Lae, island of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea)
On the southern coast of the Huon Peninsula is the second largest city in Papu New Guinea – Lae . At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a small missionary settlement here, but by the middle of the 20th century, when gold was found in the mountains, the settlement began to turn into a large city. Now Lae is one of the main industrial centers of the country.
The main attraction of the city is the Botanical Gardens. They cover an area of 3000 sq. m. The gardens are divided into separate sections, introducing visitors to the flora and fauna of different regions of the state. Here you can see about 15 thousand local plants, 21 species of birds, several species of reptiles, 70 species of butterflies, 6 species of turtles and several dozen species of frogs and fish. In addition, there is a military cemetery in the Botanical Gardens, since during World War II Lae was the main base of Japanese troops on the island of New Guinea. The Melanesian Arts and Crafts Center Morobe is worth a visit, where the main areas of work of local artisans are presented.
Every year at the end of October, the country-famous Morobe Show takes place in Lae.. About 100 bands from different tribes come to perform at the sing-sing show. Mount Lunaman rises in the center of Lae, which was used by the Japanese and Americans as an observation post during World War II. Now it also offers beautiful views of Huon Bay and the mountainous valley of Markham. Lae It is surrounded on three sides by mountains – the Saruwajed Range and the northern spurs of the Owen Stanley Range, which come close to the coast. Here is a zone of increased seismic activity, which is confined to the Pacific ring of fire. Most of the volcanoes are located in this part of the island of New Guinea (about two dozen). The zone of seismic activity attracts lovers of hiking – there are many tourist routes of various levels of complexity. Fans of outdoor activities will also be interested in McAdam reserve, which protects rare species of pines – Ring pine and Klinka pine. In addition, the Watut River flows in the vicinity of the city , which is perfect for rafting.
South of Lae The popular Salamaua Beach stretches along Huon Bay with good conditions for swimming and diving. For diving, the coral reefs of the coastal city of Finschhafen and the island of Siassi are also suitable.
Tufi, New Guinea Island (Papua New Guinea)
According to topbbacolleges, the small town of Tufi is located in the southeastern part of Oro province on the coast of Cape Nelson, 250 km east of Port Moresby. This part of the coast differs significantly from other coasts of the country – here you can see the fjords. The fjords of Papua New Guinea, unlike the Scandinavian ones, arose as a result of volcanic processes, when lava, flowing down to the coast, solidified, forming bizarre rocky forms. The height of the fjords in some places reaches 150 m, and under water they go to a depth of 90 m. In Tufi, tourists are invited to go on hiking tours along the coastline indented by fjords.
In the vicinity of the city of Tufi is the famous dive resort Tufi . The resort has several bungalows and a guest house built by locals for those tourists who lack the exotic. The main types of diving on Tufi are diving near the fjords and near the reefs surrounding the resort, where you can conduct macro photography, poppy diving, as well as wreck diving to the wrecks of the Second World War. Underwater visibility throughout the year is about 30 m.
Among the reefs of Tufi resort the most impressive are the House Reef and Malway Reef. The house reef is great for snorkelling and underwater photography. Here you can see a wide variety of corals, gobi fish, shrimp, seahorses, clams, pipefish and Chinese perches. The dives at Malway Reef are quite difficult and suitable only for experienced divers. Hammerhead fish, reef sharks and rays are common here. Also near Tufi on the seabed are the remains of patrol torpedo boats and a Dutch military freighter from the Second World War. Dive sites Black Rocks and Shark Fin are suitable for those who like to swim close to sharks.
Alotau, New Guinea island (Papua New Guinea)
The city of Alotau is located in the southern part of Milne Bay and is the main city of the province of Milne Bay. Milne Bay and, in particular, Alotau are considered one of the best places in the country for beach holidays, diving, surfing and kite surfing. In the coastal waters there are more than 500 coral reefs and a variety of sunken ships and aircraft left lying on the bottom since the Second World War.
In a remote part of Milne Bay is the Tawali dive resort. It can only be reached from Alotau on the boat. The isolation of the resort makes the rest here quiet and calm. Tourists are delivered to dive sites by two vessels equipped with special equipment for processing digital photos on site. The waters surrounding the Tawali resort are considered among the best for poppy diving. The underwater world of this part of Milne Bay is very diverse, here you can see all kinds of corals that have created entire coral walls and huge fans, among which, in addition to small fish, there are large marine life, including sharks and rays. Most excursions to nearby islands depart from Alotau. The most popular excursions to Ferguson Island with volcanoes, hot springs and mud pools; Murua island where wood carving masters live; the Trobriand Islands, where tribal leaders are highly respected but inherited through the female line, and where the annual Milamala Harvest Festival is held between June and August.