Papua New Guinea Dive Night Cairns, a Success Story The Australian Premier of Escape To Papua New Guinea, Wednesday – 05th AUGUST 2015.

Papua New Guinea Dive Night Cairns Australia

The Papua New Guinea Dive Night Cairns. Held at Event Cinemas Cairns, Wednesday – 05th AUGUST 2015.

Australian Premier of
Nature Documentary Film:
“Escape To Papua New Guinea” –


There was a palpable buzz of anticipation and excitement in the air. As soon as I walked into the room, I could feel the energy of the audience.


There was such a positive turn out, and it was just fantastic to see so many familiar faces at the very first Papua New Guinea Dive Movie Night in Cairns, last Wednesday – 05th AUGUST 2015.


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A sell-out crowd attended from many parts of the Cairns tourism/dive travel industry. It was so great to see, especially since this was the very first time it was being held in Cairns.



It really shows how the Cairns community has a thirst for nature, adventure, diving and generally everyone coming together to see fantastic outdoor adventure films. I think this is also why the Cairns Underwater Film Festival is always a great success.


However, what really got me excited was that this was also The Australian Premier of Nature Documentary Film “Escape To Papua New Guinea!“. It was an opportunity for the Cairns adventure tourism industry to catch a glimpse of the amazing natural landscape, rich culture and stunning underwater marine life that exists in PNG.


With tremendous attendance, the PNG dive night featured 3 main events.


For the first feature for the evening we presented a short 4-minute dive film which was filmed by Japanese underwater videographer – Hajime Ishikawa,edited by Mr Yasunori Iwamoto & produced by Takashi Yamada from the Tourism Promotion Authority in Japan. The short film, labelled “The Best Diving In Papua New Guinea” shows spectacular underwater footage from Papua New Guinea’s amazing marine environment.


Following Hajime’s short film, we were delighted by the second feature of the evening, a special guest presentation from Jürgen & Stella Freund from Jürgen Freund Photography.


Jürgen & Stella presented beautiful images of amazing natural landscapes, underwater scenes and beautiful photos of Papua New Guinea’s native culture. Originally commissioned by the WWF, Stella & Yogi gave us a brief insight to their work as they documented their journey thru the Golden Triangle which incorporates Papua New Guinea.


Jürgen & Stella Freund from Jürgen Freund Photography

Jürgen & Stella Freund from Jürgen Freund Photography

The Australian Premier of “Escape To Papua New Guinea”


After Jürgen & Stella’s entertaining, yet educational presentation, we presented the main feature film; the Australian Premier of “Escape To Papua New Guinea“. This nature-based documentary film is produced by Czech filmmakers Libor Spacek and Petra Dolezalova. and is the fifth installment of their 10 part Escape To Nature Series.


The film presents a rich in depth view to the lives and culture of the Papua New Guinea people. There were spectacular cultural scenes captured from the Crocodile Festival in the Sepik, as well as magnificent underwater scenes from Papua New Guinea’s amazing natural marine biodiversity.


I really think the film “Escape To Papua New Guinea” captures magnificent underwater scenes, rich in depth culture and beautiful tropical landscapes! This was a great opportunity for the Cairns adventure travel community to catch a glimpse of what it is like to scuba dive and travel in Papua New Guinea!


Please watch the short film clip from the night!

Our videographer for the evening Phil Warring from PhlipVids captured many attendees thoughts and feelings about the film.


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Clint Carroll is an adventure travel enthusiast, travel blogger, avid scuba diver and founder of based in Cairns, Australia. Connect with Clint on Twitter.

Spectacular TUFI Resort Diving – Papua New Guinea

Spectacular TUFI Resort Diving - Papua New Guinea

All Photos © Copyright Clint Carroll – 2015

A place that is very close to my heart is a small little village called TUFI in Papua New Guinea. A small remote village community located on the Eastern side of Papua New Guinea, only a 45min flight from the Capital Port Moresby. TUFI has about 2000 local people living in the surrounding rain-forest covered mountains and fjords.

TUFI is located on the edge of the only fjords found in Papua New Guinea, they offer spectacular views when arriving by Dash-8 Aeroplane from Port Moresby.

This was my 5th visit to TUFI over the years and an absolutely fantastic experience each and every single time.

I had the opportunity to Dive TUFI’s spectacular Fjords looking for all sorts of little critters like blue ringed octopus, nudibranchs, mandarine fish and ghost pipe fish.

