Papua New GuineaAktuelle Reiseinformationen
Capital: Port Moresby
Languages: Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin and English
Papua New Guinea is the third largest island nation in the world in terms of area after Indonesia and Madagascar. It is located in the Pacific Ocean, is counted as part of the Australian continent and includes the east of the island of New Guinea (West New Guinea belongs to Indonesia) and several offshore islands and island groups.
Papua New Guinea is known for its unique variety of scenic highlights and ethnic characteristics. The rugged highlands with deep valleys and insurmountable mountains, the coastal landscape with South Sea flair, hundreds of islands in the Bismarck Sea and the Solomon Sea.
Just as contrasting as the land they live in are the people of Papua. Over 700 tribes speak a good 700 different languages and have been able to preserve a variety of traditions and cultural distinctiveness up to the present day.
It is a land of contrasts, wild scenic beauty and cultural uniqueness. The handicrafts – especially carvings and basketry – have made a good name for themselves even outside the region.
As a visitor to Papua New Guinea, you are often a small attraction yourself for the Papuans during excursions to remote villages !
In the highlands, along the Sepik River and in the coastal regions of the Bismarck Sea, there is now a selection of well-managed lodges and hotels, which often pleasantly surprise us with their construction with country-typical and traditional elements.
Round trips are possible all year round, although in the rainy season (about December to April) you have to expect restrictions. Especially in the high season in August there are always bottlenecks (also with the flights), so that an early planning (9 to 6 months before) is absolutely advisable.