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.