Papua New Guinea Travel Guide

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Port Moresby

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81,160,7

Rabaul

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37,135,0

Wewak

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15,21,0

Lae

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11,3,1

Madang

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18,50,3

Vanimo

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5,26,0

Bulolo

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8,12,0

Alotau

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3,10,0

Popondetta

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10,12,0

Brunai

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0,3,0

Siapan

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2,7,0

Kundiawa

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6,7,0

Lorengau

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11,22,0

Kokopo

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9,63,0

Kokoda

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7,124,0

Kainantu

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14,18,0

Goroka

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7,8,2

Daru

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9,10,0

Tari

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30,34,0

Namatanai

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6,14,0

Mount Hagen

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4,7,10

Buka Island

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2,11,0

Bougainville Island

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1,8,0

Arawa

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2,7,0

Angoram

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5,6,0

Aitape

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3,9,0

Port Moresby

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  • South Sea Horizons

    Port Moresby Things to Do

    The team of South Sea Horizons gave me a rewarding and a memorable experience as we walked the Kokoda trek. I would like to give my appreciation to Alan Manning and to all porters for taking care of us, guiding as we waled through to Kokoda trek. I can never forget the experienced that I had the tour , the people and the simplicity of their...

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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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  • Adventure of a Lifetime at Kokoda trek

    Port Moresby Things to Do

    The team of South Sea Horizons gave me a rewarding and a memorable experience as we walked the Kokoda trek.I would like to give my appreciation to Alan Manning and to all porters for taking care of us, guiding as we waled through to Kokoda trek. I can never forget the experienced that I had the tour , the people and the simplicity of their...

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Rabaul

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  • Be careful!

    Rabaul Warnings and Dangers

    There are robberies in Port Moresby and Lae. Rabaul is not so dangerous city but you feel that it might be. In the supermarkets, to collect the money, guardians armed are everywhere. I felt danger, so I left tha place immediately.

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  • The port

    Rabaul Transportation

    Very convenient to move around by the cheaper and as a real traveler. There are weekly boats to Buka island (I missed for 2 days that boat and was forced to fly), and there are also ferrys to the south of New Britain island because there are no raods, you must take the ferry (or fly) to get there.

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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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Wewak

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  • You can travel on trucks

    Wewak Transportation

    If you are travelling near Wewak, then the truck is the best way, but if you want to go to Madang, then there is only the sea way. There is a ferry once a week, or you can organize the trip by motorboats, which takes two days to arrive to Madang. I selected this second option and travelled by motorboat, then truck, then again motorboat and finally...

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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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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: Very Good

    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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Madang

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Vanimo

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  • Journey by boat from Vanimo to Aitape

    Vanimo Transportation

    It takes about 6 hours, at least, if the waves are OK. We (I was with several passengers) left Vanimo at about 4 PM and arrived late in the night to Aitape. We could find shelter in the Police Station, where we slept until early in the morning, when we caught a bus to Wewak.

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  • Kaian village

    Vanimo Things to Do

    It was a cargocult village with fetishes and many tamtams, or drums, some of them very beautiful. The chief of the village accepted me as guest and was invited to walk around with a guide explaining me the meaning of every drum.

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  • Downtown Vanimo

    Vanimo Things to Do

    Vanimo was only a transit stop for me. Hotles were too expensive, therefore I decided to start my overland journey to Madang that same day. Some people slept on the port in order to avoid the high prices of the hotels.Apart from the religious buildings and the local market, I did not find Vanimlo an interesting place, since I do not practise any...

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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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Alotau

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  • Trek jungle treks no white men have...

    Alotau Off The Beaten Path

    ...at least since the Australian administration endede in 1975. The rainforest is amazing, teeming with wildlife, birdwatchers delight, and it is a challenge to make it to the top of the mountains! waterfalls and monsoons galore, making it all worth it when you get drenched and cool again. these can be organised through bibiko farm. I was their...

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  • Seafood / Pubfood

    Alotau Restaurants

    There is an indoor dining room which is quite nice. On Monday night, there was a buffet dinner with an array of foods. The food was good, but somewhat expensive - 10K for a small bowl of ice cream and a banana.I chose to cook for myself most of the time - but then, i was a uni student and on a ashoe string!

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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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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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Kundiawa

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  • Highlands Highway

    Kundiawa Transportation

    The main access to this part of the country is via the Highlands Highway, which leaves the coastal city of Lae and winds its way up to Kainantu at 1555-m (5100-ft), then even higher to Mt. Hagen and beyond. The road is sealed as far as Goroka, but then changed to hard-pack from there onward. It was always a pleasant drive travelling though these...

