Unlike many other countries in the world, Papua New Guinea is a nation that
remains largely unexplored and shrouded in mystery. Its natural beauty and cultural
vibrancy come to life.
The cultural richness and the unexplored extraordinary wilderness of Papua New
Guinea are a traveller's delight. Nowhere in the world can one explore such diversity
in culture and people than within this fascinating island nation. Its unique array of
colourful tribesmen is echoed in the regions diverse landscape.
Papua New Guinea (PNG) lies on the eastern half of the second largest island in the
world, and shares a border with Indonesia. Fringed with spectacular coral reefs, it's
surrounded by thousands of atolls and smaller islands.
Lying just out of the equator, the climate in PNG is tropical with the wet season
occurring December to March while the dry season May to October. The seasons
are not as pronounced as in parts of Asia so the humidity can be high at times in the
lowlands and coastal regions and the temperatures rarely get too hot while it's cold
in the highlands. The weather pattern is unpredictable these days due to the climate
change effect which the world is facing today.
Papua New Guinea has a small population of approximately eight (8) million people,
with more than 800 different tribes speaking 800 different dialects. English, Pidgin
and Hiri Motu are the official languages spoken throughout the nation. Due to the
remoteness and rough terrains, many Papua New Guineans reside in their small
villages and survive by way of subsistence farming.
Some important hints that one needs to consider before planning a visit to Papua
Serious medical conditions needing specialised care may be treated before
travelling to Papua New Guinea. Malaria is prevalent in Papua New Guinea and
visitors are encouraged to take extra precautions.
Papua New Guinea's legal currency is Kina (K). Bank of South Pacific (BSP) and
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (PNG) Ltd (ANZ) have branches located at
the Jacksons International arrival terminal in Port Moresby. There are Automated
Teller Machines (ATM) located at all major centres. Major shops and hotels do
accept payments in US$ or AUD$ cash and or major credit cards. For shopping of
artefacts and souvenirs from the locals, Kina cash is necessary and we encourage
visitors to carry nominal amount of cash for shopping and must be in smaller
denominations as change for large notes can be difficult.
Unlike many other countries, PNG do not have major security issues. However,
visitors are encouraged to take extra precautions at all times, especially at night.
Security and safety of our clients are paramount.
Papua New Guinea has a single time zone, 10 hours ahead of UTC/GMT.
PNG has a 240V AC 50HZ, using Australian style plug.
Communication system in PNG has dramatically improved in the last few years.
Internet services are available at all major hotels in each centre, Wi-Fi is also
available at all major hotels. International mobile phone roaming is possible in PNG
but it is costly. Alternatively visitors are encouraged to buy cheaper SIM card here
together with prepaid credit.
It is recommended that travellers are encouraged to take cover for personal
travellers insurance. This is to cover for personal injuries and loss or theft of