Highlights of the South Pacific Islands: From Polynesia to Micronesia in Two Months

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Two months is barely enough time to scratch the surface of traveling through a huge, spread-out and diverse region that consists of hundreds of inhabited islands, thousands of uninhabited islets and hundreds of thousands of square miles of ocean. Transportation is challenging. Some destinations are served by only one or two flights per week and [Read more …]

Exploring Goroka, Papua New Guinea

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We spent most of our time in Goroka (Papua new Guinea or PNG) at the Goreka Festival (see our 2 blogs on this colorful event) . While there, however, we also had time to explore the streets and to explore a few of the city’s and the region’s sites. J.K. McCarthy Museum The J.K. McCarthy [Read more …]

More Entertainment from the Goroka Festival in Papua New Guinea

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Our last blog presented only a partial glimpse into the Goroka Festival in Papua New Guinea. With over 100 various tribes coming together for a transitional sing-sing…all in traditional costumes and body paint—we felt this deserved many more photos of the incredible two days we spent there. So to continue on our review of the [Read more …]

Festival Season Goroka-style

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Goroka, Papua New Guinea The town of Goroka in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is part of the original German colony. It, was and still is a major coffee growing and agricultural area. It also has some of the richest clay deposits. These deposits have been exploited for millennia by the famed Asaro Mudmen tribe who [Read more …]

Mount Hagen PNG and the Western Highlands

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Our next destination in Papua New Guinea was the town of Mount Hagen, the third largest town in the country (80,000 people) and the capital of the Highlands. After an hour on the speedboat ride up the Septik River to the airsrip, a 45 minute flight and another 45 minute drive over the roughest road [Read more …]

Septik River in Papua New Guinea: Cannibalism

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Cannibalism in the Sepik Next up on our tour of the Septik River tribes in Papua New Guinea was a war games reenactment by the village warriors: the occupants of a war canoe threw spears and rammed a canoe from another clan. They captured the invading canoe, captured and killed the survivors and brought them [Read more …]

Septik River Papua New Guinea

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Mindimbit Tribe While exploring the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, we visited the large, roughly 300-person, so-called Mindimbit Part One Village. The village was created by and is still home to the tribe’s original clan, who are descended from the founding families. The smaller, neighboring Part Two Village was created by subsequent clans and [Read more …]

Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River Region

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Sepik River Region Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) Sepik river basin has been popular with Europeans since the mid-19th century when hunters discovered a large population of Birds of Paradise, whose feathers were all the rage for aristocratic European women’s hats. German explorers began exploring the river by steamboat in 1886, which brought traders, plantation labor [Read more …]

Papua New Guinea: Visiting Huli Villages in Tari

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During our time in the Tari area in Papua New Guinea, we visited three Huli villages. Although it was clear that we were being given a “show” of how things were done and how people dressed, we still were impressed with the fascinating displays of very different and very unique aspects of hundreds of years-old [Read more …]

Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands

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Southern Highlands From Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG), we took a plane to Tari to visit the southern highlands. This area is characterized by a combination of tall (especially the 14,400-foot Mt. Giluwe) and mid-sized mountains, deep, broad valleys and rolling grasslands. Our destination was Ambua Lodge in the 7,000-foot Tari Gap on the [Read more …]