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#16 aussie

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:36 PM

Cultural Events

Celebrations of traditional culture include:
  • May - PNG Coffee Festival & Trade Fair, Goroka
  • June - Lukim PNG Nau Tourism Exhibition
  • July - Tumbuan Mask Festival, East New Britain
  • August - Enga Cultural Show, Enga Province
  • August - Mt. Hagen Show, Western Highlands
  • September - Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby
  • September - Goroka Show, Goroka
  • October - Morobe Show, Lae
  • November - Canoe Festival, Alotau

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:37 PM

Export Rules

Many artefacts, historical and cultural objects are prohibited export items. Check export permit requirements with the National Museum. Export permits for wildlife and animal products are issued by the Nature Conservation Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation.

National Museum: Phone: (675) 323 4816
Environment & Conservation : Phone: (675) 325 0194
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:38 PM

Accommodation Rate Guide:

Crowne Plaza - K475.00, AUD$187.00, US$148.43
Ela Beach Hotel - K290.00, AUD$114.69, US$90.62
Holiday Inn. - K400.00, AUD$158.20, US$125.00
Airways Hotel - K405.00, AUD$160.17, US$126.56
Gateway Hotel - K290.00, AUD$114.69, US$90.62  - (ask me for our special rate)
Hideaway Hotel - K300.00, AUD$118.65, US$93.75
Lamana Hotel - K180.00 , AUD$71.19, US$56.25

All rates quoted are inclusive of Breakfast; however exclude 10% GST ( accommodation rates may vary at time of booking due to currency fluctuation)
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:41 PM

Airlines Schedules

The two main airlines here in PNG are as follows:
  • Air Niugini  (PX) - www.airniugini.com.pg
  • Airlines of Papua New Guinea (APNG) - www.apng.com

Both airlines offer bookings online and if you book and pay early there are huge savings to be made.


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Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:43 PM

Entry Requirements

A 60 day tourist visa can be obtained from any PNG Diplomatic Missions. Entry visa can also be obtained on arrival for a fee of K120.00.

Tip from me:  if you do not like waiting in line...please bring with you some PNG currency otherwise you will find yourself lining up for a visa.....then lining up at the bank....than back in a visa line all over again!

Quite frustrating, so to save all these hassles, change some currency before leaving Australia at the airport and you will only have to line up ONCE!
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:44 PM

Departure Tax

All international tickets issued should include PNG departure and terminal taxes, ensure you check with your travel agent before leaving Australia.
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:48 PM

Travel Insurance

Essential & compulsory!  If you train hard and live by common sense rules, the odds are against being air lifted off the trail.

However, if in the event this happens to you, we require that you have insurance to cover these added costs as your life is very important to us and we want to get you off the trail as quickly as possible.

So far with almost 3500 trekkers to date, we have had less than 30 air lifted off the trail so the odds are definitely in your favour you will walk out yourself!
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:57 PM

Guides & Porters

As we are PNG based, we encourage you from start to finish to share a joke....tell a yarn.....anything at all to break the ice and mix with our guys!  Once this has been done, your trek will be what you make it.

The boys will be glued to you and by the time you come back in from the trail you will feel you have not only walked the infamous track but you have learnt about their culture which means a lot to them that they can share this with you.

Our boys carry uke'ule's and love singing and entertaining our trekkers.  I asked one trekker what the highlight of his trek was....the reply was John Derick singing his hear out on Emita Ridge while I was gasping for air!  Another trekker was doing it tough when his porter was walking behind carrying his pack and singing and playing his uke'ule.  Later he said at the time he felt like bashing him over the head with it coz he seem to be doing it so easy whilst he was doing it tough.

He remarked to us that the playing helped him a lot to keep his mind off the pain he was feeling and at times when his porter got ahead of him, it gave him the inspiration to catch up...I can do this - I am just walking...he is singing...playing the uke'ule and carrying my pack!!!
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Posted 17 October 2005 - 10:51 PM

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 04:23 PM

hi,  If the passenger's journey involves an ultimate destination or stop in a country other than the country of departure the Warsaw Convention may be applicable and the Convention governs and in most cases limits the liability of carriers for death or personal injury and in respect of loss or damage to baggage. See also notices headed 'Advice to International Passengers of Liability' and 'Notice of Baggage Liability Limitations International Passengers'


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Posted 04 October 2008 - 10:25 AM

Well done Gail, an excellent concise report on Moresby, PNG and the Kokoda Track for anyone interested in having a go.

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 03:58 PM

Hi Gail
You might want to mention the do's and dont's about wandering around Port Moresby without a contingent of SAS to look after you.

Prepare for the worst and dare the good Lord to dissapoint you.

Non semper erit aestas.

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 04:40 PM

Hi Peter, thanks for bringing this to my attention as the last time I read this thread was when I created it in October, 2005 and a lot has happened since then.

I just read the accommodation rates which have all gone up since then as there is a present shortage in Port Moresby and as a result rooms are now a lot more expensive compared to 2005.

As Port Moresby is not renowned as the safest city in the world, its best that you confine yourselves to your hotel and other amenities offered there.  The majority of crime related cases in PNG are related to petty incidents where they quickly hold you up and grab whatever they can within a few minutes and take off.  We commonly refer to these type of people as 'rascols'.  They target people in unpopulated areas so if you must leave your hotel, please ensure you have several people with you as safety is always in numbers.  Never let a taxi driver take you to an area where you cannot see lots of people around.

For example its ok to walk around Boroko or Port Moresby or to go to the Yacht Club.  Parliament House is a no go zone on weekends but is ok Monday to Friday when there are lots of staff around.

However, if you insist on moving around whilst in Port Moresby, please do not take all your valuables with you as rascols can pick a tourist quite easily just by your camera.  With regards to money, its best you only take with you what you are planning on spending and leave everything else locked in your hotel preferably in their safe deposit box.

For someone like myself living and working here, we are always on our guard.  We never leave anything in our motor vehicle unless we have security with us to mind the car.  Credit cards are left at home unless we know we will have a need to use one.  In fact if someone were to rob me, they would find a cheque book (easily replaced); a hair brush; my driver's license; about K100 in cash and my car keys. As a result if someone were to rob me, I would quickly hand over my bag as there would be nothing much in it to steal.

Having said all this, I have lived and worked here since 1972 and only been held up twice so it does not happen everyday but we are always cautious; we know the rules; know the areas to avoid especially at night and try our best not to put ourselves in a situation where opportunism can step in and take us unaware.

If you have a need to get out of your hotel you can always phone Loloata Dive Resort and they will collect you from the hotel and take you out to their island where you can have a meal; take a dip; dive if you are a diver; kayak or snorkel around their island.  Later in the afternoon they will drop you back at your hotel.  They also offer over night accommodation as well as day trips.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 03:42 PM

This is very helpful informatiion on Port Moresby. It's great to have all the numbers and facts you need in one place. Thanks for the info.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:15 PM

Great post




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