3 Unexplored Journeys In Papua New Guinea

Aerial view of the coast

Aerial view of the coast

Travel by private aircraft from Mt. Hagen to Bensbach in Papua New Guinea with Remote Lands. The 10-day Private Papua New Guinea: Mt. Hagen to Bensbach by Private Aircraft itinerary (about US$33,200 per person) will take you to the Polga village to meet the mystical tribe members and to watch the mudmen perform. This dance originated in the belief that mud disguises had supernatural powers that could scare enemies away. Marvel at the traditional dress that the locals don in the rustic town Tari, while exploring the neighbouring rainforest. Learn to make your own wig from the Huli Wigmen tribe at the remote Pepoko village, renowned for their elaborate and distinctive headdresses. End the day with a traditional Huli barbecue that will include a pig roast. The landscape of Papua New Guinea also warrants much exploration, either by canoe along the island’s longest river past the Wagu Lake or trekking through the lush wetlands in Bensbach for a spot of birdwatching.

An aboriginal

An aboriginal

Navigate through the deepest jungle with a helicopter in the 16-day off-the-beaten Papua New Guinea Flying Experience (about US$13,628) offered by Steppes Travel and interact with either the Melpa people around Mt. Hagen or the Asaro mudmen around Goroka. Experience a customary dance or what is known as a singsing in their culture, and learn more about their complex customs. Visit their villages teeming with tribal art, and join the men in paddling narrow dugout canoes or the women as they fish for their supper. Divers will also very much enjoy this trip with the dozens of dive sites in the Solomon Sea in the calm waters of the tropical fjords, which could alternatively be explored by the traditional outrigger canoe.

Duke of York Islands

Duke of York Islands

Complete your travels with Epic Tomato where the 14-day itinerary (price starts from about US$9,631 per person) immerses you in some of the local communities’ culture, but also lets you explore one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Journey by 4×4 to the Kokopo Beach and cross over to the Duke of Islands by boat, to see the untouched desert island paradise where shells are still used to barter goods. Other sights on this amazing journey include the Mother Mountain, a dormant volcano that offers breathtaking views of the island. Diving in this trip is spectacular with glorious barrier reefs, coral walls and a superb collection of WWII ships, aircraft and submarines.