Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea’s complex culture and biodiversity mean an endless supply of amazing discoveries for even the widest-travelled adventurer. While hiking the Kokoda Track is an act of pilgrimage for some, the insight into remote indigenous cultures and encounters with exotic wildlife are reason enough for many.
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Papua New Guinea trip reviews
Our Papua New Guinea trips score an average of 4.9 out of 5 based on 10 reviews in the last year.
This trip is really amazing. All culture and nature. You spend much time sharing with locals and getting to know their lives, which for me was the highlight. The mask festival and the Baining fire dance are unique but what makes it really special is the people. The crew we had made us feel like a family, like home, always welcome, always friendly and really nice, they fulfilled all our wishes with a smile, trying always to please us. Very special and moving moments among the communities. It's a must. There should be more trips along the year on the rest of the country. It's awesome and you want to see more of it. Great great time at PNG and Alan made beyond efforts to please us all, everyone in their ways, he was super helpful.
Review submitted 10 Aug 2016
Jennifer Robyn Newell
Rabaul Mask Festival 2016 was a very unique cultural experience, like none other that I have ever seen before. The traditional dances and costumes were spectacular and when I look at the photos and videos that I took I still cannot believe I witnessed such an event. The home stay on Duke of York Island allowed one to be immersed in the culture and traditions of the village, and with such friendly and hospitable people openly welcoming you into their homes, made it an experience to be treasured. Alan and Lloyd and their team left 'no stone unturned' to ensure that we had the best experience possible. We were also treated to some amazing marine spectacles in the viewing of a large variety of tropical fish and coral reefs while snorkelling and dolphins that 'ducked and dived' around us while on the boats during our travels between islands. This tour provides a variety of different experiences and is a 'must do' on any adventure travellers list.
Review submitted 03 Aug 2016
Articles on Papua New Guinea
Kokoda controversy: we chat with the Aussie journalist who investigated further
Posted on Thu, 31 Mar 2016
For Aussie journalist and travel writer Ian Neubauer, there was always going to be more to this Kokoda horror story…Read more
6 reasons you should ignore the headlines and trek Kokoda in 2016
Posted on Fri, 19 Feb 2016
Recent press hasn't done the Kokoda Track any favours, but there's always another side to the story...Read more
The tribe has spoken: these Asian tribes will blow your mind
Posted on Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Believe it or not, the old world does survive, in the deep jungles and the high mountains, kept alive in the ancient knowledge of tribes.Read more
About Papua New Guinea
At a glance
|Capital city:||Port Moresby (population 310,000)|
|Language:||English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu|
|Time zone:||(GMT+10:00) Guam, Port Moresby|
|Electricity:||Type I (Australian/New Zealand & Chinese/Argentine 2/3-pin)|
Best time to visit Papua New Guinea
The best time to visit PNG is during the dry season when cool breezes and low humidity on the coast make temperatures comfortable. Coastal areas can be very hot and humid during the monsoon and rainfall can be torrential. The highlands are much cooler and have even been known to experience snowfalls.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Kokoda Moments in Papua New Guinea
1. Village Stays
Days away from the outside world, the villages and villagers along the Kokoda Track have been able to maintain their customs, languages and traditions with little interference from the outside world.
2. Isurava Battlefield
Once a WWII battleground, now a moving memorial. The four pillars encapsulate the battle along Kokoda with the words: ‘Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship and Endurance.’
3. Mt Bellamy
It’s an arduous challenge to get to the track’s highest point, but at 2200m your efforts are rewarded with sprawling views across the Owen Stanley Ranges.
4. Fuzzy Wuzzy Friends
Thousands of Australian soldiers owed their lives to the actions of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels and they’ve become legendary throughout the country. At Menari, we have the opportunity to meet with one of the remaining angels.
5. The Golden Staircase
The original stairs (built by Aussie soldiers) may no longer exist but the steep hill they climbed lives on!
FAQs on Papua New Guinea
To acquire a visa you will need:
- Completed application form
- Valid passport
- 1 x current passport photo
- Return/ongoing flight ticket & travel itinerary
- Evidence of funds (Bank Statement proving sufficient funds for your stay)
All travelers also currently need to submit a health form along with their visa application: http://pngembassy.org/Supplementary_Health_Form.pdf
You can obtain your visa application form through your travel agent or by downloading a form online from the Papua New Guinean High Commission website.
Your completed visa application needs to be sent your nearest Papua New Guinean High Commission, embassy or consulate along with your valid passport (which must have at least 6 months validity on it from the date of intended travel) as well as a pre-paid, self-addressed and registered post envelope which will be used to return your passport to you.
Please note that visa processing times can be subject to delays, particularly during peak periods, so we recommend you allow sufficient time when applying for your visa.
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 10 PGK
Simple lunch = 10 PGK
Three-course meal = 50 PGK
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Apr 1 Easter Monday
Jun 10 Queen’s Birthday
Jul 23 National Remembrance Day
Sep 16 Independence Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Papua-New-Guinea/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Papua New Guinea Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Papua New Guinea
1. Be considerate of Papua New Guinea’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
9. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
Kokoda Track Foundation
KTF is working towards a Papua New Guinea where every child has access to a free, high quality education, communities have access to quality, reliable and affordable healthcare, people can access diverse business opportunities, energy and clean water, and the future leaders of PNG are empowered.
Photo provided by Tim Starkey
To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org
|Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea||Kira Salak|
|The Last Men: Journey Among the Tribes of New Guinea||Iago Corazza and Greta Ropa|