Lonely Planet's top 10 islands and beaches to visit in 2014October 26th , 2013
Within PNG's broiling, savage and spectacular confines you'll find more than 190 species of mammals, 650 species of (often bonkers) birds, 160 types of frogs and 820 different languages.
Simply, it's one of the wildest, most mega-diverse and most singular places on the planet.
For tribal encounters, head to the Highlands - to Tari to meet the Wigmen, to Mt Hagen for its festival. But don't ignore the coast, where reef walls drop to inky depths just metres from magnificent beaches to provide some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.
Transport in PNG is challenging - PNG's few roads are in poor condition. Internal flights and tours are the easiest methods to travel.