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About PNG

Forget technology, fax machines, telephones, or laptop computers. Many of the best services and resorts of PNG are remote and not "hooked up" to the rest of the world.

The underwater world of Papua New Guinea is certainly spectacular; the warm, clear waters all around the coast offering some of the best dive locations in the world. Stunning reefs, sunken wrecks, and brilliantly colored coral and marine life leave even the most experienced diver in awe.

Remote pristine reefs offer underwater vistas ranging from volcanic sea mounts, drift dive passages and dramatic drop-offs draped with vibrantly colored corals and sponges. Reefs rising up from the deep blue to just below the surface host a wealth of exotic marine life. Divers will be enthralled by large schools of pelagics: Barracuda, Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna and Mackerel. Adding to the profusion of life are Manta Rays, Turtles and Reef Sharks. Closer inspection of the reef reveals an amazing array of smaller inhabitants such as colourful nudibranchs and curious clown fish. In all, a wonderland of diverse reef ecosystems.

Papua New Guinea saw some of the most bitter fighting during World War 2. As a result, the surrounding waters provide wreck diving that is unsurpassed in the world. In addition to the sheer awe-inspiring presence of these historical icons, the rich tropical waters have encouraged a profusion of marine life to form in and around the wrecks.

Getting There

Papua New Guinea has one international airport in Port Moresby, Jacksons International Airport. Jacksons International Airport provides air connections from all of the world's major cities, with direct flights from Australia, the Solomon Islands, Singapore, the Philippines and Hong Kong. Cairns and Brisbane are accessed by both Air Niugini and Airlines PNG, while Sydney, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, Honiara and Nadi have direct flight by Air Niugini only.

In Port Moresby you can easily connect onto other destination within Papua New Guinea.

Air Services

Air Niugini is the National Airline of Papua New Guinea and operates a modern fleet of aircraft consisting of Boeing 767 & 757 jets serving Brisbane, Sydney, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur; the Fokker 100 jets & Dash 8 aircraft mainly serving their domestic network with the exception being Cairns, Honiara and Nadi served by the Fokker 100.

Air Niugini have offices in PNG, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Singapore, Manila, Tokyo and GSA representation in Honiara, Nadi & Suva, Auckland, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, London, Milan & Rome, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong & Seoul.

Airlines PNG is one of this country's two major International and Domestic airline servicing more than 120 aerodromes, often in remote locations without any alternative means of transport, with over 400 scheduled and charter flights per week.

Pacific Blue, the international airline of Virgin Blue, offer direct services to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from Brisbane with connecting services from across Australia. You can arrive to the idyllic island location with 4 direct flights per week.

Entry Requirements

A 60-day Tourist Visa is available on arrival in Port Moresby at a fee of K100.00. To obtain a visa before you enter the country costs K75.00. You will need travel documents, sufficient funds for your stay in the country and airline ticket with confirmed outbound flights before expiry date of your Visa. As some restrictions apply to several Asian, Eastern European and African countries; please check with the nearest Papua New Guinea Mission or the nearest Australian mission, which is allocated in each country for visa requirements before travelling to the country.

Customs & Quarantine
Adults over 18 have a general allowance of new goods to the value of K250 and are allowed duty free:

- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco
- 2 litres of alcohol.
- A reasonable amount of perfume.

Drugs, pornographic literature or video tapes, firearms and weapons are prohibited. Food items, seeds, spices, live or dry plants, animals, animal products and biological specimens such as cultures and blood need special import approval.

For more information on Customs Procedures and Services visit the PNG Customs website www.customs.gov.pg

Getting Around
Transportation is mostly by air across PNG. A good network of roads connects the Northern zone and the Highlands region. Hire and rental cars, local boats and ferries, taxis in larger towns, plus local buses. There is no road link between the northern zone and the capital, Port Moresby because of the rugged nature of the terrain.

Visitor Information

Papua New Guinea's unit of currency is the Kina which is divided into 100 toea. There are K100, K50, K20, K10, K5 and K2 notes and a K1 coin. Daily exchange rates are listed in banks, newspapers and hotels. You can exchange your money at Jackson's Airport or in banks, which are open from 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday - Thursdays and 9.00 - 4.00pm on Fridays.

Credit Cards
Hotels, restaurants, shops, rental car companies, cruise operators and travel agents accept most major credit cards including Amex, Diners, Master cards and Visa Cards.

Value Added Tax (Vat)
All transactions within hotels, restaurants and bars are subject to 10% tax which is included in published prices.

Business Hours
Commercial Firms: Monday to Friday - 8.00am - 4:30 or 5.00pm. Saturday 8.00am - 12.00 noon.
Government Hours: Monday to Friday - 7.45am - 4.06pm.

Activities (besides diving of course)

While Papua New Guinea offers incredible diving not found anywhere else in the world, there is so much more to explore across this ruggedly beautiful land that will add to your vacation experience.

* Exotic and diverse cultures
* Traditional people living a subsistence lifestyle
* Incredible natural beauty including extensive rainforest
* Several areas producing high quality primitive art
* A unique and accessible fauna

Trekking and harder adventurous activities are an excellent way for the fit and those who are not afraid to "rough it", to meet with the local people and experience the way they live in their own environment. And coupled with your dive adventures, you will have a lifetime of memories to take home. Included here are some of the trekking trips available and their itineraries.

Some of the popular treks include Sea Kayaking on the North Coast, Mount Wilhelm Trek, Simbu Trek, Tari Trek.

There are markets in all the provincial capitals. The market is a focal point of local life and provides a meeting place for traders from all over the province. You’ll find many exotic varieties of fruit and vegetables, as well as birds, animals and handcrafts. The main markets open for business from 7am to 5pm every day except for Sunday. East New Britain boasts some of the most colourful and bustling markets in the country, with a wide selection of fruit and vegetables, and an interesting collection of shell jewellery, wicker baskets and bamboo combs.

Most of the nightlife is limited to the capital of Port Moresby and the larger provincial centres. The larger hotels will generally have a weekend disco and there will often be a live band as well. Check the entertainment listings of the local paper for other options, but take care when you are visiting venues outside the hotel premises.

PNG has some of the best surfing locations in the world? You only have to come and see PNG to experience the rough seas and waves. Some of the best surfing locations in PNG are located in the New Ireland Province - Kavieng and the Sandaun Province - Vanimo.

Helpful Information

Electrical Voltage
Electrical current on the national grid is 240 volts. The type of plug that electrical appliance use in PNG, is TYPE I. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets in guest rooms for shavers and hair dryers.

Health Regulations
Certification or vaccination against yellow fever or cholera is requiring for travelers over one year of age coming from or through infected areas. Malaria is the only serious health risk. Visitors are strongly advised to consult your local doctor or tropical disease clinic to commence anti-malarial preparations before arrival. Water quality is within World Health Organization standards in most towns. Bottled water is available. In rural areas it is advisable to boil water at all times.

Medical Services
Dental, doctors and hospital services are available in all major centers. Medical clinics and aid posts are found in remote areas and several hospitals are privately owned.

Public Holidays
New Year's Day - 1st January, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Queens Birthday - 13th June, Rememberance Day - 21st July, Independence Day - 16th September, Christmas Day - 25th December, Boxing Day - 26th December.

Local traditional beliefs and ceremonies are maintained in remote areas; however, Christian influence is predominant.

Papua New Guinea has modern satellite communications, which have brought the world closer at the touch of a few buttons. ISD and STD dialing are available in most parts of the country. Telex and Facsimile services are also readily available except in very remote areas where high frequency radios are in use.

Time Zone
PNG is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).




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