Papua New Guinea Warnings and Dangers

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Papua New Guinea Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for the coral

    I agree with odinnthor about being careful whilst swimming in this area.Planet Rock in Astrolabe Bay is renowned for it's beauty and plethora of fish,coral and other sea creatures.I have not snorkelled or dived in this place so am unable to advise you but I have been out on a boat when others have explored under water.They say the starfish are...

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  • crime in Port Moresby - PNG

    Being the capital of PNG, Port Moresby is highly populated compared to other regions of new guinea and hence crime rate are very high here. Like any place, surround yourself with lots of people and you should be generally fine, however stay away from backstreets and generally isolated places, expecially at night. Woman should always be accompained...

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  • Beetlenut

    Forget car jackings, armed robbery, murder by decapitation, police brutality and the like (although these are problems). The two biggest hazards in PNG are being spat on with beetlenut juice and road rage. Being spat on with beetlenut juice is akin to someone spitting a mouthful of blood at you. Get that out of a pair of white boardies! The other...

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  • Papuan Fishing Village

    There were robberies, mostly at night of course, because of the financial differences between the average Papuan and the expatriate community. Generally it was not too bad at that time - it is worse now. Another major problem was if you were involved in an accident of some sort. There was a custom of 'compensation' or instant justice. The rule of...

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  • Don't Forget that Cannibalism DID Exist...

    I wasn't brave enough to actually take a photo of the large, bloodstained stones (very faintly stained) where some of the Middle Sepik villagers told us their parents or elders once eddied up their enemies' bodies...I did take this photo from a distance of one such village where the natives were not at all ashamed (nor should they be, since that...

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  • Look Out For That Beetlenut!!

    Here we see a sign in the airport that basically states that no beetlenut chewing is allowed. This is because the beetlenut, when mixed together in the saliva with a mustard stick, takes on a narcotic effect and many PNGers go around stoned on the stuff. But that's not the offensive part - what annoys everyone is that the person chewing beetlenut...

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  • Don't Panic When You Don't Find Your...

    Sometimes our desire to travel overrides our sense of self-preservation.In this case, I figured the best thing to do was to fall asleep and DREAM that I had a seat belt to buckle.... Then again, if there was to be some unforeseen accident, I suppose the loose bananas or other boxed and bagged cargo could always serve as a buffer between self and...

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  • Watch Your Bananas!

    At our lodge in the Karawari (Lower Sepik Region), this little lorikeet was a big moocher! He swooped into the dining hall every morning, looking for handouts. Obviously he got them!Moral of the story: be on the lookout for hungry birds hoping to join you for a bit of breakfast....

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  • STRONG cigarettes!

    I brought some of these home-made cigarettes back to the States with me because I found it so curious that they wrap the tobacco in newspaper....and the newspaper itself was pretty interesting (of course I couldn't understand a word).But use caution if you actually want to try smoking them....remember that this is raw, unprocessed tobacco and...

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  • Be Prepared for the Unexpected

    My camera battery ran out 3 days into our trip, and we hadn't even left the Highlands yet. (like an idiot, I'd forgotten to check battery status or bring extras).Of course there weren't any shops up there in the Highlands and our next destination was to stay at another wilderness lodge along one of the Sepik river tributaries, so I knew my luck had...

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  • Carjackings

    Amongst other crimes, carjackings are common in Port Moresby. The raskals are nearly always armed. Their weapon of choice is a bush knife but many are armed with home made or factory made pistols and shot guns.Remain vigilent when driving around Port Moresby, particularly when getting into and out of your car. It's not about being paranoid. It's...

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  • Safety

    Getting to the airport is proving a little ominous though. During clan disturbances in the night, a bridge was burned on the main road, so we have to take a diversion through the outlying villages and some rather narrow, rudimentary tracks. Again we pick up a few police constables for protection during our journey. David and I are both enjoying the...

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  • Trecherous walking

    The walk from the village to reach the road is at best described as ‘interesting’. The 45° slope down to the river is mainly compacted mud, and even though Erewan tries to cut ‘steps’ in the mud with his machete, we slip and slide all over the place. It takes an absolute age to get us all down and then we have to cross a fast-flowing river by...

