Papua New Guinea and cruise ships may seem as likely a match as Indiana Jones and lawn bowls, but the pair has been getting very close. New to courting our nearest neighbour is Aurora Expeditions, making it five vessels to now cruise its pristine waters. Even the venerable QE2 called into New Britain for a bit of a singsing. No disrespect to cruise travellers, but let’s face it they’re not renowned for their adventurous streak. And surely that’s what PNG is all about – adventure, excitement – even danger.
Until recently I was only dimly aware of Papua New Guinea and like many Australians harboured a fairly negative impression of it, imagining a place terrorised by raskols and overrun by expatriates. But if there’s one thing travel teaches, it’s that expectations rarely align with reality.
Meet The Neighbours, The Sun-Herald, September 23, 2007