Papua New Guinea is regarded by many as one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world. It is becoming an increasingly popular destination for tourists, thanks to its unspoiled beaches, lush rainforests and impressive landscapes. For those looking for an environmentally friendly and sustainable holiday option, Papua New Guinea provides a wealth of fantastic options.
Eco-tourism is one of the latest buzz words in the travel industry, and rightly so, as it provides travellers with the opportunity to conserve the environment of their destination and improve the welfare of the local people. Here are a few of the options available for eco tours and holidays in Papua New Guinea.
Napatana Lodge, situated in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea, specialises in eco-tourism and works closely with environmental groups and local communities. Accommodation at the Lodge is in the form of well equipped bungalows with all modern amenities or twin and double rooms which share a balcony overlooking the tropical gardens. Many activities are available for guests, including diving, trekking and bush walking.
Napatana Lodge is also home to a sanctuary which cares for sick or injured birds and animals. Many are nurtured back to full health and released, though some have refused to leave and have become regular guests at the Lodge.
Adventure fans will love the trek across this geographical heart of Papua New Guinea. At night, shelter is sought in secluded jungle camps and there is often the opportunity to share experiences with the traditional villagers in the area. It takes around 10 days to cover the 96km trail, which will leave travellers with an immense feeling of accomplishment. Many reputable providers of these tours will make a contribution on your behalf to local development funds, making your holiday rewarding in more ways than one.
A sea kayaking holiday in Papua New Guinea can be a wonderfully unique experience. Leaving behind the norms of Westernised living, adventurers will spend their days exploring some of the hundreds of islands and thousands of kilometres of coastline, enjoying crystal clear waters and untouched coral reefs. Many of these trips will involve meeting islanders who rarely encounter outsiders, allowing travellers to witness and appreciate cultures so far removed from their own. Reputable tour providers will provide briefings before excursions on how to limit your impact on the local environment and show respect towards islanders.
Ulamani Treetops Lodge
The Ulamani Treetops Lodge is set in forest wilderness at the base of the Pini mountain range, offering stunning views of the clear waters of Milne Bay. The Lodge is owned and operated by locals as a way to generate income for the preservation of the rainforest and the diverse ecosystems which reside there. Accommodation consists of comfortable unit rooms and a backpackers’ lodge.
As the Lodge benefits from such a secluded location, it offers an unbeatable opportunity to get in touch with nature. Many previous guests at Ulamani Treetops Lodge have said that it is an experience which they will never forget, and it’s easy to understand why.
Papua New Guinea is often referred to as ‘the land of the unexpected’, which is unsurprising when you consider these tour and holiday options which the country offers. For environmentally aware travellers, it really is a must-visit destination.