THE ISLAND HOPPER
Papua New Guinea is home to some of the most remote and beautifully untouched islands on earth. Come and explore all the coastal activities that we have to offer.
Arrive in Port Moresby
Port Moresby is our capital and a bustling metropolis. Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby Nature Park and visit our waterfront area for dinner.
Depart Port Moresby for Kokopo, the new capital of East New Britain that was moved from Rabaul in 1994 after the Tavurvur and Vulcan Volcanoes erupted. Rabaul/Kokopo share a very interesting past with a fascinating World War II history and multiple volcanic eruptions.
Continue to explores Rabaul/Kokopo’s historical sites and make sure you stop by the Kokopo markets to check out the beautiful locally grown food.
Spend the day on a snorkelling or dive tour. The warm, crystal clear waters are waiting for you and pods of dolphins are never far away.
Depart Kokopo for Kavieng and then transfer by boat to Lissenung Island Resort. Lissenung is a beautiful island retreat famous for its diving, snorkelling and also its turtle conservation program.
Spend the day relaxing at Lissenung Island Resort
Depart Lissenung Island Resort and travel back to Port Moresby to head home
With its fertile valleys and rugged mountains, the Highlands Region is home to some of Papua New Guinea’s most remote villages and some spectacular scenery.
Arrive in Port Moresby
Port Moresby is our capital and a bustling metropolis. Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby Nature Park and visit our waterfront area for dinner.
Travel from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen, the capital of the Western Highlands Province. Mount Hagen is Papua New Guinea’s third largest city. Spend the afternoon exploring the Hagen market, one of the busiest in the country.
Head out to Goroka to visit a local tribe and experience a show by the Asaro Mud Men
Travel to Mount Wilhelm base to experience the highest peak in Oceania. For the more adventurous add on a few days and climb the peak.
Depart Mount Hagen for Port Moresby to return home
CULTURE AND THE SEA
Arrive in Port Moresby
Port Moresby is our capital and a bustling metropolis. Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby Nature Park and visit our waterfront area for dinner.
Depart Port Moresby for Tufi. Tufi Resort is a hidden oasis, nestled atop a breath-taking fjord, with 180 degree panoramic views of the sea, fjords and mountains. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool
Experience Tufi’s award winning dive and snorkelling sites. Tufi offers both wreck and reef dive sites which are both home to a huge amount of marine life.
Spend the morning travelling to one of Tufi’s gorgeous waterfront villages where you will be treated like a local and experience the day-to-day village life. Spend the evening in a guest house with the villagers.
Spend the morning hiking to remote waterfalls and take in the serenity. Travel back to Tufi in the afternoon.
Depart Tufi and travel back to Port Moresby to return home.
There are a wide variety of amazing experiences to enjoy in Papua New Guinea with many specialised adventurous activities. To help you find the right operator with the best experience for your client please use our list of approved Wantok Partners below.
By clicking on the activity icons below that match the experiences you are looking for, you will be provided with a short list of PNG tour operators to research and choose from.
Adventure World provides in-depth travel knowledge and experience to some of the worlds most exotic, beautiful and unique places to visit. Our destination experts craft tailor-made holiday itineraries to match customers’ exact requirements. Over 43,000 tailored trips are booked annually with Adventure World to over 91 different countries. Adventure World has a 100% preferred partnership agreement with all of Australasia’s leading retail travel chains.
1300 295 049
Australia’s premier Dive Travel Agency we have been sending divers around the globe for over 30 years to experience all the ocean has to offer. Our experienced efficient staff are focused on creating the best dive travel experience for FITS and groups large or small. Discover your Underwater world with Allways Dive Expeditions
1800 338 239
Sport fishing tours in PNG at Bensbach Wildlife Lodge and Lake Murray Lodge, both in the Western Province of PNG. Bensbach Lodge is undoubtedly the “world capital” for Barramundi and Lake Murray a brand new lodge specialising in PNG Black Bass.
1 800 033 094 / +61 3 5221 7108
Join us and reach into the heart and soul of Papua New Guinea and see your expectations of this remarkable country and its people soar. Our voyages range from 11 to 25 days, covering many exciting sections of Papua New Guinea’s coastline.
02 9252 1033
Australian Kokoda Tours concentrate solely on Kokoda and we pride ourselves on our personalised service for each trekker. We have a 100% successful trekker completion rate.Our passion about the history and story behind Kokoda will provide you with the experience of a lifetime.
