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5 based on 353 reviews
Commencing at Kokoda Station after a long troop carrier ride from Popondetta, our intrepid trekkers embarked on a trek following the fighting retreat our brave Australian diggers fought in August and September 1942. With numerous very challenging ascents followed by equally challenging descents we gained some appreciation of the difficulties our forebears faced fighting the Japanese army over the Owen Stanley Range. Some of the memorable moments were had at Isuarva, Brigade Hill and Ioribaiwa where significant battles occurred during the campaign.
The local Porters were incredible all trip and provided invaluable support. This is a trip that is both challenging and rewarding experience that every Australian should undertake.
5 based on 220 reviews
Beyond the legitimate emotions this solemn place generates, this war cemetary is far from being as impressive and heart-breaking as those from the 1st and 2nd WWs in Europe. May be this is due to the general lack of information/explicative notes.
Its purposes is obviously not to teach visitors History but a more thorough description of the circumstances of those boys' sacrifice wouldn't do their memory any harm...
It does however remain one of Port-M's main points of interests.
4.5 based on 72 reviews
On a half day P&O volcano tour, we firstly visited the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory high on a hill overlooking Rabaul & the 2 closest active volcano's. Given a walk through tour of the Observatory including the various machines & displays, as well as various charts on display.
Then on to the boiling Springs on the bay shore, at the base of Mt Tavurvur which is still an active volcano with a recent eruption history. Very interesting seeing the power of the volcano & would have loved to have had the time to scale the mountain (next time). The past eruption ash mounds are amazing.
A local guide gave us an explanation of the mountain & its history. Very informative including that local fisherman sometimes use the thermal Springs to cook freshly caught fish or to boil eggs.
The locals had a number of stalls set up for the tourists - mixture of locals items including volcanic rocks, some local artefacts & unfortunately some mass produced tourist items.
The drive back to Rabaul shows us how much the damage was & still is including the now disused airport, resorts/hotels & the original Rabaul town.
4.5 based on 61 reviews
The small island of Kitava in the Trobriand Islands has 7,000 inhabitants in three villages. While Alotau has been touched by outside influences, Kitava truly is an intact tribal village where the people live a life unchanged for hundreds of years. They live in one room thatch houses without electricity or any regular contact with the modern world. While the locals wear modern clothing, albeit very old, they do not wear shoes and are able to walk easily through the forest and coral rocks.
P&O does not have any shore excursions on Kitava and so I would recommend doing these four things on your visit:
-Browse and purchase the carvings and souvenirs offered for sale by the islanders.
--Buy a coconut and taste the freshest, tastiest coconut water you have ever had.
-If you are fit and capable, walk the 30 minutes to the school with a local guide. You will pass traditional houses and your guide can explain and answer questions about their way of life.
-Take a traditional PNG sailing vessel 300 m across to Nuratu Island. These can be hired for 5K/person and are a thrill to experience.
-Explore underwater – there is fantastic snorkeling off the island with incredibly diverse coral.
We found the locals to be very shy and we usually had to take the lead. For instance, a local villager might come up to you and just stand with you and you might strike up a conversation. These people often had Kitava Guide shirts on and spoke English well enough to carry on a conversation. We met a man this way and asked him if he could show us around the village and the school. There was no mention of money changing hands, but of course we did pay him for his services at the end (50 Kina, which was probably too much, but we were so thankful for him answering our questions and teaching us about his culture and village).
Once ashore it becomes apparent that almost the whole island has come to the beach for the cruise ship’s arrival (our guide had walked 3 hours from his village to be there for the day). There are some school groups dressed up in traditional attire singing and accepting donations for the schools. We brought school supplies to donate. Other good items are fish hooks, clothes, sand paper and shoe polish (for the carvings). Don't bring plastic cheap toys, balloons or candy.
The school is about a 30-minute walk up a coral pathway away from the beach. Along the way and along the beach, the path was lined with people selling their carvings, shells, coconuts and palm creations. As we headed with our guide inland towards the schools, there were streams of people headed towards the beach carrying all their items on their heads, saying “hello” with welcoming smiles.
