The worlds second largest island sits in the smoking Ring of Fire, a title that matches it’s fiercely proud and dramatic personality. Western New Guinea is a wildly evocative choice for yacht charter guests seeking true adventure and close encounters with some of the world’s most intriguing tribes. A flush of velvet green, oceans of clear blue, and over 600 bird species flooding the skies – it’s no wonder that Western New Guinea is so beguiling. When not delving deep into tribal life on the main island, there’s another 600 atolls and scattered islands close by to keep your sails ever blowing in that sweet sea breeze.
Reasons to Charter a Yacht to Western New Guinea
One of the most alluring aspects of chartering to Western New Guinea has to be its aesthetic tribal splendor. Home to over 600 languages and many different tribes, there’s so much culture to admire. The Sepik River is home to the Crocodile Men, Baining is where you will find the fire dancers, and in the highlands of Goroka you will see the mud smeared men and their exaggerated clay masks.
Sail along the Sepik River and you will be greeted by scenes that make Western New Guinea feel like such a rare and remote destination. A primeval forest simmers beneath the flash of parrot feathers and tribesmen pass by in their dugout canoes. In Middle Sepik carvings and elaborate shields tell sensory stories and every leaf and tangled tree trunk seems soaked in the spirit of unknown mythology.
Land and Sea
Home to a whole host of incredible diving sites where deep divers and surface cruisers can lap up the coral atolls and abundant sea life, Western New Guinea offers endless adventure both on land and sea. When you aren’t diving down to see the WWII relics and falling off underwater clefts in Milne Bay, there’s the Kokoda Trail (deemed one of the most challenging on earth) for hikers, and volcanoes to climb. For those who prefer to get wet and wild, these shores are excellent for deep sea fishing and surfing.
Where to Visit in Western New Guinea
Kickstart your sailing adventure on the dreamy dive worthy shores of New Ireland. Drop anchor and hit the outer reef for one of the best diving experiences of your life thanks to pristine visibility and a wealth of underwater life. This area is also rife with lagoons around the inside islands of Nusa inviting sheltered scubas. If you want to dive down to explore the underwater wrecks, then head for New Hanover where waterskiing and canoeing with the locals are also options.
Passing through the Tufi Fjords introduces you to vibrant rainforests teeming with bird cries and bright plumes. A labyrinth of cliff faces and ribboned waterways leads you through a series of coral reefs and rivers shimmering in the sun. Dotted along the riverbanks are villages where you can meet the tattooed women, mud men, and see first-hand the elaborate head-dresses and song and dance rituals that makes Western New Guinea such a culturally rich destination.
The Island Provinces
Sail North East from the mainland and you come to the island provinces that spill out into the Solomon and the Bismarck Seas. This is where you will see the conical heads of smoking volcanoes and crowd-free waves. There’s an endless array of activities to embrace in this outdoor haven, from hiking to diving, sailing to surfing, and meeting with indigenous tribes. Head to New Britain for its history.
When to Charter a Yacht to Western New Guinea
Hot and humid around the clock, Western new Guinea never fails to make plunging into its crystal-clear seas a delightful welcome. While weather patterns can vary from north to south, visiting between the months of May and December tends to be drier than the rest of the year.