Papua New Guinea Travel Guide

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Papua New Guinea Highlights

  • Pro
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     Wonderful people and cultures outside the towns 

  • Con
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     Port Moresby not so safe. Make sure you take malaria medicine. 

  • In a nutshell
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     If you never make it to the moon, then at least shoot for Papua New Guinea 

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Port Moresby

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Rabaul

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Wewak

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Lae

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Morobe_Province/Lae-1895094/TravelGuide-Lae.html

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Siapan

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Kainantu

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Eastern_Highlands_Province/Kainantu-1896805/TravelGuide-Kainantu.html

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Popondetta

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Northern_Province/Popondetta-1892071/TravelGuide-Popondetta.html

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Daru

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Western_Province/Daru-1899076/TravelGuide-Daru.html

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Tari

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Mount Hagen

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Madang

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Bulolo

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Vanimo

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Sandaun_Province/Vanimo-1889742/TravelGuide-Vanimo.html

2,3,0

Goroka

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Eastern_Highlands_Province/Goroka-1897998/TravelGuide-Goroka.html

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Lorengau

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Manus_Province/Lorengau-1894732/TravelGuide-Lorengau.html

7,8,0

Kundiawa

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Chimbu_Province/Kundiawa-1895354/TravelGuide-Kundiawa.html

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Kokopo

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/East_New_Britain_Province/Kokopo-1895826/TravelGuide-Kokopo.html

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Kimbe

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/West_New_Britain_Province/Kimbe-1896044/TravelGuide-Kimbe.html

10,16,1

Angoram

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/East_Sepik_Province/Angoram-1900692/TravelGuide-Angoram.html

5,6,0

Timbunke

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/East_Sepik_Province/Timbunke-1890392/TravelGuide-Timbunke.html

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Alotau

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Milne_Bay_Province/Alotau-1900864/TravelGuide-Alotau.html

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Namatanai

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/New_Ireland_Province/Namatanai-1893342/TravelGuide-Namatanai.html

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Kokoda Village

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Northern_Province/Kokoda_Village-1895829/TravelGuide-Kokoda_Village.html

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Kokoda

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Central_Province/Kokoda-1895831/TravelGuide-Kokoda.html

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Kavieng

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/New_Ireland_Province/Kavieng-1896319/TravelGuide-Kavieng.html

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Brunai

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea/Western_Province/Brunai-1899461/TravelGuide-Brunai.html

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Bougainville Island

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Port Moresby

See all 79 Port Moresby Tips
  • Warning!

    Port Moresby Shopping

    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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  • Airways Hotel

    Port Moresby Hotels

    4 star: swimming pool and restaurant with great view over airport and surrounding hills. Lively bar...

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  • No restriction on rugby balls at the...

    Port Moresby Favorites

    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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Rabaul

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  • In the Balsa Plantation

    Rabaul Restaurants

    On my first trip to Rabaul, in April 1980, I was accompanied by my Australian boss and one of the local guys from the Tolai tribe, indigenous to this part of Papua New Guinea. We had to check out how things were going at the new power station in Keravat, so this involved a drive of several miles to the west of Rabaul itself. As it happened, the...

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  • Kids of Rabaul

    Rabaul Favorites

    regardless of how poor the families of Rabaul are, the children always have a smile on their face and look to being having lots of fun.

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  • Betel Nuts

    Rabaul Things to Do

    throughout Rabaul like other parts of PNG small curbside stalls are set up selling betel nuts. Chewed with and it also left spat all over the pavements.

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Wewak

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  • Inside Wewak Diesel Power Station

    Wewak Off The Beaten Path

    Because Wewak, along with Madang, was one of the biggest towns along the north coast of Papua New Guinea, it had one of the larger diesel power stations in the country. As a result, I ended up making about 5 trips here for one reason or another and got to know the Manager of the station, local Thomas Kabo, quite well. He did his best to try to keep...

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  • More Power Required!

    Wewak Off The Beaten Path

    On a much earlier trip, in September 1980, I was in Wewak following problems with the big new No. 4 machine. With it out of action, things were not going well for Elcom in Wewak! As a result, a smaller 540-kw Detroit Diesel machine with a Kato generator was shipped in as quickly as possible.I was part of the small team from Port Moresby who looked...

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  • Now We Are In the Rain Forest!

    Wewak Off The Beaten Path

    My final trip to Wewak was in May, 1982, since I was part of a small group changing to a single-engine aircraft there while on our way to Bainyik, a tiny community situated 70 km (45-miles) west and inland of the town. Bainyik is located by the Screw River, a tributary of the mighty 1130-km (650-mile) Sepik River and its endless rainforest and...

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Lae

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  • Street Shopping for local handicrafts...

    Lae Shopping

    In front of Chemcare and Huon Gulf Pharmacies, from Monday to Saturday, local crafts-people sell their wares. From bilums to baskets and necklaces to carvings there is a wide variety of items to choose from. This is the best place in Lae to buy bilums; local string bags (made using the same ancient method as the Aboriginies make Dili bags),...

