60 days in Indonesia, Solomon Islands & Papua New Guinea Itinerary

60 days in Indonesia, Solomon Islands & Papua New Guinea Itinerary

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Honiara, Solomon Islands
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Rennell Island, Solomon Islands
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Gizo, Solomon Islands
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Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
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Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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Sorong, Indonesia
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Raja Ampat, Indonesia
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Wamena, Indonesia
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Biak, Indonesia
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Jayapura, Indonesia
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Honiara, Solomon Islands

The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
Honiara is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Bonegi I and II, enjoy the sand and surf at Mbonege Beach, see what you can catch with Ripples Boat Charters, and hunt for treasures at Honiara Central Market.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Honiara trip maker website.

Melbourne, Australia to Honiara is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Solomon Islands Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for much hotter nights in Honiara, with lows around 33°C. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rennell Island.

Things to do in Honiara

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

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Rennell Island, Solomon Islands

Rennell Island is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Tegano.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rennell Island journey site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Honiara to Rennell Island. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gizo.

Things to do in Rennell Island

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:
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Gizo, Solomon Islands

Gizo is the capital of the Western Province in Solomon Islands. On the 12th (Sat), take a tour of Toa Maru, then make a trip to St Peter the Apostle Catholic Cathedral Gizo, and then discover the deep blue sea with Dive Gizo. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Saeraghi Village and then step off the mainland to explore Ghizo Island.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Gizo online holiday maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rennell Island to Gizo. In December, daytime highs in Gizo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Trobriand Islands.

Things to do in Gizo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

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Trobriand Islands is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Kitava Island.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Trobriand Islands trip itinerary planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gizo to Trobriand Islands. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gizo to Trobriand Islands due to the time zone difference. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mount Hagen.

Things to do in Trobriand Islands

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:
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Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea

Mount Hagen is the third largest city in Papua New Guinea, with a population of 46,250. Step out of Mount Hagen with an excursion to Wahgi River in Banz--about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wilhelm and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mount Hagen Market.

Plan a Mount Hagen trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trobriand Islands to Mount Hagen. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Rabaul.

Things to do in Mount Hagen

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

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.
On the 24th (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at Kokopo War Museum and then cast your line with Rabaul - Kokopo Dive. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Rabaul War Cemetery, then learn about all things military at New Guinea Club, and then contemplate the geological forces at Tavurvur.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Rabaul trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Mount Hagen to Rabaul takes 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Rabaul

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Varirata National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Bomana War Cemetery, get to know the resident critters at Port Moresby Nature Park, stroll through Kokoda Track, and buy something for everyone on your list at Vision City Mega Mall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Moresby trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rabaul to Port Moresby takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Sorong.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:

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Sorong, Indonesia

Tourists usually make a stop at Sorong on their way to the area's popular marine park, and nature lovers enjoy touring the town's surrounding mountains and forests before moving on.
Sorong is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Wicked Diving Raja Ampat, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tanjung Kasuari Beach, and don't miss a visit to Sawinggrai Village.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sorong road trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Moresby to Sorong. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Port Moresby to Sorong. December in Sorong sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Raja Ampat.

Things to do in Sorong

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

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Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Raja Ampat is known for wildlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Pianemo Islands, make a trip to Arborek Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabui Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pulau Wayag.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Raja Ampat trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Sorong to Raja Ampat with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Wamena.

Things to do in Raja Ampat

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 14:

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Wamena, Indonesia

Wamena is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hunt for treasures at Pasar Nayak - Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Habbema, make a trip to Mummy of Jiwika, and take in the views from Sinatma Suspension Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wamena trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Raja Ampat to Wamena. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Biak.

Things to do in Wamena

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
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Biak, Indonesia

Biak is known for nature and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Karmon Waterfall, explore the fascinating underground world of Binsari Cave, kick back and relax at Wari Beach, and head off the coast to Raja 3.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Biak trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wamena to Biak. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Wamena in January: high temperatures in Biak hover around 35°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Jayapura.

Things to do in Biak

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

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Jayapura, Indonesia

Jayapura is the provincial capital of Papua, Indonesia. Venture out of the city with trips to Sentani (Sentani Lake & MacArthur Monument). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Skow Village, get engrossed in the history at Museum Loka Budaya, explore the activities along Love Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Harlem Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Jayapura trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Biak to Jayapura. In January in Jayapura, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jayapura

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Solomon Islands travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Flea Markets · Ruins
Build your Solomon Islands trip around the many enriching diving experiences available, or plan a relaxing break on a luxuriously sandy and peaceful beach. Witness the vibrant culture of the local people on an eco-friendly guided walk, shopping for locally made handicrafts, and sampling the local cuisine. Solomon Islands still bears the marks of a very different aspect of its history, when some of the most intense fighting in World War II happened here. Learn about this dark chapter through memorials, museums, artifacts, and relics, both on land and under the sea.

Papua New Guinea travel guide

3.9
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.

Indonesia travel guide

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Spas · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.

Papua travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Bodies of Water
The vast, remote province of Papua is home to diverse tribes and multitudes of animal and plant species. Part of Indonesia since 1969, the area remains relatively underdeveloped, its major asset its well-preserved natural beauty. Some of the tribes, mostly those from the central highlands of Papua, still maintain their traditions and live uninfluenced by the rest of the world. Many endangered and endemic species call Papua their home, such as tree kangaroos and birds of paradise, as well as the world's largest butterflies and lizards. Papua tours lead to some of the most inaccessible rainforests in the world, challenging to access but extremely rewarding to behold.