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One Million Reasons Why Papua New Guinea Should Be On Your Bucket List

Ok so it’s only 22, but do you reallyyy have time to read 1 million reasons?

1. The beauty is astounding

The beauty is astounding

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2. Quite the picture of tranquility

Quite the picture of tranquility

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3. The country is home to over 700 unique tribes

The country is home to over 700 unique tribes

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Each with their own languages, customs, and beliefs. Tribal populations vary from a few hundred to thousands of members. Many of these tribes have had little to no contact with outsiders.

4. Like this one

Like this one

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5. And this one

And this one

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6. And the Chimbu Tribe (aka Skeleton Tribe)

And the Chimbu Tribe (aka Skeleton Tribe)

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Who adorn their bodies with paint to resembles skeletons, each with their own personal twist. Not much is known regarding the reasoning, although it is thought to have originated as a creative war tactic.

7. And these much less terrifying tribes boys

And these much less terrifying tribes boys

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8. The country also boasts close to 850 indigenous languages

The country also boasts close to 850 indigenous languages

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The latest data reports nearly 850 indigenous languages throughout the country, representing 12% of the world’s total.

9. The Korowai Tribe may be one of the last surviving tribes in the world to practice cannibalism

The Korowai Tribe may be one of the last surviving tribes in the world to practice cannibalism

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The Korowai have been known to practice ritual cannibalism up until present day. Most accounts claim they only eat khakhua, which are fellow tribesmen suspected of being witch doctors. The Korawai tribe’s first interaction with the outside world was in the 1970’s and many members have had no experience with any outsiders.

Seriously, where else could you meet a tribe of cannibals?

10. Less creepy, but equally mind blowing – They build insane gravity defying treehouses

Less creepy, but equally mind blowing - They build insane gravity defying treehouses

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Seriously, how is this even possible?

11. The natives have a pretty badass way of getting around

The natives have a pretty badass way of getting around

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12. It’s one of the last virtually untouched locations on the planet

It's one of the last virtually untouched locations on the planet

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13. The Rainforests hold still undiscovered secrets

The Rainforests hold still undiscovered secrets

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As one of the least explored areas of the world, many undiscovered plant and animal species are thought to exist within the dense interior of the rainforests.

14. I mean, just look at its rainforest

I mean, just look at its rainforest

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15. You cannot find a bad picture of the island

You cannot find a bad picture of the island

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16. It’s surrounded by this

It's surrounded by this

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17. Their rivers even look like mini oceans

Their rivers even look like mini oceans

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18. The diving is extraordinary

The diving is extraordinary

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The island and its surrounding waters are relatively untouched, especially by outsiders, allowing for spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving.

19. With sites like this

With sites like this

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20. And wreck dives

And wreck dives

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21. And more wreck dives

And more wreck dives

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22. Time to add this gorgeous country to your bucket list

Time to add this gorgeous country to your bucket list

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