Wildlife Holidays in Papua New Guinea

New Guinea is one of the wildest, most unexplored regions on Earth, with some 90% of the country still covered in forest.

It has the richest avifauna of any island with nearly 400 endemic species, including many of the birds-of-paradise, perhaps the most extraordinary family of all the worlds birds. Although their incredible displays are often shown on television, to watch them in the field is a priceless experience of a lifetime.

The island holds a wonderful assembly of pigeons, doves, parrots and kingfishers, not to mention gorgeous jewel-babblers, fairy-wrens and stunning species such as Flame Bowerbird and Garnet Robin.

Raptors are not numerous, but we have the chance of observing one of the most magnificent, the New Guinea Harpy Eagle. 

The smaller islands around New Guinea also have a wide variety of birds, and a number of pelagic species can be found offshore. Below the waves lie some fantastic reefs, hosting an array of colourful fish and the sheltered bays attract in cetaceans.

Naturetrek Tours to Papua New Guinea

Naturetreks bird watching holiday to Papua New Guinea visits magnificent forests in search of the remarkable birds-of-paradise and other exotic species. The tour also offers a chance to experience the unique culture of the indigenous Huli ‘wigmen’.

What birds-of-paradise might I see?

The following have all been seen on previous Naturetrek Papua New Guinea tours:

Lorias Bird-of-paradise, Crested Bird-of-paradise, Glossy-mantled Manucode, Crinkle-collared Manucode, Trumpet Manucode, Short-tailed Paradigalla, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Princess Stephanies Astrapia, Carolas Parotia, Lawes Parotia, King-of-Saxony Bird-of-paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Eastern Riflebird, Superb Bird-of-paradise, Black Sicklebill, Magnificent Bird-of-paradise, King Bird-of-paradise, Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Lesser Bird-of-paradise, Greater Bird-of-paradise, Raggiana Bird-of-paradise, Blue Bird-of-paradise & many more bird species.

What other wildlife might I see?

  • Marsupials including wallaby and cuscus
  • Cetaceans such as Spinner Dolphins
  • Pristine coral reefs and a wonderful variety of fish
  • Butterflies and moths

Our Specialist Recommends

"Our ‘Papua New Guinea's Birds of Paradise and Culture’ holiday visits the magnificent forests of New Guinea, where we search for the stunning birds-of-paradise and other exotic species. We will also have the opportunity to experience the fascinating cultures of some local tribes."

Operations Manager - Alison Steel

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