What to See in Tufi and Goroka (Papua New Guinea)
Tufi, island New Guinea (Papua New Guinea)
The small town of Tufi is located in the southeastern part of Oro province on the coast of Cape Nelson, 250 km east of Port Moresby. This part of the coast differs significantly from other coasts of the country – here you can see the fjords. The fjords of Papua New Guinea, unlike the Scandinavian ones, arose as a result of volcanic processes, when lava, flowing down to the coast, solidified, forming bizarre rocky forms. The height of the fjords in some places reaches 150 m, and under water they go to a depth of 90 m. In Tufi, tourists are invited to go on hiking tours along the coastline indented by fjords.
In the vicinity of the city of Tufi is the famous dive resort Tufi . The resort has several bungalows and a guest house built by locals for those tourists who lack the exotic. The main types of diving on Tufi are diving near the fjords and near the reefs surrounding the resort, where you can conduct macro photography, poppy diving, as well as wreck diving to the wrecks of the Second World War. Underwater visibility throughout the year is about 30 m.
Among the reefs of Tufi resort the most impressive are the House Reef and Malway Reef. The house reef is great for snorkelling and underwater photography. Here you can see a wide variety of corals, gobi fish, shrimp, seahorses, clams, pipefish and Chinese perches. The dives at Malway Reef are quite difficult and suitable only for experienced divers. Hammerhead fish, reef sharks and rays are common here. Also near Tufi on the seabed are the remains of patrol torpedo boats and a Dutch military freighter from the Second World War. Dive sites Black Rocks and Shark Fin are suitable for those who like to swim close to sharks.
Goroka, New Guinea island (Papua New Guinea)
According to Simplyyellowpages.com, the city of Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands province. It is located at an altitude of 1600 m and is called “the city of eternal spring” for its mild climate. Initially, a small settlement of Goroka in the middle of the 20th century, with the development of the mining industry, began to turn into a city with a developed infrastructure. Now it is the main commercial center of the highlands of the island of New Guinea.
The city of Goroka is famous for its annual colorful Goroka show festival.. The festival is held in September on the dates closest to the State Independence Day (September 16) and lasts three days. This is the oldest festival in the country. For the first time it began to be held in the middle of the 20th century in order to rally the local tribes and clans together. Now more than 40,000 representatives of different tribes gather here – they arrange colorful performances that talk about the culture of each individual tribe, dance and sing. The festival is one of the country’s top tourist attractions, providing an insight into Papua New Guinea’s ethnic diversity. In addition, a market opens every Saturday in Goroka, where both products and handicrafts are sold. Opposite the market is the ethnic theater Round-Round. The city is home to the nation’s second largest museum , the McCarthy Museum. It is affiliated with the National Museum of Port Moresby. The museum consists of 6 galleries with collections of folk crafts and crafts, military relics and photographs, reflecting the ancient relationship between Europeans and the inhabitants of the highlands. The museum has a souvenir shop.
Goroka is the starting point for traveling through the mountains and jungles of the province. From here, excursions to coffee plantations are arranged, ascents are made to Mount Michael (3380 m) and Gahavisuka. At the foot of Mount Michael is the village of Lufa, from which you can get into a cave with ancient petroglyphs. On Mount Gahavisuka, 11 km from the city of Goroka located reserve mountain Gahavisuka. It covers an area of 80 hectares. The park was created to protect the species of orchids and rhododendrons growing on the slopes of the mountain. At an altitude of 2450 m, there is an observation deck in the park.
Tours of the villages of the Eastern Highlands provide the best representation of the diversity of national crafts and tribal cultures. The most interesting are the village of Bena Bena (10 km from Gorok), whose inhabitants are famous for the art of weaving – they make rugs, bedspreads and mats, and the village of Asaro, whose inhabitants cover the body with clay to look like ghosts and scare away enemies from neighboring tribes.