With fantastic diving in the Fjords and calm blue seas we headed out to the very outer reef systems from TUFI. Located just over 45 min from TUFI we experienced spectacular wall diving on Mullaway and Cyclone Reefs.

A little closer to shore Honeymoon and Stuarts Reefs where definitely some of the highlights with spectacular coral growth and thousands of fish on the front walls of the reefs.

The local people of TUFI will welcome you with the word Oro! As you venture deep into the jungle inland of McClaren Harbor, the next Fjord North from TUFI. You really get a sense of what it is like to witness a traditional sago making ceremony.

All the children will yell Oro! Oro! Oro! with big smiles and bright colored traditional tribal dress, you are now in TUFI country. Sago is a traditional food made from the local palm trees, a soft white type of dough is made and then cooked with a brisk burning dry palm leaf to create a cooked damper or scone like bread.

Thousands of years have passed creating time honored traditions, taught and handed down from generation to generation.

Together as a community TUFI has the ability to transform your traveling experience. A step back in time to a pristine natural environment, a calmness to settle your mind. A chance to experience amazing natural beauty and perhaps remind you of what life was like on this earth thousands of years ago.

The ultimate way to stay at TUFI is at the only resort in the area TUFI Resort. You can take an Airlines PNG Flight from Port Moresby a 45 minute flight on either a Monday / Wednesday or Friday.

The Resort has modern private en-suite rooms, tea coffee making facilities, they include all meals and is a great place to base yourself for 5 to 7 days of exploring the TUFI region.

Divers have an untouched diving paradise right at the doorsteps to TUFI. Hikers have beautiful walking trails thru small villages along the Fjiords. Birdwatchers have walking trails and boat cruises in the Fjords to look for Wild Papuan Hornbills, Varieties of Kingfisher, Black Palm Cockatoos and the famous Birds of Paradise when you head up into the nearby mountains.

Fisherman are also welcome and can charter a fully rigged fishing boat. Visiting the far northern and southern reefs that are well away from the resorts diving reefs.

For the ultimate cultural experience you can stay at a local village guest house, this will be a once in a life time experience to live with a local family for a night or two. Try local foods and gain an intimate working knowledge of life in the village.

Welcome to the last final frontier, TUFI in Papua New Guinea, Oro Oro Oro!

To find out more please visit – Flights can be booked thru –

Clint Carroll is an adventure travel enthusiast, travel blogger, avid scuba diver and founder of based in Cairns, Australia. Connect with Clint on Twitter.

Bird watching is sleeping giant for PNG Tourism

Bird watching is sleeping giant for PNG Tourism


By Anderson Kopono


Eco tourism is a thriving economic sector in PNG with the potential of boosting PNG economy to a whole new level given its natural environment with its unique animal species.

About 75 percent of the PNG landmass is covered with tropical rainforest giving an edge to all kinds of animal species and spectacular landscapes for tourism attraction.


With that in mind the PNG Highlands Exotic Tours intends to promote and market the highlands-based tourism products by helping individuals, SMEs and organizations to write featured articles for their tourism products and publish on its website, blog, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, 7 Summits Club, Google plus and on the wider Internet.


Bird watching and orchid gardening is another exciting prospect in the eco tourism sector with an average of 8 bird watching companies visiting various bird watching sites in the Highlands region recently.


The PNG Highlands Exotic Tours come across an amazing individual wishing to set up to launch his career into bird watching and orchid gardening specialist. Max Mal, a middle aged man from Angi village, Wapenamanda District in the Enga Province was a bird watcher guide with the Kumul Lodge Tour Guide team in the highlands for the last seven (7) years.


He is well versed with the different species of birds and knows how to identify the sounds and tunes of different bird species. “I can tell from their sound if they want to sleep, or when they are happy, mourning/crying or when they are angry,” said Mr. Mal proudly.


“I have long wished to start up my own bird watching and orchid gardening business because I have the land and forest. I have collected different species of orchids which I planted in my own backyard,” he added.

Thanked God for PNG Highlands Exotic Tours who wishes to help me promote and market my new bird watching and orchid gardening, he said.


Upon visiting his sites at Anji village in Wapenamanda, the PNG Highlands Exotic Tours was impressed with the views and the perfect sightseeing of his orchid garden and the different species of bird which frequented his place. Marketing officer Peter Kinjap said the avenue provides a perfect opportunity to launch his own business. “Bird watching and orchid gardening for Max Mal is a prospective venture as a SME,” Mr. Kinjap added.


