Papua New Guinea
Islands of Mystery
Few unexplored tropical wildernesses are left in the world. But Papua New Guinea is full of rugged jungles wholly untouched by modern civilization. If you plan to travel to Papua New Guinea, however, be aware that the primitive qualities that make these islands intriguing can make them less safe for typical tourists. Make your plans carefully, with professional assistance, and prepare for the dangers that may accompany the adventures.
 
 
Books on Papua New Guinea
 
CIA World FactBook on Papua New Guinea (maps, geography, etc)
 
Book on living pterosaurs in Papua
New Guinea (ropens)
 
Papua New Guinea on Wikipedia
 
Tourism Dept of Papua New Guinea
 
Rabaul Caldera, Papua New Guinea
(active volcano on New Britain)
 
Rabaul (travel page), New Britain
 
Papua New Guinea Volcanoes
(USGS site)
 
Volcanic cone on Umboi Island
 
Volcanoes of Umboi and Sakar
 
Pictures of and from Umboi Island
 
Ropen eyewitnesses on Umboi
 
Birds of Umboi and Tolokiwa
(1972 ornithology survey on islands
of the Vitiaz and Dampier straits in
Bismark Sea, Papua New Guinea)
 
Tok Pisin language translation
(online tool: English & Tok Pisin)
 
The Tok Pisin language of PNG
 
 
Are the mysteries of Papua New Guinea exaggerated? From the mid-1990’s, several Americans have explored certain areas, including  Umboi Island. What have they  been seeking? Living pterosaurs! Some reports indicate the creatures may grow to have a wingspan greater than twenty feet. Talk about adventure and mystery!
 
The book Searching for Ropens, tells of pterosaur-like creature of the night, on Umboi Island, years ago, that robbed graves. But after wooden coffins became popular, grave robberies by theropen ceased. (To read in French, see "Ropen" de Papúa la Nouvelle-Guinée: The ropen of Papua New Guinea - le français)
 
In 2004, an American legal videographer interviewed Gideon Koro, one of several  young villagers of Umboi Island who had seen a giant ropen flying in daylight. He described the wings as like those of the Flying Fox fruit bat; the tail he estimated
at seven meters long (obviously no bat).
 
But even if giant flying dinosaurs (really pterosaurs) hold no interest to you, just consider other adventures in Papua New Guinea, including diving.
 
Birds of Papua New Guinea
 
Poisonous Birds
 
Elusive Bird in Papua New Guinea
Thought to have become extinct,
the Beck's petrel still lives.

The Mysterious Min Min Light
 
Strange Birds: cassowary, frigate, owl
 
Book on bats of Papua New Guinea
 
Bats field guild (Conservation)
 
Flying Fox fruit bat
 
Ropen and Flying Fox
Young villager of Umboi Island, west of New Britain, Papua New Guinea