Back Track, the most experienced trekking company on the Track offer the most sensible trek itinerary available with a 9 day 8-night trek itinerary. All departures offer: small groups, all wartime sites visited, full campaign briefings, professional Australian leaders, local crew, good food and equipment. Dedicated to your care and safety.
1300 669 780
Battle Tours & Historical Travel is Australia’s largest battle and historical tour company. We have earned our reputation as Australia’s number one travel company in relation to military, historical and cultural tours. We cater for individuals, small and large groups, cadets, schools and associations. We can design personalised itineraries if required.
1300 768 478
Boomerang Adventures offers unique treks along the Kokoda Trail. We want you to gain the full experience in small groups where the culture and the people are as important as the war history and the challenge. We are the only company providing two nights in a traditional village so you have time to spend with the locals and experience how they live.
Coral Princess Cruises is Australia’s leading small ship and expedition cruiseline, with an unrivalled worldwide reputation for cruising excellence built over almost 30 years. Join us on award-winning 3,4 and 7 night Great Barrier Reef cruises or discover Australia’s ancient outback on an expedition to the remarkable Kimberley region or Cape York and Arnhem Land. Venture further afield into the South Pacific to discover mysterious Papua New Guinea, the exotic Spice Islands and Raja Ampat, explore the magical island cultures of Melanesia and savour the scenic beauty of ‘the land of the long white cloud’, New Zealand. Dream – Explore – Discover
07 4040 8888
Dive Adventures is Australia’s leading dive travel agency. As your diving holiday specialist, we offer complete dive packages for groups, individuals and/or families to some of the best scuba diving destinations in the Pacific, Asia and Indian Ocean. Book your next holiday with the dive travel experts.
02 9299 4633
Dive Fish Snow Holidays specialises in dive holidays offering clients the best deals and all the best dive travel locations in the Warm Tropical South Pacific and beyond. Dive Fish Snow Holidays caters for those after a tailor-made holiday, a Liveaboard excursion for the ultimate in luxury or if you want the camaraderie of like minded individuals, join one of our Dive Groups.
1 800 042 195
Ecotourism Melanesia operates medium-paced, small group treks for those of us mere mortals who know that slow and steady wins the race. We encourage our trekkers and our local carriers to walk together, not apart. Our trekking groups stay in village guesthouses and eat local food where possible, instead of camping with ration packs.
Epic Private Journeys is a boutique tour operator offering incomparable tailored journeys, meticulously planned and seamlessly operated with total commitment to trust and care. Epic operates into Australia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Americas with offices in South Africa, Tanzania, USA and Australia. Epic’s key difference is their intimate product knowledge and impeccable attention to detail.
Escape Trekking Adventures offer treks for the Kokoda Track, Mt Wilhelm and northern beaches of Buna. Walking the Kokoda Trail really requires a lot of specialist knowledge to run these small group tours. We provide fun and informative treks where we will share the local culture and Knowledge we have in PNG. ETA also offers treks to Mt Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
Executive Excellence (EE) is a team of professionals with backgrounds in the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), Commandos, Health and Fitness, Medical Corps and Learning & Development. We are committed to assisting people to become significantly more effective in their personal and professional lives by providing trekking holidays and other programs including Kokoda Treks, Everest Base Camp expeditions, Mt Kilimanjaro Treks, Sandakan Experiences and Elite Training Camps. Please contact us to discuss your adventure of a lifetime.
+61 7 3637 0300
Explore Worldwide offers small group adventures to all corners of the planet. We are currently developing some unique tours to PNG featuring ‘Tribes, festivals & volcanoes’, likely to operate in August – September 2015. The product is likely to be available online by January 2015.
03 9646 0277
The Fishabout team is dedicated to delivering the most magnificent fishing, locations and lasting memories to all our clients on their ultimate adventure fishing holiday. Our PNG options range from huge Black and Spottail Bass and Barramundi, to Coral Reef and Blue Water. Land Based and Mothership trips are available.
+61 2 8922 2651
G.E.T. Educational Tours is Australia’s largest and most experienced educational tour provider, having been established since 1960. We send over 12.000 students’ away every year within Australia and overseas. We run a fantastic 14 day Kokoda Track Experience for high school students focusing on history, leadership, community development and personal challenge.
