Lae - Papua New Guinea

The port of Lae is located on Paga Point in the Huon Gulf on the eastern coast of New Guinea island. It is the capital of Morobe Province and is the gateway to the Highlands and the Islands in the Huon Gulf. Lae was a strategic base for the Japanese during World War II and the graves of thousands of allied soldiers killed in battle can be visited at the Lae War Cemetery, situated within the grounds of Lae's Botanical Gardens. Here huge trees smothered in vines and creepers are home to brightly coloured birds and lizards and a display of exotic orchids. More recently the Rainforest Habitat, occupying an area of over 3,000 square metres, has been purpose built to create a display of some 15,000 native and exotic plants, 21 species of birds including the magnificent Raggiana Bird of Paradise as well as crocodiles, lizards, butterflies, turtles, frogs and fish. As the second largest city in Papua New Guinea, Lae was a tiny mission station before the 1920's gold rush at Wau. It has now been transformed into a major port and industrial centre. It was the last place to farewell the famous pioneering American aviator Emelia Earhart, as she took off on one of the final legs of her round the world flight before disappearing without a trace. Morobe Province is a beautiful region,containing century-old rainforests, pine trees, the remnants of WW2 artillery, volcanoes, fertile valleys and cattle farms. The Saruwaged Mountains, rising from the sea at the tip of the Huon Peninsula are blanketed by tangled and impenetrable rainforest. The Hinterland and coast of Morobe Province offers spectacular sightseeing, a wonderland of flora and fauna and numerous walking tracks, particularly near the Wau and Bulolo areas. The following 2 cruises call at Lae. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.