Papua New Guinea
PAPUA NEW GUINEA is a Melanesian country in the south-western Pacific Ocean, occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands (the western portion is the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya).
PNG is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, with active volcanoes and eruptions, and earthquakes sometimes accompanied by tsunamis. PNG is one of the most fascinating countries in the world and is definitely best visited by superyacht. This not only gives the opportunity to catch a glimpse of life in a society still following ancient ways, but also increases security for those aboard.
Outside of the main centres life is little changed and these areas offer safe and spectacular cruising adventure. Rabaul, the capital of New Britain Island in the Bismark Archipelago, is the largest of PNG’s islands and is surrounded by a colorful coral reef and sprinkled with World War 2 relics. Decimated during World War 2, Rabaul was rebuilt following the war, only to be ravaged again by the eruptions of volcanoes Tavurvur and Vulcan in 1994.
Madang on the northern coast of New Guinea also has a well-protected harbour in an area scattered with islands, reefs and lagoons. It has always been a popular stop, especially for those superyachts taking the route north of New Guinea towards Indonesia. The best cruising in PNG is found among the many islands to the east of the main island, where islanders still live a peaceful life and sail large traditional canoes for fishing and trading voyages.
Some superyachts have ventured many miles up the Sepik River, well in to what some refer to as “Head Hunter territory”… A cruise in PNG waters has been for many superyacht guests and crew, the highlight of their world cruise, and if the itinerary is chosen carefully, it is a country well worth visiting.
Captain’s log: Papua New Guinea – Superyachts in Papua New Guinea