13 – 25 May 2009
Our first Pacific country in the Coral Triangle is Papua New Guinea (PNG). As soon as we stepped into the Air Niugini flight to PNG while in the Manila airport, we felt closer to the Pacific. We were homeward bound! We have four months to go till the end of our expedition!
Pardon my cut and paste abilities, but sometime 2005, I wrote a lengthy article about diving in Papua New Guinea. Here below was my introduction to this incredible country.
If you look for Papua New Guinea in the world map, you’ll see the west part of the Papuan mainland is the Indonesian West Papua. Like West Papua, Papua New Guinea derived its name from its people, coiffed with frizzy hairs. In the early 1500’s, Portuguese explorer Jorge de Meneses first named it ‘Ilhas dos Papuas’ or the Land of the Fuzzy-Haired People, papua derived from a Malay word describing the frizzy Melanesian hair.