1300 660 825
A leader in providing supported, culturally sensitive treks across the Kokoda Track and other areas of Papua New Guinea. Walk in the spirit of the diggers, honour their courage and determination, and appreciate the sacrifices made to keep Australia free. One of the few operators regularly visiting the Northern Beaches, where you will learn the complete story, and appreciate the magnificent culture of our closest neighbour.
1300 979 088
From 5 years of experience in developing and working in Papua New Guinea, facilitating cruise ship touring we discovered there is so much more to what PNG has to offer. Experienced Australian tour escorts accompany our groups and local expert native guides are there along the way to share their knowledge and love of their region.Our multi-night packages offer you a taste of the contrasts that PNG has to offer. From the pristine rivers to the untouched beaches and up into the remote highlands with unique island hopping. The rugged beauty is strikingly different in each location. Our emphasis is on meeting, engaging and learning about the local culture. There are many war history sights that have played a major importance as well as having intrigue and insight for travellers as to how they were instrumental in making history.These are tours for travellers – who want to get an up close and personal experience of some the colour that PNG offers.
1800 724 803 (Aust.) / 61 421 980 282 (Int.)
Heritage Expeditions operates the 50 berth expedition cruise ship, the Spirit of Enderby, to a number of fascinating parts of the world including Papua New Guinea. Heritage Expeditions’ impeccable record of responsible and education travel ensures you receive a warm welcome and an authentic experience wherever we travel.
1800 143 585
At Icon Adventures you don’t have to be an experienced adventurer, just adventurous! Our expert team can help you choose your adventure… get fit… get equipped… and get going! Join one of our guided Kokoda tours our personalised travel service will assist you with all aspects of your trip; from booking flights and hotels to arranging insurance and visas.
0423 204 551
Kokoda Campaign Tours offers a unique trekking experience with a full historical insight of the Kokoda Campaign. Our Australian led tours include a fully qualified paramedic to ensure our services are of the highest standards and our trekkers have a safe, rewarding and enjoyable trekking experience.
Kokoda Historical specialises in small-sized historical guided tours to WWI and WWII battlefields in Papua New Guinea. We have been conducting historical guided tours across the Kokoda Track / Kokoda Trail, Black Cat Track, Shaggy Ridge, Lark Force Track (Rabaul-Tol Plantation), Milne Bay, Wewak and Aitape since 2004 and have enjoyed many successful crossings. We provide the complete “living history” experience by focusing not only on the exciting adventure of the trek itself but also on chronicling historical events as they happened. We offer a range of competitively priced tour packages and client safety is our number one priority.
0405 007 700
Kokoda Trail Expeditions is a professional trek outfitter and provider of safe, affordable and eco-friendly Kokoda battle treks and Papua New Guinea tours. Our goal is to bring the strategic and major battle sites of the Kokoda Campaign and the Battle of the Beachheads at Buna, Gona and Sanananda including Milne Bay, Tufi and Rabaul to life through excitingly challenging, safe and adventurous Australian and PNG heritage treks and tours.
043 848 3789 / 043 704 3255
We offer a selection of trekking options that will accommodate your fitness level and the length of time you have to spend. Packages range from six days to nine days. Both Local & Australian guided treks that offer the history and cultural experience we have given for thousands of Australians.
07 3201 0017
For over 30 years we have specialised in operating well researched Australian focused military history tour programmes in Papua New Guinea. This experience means an effective and proven knowledge base, accurate, entertaining and truthful; combining with the logistic and planning and safety abilities to work in an often challenging setting… Our reputation for historical knowledge and operational achievement has seen us engaged in historical documentary making, book author guiding and numerous organisational consultations along the Kokoda Trail and the beach battle areas of Gona, Buna and Sanananda along with Milne Bay. We also operate on demand military history tours to Rabaul, Wewak, Lae, Madang. Our tour leaders are experienced and well reviewed by tour clients – our director has walked the Kokoda Trail over 140 times (and still enjoys it!). History is our passion that we enjoy sharing.
08 9446 9856
To walk in the footsteps of heroes is powerful and humbling. Kokoda Spirit is Australia and PNG’s most respected and professional company trekking Kokoda. Walking Kokoda with Kokoda Spirit across the wartime Kokoda Trail is a life changing and empowering experience. We see things as explorers, historians and adventurers.
