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Meet The Huli Wigmen of Tari Highlands, Papua New Guinea

Napata, the wig specialist

When the first European explorers found their way into the Highlands of Papua New Guinea in the 1930’s, they didn’t find the mountain ranges they were expecting. Instead, they chanced upon heavily cultivated valleys and over one million people living here. Today, this part of the PNG is still the most densely populated area of [...]

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The Lelioa Trek: Going Backcountry in Papua New Guinea

The ridges and rias of Tufi

The air is hot and steamy, and I’m completely drenched in sweat. It rained the day before and the trail is still muddy and slippery. There’s actually no trail to speak of, we are literally bashing our way through the thick vegetation that is sprouting in all directions. I am here on the Lelioa Trek, [...]

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An Outdoor Lover’s Playground: Tufi, Papua New Guinea

The deck at Tufi Resort

As a first-time visitor to Papua New Guinea, I wanted to see and explore as much of the country’s famous tribal culture, hiking trails and dive sites as possible — and at Tufi Dive Resort I did just that. Located off the Solomon Sea in northeastern Papua New Guinea, Tufi Dive Resort is set right [...]

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The Sounds and Colors of a Papua New Guinean Sing-sing

Paddling on outrigger canoes

Wayne assured me that I would be in the company of real tribesmen and witnessing a truly authentic and unique sing-sing (celebratory festival or dance). I’d come all the way to Tufi, a remote  settlement in northeastern Papua New Guinea, to do just that — yet I still didn’t truly believe it could happen. The [...]

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Flying Over the Fjords of Tufi, Papua New Guinea

A view of the fjords from the air

For such a massive and diverse country like Papua New Guinea, the best way to see it is from above. Only by taking to the skies can you truly understand the geography and terrain of the island nation. On this trip, I had the opportunity to fly to the northeastern corner of mainland Papua New [...]

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Introducing Papua New Guinea’s Capital City, Port Moresby — On Safety and Things to Do

Port Moresby from the air

Claiming fame as the bad boy of the Pacific, the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby is often described as gritty and dangerous by the news media. On the surface, Port Moresby may look and feel like a mid-sized city anywhere else but a look at the barbed wires that surround every hotel and [...]

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Photo Essay: The Colors of Papua New Guinea

Flying over the fjords of Tufi

Known as the Land of the Unexpected, Papua New Guinea is indeed shrouded in mystery and packed full of surprises for those curious enough to see beyond the headlines. As a remote and largely unexplored country, Papua New Guinea is a hodgepodge of impenetrable jungles, ancient mangrove swamps, wide savanna grasslands. In the midst of [...]

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Updates from Papua New Guinea

By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be on my way to Papua New Guinea, a destination I’ve been dreaming of exploring for ages. I’ve flown more than 9,000 miles from Spain to explore this part of the world so you bet I’m excited to see what’s in store. As a unique archipelago, Papua New [...]

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Video: Jet Boating on the Sigatoka river, Fiji

one of the Speedboats

“Ready?” Our female captain Joey shouted as we whizzed over the water at over 80km/h. With that, she turned her steering wheel 180 degrees and sent us flying through the air, our hands flailing and water whipping our faces. It was our first time on a jet boat and we never imagined it to be [...]

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Riding the Eddies: White-Water Rafting in Fiji

winding through the narrow gorge

“Wananabu! Paddles up in the air!” roared Noah Lewaravu, our young Fijian rafting guide. We screamed with much enthusiasm and raised our paddles in the air to do a high five. Buzzing with a natural high, our boat of four rowers were cheering as water splashed in all directions, providing a cooling respite from the sultry heat of [...]

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For Love of the Land: Aloha Aina at Waihe’e Wetlands Refuge on Maui

the sand dunes and wetlands

A look at Hawaiian aloha aina culture.

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Video: Stand Up Paddleboarding off Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Intro to paddleboarding

During our recent trip to Maui, we had the chance to take a crash course in stand up boarding — a sport I had long wanted to master. It wasn’t my first time; I’d tried it once in Spain and another time in Alaska but had never quite gotten the hang of it. So armed [...]

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Diving Molokini Volcano Crater off Maui, Hawaii

Molokini from above

Dark rocks, giant boulders, and aged patches of lava surround us. In the midst of these rock tunnels and small coral caves, our marine biologist guide Pauline shines her torch to find endemic marine animals poking their heads out, curiously staring at us. Instead of the usual colorful spectrum of corals that we see underwater, [...]

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The Rooftop of Maui — Haleakala Volcano Crater

Our way to Haleakala

Rising above the island of Maui is the gentle giant, Haleakala Volcano. Standing at 10,023 feet (3,055 m) above sea level, it covers almost 75% of the island. While it’s no longer active, it remains a sacred spot for the native Hawaiians, and one of the most visited sights on Maui. According to Hawaiian folklore, the demigod Maui went to [...]

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Video: Paragliding Above Maui

FLY LIKE A BIRD

With big strides and arms swinging, I’m running as fast as I can. A huge force is pulling me from behind, but I ignore it and push myself forward and continue running. Within seconds, my feet are off the ground — and we are airborne. I stretch both my hands out, to feel the wind between my [...]

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