Out and about

A quick guide to Pa­pua New Guinea, from catch­ing a taxi to mak­ing a phone call.

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CLI­MATE

With the ex­cep­tion of the High­lands, PNG has a warm trop­i­cal cli­mate. The wet sea­son in Port Moresby is from De­cem­ber to April.

COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS

In­ter­net: Web ac­cess in Port Moresby has im­proved im­mensely in re­cent years. Although it re­mains costly, all the Port Moresby ho­tels listed in this guide pro­vide a fast­speed in­ter­net ser­vice. In other ur­ban cen­tres, you may still be re­ly­ing on dial-up. For those staying longer, wire­less in­ter­net, via a USB modem, is avail­able, although down­load speeds can vary.

Phone: In­ter­na­tional mo­bile phone roam­ing is pos­si­ble in PNG but it is costly. A cheaper op­tion is to buy a lo­cal SIM card and pre-paid credit (in­clud­ing data packs for smart­phones).

It is much cheaper to make in­ter­na­tional calls from PNG than vice versa. Car hire: Deal with one of the in­ter­na­tional names and ask them to pro­vide a driver (around PGK400 per day). With the poor state of roads, es­pe­cially in Lae, 4WDs/ SUVs are rec­om­mended.

Air­port trans­fers: For ar­rival/ de­par­ture in Port Moresby, any of the ho­tels listed in this guide will pro­vide a com­pli­men­tary trans­fer.

Do­mes­tic flights: Trav­el­ling within PNG of­ten means tak­ing an in­ter­nal flight (for in­stance, you can­not drive be­tween Port Moresby and Lae). Air Ni­ug­ini of­fers pas­sen­gers the chance to book (and check in) on­line but make sure you print out a copy of your re­ceipt to show at the checkin counter. Air­craft and he­li­copter char­ter ser­vices are avail­able for travel to re­mote lo­ca­tions.

HEALTH

evac­u­a­tion alone can reach $US30,000). Vis­i­tors should also note that malaria is preva­lent in PNG and there have been cases of measles and tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in some parts of the coun­try.

MONEY

PNG’s cur­rency is the kina (PGK). ANZ and Bank of South Pa­cific (BSP) have branches at Port Moresby’s in­ter­na­tional air­port. ATMs are lo­cated around Port Moresby, Lae and other ur­ban cen­tres.

SAFETY

to eat. If you’re af­ter fine din­ing, Bac­chus is the place to go. For some­thing more ca­sual, go pool­side, where Deli KC’s serves an­tipasto, sal­ads, sand­wiches, milk­shakes, espresso and a lim­ited Ital­ian menu for din­ner. The Pool­side Bar should not be missed for its gar­lic prawns. The Vue Restau­rant, which has a buf­fet each morn­ing and evening, as well as an a la carte menu, has stun­ning views. This is also the place for tra­di­tional rec­tan­gu­lar, wood-fired Ital­ian pizza. See air­ways.com.pg.

Aviat Club: The club is open for break­fast, lunch and din­ner. Home-style meals in­clude stir­fries, toasted sand­wiches and salt-and-pep­per prawns. This is a great spot to sit at lunchtime un­der the shady mango trees, or in the air-con­di­tioned bar. See face­book.com/pages/Avi­atClub/141553252563094.

Cafe on the Edge: There are good ham­burg­ers here and break­fast op­tions such as eggs bene­dict, avocado and crispy ba­con. The serv­ings are gen­er­ous. Lo­cated un­der the res­i­den­tial build­ings at Har­bour City, be­hind the ANZ and BSP banks. See face­book.com/ edge­bythe­sea/.

Crowne Plaza Ho­tel:

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