PAPUA NEW GUINEA BY TRISH NICHOLSON

Papua New Guinea. Where to go? What to see? What to do? Trish Nicholson, the author of a fantastic travel memoir called ‘Inside the Crocodile’, gives her recommendations.

Visit Vanimo

Keen surfers should go to Vanimo in West Sepik Province. Its beach is famous for the surf, and there are now local guesthouses and a couple of hotels for a laid-back, friendly stay. You haven’t seen a sunset until you’ve seen the sun go down in Sandaun.

Embark on a journey on the Kokoda Trail

The Kokoda Trail is very popular and has historical wartime connections, but it can become a bit ‘touristy’. To appreciate the real Papua New Guinea environment, hire a reliable guide and walk in the mountains and through the montane jungles of the interior. It can be rough and you need tough walking gear, but it will be a unique experience of one of the wildest natural landscapes in the world.

Visit some of the islands by boat

Because of the difficult terrain, most travel within Papua New Guinea is by small planes, but the first inhabitants came by sea more than 50,000 years ago, and I recommend visiting some of the islands by boat – it provides an entirely different perspective. People on the many small islands surrounding the main island of Manus, for example, lead a different life and culture to mainland PNG, and yet they are closely connected by personal and professional ties.

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