Port Moresby

Located just south of the equator, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a land of striking natural beauty. One of earth’s mega-diverse regions, the country is home unique fauna and flora, more than 600 islands, and the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the Amazon.

Part of a great mountainous arc, which stretch from Asia through Indonesia and into the South Pacific, PNG is rich in tradition and complex in culture – boasting over 800 indigenous languages. While the country isn’t renowned as a tourist hotspot, thousands flock to PNG every year to experience tribal Highland culture, stunning coral reefs, and historic wartime sites – including the country's foremost attraction, the Kokoda Track.

PNG’s capital, Port Moresby is the South Pacific’s largest city. The sprawling administrative centre consumes the shores of the Gulf of Papua – reaching from Fairfax Harbour into the hills.

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Languages English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu
Electricity 240 Volts AC, 50Hz.
Time Zone GMT +10
Population Approx 270,000, Papua New Guinea approx 5,100,000
Currency Papua New Guinean Kina
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Dining

Papua New Guinea boosts exciting and rich food experiences. Countless international cooking styles are represented at hundreds of Port Moresby eateries, while traditional dishes can be enjoyed at a number of inner city markets and in outlying villages.

Cuisine from all over the world – including Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern – can be found in downtown Port Moresby. Fast food chains, in particular fried chicken takeaways, and Kai bars (fast-food stands) have risen in popularity, due to convenience and their family-oriented style. Most resorts feature a good blend of international fare and traditional Papua New Guinean specialities.

Villagers produce most of their own food, while many townspeople plant gardens and rely on open-air markets for produce and meats. Food is caught or harvested daily and cooked using traditional recipes and techniques over open fires or in ceremonial earth ovens. Rice tends to be incorporated into almost every meal, and is the staple of thousands of local recipes. Seafood – in particular tuna, wahoo, giant trevally, giant clam, crayfish, mud crab, octopus and squid – also features prominently in local meals, as well as vegetables (specifically root vegetables).

Papua New Guinea is famous for its coconuts. Coconut flesh and cream is often used in recipes, while fresh coconut juice is served and drunk from the nut.

Shopping

Port Moresby has a variety of shopping opportunities. Downtown and hotel stores sell souvenirs and duty-free items, while markets showcase a wide range of local handicrafts.

Travel books and guides along with souvenirs can be found predominately in hotel shops and at the airport. .

Port Moresby is a Mecca of Papua New Guinean tribal and folk art. Many shops sell tribal and folk art, however the biggest collection can be found at PNG Art – a renowned emporium that attracts buyers from galleries around the world. PNG Art also displays a number of Papua New Guinean handicrafts, many of which are handmade and produced in local villages.

Handicrafts – in the form of bilums (woven string bags) horims (penis sheaths, still commonly worn in rural villages) story boards (intricately carved depictions of village life), elaborate multi-coloured headdresses, fierce masks, shields, spears, fertility symbols, baskets, shell jewellery and pig-tooth necklaces – make for great souvenirs.

The best places to pick up handicrafts are markets and outlets. Tabari Place Handicraft Market has a good selection of breast plates, jewellery, bilums and hats. While Ela Beach Craft International School hosts a market on the last Saturday of every month, where unique goods – including carvings, weavings, baskets and paintings along with shells and other local crafts – are sold.

Port Moresby Holidays 
PNG Adventure Tour - 8 Days/7 Nights - Mt Hagen, Karawari River & Tari Valley
PNG Adventure Tour - 8 Days/7 Nights - Mt Hagen, Karawari River & Tari Valley
3 stars
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7 nights from $ 7,382 pp twin share* earn from 22146 Points^
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• return economy airfares to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (Departs Mondays Only)
• Day 1 Monday Upon your arrival ex VA flight ex Brisbane to Port Moresby, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to ongoing flight PX186 to Mt Hagen. Mount Hagen Town is in the upper Wahgi Valley - a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Perched high on Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley. Overnight: Rondon Ridge (D)
• Day 2 Tuesday A full day is spent exploring the Hagen Area and Wahgi Valley. The Mount Hagen area is the home of the Melpa people, a people with a strong culture, who in the face of moderninity, still live largely traditional subsistence lifestyles. In the mountains surrounding the Wahgi Valley lives a stunning array of bird, orchid and plant life. Overnight: Rondon Ridge (BLD)
• Day 3 Wednesday Fly by charter from Mount Hagen to Karawari, the mountains start to give way until eventually vast tracts of dense tropical lowland rainforest cover the landscape for as far as the eye can see. From Karawari airstrip, you will be transferred by river boat and four wheel drive to Karawari Lodge. Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, Karawari Lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometres of dense tropical jungle. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, while still providing modern comforts. Afternoon visit to Kundiman Village for Sago making demonstration. Sago is the staple food for the River people. Overnight: Karawari Lodge (BLD)
• Day 4 Thursday Wake up to the chattering of Lorikeets and Eclectus Parrots. After breakfast enjoy touring programs that provide insight into the amazing ecology and culture of the Karawari area. Overnight: Karawari Lodge (BLD)
• Day 5 Friday Fly by charter aircraft to Tari over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. The country between Ambua and the Sepik region is an amazing array of jagged limestone that seem to rise and drop at impossible angles. Ambua Lodge is high on the slopes of the Tari Valley - home of the Huli, a colourful and proud people, still largely living the same way that their ancestors did. The afternoon is spent exploring the area surrounding Ambua - high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls beckon the intrepid traveller. Overnight: Ambua Lodge (BLD)
• Day 6 Saturday Enjoy a full day of cultural and ecological touring. The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise, as well as numerous orchid species. Learn how the Huli live and how they interact with and use their environment. Meet Huli Clans, one of the largest ethnic groups in the southern highlands and one of the most culturally intact of all PNG and learn much of their traditions, which are still governed by their ancestral spirits and sorcery. Overnight: Ambua Lodge (BLD)
• Day 7 Sunday You will fly from Tari to Port Moresby with PX865. You will be met in Port Moresby by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to the Gateway Hotel. Overnight: Gateway Hotel (B)
• Day 8 Monday Transfer to airport for your outgoing flight with VA to Brisbane. (No Meals)

Travel dates
01/05/2015 to 18/06/2015
22/07/2015 to 14/09/2015
15/10/2015 to 08/12/2015
On sale until
30/06/2015
Crowne Plaza Port Moresby
Crowne Plaza Port Moresby
4 stars
Flights Accommodation Baggage
5 nights from $ 1,118 pp twin share* earn from 3354 Points^
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return airfares
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5 nights accommodation

Travel dates
23/05/2015 to 08/12/2015
On sale until
30/06/2015
Holiday Inn Port Moresby
Holiday Inn Port Moresby
3 stars
Flights Accommodation Baggage
5 nights from $ 1,057 pp twin share* earn from 3171 Points^
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return airfares
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5 nights accommodation

Travel dates
23/05/2015 to 08/12/2015
On sale until
30/06/2015