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  • The Lights are Out!

    Kundiawa Off The Beaten Path

    The electric supply for this whole part of the country was delivered via a 66,000 volt transmission line bringing hydro-power in from a dam located to the east of Goroka (see my 'Kainantu' page for the details). Transformer substations at Goroka, Kundiawa and Mount Hagen 'stepped down' the voltage from 66,000 volts to 11,000 volts so it could be...

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  • Kundiawa is Located HERE

    Kundiawa General

    Kundiawa is located in the central mountain ranges which run the length of New Guinea from east to west. Mt. Wilhelm, the highest in Papua New Guinea at 4509-m (14,800-ft), is located in the Bismarck Range not far to the northeast of the town. These mountain ranges are broken in various places by broad upland valleys and plains, resulting in a...

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Lorengau

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Kokopo

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  • Vunapope Mission (Sisters of War)

    Kokopo Things to Do

    This is a very historic place (Do you know about Sisters of Wars telemovie?).It is up a hill at the outskirts of Kokopo.I went there to visit its cathedral, which was built in the form of a shell. There are frescoes, totems, and old colonial buildings since the German's times.The complex is huge. There are many sisters living, and a press, school,...

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  • Clean and cheap place

    Kokopo Restaurants

    It was in the main road, and with good prices. The woman in charge was very nice. Kaikai means food, to eat. I ordered chicken and some vegetables plus a local coca cola, There is no menu.

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  • Kokopo Museum

    Kokopo Things to Do

    It is located close to the beach and is devoted to WWII. I did not go inside, I hate wars. I just saw the weapons across the fences, for free.

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Kokoda

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  • South Sea Horizons

    Kokoda Things to Do

    Choosing South Sea Horizons is a no brainer, Alan Manning and the porters provided an utmost care, preparation and assistance during the trek. From the airport and after the trek. Even once the tour was over, we were still getting assisted….. attending the Dawn service was such a memorable trip.. An adventure and part of Australian history that...

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  • Kokoda Trek with South Sea Horizons

    Kokoda Things to Do

    Choosing South Sea Horizons is a no brainer, Alan Manning and the porters provided an utmost care, preparation and assistance during the trek. From the airport and after the trek. Even once the tour was over, we were still getting assisted….. attending the Dawn service was such a memorable trip.. An adventure and part of Australian history that...

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  • Bring your money

    Kokoda Shopping

    All along the track villagers have set up stalls where they offer local fruits, mainly bananas, mandarins or passionfruit (perhaps others in season) and soft drinks. Cans of drinks go for around 5 to 7 kina. Take plenty of small change, usually the villagers don't have any which means the price is rounded off above.

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  • Jun 8, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    We have been on PNG for 11 years and have finally decided to call it quits. We have lived in a number of towns but in Moresby for the past 4 years and what has happened in the past 2 weeks has made my wife be physically sick, quite distraught and very scared. Two weeks ago 5 police entered a secure new,modern compound in the middle of the day; the "security guards" at the gate did nothing to stop or question their entry; the police knocked on the door and when the husband answered, he was set upon, beaten, tied up and masking tape put across his mouth; the thugs then attempted to bust into the locked bedroom where our friend was (and we are talking about expats here) - she was petrified and lept from the balcony trying to escape - unfortunately she has fractured her pelvis and broken an ankle, and is still in the run-down filthy port moresby hospital. Sadly, these types of instances are becoming more and more common, but largely unreported - the country is in a state of deterioration; services are poor; electricity power cuts and water shortages nearly every day now, roads very unsafe with gangs driving round looking for 'easy targets'; corruption is rife and this has filtered right down to the average person in an office now. Education is spiralling downwards; the so-called 'International Schools" (IEA) are grossly over-priced and their standards are now way below Australia. Drugs in these schools are becoming common place.
    If you are coming to work in PNG, only consider a fly in fly out roll; do NOT bring your non-working partner or kids; do not accept a contact in KINA with an end of contract 'bonus' - the kina is on a slide, trying to be propped up bythe Government, and any bonus will be nearly worthless in 2-3 years.
    It is rather sad to have devoted 11 years of my life to my work here and now be in the position where i cannot really see change for the better, and my wife and kids are leaving with very bitter memories.
    Mike W.

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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,...