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  • Flag Hotel Melanesian

    Lae Hotels

    Second Street, Nadzab Pg, Lae, 411, Papua New Guinea

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Setting up house

    Lae Shopping

    Brian Bell is the alpha and the omega of homewares in Lae. This is where you can get the best and the most expensive. If you are going into the field; Brian Bell is a Coleman dealer and you will find a limited selection of camping products. If you are serious about "going bush", do not rely on PNG suppliers for your equipment. Seasoned travellers...

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Siapan

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    BEWARE of the DoDo Bird. They are not very bright. Infact , they do not know how to land on their feet , so when they attempt their landing they pretty much just plow face first and roll a few feet. Its quite entertaining to watch, but can be dangerous if one is flying at your head.

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Kainantu

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  • A Night in the Village

    Kainantu Nightlife

    The Kainantu Lodge is a two-story hotel, located on a hill above Kainantu. It is close to both the local Golf Course and the Eastern Highlands Cultural Centre. The Lodge features 22 rooms, 3 conference rooms, a restaurant and a bar/lounge with a log fireplace. It also has a swimming pool, tennis courts and will supply a free shuttle service to and...

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  • The Source of Power

    Kainantu Off The Beaten Path

    The lifeblood of the towns and cities in the Highlands of PNG was dependent on the Ramu Hydro station, located only a few miles from Kainantu. Two of Papua New Guinea's rivers, the Sepik (to the west) and the Ramu, starting in the mountains not far from Lae and Madang, drain almost all the water on the north side of the main island part of PNG. As...

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  • Out for a Walk

    Kainantu Local Customs

    Our countryside drive took us to the small village of Aiyura, not too far from Kainantu. As soon as you start to explore in the Highlands, it will not be long before you come across the locals going about their everyday tasks in this heavily populated part of Papua New Guinea.These two ladies very kindly let me take their photo, and they are quite...

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Popondetta

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  • Leave as soon as you can

    Popondetta Things to Do

    There is nothing to recommend Popondetta. Even the battlefields have been allowed to disappear. If you are going to Kokoda stay as little time as possible at Popondetta and pray that the Koiari landowners don't close the track demanding compensation and that Air Niugini doesn't dump you off the return aircraft - like they did me.

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  • Mt Lamington volcano

    Popondetta Things to Do

    Walk to the site of the former Government Station at Higaturu which was destroyed in 1951 resulting in the death of over 3000 Papuans and Europeans. A local guide would be needed to make the walk and transport required to reach the start of the treck which is off the Kokoda Road some 20 klm from Popondetta.In 1951 Higaturu situated some 12 klm from...

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  • Fly High!

    Popondetta Transportation

    Whether I was flying to Popondetta or anywhere else north or east of Port Moresby, you first had to clear the 13,400 ft. (4,070-m) Owen Stanley Mountain range. Luckily, this was no problem for Air Niugini and it's fleet of aircraft. On this trip, we were at 28,000 ft. as we cleared the cloud shrouded mountains, plenty of room to spare!

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Daru

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  • Daru is located Here

    Daru Favorites

    Daru is located in the southwest corner of Papua New Guinea, not too far from the border with Indonesia's province of West Irian, which occupies the other half of the island of New Guinea. To the south, Australian territory stretches almost to the shores of PNG, where the small red line passes just south of Daru and goes through 'Bramble Cay'.

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  • Local Market

    Daru Shopping

    This photo of a street market in Daru shows some products from one of the most important trees in the South Pacific area. The Sago Palm tree grows wild, but because of it's importance, it has been transplanted to many areas and even grown commercially. Because it is fast-growing and can tolerate high salinity levels and well as acidic and wet soils...

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  • Sea-Going Out-rigger Canoe

    Daru Local Customs

    I managed to catch one photo of an out-rigger canoe heading out to see what he can find. Barramundi was a very popular fish in Papua New Guinea - it was my favourite meal on Friday nights in Port Moresby when we went to the Returned Services League Club for an evening meal with the children (it was also the only place that had a TV for them to...

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Tari

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  • JawBones, anyone?

    Tari Local Customs

    I'm not quite sure what these were to be used for, nor from what animal they came. But as far as photo opportunities go, this one was too good to resist.

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  • Sing-Sing Decor

    Tari Local Customs

    If you're lucky enough to catch a real live "Sing-Sing" then you'll have seen everything.I never did see a true Sing-Sing - one that was orchestrated by the locals in honor of some tribal festival or wedding or special celebration - but we did get to see someone decked out in what would be typical "Sing-Sing" decor.I'm attaching my photo which is a...

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  • Men who wear makeup....

    Tari Local Customs

    As mentioned earlier, the men (not the women) are the ones who are preoccupied with their faces. Make-up plays a big part in a Huli man's lifestyle and he devotes care and time to painting his face a certain color or in a particular pattern.Seems this is done more to the critique of other men, not necessarily to attract women. The women? They're...

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Mount Hagen

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  • Mt. Hagen is located HERE

    Mount Hagen Favorites

    Mount Hagen is the capital of Western Highlands province, the most populated in Papua New Guinea (440,000 people as of 2000). The early western explorers of PNG were totally surprised after either flying in or slogging their way up off the hot and humid coastal areas when they found far more inhabitants hidden away in the fertile, open and cool...

