From the jungle-clad volcanic mountains of the highlands; to the flooded delta regions; to the sandy white beaches and pristine coral atolls of the coastal and island provinces; the landscape of Papua New Guinea is as diverse as the people that inhabit it. With vast tracts of wild and undeveloped country, in Papua New Guinea, youíll find itís easy to imagine that you're the only person on earth!
Lying just south of the equator, 160km north of Australia, Papua New Guinea is part of a great arc of mountains stretching from Asia, through Indonesia and into the South Pacific. This magical land enjoys more than 600 islands and more than 800 indigenous languages. PNG consists of 4 regions made up of 19 provinces and the National Capital District, each with their own distinctive character and Papua New Guinea cultures. This stunning tropical wonderland is home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the Amazon.
The coast of Papua New Guinea is home to some of the world's most spectacular diving - dubbed as the 'underwater photographer's paradise', with many international award-winning photos being taken in PNG waters.
Located in the Indo-Pacific Area, experts say that the oceans surrounding Papua New Guinea have up to twice as many marine species as the waters of the Red Sea and up to five times as many as the Caribbean.
Divers in these oceans enjoy a huge diversity of dive sites, including barrier reefs, coral walls (drop off), and coral gardens, patch reefs, fringing reefs, sea grass beds, coral atolls, and wreck dive sites. The wreck diving sites of Papua New Guinea provide a collection of ships, aircraft and submarine wrecks from World War II.
The average water temperature varies from 77F along the edge of the Coral Sea to 85F in the Bismarck Sea.