52 days in Papua New Guinea, Brunei Darussalam & Nusa Penida Itinerary

52 days in Papua New Guinea, Brunei Darussalam & Nusa Penida Itinerary

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— 6 nights
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Alotau, Papua New Guinea
— 3 nights
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Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
— 3 nights
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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
— 4 nights
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Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
— 3 nights
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Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
— 3 nights
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
— 12 nights
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Fly to Ngurah Rai, Foot to Denpasar Airport, Bus to Sanur, Ferry to Nusa Penida
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Nusa Penida, Indonesia
— 15 nights
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Ferry to Sanur, Bus to Denpasar Airport, Foot to Ngurah Rai, Fly to Brussels

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea — 6 nights

In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum and Art Gallery and Port Moresby Mosque. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Varirata National Park and Ela Beach. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at National Parliament House, get to know the resident critters at Adventure Park PNG, take in nature's colorful creations at National Orchid Garden, and have fun at Paradise Cinema.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Moresby road trip planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to Port Moresby is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Brussels to Port Moresby due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Brussels in October; daily highs in Port Moresby reach 35°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Alotau.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Alotau, Papua New Guinea — 3 nights

Alotau is the capital of Milne Bay Province, in the south-east of Papua New Guinea. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Massim Museum and Turnbull War Memorial Park. Explore hidden gems such as Manta Watch Camp and Port of Alotau.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Alotau day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Port Moresby to Alotau takes 3 hours. October in Alotau sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Trobriand Islands.
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Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea — 3 nights

Discover out-of-the-way places like Kitava Island and Kiriwina Island.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Trobriand Islands road trip planning site.

You can fly from Alotau to Trobriand Islands in 3 hours. You will leave for Rabaul on the 23rd (Sun).
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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea — 4 nights

The plucky township of Rabaul lives under constant threat of destruction, thanks to its proximity to Tavurvur, a permanently smoking and very much active volcano.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rabaul War Cemetery and Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rabaul - Kokopo Dive and New Guinea Club. There's more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Tavurvur and learn about all things military at Kokopo War Museum.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rabaul trip builder site.

Getting from Trobriand Islands to Rabaul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kavieng.
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Kavieng, Papua New Guinea — 3 nights

Kavieng is the capital of the Papua New Guinean province of New Ireland and the largest town on the island of the same name. Kavieng is known for wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with Scuba Ventures.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kavieng trip builder website.

Fly from Rabaul to Kavieng in 3 hours. You will leave for Mount Hagen on the 30th (Sun).
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Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea — 3 nights

Mount Hagen is the third largest city in Papua New Guinea, with a population of 46,250. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wilhelm. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Wahgi River.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Hagen trip planner.

Getting from Kavieng to Mount Hagen by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Bandar Seri Begawan.
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam — 12 nights

The capital of the Sultanate of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan offers a variety of entertainment in a modern Islamic setting.
Step off the beaten path and head to Oceanic Quest Dive Center and Ulu Temburong National Park. You'll get in some beach time at Muara Beach and Pantai Berakas. When in Bandar Seri Begawan, make a side trip to see Belait District Museum in Kuala Belait, approximately Kuala Belait away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, get engrossed in the history at Brunei History Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamoi Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Istana Nurul Iman.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bandar Seri Begawan trip itinerary maker app.

Explore your travel options from Mount Hagen to Bandar Seri Begawan with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Papua New Guinea Time to Brunei Darussalam Time is minus 2 hours. November in Bandar Seri Begawan sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nusa Penida.
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Nusa Penida, Indonesia — 15 nights

The bounty of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise lagoons bordered by emerald green hills, unique cliff formations, and colorful reefs is what draws most travelers to Nusa Penida.
Giri Putri Cave and Pura Segara Kidul are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Diamond Beach and Pandan Beach. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Gamat Bay, stroll through Lumangan Beach, and admire the sheer force of Peguyangan Waterfall.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nusa Penida road trip site.

Getting from Bandar Seri Begawan to Nusa Penida by combination of flight, bus, and ferry takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, ferry, bus, and car. November in Nusa Penida sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Tue).
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Papua New Guinea travel guide

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Zoos · Cemeteries · Hiking Trails
Occupying the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands, Papua New Guinea represents an immense cultural and biological diversity. Densely carpeted in lush rainforest, the largely mountainous interior includes several active volcanoes. Because of this rugged landscape, Papua New Guinea remains one of the planet's least explored areas, thought to harbor as-yet undiscovered species. Remote mountain ranges nurture unique plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world, while the wildly fluctuating topography creates large differences in climate that further diversify the ecosystems. The people of Papua New Guinea are equally varied and distinct, with hundreds of tribes and communities--the vast majority of which are rural--and approximately 850 different languages. Don't expect much of a tourism infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (or infrastructure of any kind), but do expect any challenges to be richly rewarded by a real adventure unlike any other, in an untamed wilderness, untouched by commercialization.
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Brunei Darussalam travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings
A small but wealthy country benefiting hugely from large deposits of petroleum and natural gas, Brunei Darussalam sits on the vital sea routes connecting the Pacific to the Indian Ocean. While business-minded travelers make the trip to Brunei Darussalam to invest in some of Southeast Asia's biggest oil fields, tourists flock here to explore culturally rich cities and biologically diverse wilderness areas. National parks protect old-growth forests and coral reefs, providing a lush playground for intrepid hikers, bird-watchers, and divers. Well-rounded tours of Brunei Darussalam usually begin in Bandar Seri Begawan, a thriving capital city in which majestic mosques and modern museums contrast with a somewhat chaotic water village, where hundreds of private homes seem to float on the surface of the Brunei River.
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