Papua New Guinea in Photographs: So Far Away

We were in a small boat near Mioko Island (of the Duke of York group of islands), when, all of a sudden, there were big smiles all around. The 200-strong pod of resident spinner dolphins was showing off all its tricks: riding the bow-waves of our boat in groups, jumping cleanly out of the water, and diving back. I was taken back to my childhood comic book-reading days where Phantom and his family played with Solomon and Nefertiti, their pet dolphins
Photographer: SUBIR GHOSH

A little-explored destination off the coasts of Australia and Indonesia, Papua New Guinea is worth discovering

Words & Photographs: SUBIR GHOSH


The azure Pacific Ocean below us is dotted with deep green specks, ringed by bright yellow, creamy sand and surf, all glistening in the afternoon sun: we have reached Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is a group of about 600 islands, located in the south-west Pacific Ocean, just above Australia and with its western edge close to Indonesia. Its only contact with the outside world is through the capital city, Port Moresby. After being ruled temporarily by the Germans and British, Papua New Guinea finally ceased to be an Australian colony and became independent in 1975. Its seven million inhabitants, consisting of about 600 tribes, speak nearly 800 different languages. Luckily, everybody also converses in Tok Pisin or Pidgin English on Port Moresby, and we are able to communicate comfortably.

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