According to Mr. Mal some of the Birds of Paradise found in his yard at Angi Village at Wapendmanda are Superb, Ribbontail (Shaw Mayer’s), Brown Sicklebill and Crested.


The Bird of paradise is discovered to be originated from the Island of New Guinea. Of the forty-five (45) species found on the planet earth, only six are found elsewhere. Two in Indonesia, four in Australia and the rest is in PNG. Max Mal’s bird watching yard confirmed to have 11 species of the most popular Birds of Paradise but not the Reggiana Bird of Paradise.


The Bird of Paradise also signifies as the symbol of national identity. The national symbol of PNG is the Reggiana Bird of Paradise found both on the National Flag and the National Crest, found only in PNG ranging from the coastal rainforests to about 1,600 meters in many highlands valleys. Birds of paradise are some of the most remarkable creatures in the animal world. Not only are they magnifant looking but their display behaviors set them apart from virtually all other animals.


Other areas in the highlands where PNG Highlands Exotic Tours is eyeing to develop, identify, promote and market Bird Watching as ecotourism product are the forests near Mt. Giluwe from Tambul, the famous Baiyer Zoo Bird Sanctuary, currently renovated, and the forests of Kutubu area around Mt. Bosavi. In Mt. Giluwe there is also a story of a Singsing Wild Dog and in Mt. Bosavi there is a Giant Rat.


“Mr. Mal has registered his interest with PNG Highlands Exotic Tours for his tourist products to be marketed globally and we will help him to register a business name for what he is doing and provide guide he needs to start up as a SME,” Mr. Kinjap said.


So far two business groups and four individuals have register their interest with PNG Highlands Exotic Tours for tourism products marketing.


For more information visit the following site,   or contact on mobile: 73081368 or email at:


*Anderson Kopono is a freelance journalist based in the Highlands of PNG, email:  





  1. Mal from right posing with the PNG Highlands Exotic tours Marketing Officer Mr. Peter Kinjap in Mount Hagen .(left). This meeting signifies the beginning of Mr. Mal’s venture into his private bird Watching and Orchid Gardening Business.
  1. Entrance of Mr. Max Mal Orchid Garden at his village Anji village in Wapenamanda, Enga Province.
  1. various species of Orchids found in Mr. Max Mal Garden





Entrance of Mr. Max Mal Orchid Garden at his village Anji village in Wapenamanda, Enga Province.


Various species of Orchids found in Mr. Max Mal Garden.





This picture was taken from the booklet, Papua New Guinea Birds of Paradise by William Peckover.

From top is the Goldie’s Bird of paradise and bottom is the female of the Surperp Bird of Paradise species. This two species where of the eleven which frequented the Kumul lodge.

The bird watching track of the Kumul lodge covers much of Mr. Max Mal land in Wapenamanda,the which Mr. Mal is venturing into his own SME bird watching and orchid eco tourism business.


Would you go backpacking alone in Papua New Guinea?

Here is a fantastic travel story from an international traveler – Bart Napierala

The Article: Published 30th OCT 2013
Author: Bart Napierala 

Papua-New-Guinea-SpiderWould you go backpacking alone in Papua New Guinea?

Would you go backpacking alone to a place that has a reputation of being notoriously dangerous like Papua New Guinea?

In spite of the bad press and information I was given, I took the risk, and I had an absolutely wonderful time up there. Quite frankly, I have rarely experienced such hospitality!

The key to success was making friends from this amazing country before I started traveling. Hanging around Cairns for a few weeks gave me a chance to meet the right people to start planning my adventure. In Papua New Guinea, I spent one month in total: one week in the capital, Port Moresby, then two weeks in The Highlands, and the last week in Madang Province. Once I met friendly Papuan, I could always rely on someone recommended while on the road. Port Moresby, being avoided by tourists like a plague, I found to be a great place. Unless you have someone local to hang with, you will enjoy its laid back atmosphere. Roaming around colourful, busy markets, or using PMV buses full of music, locals singing in Pisin language, or explaining to curious people around what is a reason of your visit, are simply exciting! If you overcome your prejudice to betel nuts and try to chew a few with your newly made friends, you will become a 100% Papuan.

Papua-New-Guinea-FamilyThe Highlands, discovered barely sixty years ago, offer other attractions as well. Once getting to the village, you automatically become a member of the tribe. As walking alone in the capital might be a bit risky, there is no fear in walking by yourself in a village. You will be always assisted by autochtohons, who will show you the best of the village and explain whatever you wish to know about their life. An amazing tropical forest with its birds of paradise and plenty of breath taking walking tracks are just the cherries on the top of an already wonderful experience!

