - from gold mining to WWII. Depending on its condition the track might last as much as 10 or 11 days. Yet also other tracks attract adventurous tourists and locals. In any case, if you feel you need a guide with detailed knowledge just take one along and pay him a good tip.
Another adventure is to tackle the big "Mount Wilhelm" that takes you up to 4,509 meters and if weather permits allows an incredible view over the country.

Have YOU been to Mount Wilhelm or done the "Kokoda Trail"? Tell us about it and write to info@pngtourism.de. Send us some photos as well and we are more than happy to publish YOUR story!

11 May 2010

The authentic culture of PNG attracts thousands over thousands visitors each year. Tourists, photographers, artists...a lot of them come back another time to breathe in the beauty of the country. In no other country culture is lived so vividly and authentic! Traditional rituals, ceremonies, festivals and "sing-sing" shows are the pillars of these unique cultures spread from the coastal areas to the Highlands in the west. Flights to festivals and "sing sing" shows are booked out months ahead and travellers returning tell friends about these impressions all life long! Come to this diverse country that sometimes seems to have gotten stuck in the mediaeval times. Get a feeling and join the National Mask Festival in East New Britain, the Enga Cultural Show in Wabag, the Goroko Show in Goroka, the Morobe Show in Lae, and the Canoe & Kundu Festival in Alotau - just to mention a few!

Have YOU been to a festival in Papua New Guinea? Tell us YOUR story and send us some nice photos to info@pngtourism.de. Or go directly to our Facebook page and post something on our wall with pictures!

06 May 2010

Air Niugini - Freedom over the skies of Papua New Guinea

Air Niugini was founded as the National Airline of Papua New Guinea in 1973. This step made it possible to experience the best of the country: from the spectacular Highland regions down to the mighty Sepik River and into the coastal villages that remained virtually unexplored. Demand for Air Niugini flights – the accepted Pidgin English spelling for New Guinea – exceeded all expectations and already in 1975 the steady growth of the modern fleet started. With the fleet grew the network and in 1979 the carrier connected “the Land of Adventure and Excitement” with Asia, Australia, and the U.S. Sales office were opened in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Europe, and the U.S. The success story of Air Niugini continued and it achieved to boost the image of Papua New Guinea as an exotic tourist destination.

Today Air Niugini operates modern and safely maintained Boeing aircrafts for international connections to Asia, Australia, and the Pacific region. Domestic flights, the Solomon Islands, and Fiji are serviced with Fokker, Dash, and DHC planes. The airline offers every enjoyable comfort a traveller expects. At the home base Port MoresbyJackson International Airport, members of the Executive Club get to know the true promise of service in the Air Niugini Lounge. Aboard an Air Niugini aircraft passengers are served delicious food and can chose from a variety of beverages. The in-flight entertainment makes even the longest flight to just a stone’s throw.

30 April 2010

Bird Watching in PNG

"The Bird of Paradise also exhibs some unusual Traits in the wild. In the Bundi area I used to watch the whole bird community change trees at the one time at certain times of the day. You could set you watch by them. Not always advantagous if you are being hunted!"

That is how our Fan Trevor describes his experiences with the Bird of Paradise on our Facebook Page. Our Fan Steven just puts it into a few short but clear words,

"Yep PNG Kick ass. Nice stuff best birds in the world are here."

Anne will definitely never forget her encounter with this astonishing creature:

"Will never forget visiting mendi and eqlking thru the bush there, looked up only to see about 10 of the most beautiful birds I have ever seen!!!"

Our "PNG COMMUNITY" has seen what other can only dream of...

Some might say that bird watching is boring but it comes all down to what you can see. Papua New Guinea is home of over 750 different bird species including parrots, hornbills, and over 40 different species of PNG's emblem the "Bird of Paradise". You better watch out for the Hooded Pitohui because this faller is known to be the only poisonous bird in the world. Besides other you surely want to check out the Tari Gap, Kiunga, Variata National Park, and Baiyer River Sanctuary for bird watching. Combine your passion for birds with a unique scenery and a culture you will find nowhere else.

We found a great video on birds and other mammals on YouTube...Sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature...

27 April 2010

Surfing in PNG - Watch the VIDEO

Have YOU been surfing or even kite-surfing in Papua New Guinea? Tell us YOUR story and send us your fotos to info@pngtourism.de and we will post YOUR experience. Personalise the "PNG COMMUNITY"!

If you are a passionate surfer then PNG is the destination for your next adventure. Enthusiasts and pioneers regard the breaks at least as challenging and exciting as in other destinations. The good thing is that you can travel all year round. Between May and November waves can get as high as close to two metres. Get up early and visit Hula Beach, Milne Bay area, Bougainville Island, and the Gazelle Peninsula in East New Britain with waves pushing you along coral atolls. The strong winds with a speed of up to 25 knots have made PNG a popular destination for kite-surfing. From November through late April it is best to try PNG's North: Vanimo, Wewak, and Madang.

To get more information and additional impressions go to www.surfingpapuanewguinea.org.pg. Watch the video and have the tunes get you into the mood!

23 April 2010

Are YOU a passionate diver and seen lots of dive sites around the world? Well, for your next diving holiday you should consider Papua New Guinea as it offers a highly diverse maritime world hardly any other dive destination can compete with. Tired of all the sea urchins that are scattered all over South East Asia? Looking for a holiday that gives you the opportunity to do more than diving? Or do you want to get back in history and explore plane-, ship-, and tank wrecks from the battles against the Japanese in WWII? Well then come to PNG and complete your diving-log!

