Papua New Guinea

If you’re seeking an off the beaten path locale, with some of the best diving in the world, head to Papua New Guinea, which occupies half of the jungle-filled island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean.

Offshore, there are coral gardens, barrier reefs, coral atolls and a collection of ships and submarines from World War II, all teeming with fish. Onshore, visitors can stay in luxury jungle lodges or take boat trips on the Sepik River, stopping at villages in the tropical rain forest where locals lie as their predecessors did centuries ago.

The gateways to Papua New Guinea are Asia and Australia – the island is located equidistant between the two continents.