KoTrek is a PNG owned Adventure Tour Company. Established in 2009, with a 100% compliance & safety record. We offer a Fresh, Energetic & Authentic Adventure Experience, specialising in providing personalised, tailor-made tours along the Kokoda Trail & throughout PNG. Come let us show you our home – the real PNG!
614 3455 7863
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic offers authentic expeditions. Accompanied by an expert team, undersea explorative tools and a fleet of Zodiacs, you’ll explore up close and personally. Our alliance with National Geographic means you can travel on a fleet of ships to extraordinary places in the company of world-renowned naturalists, researchers and photographers.
1300 361 012
No Roads Expeditions runs trips across the Kokoda Track, up Mt Wilhelm and Sea Kayak the Tigak Sea near New Ireland. Our focus is on offering you the best adventure in PNG, with logistical support in Australia and PNG. Our customer service is second to none as is our knowledge of the areas we operate in.
03 9598 8581
This is a unique opportunity to fish an area of Papua New Guinea that is truly untouched with one of Australia’s most respected fishing charter companies! A privately owned Coral Atoll, with 22 separate islands, in a distant corner of PNG. We have exclusive access for 6 weeks per year, based at the stunning Island Lodge. No fishing occurs here for the rest of the year… Target species range from GTs, dogtooth tuna, sailfish, marlin, yellowfin tuna, spanish mackerel, wahoo and a wide variety of reef species including trout, wrasse and emperor.
1800 021 014
North Star Cruises conducts adventure-cruises around the Australian coastline and in the stunning waters of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. All cruises are activity based – extended periods at sea are specifically excluded and carefully crafted itineraries provide ultimate opportunity to experience destinations. Daily activities can include scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics and cultural events.The TRUE NORTH is an Australian registered ship and is not required to exit territorial waters during Australian voyages – every day on the TRUE NORTH is an activity day! The TRUE NORTH is built to access wilderness areas – bigger ships cannot go where we go! Multiple expedition boats explore further and most cruise options feature an on-board helicopter. The TRUE NORTH also features comfort and style, guest numbers are limited to 36 and, an Australian crew of 20 chaperones every experience.Guests consistently respond with “that’s the best holiday I have ever had!”
08 9192 1829
Private and scheduled departures focused on the very best culture, wildlife and scenery of Papua New Guinea. See Birds of Paradise, dive pristine coral reefs, climb active volcanoes, learn about sorcery from real witch doctors, get paddled up tropical fjords by warriors. This is the real Papua New Guinea. Enquire via our website or give us a call.
Our Pacific is New Zealand’s only independent tour operator specialising in leisure travel to the Pacific Islands. We specialise in experiential holidays to Papua New Guinea and our business model targets both trade & direct sales through a robust year-round advertising plan presenting our Kiwi customers with unique and specialist holidays – we focus on delivering the best value, advice, recommendations, and service ensuring our customers have great holidays and become Our Pacific ambassadors.
Our Spirit offers life-changing adventures that have been created by the spirit that lies deep within every Australian and Papuan citizen today. Actively promoting Australian and Papuan heritage, Our Spirit adventures are unique, raw, challenging and personally rewarding. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for you to experience what’s out there through adventures that are rich in cultural, environmental or historical significance and that are often extreme in nature.
614 1452 1531
P&O Cruises is Australia and New Zealand’s leading cruise line to destinations in the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Asia. Our local fleet includes PACIFIC DAWN with 1,950 passengers; the PACIFIC JEWEL carrying 1,900 passengers; and the PACIFIC PEARL carrying 1800 passengers.
13 24 94
We aim to promote Papua New Guinea as a safe and exotic holiday destination to the rest of the world. We provide accurate and up to date travel information, exciting and unique holiday experiences unlike anywhere else in the world. Our services include flights, accommodation, transfers, car rental, travel insurance, cultural and adventure packages.
1300 368 855
Pam Christie and Mark Hitchcock are the principals of the company and have lived in Papua New Guinea since 1990 based in Port Moresby, which gives them a wide knowledge and understanding of local conditions, customs and traditions. PNGTA is an inbound adventure company. Approaching adventures in PNG on a personal level, focusing on the individual experience for our guests. Treks are limited to 10 – 15 people. Our focus is on active adventure travel, getting out there and experiencing the “Land of the Unexpected” and most importantly of all having fun. Pam works very closely with the Tourism Promotion Authority here in Papua New Guinea and is heavily involved in implementing sustainable tourism within the country so that Papua New Guineans directly benefit from tourism income.