Those who love a real adventure will find a fifteen hour long trip by crowded PMV bus from Wabag to Madang really fun. Constantly changing varieties of stunning landscapes watched from a window, and heaps of opportunities to chat with talkative passengers, make it definitely worth experiencing.

Hiking-Papua-New-GuineaAfter the fascinating, albeit cold, Highlands, Madang town and Province with their tropical influence, beautiful beaches full of sparkling sand, jaw dropping reefs and bays, was a welcome change. I found instantly the reason why the town is considered a pearl of the South Pacific.

Papua-New-GuineaThe trip to Papua New Guinea was the best one I have done in my life. I guess, if I had taken an organized trip, I wouldn’t have met so many authentic people on my way, and possibly wouldn’t have experienced so much. The trip gave me a chance to learn not only about Papuan life and disincentive cultures, but about some of the problems they’ve been facing. Papua New Guinea is an amazing place with beautiful people, and I cannot simply wait to visit it again. It definitely does not deserve the bad reputation it has received from todays media.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this travel.

Bart Napierala,

TUFI – Dive Resort Papua New Guinea

TUFI – Dive Resort Papua New Guinea

Sometimes in life amazing things can happen to you, the world is moving along in this crazy fast pace and life’s journey takes us down many different roads. Standing at the fork in the road sometime we make a stand out choice that is a road to happiness.

Living up here in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia, I had never been to Papua New Guinea. Which might sound strange seeing that its only a 1 hour 45 min flight from Cairns to Port Moresby, but this is true. After scuba diving allot here on The Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, Port Douglas, The Cod Hole and even Ospray reef it was time to spread my wings a little further a field.

Enter TUFI – Dive Resort Papua New Guinea, now being new to the whole Papua New Guinea idea, the external media of the country has everyone cringing with the thought of going there for a holiday. But  as I was about to find out, it turns out to be one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Time has stood still in Papua New Guinea, Ok the modern world is starting to have its impact, but still it is a step back in time! People live in there natural surroundings, pretty much like they have done for thousands of years. Magnificent Rain-forests hundreds of years old, birds that I thought only ever existed in the movie Avatar, and diving. Diving was the biggest surprise of all ….. wow!

One of the biggest differences I tell my friends from diving from Cairns to diving in Papua New Guinea is, you really are at the wild frontier when you dive in PNG. Amazing Muck diving can be found right at your feet, especially at the main jetty at TUFI – Dive Resort.

Beautiful big coral walls and extremely healthy reef systems on the off shore reefs open up into big deep blue waters, where you may encounter hammerheads and sunfish.

If time is on your side and you get the chance to escape the rat race even for just 5 days or so, do yourself a favor visit one of the last wild frontiers left on the planet. Take a short dive holiday at TUFI – Dive Resort Papua New Guinea.

Cairns Tour Advice & Booking Center organize: dive holidays to PNG

Diving In Papua New Guinea

Diving In Papua New Guinea

The Article: Published 16th OCT 2010
Author: Clint Carroll

Papua New Guinea is certainly the last wild frontier! I was lucky enough to find myself travelling to PNG last month, and wow! What a wild, pristine environment! I found myself flying up to a spectacular part of the country to TUFI Dive Resort. We flew in over massive mountain ranges and arrived on the East North East part of the country to find this pristine dive resort. TUFI is wow in a big way. I found the reef straight off the wharf, great for macro photography. We then found ourselves on pristine diving reefs just 30 mins by boat from the resort! I have attached a bunch of photos to get you excited:

TUFI Resort Papua New Guinea

TUFI Dive Resort is absolutely beautiful, with solid timber decks and amazing big common room with spacious bungalows pitched right on the edge of the only fjords in Papua New Guinea.

Airlines Papua New Guinea
Airlines PNG landing at TUFI, with locals and tourists traveling out to TUFI from Port Moresby.

Waterfalls Papua New Guinea

Beautiful waterfalls about half an hour from the resort by boat, a fantastic way to enjoy the afternoon.

A big thank you to all the staff and village people for showing me the life in TUFI. A big thank you also to all the dive boys for their expert guiding and knowledge of the absolutely amazing dive locations. This won’t be my last trip to visit TUFI Dive Resort, Papua New Guinea in this incredible part of the world .

If you are coming to Cairns and looking to also take a trip into Papua New Guinea, local travel agency Cairns Tour Advice & Booking Centre offers customized Diving Papua New Guinea Packages.