From the Editor’s desk: April-June 2023


The latest issue of Paradise magazine has all you need to keep you entertained during your flight – from local weddings to sportfishing and trekking. Happy reading!

If you’ve ever experienced a Papua New Guinean wedding ceremony, you’ll know it is an extravagant affair.

In this issue of Paradise come with us to a traditional village wedding where drums, dancing and offerings are part of the day-long celebration.

Our writer, John Brooksbank, not only reports on the celebrations but delves into the customs and traditions behind such big events.

But that’s not all. We look at some of the best diving in PNG waters, from Bootless Bay near Port Moresby to the Bradford Shoals near Kimbe.

Come fishing with us, too, at the remote Baia Sportfishing Lodge on New Britain Island.

Anglers travel from all over the world to visit this lodge to catch the legendary Papuan black bass, regarded as one of the strongest freshwater fish species on the planet.

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Local writer Lemach Lavari goes inland and tackles the Kokoda Trail. ‘It’s one of the toughest physical activities I have ever taken on,’ he says. But, he observes in his story, one guide wears flip-flops along the gruelling 96-kilometre journey!

One of Air Niugini’s most popular routes is between Port Moresby and Cairns.

If you’re traveling to Cairns, check out our feature, ‘72 hours in Cairns’, for great tips on what to do and where to stay in the tropical city.

We’ve started a new column called ‘Know Thy Neighbour’, which focuses on a country near PNG. First up, we explore Timor-Leste. Find out what makes this place tick: where is it, what language do they speak, its history, what’s there for visitors and much more.

In sport, we profile the two powerhouse teams in the National Soccer League. Between them, Lae City and Hekari United have won every championship in the competition’s 15-year history.

Happy flying,

Robert Upe, Editor

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