1300 887 496 / +613 9873 7752 / +675 3251284
Sicklebill Safaris offers bird, wildlife and cultural tours for small groups and individuals. We have a wide variety of ready made itineraries, some with set departure dates and can also customise tours to suit special interests, time and budgets with our experienced guides or set up trips independent travellers.
07 40 937318
Sport Fishing PNG provides both live aboard mother ship K2O and lodge based fishing adventures, bringing anglers to remote and pristine fishing destinations in PNG. From record breaking PNG Black Bass in the Aramia or Fly River to tackle destroying Dogtooth Tuna, and Giant Trevally in the Eastern Fields or Wari, Long reef, we have the perfect fishing expedition for you.
(675) 325 0822
South Sea Horizons and Papua New Guinea partner Brigade Hill Mission Tours (BHMT) have created and alliance to promote locally guided tours along the Kokoda Track. Trek with us and keep the strong bond of the Anzacs and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels alive. We will walk the track together following the footsteps of the Kokoda Battle and share our stories of our fore fathers along the way. Special training sessions are available with Alan Manning and his team of personal trainers to prepare you for the Kokoda. “Its not an easy road” but a memorable one. Together SSH and BHMT have designed a trekking package that places a focus on relationship building among porters and trekkers, personal attention and care for trekkers and ultimate satisfaction.
TRANS NIUGINI TOURS is Papua New Guinea’s leading inbound tour operator. Brought about by the inherent difficulties of travel in PNG, we have become almost completely self-sufficient over the years. Trans Niugini Tours owns and operates a number of award winning Wilderness Lodges in Papua New Guinea. In addition, Trans Niugini Tours owns and operates mini-coaches in Port Moresby, the Highlands and Madang. In the Sepik and Western Province, we own and operate boats on the Sepik, Karawari and Bensbach Rivers. We also have our own aircraft which service these Lodges.
612 8502 1597
There’s nothing quite like the exhilaration of getting away on a holiday. As the holiday provider of Virgin Australia, Virgin Australia Holidays understands the needs of our guests, which is why we offer unparalleled choice and flexibility when it comes booking your next holiday. You simply have to tell us where you want to fly within our network, where you want to stay, what you want to do and we’ll take care of the rest. It’s how we see travel – all the excitement without the hassle.
World Expeditions specialises in trekking, travel and active adventure holidays in small groups across 7 continents. From the awe-inspiring Everest Base Camp Trek to the magnificent classic Inca Trail & Machu Picchu, from the beauty of the iconic Larapinta Trail Trek to the enchanting icebergs of an Antarctic cruise, from an exhilarating trek of Mt Kilimanjaro, a historic trek of the Kokoda Track, or the Great Himalaya Trail across Nepal, World Expeditions continues to offer innovative trekking, cycling and cultural adventure travel holidays to the world’s far-flung destinations.
1300 720 000
World Surfaris offer unique surf adventures to all surf regions of PNG. With Surf camps in Vanimo, Madang Province, Kavieng and East New Ireland plus PNG Explorer liveaboard charter to outer islands of New Ireland and New Hanover.
1800 611 163
WOW! Travel is a boutique travel agency located in Melbourne. Our expertise is in organising bespoke travel. We suggest you explore the real PNG, cruise on your own yacht charter, canoe the Fjords, explore Sepik River one of the worlds largest waterways, from Mountains, Volcanoes, Jungle and Delta to end in your own private pristine coral atoll with white sandy beaches, Come to PNG you will be surprised.
PNG VISITORS GUIDE
The Papua New Guinea Experience can never be found anywhere else in the world, and those who visit our rich and culturally diverse country are always enchanted by its magical cultural heritage and natural wonders. Not only are the people warm and friendly, the Land of a Thousand Cultures is so immensely diverse, there are more than 800 distinctive languages spoken throughout the country. Rest assured, this is a land so fresh, and natural and unique. Papua New Guinea is blessed with towering mountain peaks, lush fertile valleys, golden beaches, sparkling coral islands and remnants from the battles of World War II…
A THOUSAND DIFFERENT CULTURES OF PNG
Thousands of years in the making, the culture of Papua New Guinea is unique and untouched. In the remote villages visitors will find tribes that passionately maintain traditions through art, initiations and Sing Sings. A Sing Sing expressing customary dance, music and traditional costume provides the opportunity for visitors to witness tribal traditions in an explosion of color and sound. There are regular Sing Sings throughout the country….
