List of described attractions by provinces

Papua New Guinea is divided into 18 provinces, Autonomous Region of Bougainville and the National Capital District.

Bougainville Autonomous Region
Central Province
Eastern Highlands Province
East New Britain Province
ArrowMinyé sinkhole and caveCaves, Sinkholes
ArrowNaré sinkholeCaves, Sinkholes
East Sepik Province
Enga Province
Gulf Province
Madang Province
Manus Province
Milne Bay Province
Morobe Province
ArrowKlinki in Bulolo ValleyTrees
National Capital District
New Ireland Province
Oro Province (Northern)
Simbu Province (Cimbu)
Southern Highlands Province
ArrowMamo Kananda CaveCaves
ArrowMamo plateauSinkholes
Western Province (Fly)
Western Highlands Province
West New Britain Province
West Sepik Province (Sandaun)

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Minyé sinkhole and cave

Cross section of Minyé sinkhole
Cross section of Minyé sinkhole.
Gatis Pāvils, basing on T.Waltham, 2006, CC-BY-SA-3.0

The incredible hole in the equatorial jungle - Minyé sinkhole and cave system - is true wonder of the world but only few people have seen it from above - from airplane of helicopter. Even fewer people - truly the chosen ones - manage to descend into it and to see the fabulous, virgin beauty of its interiors.

Minyé sinkhole is nearly perfectly round, up to 510 m deep hole. Equatorial climate helps to sustain jungle cover everywhere - on the bottom and even on the nearly vertical walls.

Floor of the sinkhole is crossed by powerful river - sinkhole is just a window opening a view on might underground river.

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Main attractions

One of the most exciting and mysterious lands in the world is Papua New Guinea. This country takes half of the second largest island and numerous other larger and smaller islands. Here live diverse indigenous people speaking in 820 languages who have very diverse cultural traditions.

Cave in Bosavi crater
Cave in Bosavi crater.
panvorax, Flickr, SA BY-2.0

Papua New Guinea for most part has very rugged terrain and major part of the country is covered with primeval nature - mostly rainforest. Up to this day Papua New Guinea is poorly investigated and here are expected numerous exciting discoveries of geological, biological and archaeological nature.

It is hard to single out the most impressive kind of landmarks in this land of wonders - but it is possible that this country has got the most impressive caves in the world. Here are located also some of the largest sinkholes of the world, very impressive gorges, canyons and cliff walls, as well as possibly most powerful springs in the world. Papuea New Guinea contains diverse volcanos, several geyser fields, hot springs and other exciting landmarks related to volcanism.

Papustyla pulcherrima - endemic snail from Manus Island
Papustyla pulcherrima - endemic snail from Manus Island.
Dennis Hill, Wikimedia Commons, SA BY-2.0

Biological diversity of Papua New Guinea is very high and there are locations which contain large amount of endemic species of plants and animals. Here live the largest butterflies in the world. There are exciting legends and reported sightings of cryptids - mysterious animals.

Archaeological investigations in Papua New Guinea have been rare and we can be sure that many exciting archaeological monuments will be discovered in future.

New Guinea is one of the few locations in the world where independently developed agriculture and traces of ancient fields are seen here up to this day. Megaliths thus far have been found in Trobriand Islands. Diverse cliff paintings recently have been found in hundreds of caves in different regions of the country.

Volcanic landmarks

Sinkholes and caves

Karst features in New Britain

Exceptional geological landmarks are the extremely large collapse dolines - sinkholes of Nakanai Mountains in New Britain. This area contains the largest underground rivers in the world in extremely impressive, giant cave passages. Exits of underground rivers represent some of the most powerful springs in the world. Here are located also eight impressive canyons with depth often exceeding 1 kilometre.

Caves and sinkholes in other parts of Papua New Guinea

Unique ecosystems and organisms

Cryptids

There are diverse reports about unusual animals unknown to science from different areas of Papua New Guinea. Some of the most interesting are:

Other natural landmarks

Archaeological monuments

Poreporena village in Port Moresby
Poreporena village in Port Moresby.
Stephen Codrington, Wikimedia Commons, SA BY-2.5

Other monuments of culture and etnography


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