Papua New Guinea Main Cities and Towns (VIDEO INCLUDED)

Papua New Guinea (PNG) boasts a rich tapestry of cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and a vibrant urban scene. Here are the ten main towns and cities that represent the country's diverse regions.

1. Port Moresby (National Capital District)

Port Moresby stands tall as the capital city of Papua New Guinea and serves as the primary gateway for international visitors. Jacksons International Airport welcomes travellers worldwide, ushering them into this bustling metropolis. 

The city sprawls around the picturesque Fairfax Harbour, with its vibrant urban core scattered with government agencies, embassies, and iconic landmarks such as the National Parliament and the National Museum and Art Gallery. 

Recent development initiatives, driven in part by hosting the APEC summit in 2018, have resulted in waterfront housing and business projects like Harbourside and Harbour City, transforming the city's skyline. 

Port Moresby offers a wide range of accommodations, from luxurious hotels like Airways and The Stanley to budget-friendly options. 

Visitors can enjoy traditional PNG-style cuisine at restaurants like Mumu, and key attractions include vibrant local markets, the Port Moresby Nature Park, and the Loloata Private Island Resort.

2. Lae (Morobe Province)

As PNG's second-largest city, Lae holds prominence as a significant industrial hub and a vital cargo port. Situated in Morobe Province, Lae may be reached through Lae Nadzab Airport, located approximately 40 kilometres away. 

While its industrial importance is notable, Lae also offers an annual spectacle in the form of the Morobe Show, showcasing the region's cultural heritage.

Lae is the home of the PNG University of Technology.

3. Mount Hagen (Western Highlands Province)

Located in the picturesque Wahgi Valley, Mount Hagen is the capital of the Western Highlands Province. Although it ranks as the country's third-largest city, Mount Hagen retains a rural charm with a strong agricultural community. 

Travellers are welcomed at the Mount Hagen market, a vibrant centre for trade and commerce. 

Visitors can witness the colourful annual Mount Hagen Show, celebrating the cultural diversity of PNG.

4. Madang (Madang Province)

Madang beckons travellers with its stunning turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and tranquil islands. Located in Madang Province, the town boasts some of the best diving and snorkelling opportunities in PNG. 

The annual Morobe Show is a major tourist attraction, showcasing the region's cultural richness. 

Additionally, Madang is home to the Divine Word University and the massive Ramu nickel mine.

5. Goroka (Eastern Highlands Province)

Known for its annual Goroka Show, a spectacular event featuring over 100 tribes, including the Asaro Mudmen, Goroka serves as the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province. 

Coffee production drives the local economy, and the town is a commercial and transportation hub for the region.

To read about the Bena Tribal People's Nose-bleeding and Cane Swallowing Rituals, click here

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6. Rabaul/Kokopo (East New Britain Province)

Rabaul and Kokopo, twin coastal towns in East New Britain, boast a scenic setting with islands, jungles, and volcanoes. 

Kokopo has taken over as the provincial capital since Rabaul was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 1984. 

These towns offer a myriad of attractions, from diving and snorkelling to war history and the National Mask Festival, which includes fire dancing.

7. Kimbe (West New Britain Province)

Located in West New Britain Province, Kimbe is a vibrant town known for its oil palm production, palm-fringed beaches and turquoise waters.

The province is home to the largest Oil Palm Company, New Britain Palm Oil, in the Pacific and the region, and the largest employer of Papua New Guineans.

The town is an ideal gateway to explore the surrounding natural wonders, including waterfalls and pristine coral reefs.

8. Wewak (East Sepik Province)

Wewak, the capital of East Sepik Province, is nestled along the isolated north coast of PNG. 

With a relaxed ambience and a subsistence lifestyle, Wewak provides access to the Sepik River, a major tourist attraction in the country. 

The region's turquoise waters, palm-fringed beaches, and enchanting waterfalls await exploration.

9. Kavieng (New Ireland Province)

Kavieng, located in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, is a captivating coastal town renowned for its unspoiled beauty and warm hospitality. 

The town is served by Kavieng Airport, welcoming visitors to its stunning shores. Nusa Island Retreat, a paradise nestled just off the coast, offers an idyllic escape with pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkelling and diving. 

Kavieng's friendly people embrace visitors with open arms, sharing their rich culture and traditions, making it an unforgettable destination for those seeking a true Papua New Guinean experience.

10. Alotau (Milne Bay Province)

As the provincial capital of Milne Bay Province, Alotau lies on the eastern tip of PNG. 

Surrounded by beautiful bay waters, this picturesque town offers a serene atmosphere and serves as a starting point for various island adventures and cultural experiences.

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