Port Moresby Travel Guide

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Port Moresby Things to Do

  • Bomana Cemetery

    Visit Bomana Cemetery if you get a chance. Suprisingly its the cemetery with the most Australians killed in Wars in the World.

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  • Crocodile Farm

    Just on the outskirts of Port Moresby, as you head inland for the mountains behind the city, is the Moitaka Wildlife Farm. This facility carries out research on crocodiles and also has on display a few other animals and birds native to PNG.Once per week, the crocs in this little pond are fed a meal of chickens. It was quite a tourist attraction, so...

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  • New Year's Eve on the Coral Sea

    For our final New Year's Eve (bringing in 1982) in Papua New Guinea, we headed out to sea with our Australian friends in their 26-ft. schooner. This time, we went to Local Island not too far from Port Moresby. It had quite a nice sandy beach that beckoned quite a few people out on day-trips.We were joined there by some other friends and, since we...

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  • Houses on Stilts

    The original Port Moresbians, the Motu people lived in houses on stilts above the water. As you drive along the coasts, you will see suburbs like these. This one is farly modern and well maintained. Some are no-go zones for strangers and tourists.

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  • Old Building

    Port Moresby is a young city. There's hardly any old colonial buildings to admire. One of the few that's still standing is the Post Office. It's been there since the early 1900's.

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  • Great view of Ela Beach

    Go up to Paga Hill which has many nice houses overlooking the Coral Sea. It also has a fantastic view of Ela Beach. The road is quite steep and narrow. Be careful when driving up there.

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Port Moresby Restaurants

  • Watch the planes while you eat

    The restaurant is in the Airways Hotel complex which ovelooks Jacsons International Airport. It has a mock plane attached to the wall. It's very airy and spacious. The food is good.

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  • Restaurants in Port Moresby

    The Pool-side restaurant of Airways is nice for every day meals, they also have "Bacchus" restaurant which is the best restaurant in town, with price according to it's reputation. An other VERY very nice restaurant is "The Cellar" and it has also a VIP bar quite nice, prices are salty though! In town, "Itchizen" is a very nice Japanese place. An...

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Port Moresby Nightlife

  • Tropical Breezes

    Only a few steps away from the Davara Hotel, and located on the beach side of the road was the local Returned Services League (RSL) Club. This is the Australian version of the Canadian Legion, etc. where war veterns can congregate with each other. Of course, they are always looking for members so we joined for a nominal fee. Within their fenced off...

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  • 21st century PNG

    This is a large swish nightclub with an outdoor dancefloor that reminded me of Halikarnas nightclub in Bodrum, Turkey. The owner is Greek, so it has a Greekish theme to it. It's got the full works of what you'd expect from a trendy venue. Smart casual.

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  • Party Time

    Great place to meet friendly locals. Live Band, pool tables and unfortunately, poker machines. It appears that bars in Port Moresby have special nights. Aviation night for airport workers, Ladies night for the ladies, Hospitality night for those working in restaurants and bars. Smart casual

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Port Moresby Transportation

  • Port Moresby Airport

    Port Moresby International Airport is around a 30 minute drive to the centre of town or less to other closer suburbs.

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  • Air Nuigini

    The national airline of PNG has flights to all major centres throughout the country and some close by international destinations.

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  • PMV's

    The PMV (Public Motor Vehicle) System is easy enough to use if not a little daunting at first. Stay aware of your personal security and enjoy getting up close and personal to the locals. Also much cheaper then a taxi.

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Port Moresby Shopping

  • Warning!

    In years past PNG Arts was the place to go for contemporary PNG tribal arts with their large warehouse containing a wide variety of goods from across the country. Unfortunately, my last last visit in November 2012 found a great reduction in the quality and quantity of merchandise. Nonetheless I purchased several thousand dollars worth of carvings...

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  • Boroko Markets

    In the centre of Boroko Shops is an open area hosting many local stalls and sellers with their various wares. A great place to pick up some arts and crafts at a cheap price. Arts and Crafts

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  • Shopping in Moresby

    If your staying in Moresby for any length of time consider visiting one of the many local supermarkets. I walked down to the Boroko Supermarkets and caught a taxi to the Gordon RH Hypermarket. Prices are reasonable and by far cheaper than Restaurants. Any food item. as cheap as back home.

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Port Moresby Local Customs

  • Jobs for the Locals

    As was the custom during our years in Africa, the expatriate community was constantly approached by the locals looking for jobs of any sort so they could have some means of supporting themselves in the Capital city. There was no point in refusing them, because others would just follow on with their requests, and why not employ them so they had some...