After touring around the school and village, we headed to the beautiful tropical island 300m from Kitava for some spectacular snorkeling. Locals will take you across to the island in home-made outrigger sailing canoes that our kids nick named “Moana boats” (5 Kina/person). I loved watching them put up the sails sewn together from tarps and riding in one was quite a thrill. Be prepared to possible get wet as you make your way across.
Once on the small island, you can enjoy swimming in the clear waters or go snorkeling. We found the coral to be really healthy and incredibly diverse. The coral is not far off the beach; as you move farther out, the water is clearer and coral most impressive.
On the main island there are some skull caves you can visit, which we didn’t do. There is no food for purchase except local fruits, but you can buy fresh coconuts to drinks, along with soda and local beer.
4.5 based on 22 reviews
This rugged mountain, the highest in Papua New Guinea, has an excellent trail that takes hikers to the top, past lakes, Waterfalls, moss Forests, and the vestiges of a World War II American fighter bomber.
4 based on 23 reviews
The walk to Skull Cave was great as long as you can negotiate rough ground, crossing creek beds by walking on stones, reasonably steep general terrain and the final very steep and slightly unstable climb up to the cave itself. That said, the countryside you walk through is abundant in variations in plant and animal life with the sights and photo opportunities terrific. The islanders who gather on Doini when ships come in are very friendly people who put on various cultural displays such as dancing and tapioca preparing, with no payment required but donations are gratefully accepted, along with selling handicrafts etc. There is also the opportunity to see a cus cus up close and personal.
4.5 based on 15 reviews
It is a very manicured & well maintained to honor those soldiers who lost their lives in the war efforts. There is a sign in book which is very nice to see. Unfortunately, a few unknown soldiers are there. But the tributes are nice.
4 based on 11 reviews
Nice small museum with exhibits from early outside contact, World War II and early days of Goroka. J.K. McCarthy was one of PNG’s early patrol officers who wrote the classic book on New Guinea patrolling - Patrol into Yesterday.
An P-39 Aircobra aircraft is mounted on display outside the museum. Contains nice displays of weapons, both early local and those excavated after the war, great local artwork, the only thing off limits to photos is the human finger bone necklaces.
Part of the PNG National Museum system, the six display galleries include the Niugini Room, Giddings Gallery, Leahy Wing, Soso Subi Gallery and the Archaeological Room. Enjoy a couple of hours browsing here when in Goroka.
5 based on 5 reviews
While staying at Walindi before going out on the FeBrina live aboard, we were taken to a nearby grove of trees that was full of fireflies........it was a magical evening! We also wandered around the Walindi property, visiting the schools next door built by the owners for the children of their staff and the village. The property is a botanist's dream. But the REAL highlight can only be seen in the water, both scuba diving and snorkeling. The corals and fish rate very well with the Coral Sea and Raja Ampat!
4.5 based on 275 reviews
Port Moresby Nature Park (formerly the National Capital Botanical Gardens) is PNG's leading recreational attraction combining botanical, zoological and cultural displays. The park is home to over 250+ native animals including bird of paradise, tree-kangaroos, cassowaries, wallabies, snakes, crocodiles, hornbills and multiple parrot species. The grounds also offer a lush change from the hustle and bustle of Port Moresby City with the only rainforest tract within the Capital City. Thousands of tropical plant species including palms, gingers and heliconias and native timber tree species are found within the grounds. Facilities include cafe, souvenir shop, flower shop and arguably PNG's best children's playground. The Nature Park can arrange transportation to/from hotels and airport to the Park and offer excellent guided tours of the Park (lasting 1.5Hrs). A popular location on weekends for weddings and private picnic functions utilising the Nature Park's three large picnic areas.
We spent a happy couple of hours here on a Saturday morning. Surprised how few people were there. The walk-in aviaries are particularly enjoyable, with lots of birds present. The wallabies and tree kangaroos are cute, but the crocodile needs a larger enclosure.
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