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The bare bones of Papua New Guinea

With expansive forests, varied underwater topography, live volcanoes and hidden tribal communities, Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most remote locations and remains relatively undiscovered.

When to go: May – October

- Take a helicopter to Aseki, a fringe highland region totally detached from the modern world. Here you’ll be dropped off, climbing through jungle to see the smoked corpses of Aseki. Smeared with red clay, they are in various stages of decomposition, with parched sections of skin and muscle clinging to their skeletons

- Visit the crash site of a WWII B17 Bomber and lunch at the hillside goldmining town of Wau. You’ll also drop into a butterfly farm and fly over Bulolo, once an important gold dredging centre in the former Territory of New Guinea

- Swim with a pod of around 200 bottlenose dolphins in the blue waters of Blanche Bay, and then climb the active volcano, Mount Tavurvur, which has stained the surrounding water different shades of yellows and oranges

- Stay the night on an uninhabited island and learn local survival skills from your host and local councillor – you will have to hunt, gather and craft to earn your supper. That night you’ll sleep out under the stars in bush bungalows

- Witness the unforgettable Bainings Fire Dancers. These Tolai men dance in, around and on the flames of a fire as a way to appease the spirits of the volcano, among others. It is a mesmerising spectacle

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