Vanimo (Papua New Guinea)
The city of Vanimo is located 30 km from the border with Indonesia and is the capital of the province of West Sepik. To the west of Vanimo, beautiful sandy beaches stretch, which attract not only lovers of sunbathing and swimming, but also diving and surfing enthusiasts. Crowds of surfers gather near the Watung border post from September to January, and windsurfers come here from December to March, as strong northwest winds are observed here at this time. In the coastal waters in the vicinity of Vanimo and near the islands near the city of Aitape, there are many sunken ships and aircraft at the bottom.
Daru (Papua New Guinea)
Daru City is the capital city of the Western Province. It is located on a small island in the Torres Strait off the southern coast of New Guinea. This part of the coast of the island of New Guinea is occupied by swampy plains, where many crocodiles live. That is why you can always find products made of crocodile skin in local shops.
The main natural attraction of the region is the Bensbatch Conservation Area, which was named after the Bensbatch River, which flows along the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. This is a unique place – in the rainy season, when flooded, it is a habitat for many birds and fish, and in the dry season, when it dries up, it is a feeding place for large ungulates. Another attraction of the province is the Fly River – one of the largest rivers in the country. In its upper reaches there are mines for the extraction of gold and copper. Here every tourist can try himself as a gold digger. In the upper reaches of the Fly River, it is also possible to travel to Lake Murray. This is the largest lake in the state, its area is 430 square meters. km. During the rainy season, the area of the lake increases 5 times. The lake is home to sawfish, which are caught to feed the freshwater crocodiles that live in the southern parts of the province, and mussels in its muddy bottom.
Kavieng, island of New Ireland (Papua New Guinea)
The city of Kavieng is the main settlement of the island of New Ireland. It is located in its northern part. The city is popular with fishermen and divers. It hosts the Call of the Sharks festival every year. This is an interesting sight, because the locals can actually call on sharks.
The main attraction of Kavieng, as well as the entire island, is the rich underwater world of the seas surrounding it. Not far from Kavieng on a small island is the world-famous dive resort Lissenun. Lissenoon Island is so small that you can get around it in 10 minutes on foot. It is covered with palm trees, among which there are 4 bungalows with 7 rooms. The main attraction of the resort is the colorful underwater world. The resort has 35 dive sites. In the waters surrounding the island of Lissenun, strong currents are observed. The water temperature during the year is +29 degrees, and visibility ranges from 30 to 40 m. The resort has 2 dive boats for trips to distant sites. The underwater world of Lissenun surroundings has about 200 species of fish. Here you can see a wide variety of corals and sponges, shrimp, seahorses, clown fish, frog fish, needletail tuna, Spanish mackerel, octopus, cuttlefish, barracuda, turtles, rays and gray reef sharks. Also in Kavieng Bay ships and planes from the Second World War lie at the bottom. In addition, New Ireland’s beaches are great for sunbathing and swimming, and are also popular with surfers.
Madang (Papua New Guinea)
The city of Madang is the center of the province of the same name in Papua New Guinea. It is located on the coast of the New Guinea Sea. Recently, Madang was named one of the most attractive cities in the South Pacific. The city is full of greenery, surrounded by islands and, despite its small size, has a developed infrastructure. Madang has a large street market and a cultural center.
Tourists go to Madang in order to go diving, surfing and fishing. The main dive sites are located off the offshore islands of the province just north of Madang. Also of interest are the nearby volcanic islands. On the islands of Mannam and Karkarrising smoking peaks of volcanoes about 1800 m high. On the territory of the province there is a reserve Balek, where there are hot springs, impenetrable jungle and caves with lakes full of fish. The nature here is so beautiful that fragments of the movie Robinson Crusoe starring Pierce Brosnan were even filmed in the reserve. Not far from Madang, in the villages of Bilbils and Yabobs, famous throughout the country masters of pottery live.
Mount Hagen (Papua New Guinea)
According to directoryaah, Mount Hagen is the provincial capital of the Western Highlands. It is located at an altitude of almost 2 km above sea level. The population of the city is very diverse in terms of ethnic composition – almost all ethnic groups of Papua New Guinea live here. As a result, Mount Hagen hosts the most festivals throughout the year.
Of interest is the Mount Hagen Cultural Center with a museum that exhibits the work of local craftsmen and religious objects of various tribes. On Saturdays, a bustling market opens in the city, where residents from all over the province trade. This is a great place to buy souvenirs. Traveling from Mount Hagen on the mountains Giluve, Ivlibu, Hagen, Ongo, along the Bismarck and Kubor ridges. Bayer River Reserve is located 55 km north of Mount Hagen. It was founded in 1968. It is home to many birds of paradise, parrots, cassowaries, as well as possums and tree kangaroos.