The Islands

Papua New Guinea is a popular tourist destination in the South Pacific. The Islands region comprises of North Soloman Islands and Bismark Archipelago. The population density of these islands is very low (14% of the population of Papua New Guinea), compared to the rest of the country.

The Islands are divided into five provinces – East Britain, New Ireland, Manus, West New Britain and Bougainville. These Islands are rich in natural beauty; many tourists have said the trip is positively unforgettable. They also have a vibrant tourist industry and will appeal to backpackers and adventure travelers. Popular tourist activities on these islands are swimming, rock climbing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling and arts, and crafts.

Introduction The Islands

Papua New Guinea is a popular tourist destination in the South Pacific. The Islands region comprises of North Soloman Islands and Bismark Archipelago. The population density of these islands is very low (14% of the population of Papua New Guinea), compared to the rest of the country.

The Islands are divided into five provinces – East Britain, New Ireland, Manus, West New Britain and Bougainville. These Islands are rich in natural beauty; many tourists have said the trip is positively unforgettable. They also have a vibrant tourist industry and will appeal to backpackers and adventure travelers. Popular tourist activities on these islands are swimming, rock climbing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling and arts and crafts.

Explore The Islands

Bismark Archipelago consists of volcanic islands. There are more than 200 islands in this region, most of them sparsely inhabited. It is best to limit your travel to New Ireland and New Britain islands because those are the most developed. These islands are known for their crystal clear water and coral reefs. There are also a number of ship wrecks in the waters nearby, which can be accessed by scuba diving.

The Islands Cuisine

The Islanders don’t put much spice into their food. This might suit westerners whose stomachs don’t agree well with spicy food. The Islanders cook their food in an underground oven called Mumu, with the typical islander meal consists of rice, meat and vegetables. They also use many types of tubers in their food such as taro, sweet potato, cassava and yams.

Alcohol is available on the islands though it is quite expensive. Many types of alcohol are available but we recommend that you stick to beer. The most popular brands are local ones such as like SP beer (South Pacific beer), it is quite decent in taste. If you want something international, don’t worry. Many New Zealand and Australian brands are available. There is a local moonshine called stim but don’t drink it even if someone gives it to you for free.

Activities in The Islands

If you are looking for a ‘formal’ shopping experience (supermarkets and shopping malls) on these islands you are going to be disappointed. Your best chances of shopping are in the town centers like Rabaul, the capital of West New Britain and Kavieng, the capital of New Ireland. Kavieng is an idellyic sea port, the kind you might read about in a Somerset Maughum novel. The island contains a nine hole golf course, so if there is a golfer in you, you can try a hand or two here.

Other fun activities on the islands are scuba diving, bird watching, surfing, trekking, kayaking and more. The Islands are acclaimed worldwide for their diving spots. These are said to be some of the best in the world. Papua New Guinea is also home to more than 700 species of birds. You will find a large number of them on these islands. For bird watchers, the islands will be akin to a bird watcher’s paradise.

If you like fishing, there is good news for you. The waters around the islands are teeming with blue marlin, black marlin, yellon fin tuna, sailfish, skip jack and many other types of fishes. Consider chartering a boat to go fishing.