Celebrating 25 Years!
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Order Now! 3 HOURS of shows on one DVD! Untamed and unspoiled, the islands of Papua New Guinea are not your classic beach paradise. Pristine beaches and world class dive sites, combined with wild jungles and active volcanoes are an invitation to adventure. Join Globe Trekkers Jonathan Atherton, Zay Harding & Matt Young as they embark on the ultimate adventure off the beaten track, in Ultimate Papua New Guinea.
Featuring the Globe Trekker Programs:
Papua New Guinea with Jonathan Atherton
Jonathan Atherton explores the rivers, mountains, and towns of Papua New Guinea. He starts his journey in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. The city is infamous as a hive of crime and corruption run by :'rascals'. Certain areas are not even patrolled by police, yet Jonathan finds his way safely through the city to his lodgings on his first night. The following day Jonathan explores some of the local markets, and eats some local food, including the traditional dish of lime, beetle, and mustard. From Port Moresby Jonathan catches a bus to Garoka to attend the famous Garoka show. The show was initiated in the 1950's in an attempt to quell the many tribal wars that were plaguing Papua New Guinea. Over thirty different tribes exhibiting their traditional dances, customs, and offering re-enactments of historical events. Jonathan stays with a group of mudmen and takes part in one of their rehearsals for the show. Leaving Garoka, Jonathan flies to the small town of Tari. Here he is witness to a dispute over a dowry of pigs and kina shells :å the shell that gave its name to the currency. In the chill of the highlands, Jonathan catches a slight headcold, and is taken to see a local doctor, who treats him using herbal remedies. He then promises to bless Jonathan :å and does so by beheading a live chicken plucked out of the nearby undergrowth. The next leg of Jonathan's journey takes him to the Sepik River. At 700 miles long, the Sepik is one of the longest rivers in the world. Jonathan hires a guide to take him up the river, and it is his guide that takes him to the Spirit House or Haus Tamaran that took 6 years to build. Papua New Guinea is renowned for its wood carving, and he is able to purchase some traditional carving. Jonathan also goes on a nighttime crocodile hunt. Papua New Guinea became independent from Australia in 1975, and Jonathan joins in the Independence Day celebrations by launching a boat race on the Sepik River. The hullabaloo of Independence Day is left behind as Jonathan flies to the secluded island of New Britain and, afterwards, to New Ireland. His first port of call is the town of Rabaul, famous for its volcanic volatility. Rabaul is also famous for its World War Two wrecks. Jonathan goes scuba diving around the wreck of a Japanese cargo boat, and an extremely well preserved bi-plane. A short boat ride takes him north to New Ireland and the coastal town of Konogogo. Jonathan continues to expand his hunting experience, and this time his quarries are the sharks that inhabit the two mile deep ocean surrounding the island. In a small catamaran canoe Jonathan's guide shows how they call the sharks to the boats by replicating the sound of fish by shaking coconut shells in the water. He then explains :å much to Jonathan's surprise :å how they garrote and club the sharks to death once they have come to the surface. Jonathan hikes up a mountain near the town of Asiki to one of the most famous ossuaries in the world. Almost 80 years ago, there was a bloody tribal war, and those that died were smoked and taken up the mountain where they were covered in clay. As a result they were very well preserved, and are open to view :å unburied, a tangible family tree that allows contemporary generations to appreciate their heritage and their ancestry.
Papua New Guinea Islands with Zay Harding
Zay Harding travels to the remote and beautiful Papua New Guinea islands of Manus, New Ireland and New Britain. Starting his journey on Manus, Zay is given an extraordinary traditional welcome, before travelling to the offshore island of Hawei, where he goes fishing with the islanders. Flying on to Kavieng in New Ireland, Zay joins a local hunting expedition for one of the more unusual local delicacies - flying fox. After successfully catching some bats, they're roasted over an open fire on the beach. Zay declares the meat delicious, like a good steak. From Kavieng, Zay cycles down the east coast of New Ireland, stopping to visit a woman who's locally renowned for having tamed some huge freshwater eels. Zay feeds these extraordinary creatures, before cycling on to visit one of New Ireland 's greatest master carvers. New Ireland is famous for its beautiful traditional carvings, and in his home village Ben Sissia shows Zay how he makes the masks that are worn in local ceremonies. Nearby, Zay gets to witness a spectacular Malagan ceremony with masked dancers. Catching a banana boat from the coast of New Ireland, Zay is thrilled when his boat is surrounded by a huge pod of dolphins. Passing through the Duke of York Islands, en route to Rabaul in New Britain, Zay dives a submerged World War Two tank. On arrival in Rabaul, Zay goes diving in the harbour, which was a major Japanese naval base during World War Two, and gets to see a shot down Japanese Zero fighter plane that was discovered just a few months earlier. Until the 1990s, Rabaul was a thriving provincial capital, but the population is now just a fraction of what it once was, following a huge volcanic eruption in 1994, which carpeted the town with ash. Zay canoes to the base of the dramatic, still active volcano Tavurvur, where he joins the locals hunting for eggs that Megapode birds lay for ease of hatching in the warm volcanic ash. Zay then eats some of the eggs after boiling them in a volcanic hot spring. In the hills surrounding Rabaul, Zay witnesses the rarely seen, spectacular nocturnal Fire Dance of the Baining tribe, before ending his trip climbing Rabaul 's highest volcano. Learn more about these shows: Bonus Episodes:
Along the way: Boat race on the Sepik River on Independence Day Scuba dive around WWII wrecks Cycle the coast of New Ireland Witness the Fire Dance of the Baining Tribe
Runtime: 52 minutes per program
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