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Papua New Guinea Travel Guide

One of the last frontiers is an expression that couldn’t be closer to the truth where Papua New Guinea is concerned. Whether culture or nature excites you, this is one of the most untouched and diverse lands on earth and in reality is not at all difficult to visit. With so much to see it’s hard to believe Papua New Guinea is one of the least visited countries on earth.

Papua New Guinea is in the South Pacific and lies directly north of Australia. Two beautiful and mysterious new island province lies to the northeast of mainland Papua New Guinea. New Ireland is the narrow island north of New Britain and the province also includes several islands of the Northwest end the largest being New Hanover. To the east lie a further string of islands including Lihir, one of the world’s largest gold mines.

New Ireland has perfect white sand beaches and rivers of clear water tumbling down from the ruggedly forested central onyx range. New Ireland is a beautiful, friendly, and easygoing place and although little known and rarely visited is easily accessible to those looking for that special once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Kavieng is a sleepy little town with an attractive harbour and a variety of bars, restaurants, and facilities including supermarkets, supply stores, banks, supply stores, and places to stay include a hotel, guest stars, and resort-style accommodation while easygoing traditional style bungalows are situated among the islands offshore. From Kavieng, you can choose to head down the main coastal road of a new island or head out into the many beautiful islands offshore.

New Ireland known as the mainland by the locals is mountainous and riddled with huge flooded caves. Much of the east coast can be reached by the bull Minsky highway which runs most of its length. This coast comprises one breathtaking beach after another, traditional villages, and lagoons of surpassing beauty. Friendly guest house and bungalow-style accommodation are available at various points, providing an opportunity to experience traditional community life at a true grassroots level. You might even be lucky enough to join a traditional ceremonial feast. The remote west coast is also accessible by road with rugged rainforest and clad mountains falling steeply into the sea.

Midway down the island, the Papuan Plateau rises to over 1200 meters and is very different from the steamy coast. The vegetation comprises many fans and beautiful orchids and the climate is cool enough to grow vegetables that cannot be grown on the coast. Mountaintop guest house accommodation is available and is the perfect location from which to experience traditional highland plateau life.

The northwestern islands with the friendly people, wide sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, pristine coral reef systems, and rolling surf are an unspoiled paradise – an incredible opportunity for discovery and adventure or just simple relaxation. Many of the palm-fringed islands contain picturesque villages and the largest island called New Hanover has spectacular river systems, waterfalls, and mountains.

These remote and beautiful island groups can be explored by boat and really are a journey back to ancient times. Comfortable guest house accommodations are available in some of the most idyllic locations imaginable or perhaps the adventure, freedom, and simplicity of a liveaboard yacht charter might appeal to you. Either way, visitors will experience a fascinating culture largely unchanged for thousands of years.

The new island province of Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most timeless, diverse, and exciting discoveries of modern times. It’s safe it’s easily accessible, and it’s waiting for you.

Staying Safe on Your ATV

ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicles) have a bad reputation of being dangerous. Each year, many people are injured seriously on them or even killed in accidents on ATV’s. Yes, an ATV can be dangerous, but no more than any other kind of vehicle such as a car, motorcycle, or anything else. ATV accidents are caused mostly due to the improper use or ignorance of it. There are many safety precautions that can be taken to help minimize the risks of riding an ATV. Most of those precautions are common sense. Keep reading to discover more about staying safe while riding an ATV.

The first rule is that no one under 16 years of age should be permitted to ride on an ATV that is full-sized. The American Academy of Pediatrics put forth this recommendation but it should be considered a law to always follow this. People under sixteen years of age are not developed enough to operate a vehicle with this much power. There are other options available to children under sixteen, though, such as smaller models and ones with engines that are less powerful.

Knowing the operating rules for any ATV is very important before trying to operate it. There are courses all over the country that can train you to ride one, so it is always a good idea to enroll in a class before you go out for a ride. One thing you will learn in class is the importance of always riding protective gear such as eye protection, boots, gloves, and a helmet. All of these are necessary to protect your body from the danger of ATV riding in the case of an accident.

A lot of times, an accident on an ATV happens when there is more than one passenger on the ATV. These are made for only one person to ride at a time generally. The extra weight can make the ATV roll over easier. Having the distraction of another person can also cause the driver to wreck.

Remember that an ATV is designed to ride off road. You should never ride them on a hard surface like asphalt or concrete. Besides that, riding an ATV on a road is extremely dangerous because of the added dangers of riding along with cars and trucks. Besides, an ATV does not perform well on those types of surfaces and can be very hard to control.

Most ATV accidents happen because of improper use. This can include riding too fast or driving it through terrain that is dangerous. An ATV is built to only go certain speeds over certain terrains. Going over those speeds should not be done because the ATV can roll over and crash. Doing tricks or stunts should also be avoided because of the risk of injury.

Last of all, make sure you have something you can use to communicate with others on your ride. You will need to use it to call for help if there’s an emergency. Now get out there and have fun!