We live in a world that is so explored, photographed and documented; it is a wonder if there is any mystery left at all. Where can one go that is not overflowing with tourists, where you are not bumping into selfie sticks and not met with false smiles? There is such a place. A land hidden from the world. A community where the smiles of the people are authentic and brighter than a summer solstice sun. It is a place called the Gulf Province – the least visited province of Papua New Guinea, and this is what makes it so appealing.
The Gulf sits on the Southern coast and is dominated by mountain ranges, grassland flood plains and river deltas that spread out like long fingers reaching for the ocean. These deltas are formed by some of the great rivers of Papua New Guinea including the Kikori, Turama, Purari and Vailala Rivers which all meet and flow into the sea called the Papuan Gulf. These rivers attract keen canoeists who want to explore the Gulf life in the best possible way. By using the waterways to get around you can travel to far reaching communities and enjoy watching the river banks change from swamplands to thick jungle to thriving villages. While there are very limited tourist infrastructure, guides and village stays can be arranged so you can take in the sights of the delta lands and experience living like a local in one of the village guesthouses.