VIDEO: Going Local in Papua New Guinea, Part 5: Food of Papua New Guinea


This is the fifth and final post in video contributor Kelley Ferro’s five-part video series on Papua New Guinea. The first part is here, the second part is here, the third part is here, and the fourth part is here.

If you’re expecting gourmet menus or trendy restaurants in Papua New Guinea, think again. Papua New Guinea is not a “foodie” destination, but that doesn’t mean the food isn’t good. I actually found it to be very wholesome and satisfying as most of the ingredients were grown on the property we were eating on or from the local market. Farming is a staple of this country and thus, the local produce, both farmed and wild, was fresh and free from additives.

Each lodge provided the majority of our meals. I enjoyed fresh fish, grilled meats and simply dressed vegetables. Eggs and toast were a typical breakfast and lunch was sometimes taken while we were out visiting tribes or onboard our boat.

We visited several local markets to see firsthand what makes up the local diet. To me, that’s such an important part of understanding where you are.

Watch the video above—and don’t miss:

Mount Hagen Market
This market is on every day and it’s HUGE! Plan to spend some time wandering and don’t be afraid to buy some spices or fresh fruit.

Karawari Lodge Market
This market happens once or twice a week so ask the lodge in advance. Though much smaller than Mount Hagen’s, the market gives you insight into the local produce of the lowlands, which revolves heavily around river fish.


For Ian Livingston’s recent series on Papua New Guinea, start here. For more on guided travel in Papua New Guinea, visit USTOA.com. For more on the specific itineraries and guides from Kelley’s video, check out swaindestinations.com.

Kelley Ferro

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Kelley Ferro
Kelley is an award-winning TV personality, experienced travel journalist & social media influencer. Obsessed with world travel (and Indiana Jones) since childhood, she parlayed that passion into her career, starting at 19 as a National Geographic intern. She went on to be the Director of Tripfilms.com, and now she is the producer & host of several web series, which feature hotels, tours and destinations across the globe. Her shows focus on the local experience, the world’s best hotels and the best in every destination. Join her on her jetsetting adventures via Kelley Ferro’s YouTube channel, or her Instagram.

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