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  • Beers in the Shade

    Port Moresby was the most uncomfortable place that I have lived in. This was due to the fact that it is located in the 'rain shadow' of the Owen Stanley mountain range and it also had drought conditions to boot. The average daily temperature was always 90 degF or more and varied between a high of 90 degF and a low of 73 deg F (32 to 23 degC)...

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  • Chewing betel

    A national PNG pasttime. It suppose to give chewers a more upbeat effect. It's like smoking and it is now becoming commercialised. It's one Kina for a hit!

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Port Moresby Warnings and Dangers

  • POM, don't listen to amatuer travelers!

    It saddens me to see these types of travel advisories from tourists who are obviously too limited in their travel experiences to safely and enjoyably navigate Papua New Guinea. I've returned 4 out of the past 5 years for up to 4 months at a time and PNG is by far the most spectacular travel destination in the world for confident, rugged, seasoned,...

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  • Betal Nut 'Juice'

    The 'betal' nut of the areca palm tree contains a mild, central nervous system stimulant called arecoline. In PNG, it was common practise for the locals to chew the nut on its own or with a pastey mixture of tobacco, lime and a betel-climber leaf ( a vine which is usually found growing with the areca palm tree). Usually only one "chew" is prepared...

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  • Helmeted Friar Bird

    One of the trees growing outside our house was an 8-m (25-ft) Octopus tree (schefflera actinophylla), a native of Australia. With its big green leaves and red-blossoms at the top, it made for quite a decorative tree. However, it also served as a perch for one of the early-rising birds in Papua New Guinea, the Helmeted Friar Bird (also known as a...

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Port Moresby What to Pack

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    by carolerica Written May 23, 2004

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: This place has malaria, so bring the usual pills, otherwise, you can find some medication at Jhonston's pharmacy in town, they are very professionals. Bring some sun lotion as well, it's hard to find good quality sunscreen with a high exposure.

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Port Moresby Off The Beaten Path

  • Lion Island

    When we were tired of the mountains, the whole family would sometimes make a weekend trip with our friends to Bootless Bay, located along the coast southeast of Port Moresby. This was the location of the major Marina and we would set sail from there on our friend's 26-ft schooner. Off-shore were a number of small islands and coral reefs. I was...

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  • Wonderful Mountains

    Port Moresby is surrounded by mountains. You must visit the outlying areas and see the spectacular escarpment with large volcanic boulders

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  • Hombrum's Bluff

    Another attraction on the drive to Sogeri, into the mountains behind Port Moresby, was Hombrum's Bluff. Located about 17-miles (28-km) from the city, this 2000-ft peak rises up out of the forest as you are nearing the Sogeri Plateau.It made for a pleasant little detour to gaze out over the Laloki River and down onto the lowlands stretching toward...

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Port Moresby Sports & Outdoors

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    by carolerica Written May 21, 2004

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    Snorkeling and diving are WONDERFUL, PNG is one of the best spot in the world, with 30 degrees water, wrecks to dive around, stink rays, dolphins, clown fish, lion fish, sea-horses, scorpion fish, maori wrasse, puffer fish, colorful corals and all your eyes and heart content!
    If you want to take PADI courses, try the Dive Center located IN Airways, they are very professional, reasonable rates, very friendly and patient with scarred beginners like myself!
    Loloata island is very close from Airways, you can spend a day there (they’ll come and get you!) snorkel around or dive. Same in Milne Bay, at the Alotau International Hotel.

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Port Moresby Favorites

  • No restriction on rugby balls at the...

    Quite by coincidence, I first visited PNG on business a couple of days after the devastating tsunami in July 1998. A lot of the initial emergency response was mobilised from Oz, and so I found myself travelling from Cairns on a packed flight along with a team of sniffer dogs and their handlers who were to assist in for body recovery.Predictably...

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  • DON'T GO!

    On June 7, 2009, I came within 2 inches and 2 minutes of death! While traveling in Pt. Moresby during my transit stay from Madang on the way to Brisbane, I hired a taxi to take me around since I only had about 4 hours. I really wanted to see the Parliament Haus in the center of the city. The taxi driver, who quite possibly was in on the attack,...

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  • At Work

    A view of the Elcom 'Test Branch' office where I worked for the first two years of my contract before being promoted to a new job at Head Office in the Boroko suburb. The task of Test Branch personnel was to travel around the mountains, jungles and islands of Papua New Guinea fixing up whatever transmission or generation problems were plaguing the...

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