Papua New Guinea Travel, Gap Year & Backpacking Guide
View our comprehensive travel and backpacking guide with tips, ideas for the best things to see and do and information about itineraries, costs, how to save money, and more!
Activities & Things to Do in Papua New Guinea
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year.
Travel to Papua New Guinea
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) recently declared Papua New Guinea to be the most biologically diverse region on the planet. It remains the most unexplored region with over 850 different societies and tribes with many new tribes only being discovered in the last 20-30 years. Tourism is growing here every year and so it's best to plan a trip before the crowds arrive.
Our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe.
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- Capital: Port Moresby
- Currency: Kina (PGK)
- Country Size: 462,840 km2
- Population: 5,545,268 (estimate)
- Language: English, Tok Pisin & Motu
- Country Code +675
Top Reasons to Visit Papua New Guinea
- A fascinating history
- Spectacular rainforest
- Vast mountain terrain
- Thrilling adventure sports
- Great value for money
- Amazing surf beaches
- A lot less touristy than other destinations
- See local tribes untouched by globalisation
Weather & Best Time to Go
We recommend visiting Papua New Guinea between May and October, this is usually when the weather is warm and pleasant for sightseeing and activities. Wet season generally runs from December to March, which isn't adised unless you plan on surfing.
Best Things to See & Do in Papua New Guinea
Here are some of the best attractions and places you should add to your itinerary:
- Port Moresby - Visit Parliament House, the National Museum, and the beautiful National Botanic Garden
- Tami Islands - One of the best and most popular destinations for international tourists due to the white sandy beaches, palm trees and activities.
- Trobriand Islands - An incredible place home to many tribes and beaches
- Tufi - A great town located on the south eastern peninsula of Cape Nelson, Oro Province
- Sepik River - Strecthing over 1000km this river is home to lots of biodiversity
- New Britain - The largest island in the country with volcanoes, spectacular mountains and rainforest
- Mioko Island - Go in search of the best beach on the beautiful Mioko Island
Health & Safety
We recommend booking an organised experience rather than travelling independently, this is the easiest and safest way to see the highlights of the country.