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Have more time, second trip to Papua New Guinea, or looking for something specific? Here are some additional highlights when creating your custom Papua New Guinea travel plan. If this is your first taste of Papua New Guinea, visit our Essential Papua New Guinea page to discover must-see sites, attractions and travel destinations.

Goroka

At an altitude of 5,200 feet, Goroka's climate is perpetually spring-like-warm days and cool, crisp nights-producing fruits and vegetables of exceptional quality. Spend a day at the McCarthy Museum, exhibiting some of the finest displays of pottery, weapons and musical instruments in Papua New Guinea.

Or take a brief tour to the Asaro Mudmen village with their wild mud dance masks. You may want to plan your trip to take in the world famous Goroka Sing-Sing, held annually in September. If you are interested in attending the show, book your Papua New Guinea travel one year in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tumbuna

This remote village is home to a supremely authentic and untouristed sing-sing. "Tumbuna" means "ancestors" in Tok Pisin (the lingua franca of Papua New Guinea). This sing-sing celebrates "Taim Bilong Tumbuna" (the time that belonged to the indigenous people, i.e. pre-European contact).

For an extraordinary Papua New Guinea travel experience, witness this very obscure, supremely colorful village sing-sing, whereby different groups, dazzling in their wildly flamboyant costumes, plumage and make-up, compete for prestige in a splash of color and a chorus of song.  The tribes present at this sing-sing are barely post-Stone Age. They cultivate yam and taro, search for the edible fruits and animals in the forest, and live in symbiosis with their livestock (women suckle young piglets).

Kegsugl/Mt. Wilhelm

There are excellent natural and cultural activities available from Kegsugl for the adventurous. Explore the rainforest, grasslands and villages of this highly fertile Highlands area, and meet the colorful and friendly Simbu people. It is possible to trek up Mt. Wilhelm from here.

Bensbach

This area is a vast, seasonally flooded plain, lightly populated with people, but crowded with bird and animal life. It is located in the remote western province near the Indonesian border. The Bensbach Lodge, built of local materials, is intimate and comfortable. It has established a reputation for spectacular wildlife viewing and fishing.

Many animals and birds are fearless because they have had little contact with people. Wallabies, crocodiles, rusa deer and wild pigs are prolific and the birdlife is incredible. It is also one of the premier sites in the world for sport fishing with the prize being the barramundi. Due to its extremely remote location, Bensbach is only available for groups of four or more traveling in Papua New Guinea.

New Britian/New Ireland

The largest of Papua New Guinea's subsidiary islands, both offer opportunities to visit coastal villages, coconut and rubber plantations, geothermal volcanic sites, historic WWII sites and finally some of the premier snorkeling sites to be found anywhere in the world.

Trobriand and D'Entrecasteaux Islands

These culturally distinct islands have a very Polynesian feel, with cultural elements found nowhere else on Earth. Studied by anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski in the late 1930s, his books on the islands remain classics of cultural anthropology.

Known for their intricate wood carvings, exuberant sing-sings, yam worshipping cults, matrilineal passing of wealth and their unfettered sexual practices, these islands remain some of the most undisturbed and exotic of the islands of the Pacific. The area is accessible only via private cruise charter aboard the luxurious Kalibobo Spirit; generally cost prohibitive for individuals or couples  but perfect for extended friends and family groups.

Alotau

Spend a lovely day on your Papua New Guinea tour cruising and snorkeling in renowned Milne Bay. The city also hosts the annual Alotau War Canoe and Kundu Festival each November. This is a small and friendly cultural show, allowing attendees to interact with the performers.

The Canoe & Kundu Festival is a celebration of the culture and tradition of war that was traditionally conducted via canoe between tribes that inhabited this coastal area.

Lae

Annually in October, Lae comes alive with the Morobe Cultural Show and Sing-Sing. While less famous and less visited than sing-sings in Mt. Hagen and Goroka, The Morobe Show is one of the largest and oldest festivals in Papua New Guinea. Originally a purely agricultural show, it is now the largest Papua New Guinea festival, maintaining its agricultural focus, but with a large cultural component.

The agricultural component of the show allows visitors to learn about the modern Papua New Guinea economy and to learn about how various agricultural products are grown and processed. The Morobe Show has perhaps the greatest variety of sing-sing groups of any of Papua New Guinea's cultural festivals with in excess of 80 sing-sing groups, representing 13 of Papua New Guinea's 19 provinces. The tribes-wildly flamboyant in their traditional, colorful costumes-assemble for a spirited competition of dancing, singing, and other tribal arts and customs. Competitions are held in many categories, and sought-after cash prizes, ribbons and prestige go to the winners in the baby beef, yam and orchid classifications, among many others. There is also the Miss Morobe beauty pageant, where aspiring women from throughout Papua New Guinea compete in traditional dress-the understanding of the traditional value of their costume is one of the key elements on which they are judged. There are also archery competitions, rodeo style events and handicraft stalls.