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These 20 islands are an adventurer’s dream

National Geographic Logo By Meghan Miner Murray of National Geographic | Slide 1 of 21: Though home to fascinating ethnic and ecological diversity, Papua New Guinea has few organized adventure activities. Make your own by packing a surfboard and hitting the waves in northerly Vanimo. Or join a small group to tackle the 60-mile (96 km) Kokoda Track, which winds along a historic Australian WWII route through tall kunai grass, across rocky rivers, and among the roadless jungles of the Owen Stanley mountains.

Papua New Guinea

By virtue of their geography, islands are natural havens for adventure seekers: Surrounded by water, a voyage is required just to reach them.

Yet some islands are a cut above. These places are extra remote, have wild natural features, or rare (and sometimes dangerous) creatures that lend a particular allure. Some have existing infrastructure making the adventure experience as seamless as booking a tour, while others require a little more effort for the reward. 

From swimming through teeming reefs to trekking up jungle volcanoes, from skydiving and rock climbing to surfing alongside penguins, these extraordinary islands all but guarantee adventure—you just have to be bold enough to seek it.

© Photograph by Alex Hutchinson, Redux
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