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.
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
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
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.
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
Port Moresby you can easily connect onto other destination
within Papua New Guinea.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
more information on Customs Procedures and Services
visit the PNG Customs website www.customs.gov.pg
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.
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.
Hotels, restaurants, shops, rental car companies, cruise
operators and travel agents accept most major credit
cards including Amex, Diners, Master cards and Visa
Value Added Tax (Vat)
All transactions within hotels, restaurants and bars
are subject to 10% tax which is included in published
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)
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
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.
of the popular treks include Sea Kayaking on the North
Coast, Mount Wilhelm Trek, Simbu Trek, Tari Trek.
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. Youll
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
PNG is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).