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When dreaming of vacation destinations, it's unlikely that Papua New Guinea springs to mind. But this undiscovered gem has enough adventure, culture and tradition to be worthy of the number one spot on your travel list. Here's why!
Culture in abundance
A holiday is the perfect time to unearth a new culture and nowhere has a culture quite as expressive as Papua New Guinea. With over 7,000 different tribes existing today, each with their own languages and traditions, it may be difficult to find anywhere more diverse than this island.
Despite being born thousands of years ago, ancient traditions continue today through art, initiations and Sing Sings (dance and music festivals). And what's even better? Locals who practice these traditions are more than willing to share them with you, so why not get involved on your trip and attend a local Sing Sing? It's an experience not to be missed.
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A hiker's dream
Not one to lie around on a beach? Don't worry, Papua New Guinea has enough adventure to keep you on your toes. Why not try the island's famous Kokoda Track? This 60-mile of challenging trek can take up to nine days to complete.
If you can handle some tough conditions and thrill-seeking heights, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the island's landscapes. From luscious green rainforests to vast rivers, this trek is definitely worth the effort.
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The ideal climate
If it's warm and comfortable temperatures you are looking for to enjoy a hike or the island's picture-perfect beaches, Papua New Guinea will not disappoint. The sun shines all year round in Papua New Guinea with temperatures ranging between 77 and 90°F (25 and 32° C). But it is worth noting that due to its location in the tropics, Papua New Guinea does have a rainy season (December to March) that most visitors like to steer clear of.
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40% of Papua New Guinea's population lives below the poverty line, but the island's people are incredibly friendly. The majority live in thatched roof huts in small villages with no access to running water and electricity, but they don't hesitate to welcome visitors with open arms and a warm smile. Whether this be by sharing their delicious cuisine or offering insights in to their traditions, locals here are amongst the most hospitable in the world.
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If you're serious about birdwatching Papua New Guinea boasts a pretty unique collection to be admired. Pack your binoculars and get ready to have a look at the island's 708 bird species, of many of which are endemic to the archipelago, including the Raggiana, the island's national bird. Don't forget your camera, too; you won't want to forget this bird's unique appearance and its even more peculiar feather-shaking mating dance! Visit between May and October for optimal bird viewing.