Papua New Guinea is one of the most exciting spots you could pick for a vacation. Headlines and movies often portray the island as a den of crime and cannibalism, but smart travelers know to look beyond the stereotypes and rumors that reach the West. In truth, this gorgeous Pacific island is home to incredible scuba sites, vast and varied landscapes, and interesting history. There is no better time than the present to beat the crowds and experience Papua New Guinea before it develops into the tourist haven it is bound to become.

01Port Moresby Nature Park

A tree kangaroo at the Adventure Park outside Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

If you’re a fan of cute animals and breathtaking flowers, you should take the time to visit the Port Moresby Nature Park. Within this oasis, over a mile of walkways carve through jungle canopies and beautiful gardens. You can find local and exotic plants, though the orchids are particularly amazing. Fruit bats, tree kangaroos, cassowaries, and hornbills bring the trees around you to life and a large aviary lets you see many more birds.