A THOUSAND DIFFERENT BIRDS OF PNG
The variety of locations available in Papua New Guinea provides endless opportunity for birdwatchers. It is understood that PNG is home to such a thriving bird population due to specific habitats and climates favoured by our endemic species and the lack of predatory animals that would otherwise threaten numbers. Birding is available throughout the country from coastal and island locations right up to the rugged peaks of our highlands with diversity of birdlife throughout. PNG is particularly famous for endemic species such as the Raggiana and Blue Birds of Paradise and rare finds including the Fire-maned Bowerbird….
A THOUSAND DIFFERENT DIVES OF PNG
Located in the center of the Asia-Pacific region, Papua New Guinea is said to have twice as many marine species as the waters of the Red Sea and up to ten times as many as the Caribbean. Encouraged by the constant movement of the surrounding Bismarck, Coral and Solomon Seas, there are a stunning array of species to be discovered. Everything from tiny pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs to the magnificent whale shark can be encountered by diving Papua New Guinea….
A HUNDRED DIFFERENT SURF BREAKS OF PNG
As a surf destination, Papua New Guinea is relatively new to surfing enthusiasts. You might be surprised to find that breaks here are just as challenging and exhilarating as in any other location. PNG has unlimited surfing potential from October to April during monsoon seasons and thousands of miles of coastline just waiting to be explored – not to mention breath taking scenery and pristine coast atolls. Located just south of the Equator and 100 miles to the north of Australia…
A HUNDRED DIFFERENT TREKS OF PNG
Papua New Guinea has long been a popular destination for trekking, mountain climbing and bushwalking, and is home to the world-famous Kokoda Track. With largely unspoilt mountains, rivers and forest, as well as many significant War relic sites (as PNG was the focus of much attention in World War II), Papua New Guinea is an ideal place for both the fit trekking enthusiast and the weekend bushwalker. With professional tour operators and overnight treks, through to scenic bush walks that take just a few hours, Papua New Guinea has something for every level of fitness…
How do I get to PNG?
- Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea’s national airline, operates daily services between Port Moresby and Brisbane or Cairns. Air Niugini also flies from Sydney three times a week and from Townsville twice a week.
- In a codeshare agreement with Air Niugini, Qantas also flies daily from Australia to Port Moresby departing Brisbane and Cairns, and twice a week from Sydney.
- Virgin Australia operates daily flights from Sunday to Friday between Brisbane and Port Moresby.
How do I get around PNG?
Papua New Guinea does not have a road network which connects the major destinations across the country. Fortunately, Jacksons Airport also serves as the central hub for Domestic air services across PNG.
Air Niugini and Airlines PNG offer hundreds of domestic flights per week with regular services to destinations including: Alotau, Kokopo (Rabaul), Kavieng, Mt Hagen, Lae, Hoskins (Kimbe), Madang, Wewak, Goroka, Vanimo, Lorengau, Tufi and Popondetta (Kokoda).
There are also hundreds of direct flights per week between the major destinations above.
Find out more about the routes and schedules which Air Niugini operate by hovering over the “Flight Info” tab on the Air Niugini homepage.
Find out more about the routes and schedules which Airlines PNG operate by visiting the Schedule and Map page on the Airlines PNG website.
What language is spoken in PNG?
What is the climate like?
Do I need a visa?
Tourist visas for Australian citizens are no longer available on arrival in Papua New Guinea, Australians must obtain a tourist visa from a PNG consulate in Australia before departure. A 60 day tourist visa is required for all Australian passport holders and must be obtained prior to departure from a PNG consulate in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra or Cairns. It usually takes five to ten working days to process visa documentation once the application, payment and supporting documents are received. New Zealand citizens can still obtain a free tourist visa on arrival.
Some restrictions apply to several Asian, Eastern European and African countries; please check with the nearest Papua New Guinea Mission or the nearest Australian mission, which is allocated in each country for visa requirements before travelling to the country.
Cruise passengers may not need to obtain a visa prior with on-board processing coordinated on the ship, however please check with your cruise line operator directly as this is subject to change and may not apply all vessels cruising in PNG waters.