Papua New Guinea exists of more than 600 islands and 45,000 sq kilometres of coral reefs. PNG is internationally recognised as one of the best diving sites worldwide that offers twice as many maritime species than can be found in the Red Sea/ Egypt. It is PARADISE for divers that like to take photos under water. Come and dive all year round - no matter if you are a rookie, advanced, or professional!

The country is surrounded by the Bismarck-, Coral-, and Solomon Sea and the steady currents feed and bring in the maritime flora and fauna. The underwater world consists of barrier reefs, coral walls, coral gardens, patch reefs, fringing reefs, sea grass beds, coral atolls, and wrecks - not to mention the thousands of species of fish and other animals. And the good thing: Even under the water you have summer because water temperature ranges from 28-32°C.
As for any other dive destination please listen to the diving instructors and do not touch anything under water. It is not only the environment you are protecting but also for your safety. Make this holiday an unforgettable experience you will be telling friends about all life long!

For any questions or assistance, you are welcome to contact us at any time! Have YOU been to PNG diving? Please tell us your story and send some photos to: info@pngtourism.de. We publish YOUR story and everybody in the continously growing "PNG COMMUNITY" will profit!

21 April 2010

Welcome to the PNG-Tourism Blog

PNG-Tourism Europe says "Hi and Hello" to everybody following our blog. From this day we will regularely give you updates about Papua New Guinea - The land of a million different journeys! In this first post we give you some general information about Papua New Guinea and hope that you we leave us some comments on how you like the blog. Also, become a fan on facebook - just click on the facebook badge on the rightern side and you will directly be forwarded to our page.

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Here are some first impressions of Papua New Guinea:
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is situated just south of the Equator and north of the Australian continent. Apart from the mainland, it comprises approx. 600 islands and is one and a half times as big as Germany. The western part of the island is the Indonesian province 'Irian Jaya'. The main island is crossed by a central range with deep carved valleys, which highest elevation is 'Mount Wilhelm' with an altitude of 4.706 m. The two largest rivers of the country, the 'Sepik' with a length of 1.600 km and the 'Fly River' with a length of 1.100 km, wind through the swamps of the coastal lowland. A string of active volcanoes, especially in 'New Britain', attest to the low geological age of the country. The climate in PNG shows a wide difference due to the topographical conditions (highlands, lowlands, and islands). The trade wind from May to October and the winds of the monsoon from December to March mark the two seasons. Both are full of humidity and rainfalls occur year-round. Most of the rainfalls happen in the month of November to March. The average percipitation amounts to 2.540 mm per year, yet varies from 1.200 mm in 'Port Moresby' to 12.000 mm in 'Tabubil' in the western highland. It is mostly raining in the evenings.

The air temperature ranges depending on altitude between a maximum 38°C in the coastal areas and the freezing point
on the highest elevations. The average temperature at the coast is 25 to 35°C, in the mountains the average lies within 20 to 28°C. The water temperature remains constant throughout the whole year. The sun is shining an average 7 hours per day. Because of the closeness to the Equator, there are no major shifts of day- and nighttimes during the year. At 6.00 a.m. the sun rises and between 6.00 and 6.30 p.m. it gets dark. The time difference to the CET is +10 hours. The currency of Papua New Guinea is Kina and freely convertible. As per today, 1 Euro buys 3.60 Kina.

Port Moresby - the gateway to adventure
The capital of PNG is a city with green suburbs, shady-frigid streets and modern office buildings, department stores, hotels, and good restaurants. 'Paga Hill' offers wonderful views over the city. Other points of interest are the national school of arts, the botanical gardens, the National-Museum as well as the magnificent Parliament- & Government Building in 'Waigani'.

The Highlands - one of the last paradises

The landscape of the Highlands ranges from tropical rain forests to landscapes rich in grass up to the snow-covered Mount Wilhelm. The people here primarily live on agriculture. Nature lovers are able to go on excursions to bird- and butterfly observations. Coffee- and tea plantations of PNG are also found in the Highlands. Several comfortable Lodges are the perfect starting point for tours in this region. Madang - the Jewel of the Bismarck-Lake Madang is approx. one flying hour from Port Moresby at the Bismarck Lake and has one of the most beautiful sea sides of PNG. The small village, which used to be a German coconut plantation in the past, is situated on a coral mountain that protects the bay. The village is still conserved in its nativeness with shady avenues, lined with high trees. Madang offers excellent diving possibilities with a great variety of corals and wrecks from World War II.

The Sepik-Region - Waterway to the unexpected

The mystic Sepik River is, with its 1200 km, the country’s largest river. It rises near the border to lrian Jaya. To this day, the Sepik River is mostly unaffected by western civilization. The people still live here in the same manner as their ancestors; they hunt crocodiles, flour meal out of palms and are masters of crafting original artwork. You can discover the Sepik River on board of two comfortable ships. The impressions are overwhelming: the call of tropical birds, the steaming of the jungle, the buzz of the drums, and locals who go hunting with bow and arrow. This is why the Sepik is also called "Amazonas of the Pacific".

Diving in PNG – another insider tip
Besides a fascinating and diverse maritime flora and fauna the diver finds in shallow waters, multiplicity of well-preserved aircraft- and ship wrecks from World War II are easily accessible in deeper levels. The diving sites at Loloata Island and the Bismarck Lake are easy accessible and, despite of their stunning ambiance, still low frequented.