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  • Flag Hotel Highlander

    Mount Hagen Hotels

    Hagen Drive, Mendi, Mount Hagen, SO 251, Papua New Guinea

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Take in the traditional celebrations

    Mount Hagen Things to Do

    Starting in the 1960s, the Eastern and Western Highlands Provinces alternately held a Show on the third weekend of August in either Mt. Hagen or Goroka, where the local tribes competed against each other in traditional cultural events. The original purpose of the Show was to serve as an aggression outlet in the place of on-going warfare between the...

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Madang

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  • Madang is Located HERE

    Madang Favorites

    Known as the 'prettiest town in the South Pacific', Madang is located along the reef-strewn shore of Astrolabe Bay on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. The clear waters of the Bismarck Sea combined with airplane and ship wrecks makes this area a popular diving attraction for tourists. In addition, the MV 'Melanesian Discoverer', a 42-passenger...

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  • Flag Hotel Coast Watchers

    Madang Hotels

    Coast Watchers Avenue

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Testing

    Madang Off The Beaten Path

    The experience I had dealing with power system commissioning and operational problems during my early career in Canada came in very handy in Papua New Guinea. The techniques that I had learned and applied seemed to be in short supply in PNG, so they were soon put to good use as I tried to educate the Technicians who were working for me. Over the...

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Bulolo

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  • Interior Close-ups

    Bulolo Things to Do

    This photo shows my Papuan and Australian travelling companions topside on the Dredge, admiring the valley scenery as the Watut River meanders by. Note the heavy steel cables and reels used for controlling the various booms on the rig. All eight of these gold dredges were assembled from pieces flown in by Junkers G-31 tri-motor airplanes. There...

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  • Gold Dredge No. 5

    Bulolo Things to Do

    This is a back-end view of the No. 5 Dredge, which was completed in 1937 and finally ceased operations in 1965. The large conveyor belt boom sticking out this back end was used to carry the material scooped up at the front end by a series of buckets. On the left side, the cable that is visible running up to one of the upright pillars was used to...

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  • Outside Upper Baiune Power Station

    Bulolo Off The Beaten Path

    Oh it was a great job, getting to fly all over this amazing country and meet with both the locals and expatriates who had been here for years. I knew I had it good flying off to the coral atolls, volcanic harbours, rain forests, snow-capped mountains and wide, lazy rivers to deal with whatever the problem was this week! Here, I am just enjoying...

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Vanimo

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  • Beachcombing

    Vanimo Things to Do

    Vanimo is renowned for the long sandy beaches along each side of the peninsula on which it sits. Some of the beaches further along the coast are noted for their great surfing when weather conditions are right, but the rocky beaches in these areas makes them more suitable for experts than beginners.Both of the main hotels in town, the Sandaun and...

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  • On the Fringes of Papua New Guinea

    Vanimo Favorites

    Vanimo is located in the far northwest of mainland Papua New Guinea, only a few miles from the Indonesian border. Located in the former West Sepik province, this off-the-beaten-path province has recently been re-named 'Sandaun' province in order to achieve greater distinction from its more famous neighour, East Sepik province. The new name derives...

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Goroka

See all 7 Goroka Tips
  • Traditional Lifestyle

    Goroka Things to Do

    Anywhere you go in the Highlands, you do not have to travel far outside the cities and towns before you enter the world of the local villagers. Little huts are dotted here and there on the hillsides and villagers seem to be strolling around just about everywhere you go. This woman is typical of what you will see as she strolls along a road cut into...

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  • Pacific Gardens Hotel

    Goroka Hotels

    Goroka, Papua New Guinea

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Highlands Highway

    Goroka Transportation

    The Highlands Highway from coastal Lae, Papua New Guinea's second largest city, up into the mountain ranges was quite a good sealed road. It started out along the Markham River valley and then veered up and into the mountain ranges as it split away from a lesser quality road that continued north to Madang.It was always fun winding our way up Kassam...

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Lorengau

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  • Papua New Guinea Naval Base

    Lorengau Off The Beaten Path

    Located almost next-door to Lorengau, and joined by road/bridge, was the local Papua New Guinea Naval Base at Lombrum on the small Los Negros Island. The base had its own diesel generating station which the PNG Electricity Commission also looked after. As a result, I had a chance to tour this part of the Admiralty Islands as well.World War 2...

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  • Traditional Manus Dancing

    Lorengau Local Customs

    Traditional Manus dancing is unique amongst all the cultures of Papua New Guinea with its use of Garamuts (slit-drums) of different sizes and tones, and the energy of the dancing. It has become one of the most popular of the traditional dances across the country where the bodies writhe and jump sensuously to the various fast rhythmic beats of the...

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  • Keeping the Lights On!

    Lorengau Off The Beaten Path

    Of course the reason that I was making trips like this one was to check up on and fix any problems that the local power stations were having. This photo shows a typical interior of a small diesel station, this one being located in Lorengau with the job of providing power to the entire big island (well, at least as far as the power lines ran). It...

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The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902,...