The Wau Ecology Institute is the local headquarters for birders and naturalists, who come to see the rain-forest flora and fauna. An interesting hike up Mt. Kaindi passes through several different types of vegetation. The institute offers hostel-type accommodations, but bring your own food from Lae—unless you enjoy Spam, a staple of local shops.

Note: Unfortunately, the security situation in the area has deteriorated. Robbery is common on the hiking trails, and it's not safe to walk alone under any circumstances. Ask park authorities about the current situation before setting off on a trail. 150 mi/240 km north of Port Moresby.

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