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

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

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Gizo, Solomon Islands
— 3 nights
Ferry to Gizo, Fly to Munda
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Munda, Solomon Islands
— 4 nights
Fly
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 4 nights
Fly
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— 6 nights
Drive
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Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alotau, Papua New Guinea
— 4 nights
Fly
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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
— 4 nights
Fly
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Biak, Indonesia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Jayapura, Indonesia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Wamena, Indonesia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Manokwari, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sorong, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Raja Ampat, Indonesia
— 9 nights
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Gizo, Solomon Islands

— 3 nights
Gizo is the capital of the Western Province in Solomon Islands. Gizo is known for wildlife and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with Dive Gizo, contemplate the long history of Saeraghi Village, step aboard Toa Maru, and make a trip to St Peter the Apostle Catholic Cathedral Gizo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gizo trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Gizo is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Gizo. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Gizo to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for Munda.

Things to do in Gizo

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Munda, Solomon Islands

— 4 nights
Munda is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Roviana Lagoon.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Munda trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Gizo to Munda in 3 hours. In December in Munda, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Tue) before leaving for Honiara.

Things to do in Munda

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Honiara, Solomon Islands

— 4 nights
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, browse the eclectic array of goods at Honiara Central Market, learn about all things military at Vilu War Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Solomon Islands Memorial Garden.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Honiara trip site.

Getting from Munda to Honiara by flight takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Munda, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Honiara, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Honiara

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:

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.
Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Varirata National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Bomana War Cemetery, stroll through Kokoda Track, buy something for everyone on your list at Vision City Mega Mall, and admire the masterpieces at National Museum and Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Moresby trip maker site.

Getting from Honiara to Port Moresby by flight takes about 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Solomon Islands Time to Papua New Guinea Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Honiara in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Port Moresby, with highs around 37°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Trobriand Islands.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 18:

Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Kiriwina Island and then step off the mainland to explore Kitava Island.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Trobriand Islands road trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Moresby to Trobriand Islands. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Alotau.

Things to do in Trobriand Islands

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Alotau, Papua New Guinea

— 4 nights
Alotau is the capital of Milne Bay Province, in the south-east of Papua New Guinea. Alotau is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Massim Museum, stroll through Manta Watch Camp, take a leisurely stroll along Port of Alotau, and make a trip to Turnbull War Memorial Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Alotau holiday planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trobriand Islands to Alotau. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Rabaul.

Things to do in Alotau

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

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.
Rabaul is known for museums, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with Rabaul - Kokopo Dive, explore the different monuments and memorials at Rabaul War Cemetery, learn about all things military at Kokopo War Museum, and contemplate the geological forces at Tavurvur.

Plan trip to Rabaul with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Alotau to Rabaul in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Biak.

Things to do in Rabaul

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Biak, Indonesia

— 5 nights
Biak is known for nature and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Karmon Waterfall, step off the mainland to explore Owi Island, explore the activities along Samares Lake, and stroll through Bosnik Beach.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Biak trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rabaul to Biak. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rabaul to Biak due to the time zone difference. In December in Biak, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jayapura.

Things to do in Biak

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:

Jayapura, Indonesia

— 5 nights
Jayapura is the provincial capital of Papua, Indonesia. Explore Jayapura's surroundings by going to Sentani (Sentani Lake & MacArthur Monument). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Skow Village, kick back and relax at Base-G Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Love Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Harlem Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jayapura trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Biak to Jayapura with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Jayapura are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wamena.

Things to do in Jayapura

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Wamena, Indonesia

— 5 nights
Wamena is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the eclectic array of goods at Pasar Nayak - Market, stroll through Saltwater Well, Wamena, snap pictures at Sinatma Suspension Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Mummies of Akima.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wamena tour site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jayapura to Wamena. Traveling from Jayapura in January, things will get a bit cooler in Wamena: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for Manokwari.

Things to do in Wamena

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Manokwari, Indonesia

— 2 nights
Manokwari is a town in Indonesia and the capital of the province of West Papua, at the western end of New Guinea. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Wasti and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mansinam Island.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Manokwari holiday maker website.

Explore your travel options from Wamena to Manokwari with the Route module. Traveling from Wamena in January, expect Manokwari to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Sorong.

Things to do in Manokwari

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Sorong, Indonesia

— 3 nights
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: identify plant and animal life at Wicked Diving Raja Ampat, don't miss a visit to Sawinggrai Village, and kick back and relax at Tanjung Kasuari Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sorong trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Manokwari to Sorong. In January, daily temperatures in Sorong can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Raja Ampat.

Things to do in Sorong

Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

— 9 nights
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, look for all kinds of wild species at Soul Scuba Divers, explore the activities along Kabui Bay, and explore the gorgeous colors at Cape Kri.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Raja Ampat visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sorong to Raja Ampat. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Raja Ampat

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 27:

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

4.2
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.

West Papua travel guide

4.2
Reefs · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Home to ancient tribal cultures and littered with hundreds of barely explored islands, there's an aura of wonder about the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua. The coastline's array of dramatic scenery, including hidden lagoons, shimmering waters, and insurmountably rocky islands, is sure to excite the imagination. While the province works through a complicated political situation--a big push for autonomy has long dominated news about West Papua--holiday-makers continue to come here, drawn by the remote location. You might need to obtain travel permits before planning a tour of West Papua's more far-flung areas, so check with the local authorities before you book anything.