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  • Paranoia

    At the lodge gates, a bilum (string bag) seller joins me, or rather, follows me, all down the track to the hotel. He doesn’t speak to me and persistently walks three steps behind. It is very unnerving and I tell myself that ‘if he was going to attack me, he would have done so as soon as we got round the first bend, out of sight of the road and the...

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  • Road rascals

    There is much consternation in the bus when a fracas is spotted ahead. A man from Medang, driving a hire car has been robbed at knifepoint. Unfortunately he fought with the robber and ended up badly injured. The locals love a drama and are revelling in this tale. The raider has driven off in the hire car, and we make a road block with the three...

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  • Beware of village toilets

    I consider this to be good time to answer the call of nature, and I am shown to the village loo. They certainly don’t believe in modesty: the 4” hole in the ground is located on the top of a mound, the highest point in the village, with very little foliage to shield your private moments. Unlike The Gambia, where the entire village would come...

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  • Check the small print!

    After checking in to the hotel and re-packing the bare necessities into smaller bags for the flight to the Highlands, we inspect the travel document Steven gave us for the rest of the visit in PNG. The return ticket show the incorrect date and time, but there is no reply from the office telephone number Steven gave us. We also try his home number,...

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  • the mosquitos are a problem...

    the mosquitos are a problem and the malaria is a common diseas. i took 8 different injections before i got there (and lariam every week)

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  • There is something like a 5%...

    There is something like a 5% formal employment rate in PNG. Therefore poverty and crime are widespread. There were some people in our group who were involved in a 'busjacking' but thankfully came out OK. However we definitely felt rich and therefore targets as we traveled around. Not a place to travel alone or with just two in my opinion. (But let...

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  • BEWEAR OF THE DAVELS !Seen at...

    BEWEAR OF THE DAVELS !Seen at Gasmata ,West New Britain.We never got to found out what we were being ware of ,but we didn't have any problems with Davels . They are obviously worth being ware of as otherwise a T'Shirt would not have been printed warning of them!

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  • Attention!!!! Don´t forget sun...

    Attention!!!! Don´t forget sun blocker!!!The sun in Madang is burning so hot, you´ll burn as faster as you mean. Don´t make the mistake to walk through the city during the midday. You never see any native people working or doing something else while this time. They all try to find a nice place in the shadow of a tree and sit there up to 3 or 4...

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  • CRIME: Papua New Guinea has a...

    CRIME: Papua New Guinea has a high crime rate. Carjackings, armed robberies, and stoning of vehicles are a problem in Port Moresby, the capital. Pickpockets and bag-snatchers frequent crowded public areas. Hiking in rural areas and visiting isolated public areas such as parks, golf courses, beaches, or cemeteries can be dangerous. Persons traveling...

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  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Exercise...

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Exercise caution, but don't dismiss it too readily. It's cheap, convenient, and shows a willingness on your part to do like the locals do -- something Papua New Guineans tend to respect in their visitors. Bus routes in the cities can be difficult to make sense of, so find out before-hand which bus to catch, where, and how you'll...

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  • TIP: Wherever you go (other...

    TIP: Wherever you go (other than the village), assume THERE'S SOMEONE WATCHING YOU and waiting for their chance to grab your purse, camera, bag, etc. With the high rate of unemployment and poverty in the cities, you -- the tourist who obviously has enough money to afford airfare and accomodation -- are fair game for a bit of redistributive justice....

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  • SEPIK RIVER TRAVELLERS: If you...

    SEPIK RIVER TRAVELLERS: If you want to see the MIDDLE SEPIK (via AMBUNTI), it's probably worth your while to FLY from Wewak. There is public transportation available, but it's a long and uncomfortable ride along a highway that is famous for armed hold-ups. Budget travellers should consider the Lower Sepik (via Angoram).

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  • MALARIA

    MALARIA. There is no malaria in the highlands and minimal risk in Port Moresby. However, if you're going anywhere else, take precautions and/or get tested for any symptoms immediately. PRECAUTIONS: take profilactic medication; wear long sleeves/pants to prevent mosquito bite, particularly at twilight in morning and evening; sleep under a mosquito...

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  • Australian residents of Papua...

    Australian residents of Papua New Guinea and Australians intending to travel to Papua New Guinea are reminded to exercise extreme care and maintain a very high level of security awareness in light of continuing law and order problems (12 March 1999).

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