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New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is full of interesting attractions, magnificent natural scenery, and diverse cultural heritage. It offers a range of holiday features and activities, from trekking remote jungle tracks, cruising the mighty Sepik river, surfing the waves of New Ireland, fishing around the fiords of Tufi and diving amongst the coral reef coastline.

Solomon Islands

 Solomon Islands comprises 992 islands, of which 147 are inhabited.  These stretch 1448 kilometers (900 miles) in a south-easterly direction from the Shortland Islands, on the border with Papua New Guinea, to the Santa Cruz Islands, which borders with Vanuatu.  The archipelago covers an area of 461,000 sq km (249,000 sq km (10,938 sq miles) is landmass.  The six biggest islands are Choiseul, New Georgia, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita and Makira.

On the atlas, Solomon Islands lies northeast of Australia and southwest of Hawaii.  Deeply forested mountainous islands are a towering contrast to low-lying coral atolls, right down to the tiny artificial islands built of coral and soil common on Malaita’s northern coast.

As part of the Melanesian group of islands that also includes Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji, Solomon Islands was first settled by hunters and gatherers from Southeast Asia.  Seafarers followed later.

Through the tracing of a distinct type of pottery called Lapita, archaeologists say the original settlers of Polynesia in eastern Pacific trace their origins back to Melanesia, to the Solomon Islands actually.

Today, between 70 to 80 percent of the population lives a subsistence form of life in their small villages, settlements and islands away from the main urban centres.

Tours and Travel Information for Papua new Guinea


Walk the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in the footsteps of our diggers. Experience the friendliness of the Papuan people and the ruggedness of the terrain. Each tour is lead by a highly qualified Trek Leader who will share their knowledge of the various cultural and historical aspects of the track. Guidepost have packages ranging from 6 days to 14 days. Tours leave regularly during the dry season through to October each year. Click here to view our trekking programmes and contact Guidepost Discovery Tours.  Some April treks include a special Anzac Day Dawn Service at Isurava Memorial.


 This tour attends the mask festival daily for three consecutive mornings, with afternoon sightseeing excursions around Rabaul. After the mask festival the tour group continues on to beautiful Kavieng to sample the sights and activities available in exotic Kavieng Harbour, a huge crucible of pristine tropical islands and reefs. The highlight of the tour is an excursion to idyllic Tsoi Island off the coast of New Hanover, to sample some village culture and experience the rainforest, reefs and white beaches of this relatively unknown island that very few tourists visit. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)


 The Mt Hagen Show is Papua New Guinea’s largest cultural extravaganza. The Show has its origins in colonial days when colonial administrators sought to reduce tribal fighting by promoting inter-marriage and channelling inter-tribal rivalry into positive forms of competition. Major sing-sing events like the Mt Hagen Show and Goroka Show became opportunities for tribes to gain status without bloodshed, by competing to put on the best cultural performance. The Mt Hagen Show today is still a competition, with tribal groups vying for sizeable cash prizes and of course the honour and glory that first prize at the “Hagen Show” brings to one’s tribe. The Show attracts cultural groups from all over Papua New Guinea, even from Bougainville and the Trobriand Islands.  Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)


 The Sepik Crocodile Festival is a small rural festival with amazing traditional dancing that you won’t see at the Mt Hagen Show or other major festivals, and hardly any tourists. The festival is an initiative of WWF and aims to promote controlled harvesting of the wild crocodile population. The festival takes place at Ambunti on the border of the Middle and Upper Sepik where WWF’s conservation activities are focused, and is scheduled in August, the middle of the local dry season, when the festival is least likely to be disrupted by rain.  Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)


 13 nights Tufi, Mt Hagen, Simbai, Sepik River. Tufi of course is the absolute jewel in Papua New Guinea’s crown – a one stop shop for authentic traditional culture, magnificent fjordland scenery, an amazing diversity of geographical attractions and adventure activities, the home of the world’s largest butterfly and flocks of brilliantly coloured but understandably nervous birds of paradise.  From Tufi the tour group moves on to Mt Hagen where the itinerary includes eco-tours featuring the Paiya village skull house, the Magic Mountain moss forest and orchid gardens, and a highlands sing-sing.  From Mt Hagen there is a side trip to exotic Simbai for two days village-to-village trekking then a direct flight to Wewak for a three night motor canoe safari down the mystical Sepik River staying in bamboo huts among the river people. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)


10 nights Goroka, Mt Hagen, Simbai, Madang -escorted small group tour. The Goroka Show is partly an agricultural show and partly a highlands sing-sing. Since colonial days the people of the eastern highlands have come together once a year to display samples of their best crops and livestock to compete for prizes, and to show off their most colourful and energetic dance traditions.  The Kalam Culture Festival is a local festival attended by only a few privileged outsiders. Once a year the people of the Kalam tribe around Simbai in the highlands come together. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)


 The Goroka Show is partly an agricultural show and partly a highlands sing-sing. Since colonial days the people of the Eastern Highlands have come together once a year to display samples of their best crops and livestock, and to show off their most colourful and energetic dance traditions. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)


 11 nights Alotau (festival), Trobriand Islands, Wewak, Sepik River, Mt Hagen, Port Moresby. The Milne Bay Canoe and Drum Festival is a celebration of Milne Bay’s traditional reliance on native canoes and drums for transportation and communication between the islands. Participants from other provinces also bring their canoes and drums to join in the canoe races, drumming contests, and sing-sing performances. Participating canoes range from tiny one-man dugouts through outrigger sailing canoes to huge war canoes from Balimo in the Western Province. This festival is the only place outside Balimo where you can behold the spectacle of 30 black-skinned Balimo men paddling a 40 foot war canoe with all their might. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)


 13 nights Port Moresby, Wewak, Wewak Islands, Dagua (festival), Sepik River, Madang, Goroka. The Arapesh are a coastal people of East Sepik Province, occupying the narrow coastal plain between the Torricelli Range and the Bismarck Sea, west of Wewak. These coastal areas of the province are quiet backwaters off the “main drag” between Wewak and the Sepik River, and hardly any outsiders are seen out this way. The aim of the Arapesh Culture Festival is to revive and strengthen the traditional customs of the Arapesh people and counter the westernisation that affects villages situated close to major towns like Wewak. The Festival is held every year at the Dagua school grounds. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours (EM-PNG)


 Mt Albert Edward in the Owen Stanely Ranges of Central Province has two domes, east and west. The west dome is higher, and at 3990 metres this is PNG's second highest peak after Mt Wilhelm. Getting there is quite an expedition for FIT travellers because the nearest airstrip at Yongai has no scheduled flights and you must hike in from Woitape with a guide, porters and supplies. (Flying into Yongai by charter plane is economical for larger groups). Mt Albert Edward is a non-technical climb similar in difficulty to Mt Wilhelm. Altitude sickness is the major risk. Contact Guidepost Tours. (EM-PNG)


 See our range of tours in the Solomon's visiting Honiara, Malaita, Auki, Gizo and Munda.

Discover the Solomon Islands


 Here are some ideas for sightseeing in Honiara if you need to arrive a day or so before your tour starts. We can arrrange sightseeing as a stand alone tour or as part of a longer itinerary. (Gpt-EM)


 See our full range of tours including Kokoda, Mt Hagen, Kavieng, Sepik River and Port Moresby.

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