For procedures please refer to: www.pngcanberra.org
All passports must have a minimum of 6 months validity from date of travel to PNG.
PNG Immigration & Citizenship Service Authority: www.immigration.gov.pg/
PNG Tourism Promotion Authority: www.papuanewguinea.travel/australia
When is the best time to travel?
PNG is a year round destination and it will depend what activities you want to do on your trip that will determine the best time of year to go.
If you want to trek – trekking season is from April to November. This is the dry season and provides the best conditions for trekking.
Diving can take place all year round however optimum time is mid April to mid June and mid September to mid December.
For birding, visit in the dry season from June to October and surfing is best in the wet season November to April.
What is the currency of PNG?
What should I wear in Papua New Guinea?
Will my electrical items work in PNG?
Describe PNG’s geographic landscape
Papua New Guinea lies entirely within the tropics, just south of the Equator and 160km to the north of Australia. With a total land mass of about 473.189sq.km, the country encompasses the eastern part of New Guinea Island – the second largest island in the world, plus some 600 other islands, atolls and coral reefs.
A central core of mountains, the Owen Stanley Range, runs east to west rising steeply from the coastal plains. From its highest peaks, 4,500 metre high Mt Wilhelm and from downs of other peaks, great rivers like the Sepik and Fly River begin their journey to the sea. Below the mountain chain, fertile coastal plains, flooded delta regions and mangrove swamps exist alongside broad sandy beaches, colourful sheltered bays and dense rainforest. Papua New Guinea’s capital is Port Moresby.
Will I have access to internet when in PNG?
While there is internet around PNG, in some of the more remote areas of the country internet can be a bit unreliable. Wi-fi is generally only available in the lobby of a hotel for a small fee.
Mobile networks like PNG’s ‘Digicel’ now offer data roaming packages, however this can be expensive for heavy users and will require a PNG SIM card. Check if your mobile phone is locked to your network before departure.
For clients who believe they’ve seen and done it all, Papua New Guinea should be next on their list. One of the most un-touched destinations left in the world, this is a country for the intrepid traveller with a love of different cultures and incredible natural beauty.
1. HAVE THE ULTIMATE COASTAL ADVENTURE
PNG has stunning coastal areas to enjoy a relaxing beach side holiday where your clients can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, surfing and diving while also having a truly unique cultural experience
2. DISCOVER PNG’S AMAZING CULTURE
With plenty of colourful tribes to meet, PNG offers an incredible cultural experience – visit the Mt Hagen festival or Mask Festival and join in a ‘sing sing’ with the locals.
3. CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO TREK
Home to the famous Kokoda Track, Australians often see this trek as a rite of passage to discover the stories of their World War II ancestors. Beyond Kokoda, PNG offers other challenging trails for travellers keen to try something different.
4. CRUISE TO REMOTE AREAS
While expedition cruising has been popular in PNG for years, allowing tourists to discover PNG’s remote areas and fascinating culture, recently the introduction of larger cruise-ships is opening up the country’s island regions to a wider audience.
5. SURF UNCROWDED BREAKS
To ensure the sustainable development of surf tourism in PNG there is a management plan in place allowing only a maximum of 20 surfers in the water at any one time so surfers are guaranteed uncrowded waves.
6. SPOT THE BIRD OF PARADISE
With more than 600 different species of birds including 38 species of the 43 Birds of Paradise, PNG is a must-do for the fanatic bird watcher. Both on the mainland as well as on the PNG islands species can be found unique to that particular area.
7. CATCH A BLACK BASS
Fish in pristine waters and try to catch the famous Black Bass and Barramundi found in just about any of PNG’s coastal areas. The beautiful scenery and the perfect fishing spots make PNG one of world’s best fishing destinations.
8. KAYAK BETWEEN REMOTE EXOTIC ISLANDS
There’s plenty of options for all experience levels; paddle from New Ireland along a chain of remote exotic islands, to New Hanover. Visit the people living on these islands, people who have rarely seen outsiders and just live from the sea. Kayaking in PNG offers outstanding cultural experiences including village stays.
9. EXPLORE UNDERWATER
Diving in PNG offers 50 to 150 feet visibility to explore untouched coral reefs and outstanding marine life including reef sharks, pelagic fish, hammerheads, barracuda, manta rays as well as WWII wrecks (tanks, downed US bombers and Japanese Zeros) all in 28 degree waters.