The magnificent coast around Cape Nelson on the north coast of mainland PNG, known as Tufi, is a well-kept secret. Cape Nelson, jutting out into the Solomon Sea, was formed by the eruption of three volcanoes, whose fast flowing lava created the rias, or fjords. More than 30 fjords are carved into the shoreline and unlike the fjords of Scandinavia, the water is always warm and the sheltered bays are home to stunning coral formations and tropical marine life. Each fjord is surrounded by dense rainforest above sheer basalt walls, many with waterfalls plunging into the sea. Sandy beaches meet coral reefs and the crystal clear water is crammed with diverse marine life – a perfect combination for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Local villages are set in isolated areas along the coast and on the imposing slopes of Mount Trafalgar. The cultural heritage of the area is based on subsistence farming and fishing. Oro pottery and Tapa cloth making is also renowned throughout PNG. The world's largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing, inhabits the rainforest and specimens with a 30cm wingspan have been measured. The world's largest grasshopper, longest stick insect and longest beetle can also be found in the Tufi area.
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