© Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotions Authority
Our friends at WWF, NHA’s conservation partner, recently posted a slideshow of pristine Papua New Guinea. The photos were so stunning we had to share them with our Good Nature readers. This exotic locale is one of Nat Hab’s and WWF’s newest adventure cruise offerings, Circumnavigating New Guinea. WWF Senior Program Officer Cassie O’Connor will be joining the second half of this voyage to offer her expertise and stories about her conservation work in this biodiversity-rich area.
Enjoy this “virtual voyage” through New Guinea’s daily village life and the primal beauty of the Coral Triangle, with over 600 species of coral and 2,000 species of reef fish.
A CORAL REEF NATION
Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s major coral reef nations with more than 15,000 square miles of coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove forests. © Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotions Authority
Trobriand islanders, such as this young man, host an annual Milamala yam harvest festival, which includes processions and traditional rites which travelers have the chance to observe. © Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotions Authority
Rabaul Island is made up of six volcanoes, most of which are still active. © Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotions Authority
BAINING TRIBE FIRE DANCERS
The Baining tribe of the East New Britain Islands perform fire dances to honor local spirits. Tribe members wear traditional masks of bark cloth, bamboo and leaves, which are discarded after the ceremony. © Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotions Authority
The remnants of planes, ships and other wreckage from World War II surround Rabaul Island, which was a Japanese stronghold during the war. Today, it’s a great historical site for for divers and snorkelers. © Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotions Authority
SEPIK WOOD CARVER
Sepik area tribes are famous for traditional carvings that are linked to their spiritual beliefs. © Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotions Authority
SEPIK SPIRIT HOUSE
Some Sepik spirit houses have been replaced by churches; however, the spirit houses that remain continue to play a strong role in traditional beliefs. © Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotions Authority
Travel to Papua New Guinea with Natural Habitat Adventures and WWF.