Ad­vice, where to eat, ho­tels

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.

COMMUNICAT IONS

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. Com­pli­men­tary Wi-Fi is be­com­ing more com­mon at ho­tels, and is also avail­able at Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

ELEC­TRIC­ITY

The cur­rent in PNG is 240V AC 50Hz, us­ing Aus­tralian-style plugs.

GETT ING AROUND

As a gen­eral rule in PNG, you need to plan your travel care­fully.

Taxis: Rec­om­mended firms are Com­fort (325 3046) and Scar­let (7220 7000). 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.

HEALT H

Se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tions typ­i­cally re­quire treat­ment out­side the coun­try. Trav­ellers should en­sure they have ad­e­quate health cover (the cost of med­i­cal 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

While the sit­u­a­tion is not as bad as por­trayed by some in­ter­na­tional me­dia, you should al­ways take pre­cau­tions, es­pe­cially at night.

TIME ZONE

PNG has a sin­gle time zone, 10 hours ahead of UTC/GMT.

EAT ING, DRINK­ING, SO­CIAL ISING IN PORT MORESBY

Air­ways Ho­tel: Port Moresby’s ritzi­est ho­tel has sev­eral places 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: There are mul­ti­ple eat­ing op­tions at Crowne. The in-house res­tau­rant in­cludes a buf­fet for break­fast (eggs cooked to or­der), as well as lunch and din­ner. It’s one of the few restau­rants in Port Moresby with gluten-free choices. The ho­tel also has fine din­ing at the

Ra­pala res­tau­rant, where the steaks and gar­lic prawns are im­pres­sive. Old-fashioned crepes suzette makes an ap­pear­ance here, too, and is cooked at your ta­ble.

Daikoku: The ex­ten­sive Ja­panese menu has tep­pa­nyaki, don­buri bowls and a large range of sushi. Tucked away above the SVS shop­ping cen­tre in Har­bour City, chefs will whip up your meal at your ta­ble. The tep­pa­nyaki menu in­cludes sev­eral cour­ses, so come with an empty stom­ach. See daikokupng.com. Duffy Cafe, Gabaka Street: This has rapidly be­come pop­u­lar among the ex­pat com­mu­nity, with ex­cel­lent cof­fee and homemade cafe-style food. See face­book. com/duffypng.

Dy­nasty at Vi­sion City: This may be the big­gest res­tau­rant in Port Moresby. Its size, its chan­de­liers and its gold decor make it a favourite for balls, din­ners and par­ties. The menu is huge, too, with pages of Asian dishes. Don’t miss yum cha on Sun­days. See face­book.com/ pages/ Dy­nasty-Res­tau­rant-Vi­sionCity/148278471918956.

Fu­sion: This is one of the newer restau­rants in the city and al­ways seems to be do­ing great busi­ness. It’s Asian with a fu­sion of flavours from China, Thai­land and Viet­nam. Take­away avail­able. Grand Pa­puan Brasserie: The funky Grand Pa­pua Ho­tel bar serves up cock­tails and has a de­cent wine list, along with some tasty tapas-style bar food. Grab a seat in one of the huge, black leather chairs or head to the Brasserie, which has a nightly buf­fet. The a la carte menu is good and the steaks are de­li­cious. See grand­papua­ho­tel.com.pg.

La­mana Ho­tel: You’re spoilt for choice here with three restau­rants (Spices, The Ital­ian, and Rio’s at the Tem­ple), Cafe Palazzo, Lanes Ten Pin Bowl­ing, and PNG’s big­gest night­club, The Gold Club. See lamana­hotelpng.com. Royal Pa­pua Yacht Club: Re­laxed, spa­cious and open to non­mem­bers. Com­fort food, draught beer and an open-plan bar area show­ing sport on large screens. If it’s too busy, try the Aviat Club in nearby Kone­dobu. See rpyc.com.pg.

Seoul House: This res­tau­rant spe­cialises in Korean and Thai food, cooked on the hot plate right in front of you. Seoul House is tucked away in a gar­den oa­sis com­pound in Five Mile. Tel. +675 325 2231. Stan­ley Ho­tel and Suites: This new ho­tel in Waigani has sev­eral res­tau­rant choices, in­clud­ing the fine-din­ing Sil­ver Leaf on the 17th floor, and the chic tapasstyle Mon­soon Lounge, which is great for af­ter-work drinks on the leather-lounge seat­ing. The ca­sual Green Haus res­tau­rant has all-day din­ing, in­clud­ing buf­fet din­ners with live cook­ing sta­tions. See thes­tanleypng.com.

Tasty Bites: An In­dian res­tau­rant tucked away in the town cen­tre in Hunter Street near Crowne Plaza. You won’t get a ta­ble un­less you book. Tel. +675 321 2222.

Vi­sion City: PNG’s first ma­jor shop­ping mall houses an in­creas­ing array of eater­ies. The cav­ernous Dy­nasty (Chi­nese) and the Ten (Ja­panese) are stand­outs. See vi­sioncity.com.pg.

PORT MORESBY HOT ELS

Air­ways Ho­tel: Air­ways is lo­cated within a large, se­cure com­pound next to Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional Air­port. An in­spir­ing set­ting, lux­u­ri­ous rooms, ex­cel­lent ser­vice and very good food op­tions. See air­ways.com.pg. Tel. +675 324 5200.

Crowne Plaza: Up­mar­ket rooms and suites in the heart of the CBD. De­cent gym, busi­ness cen­tre, un­der­cover park­ing, thriv­ing café and Mediter­ranean res­tau­rant. Tel. +675 309 3329.

Ela Beach Ho­tel and Apart­ments: On the fringe of the CDB, this con­stantly ex­pand­ing ho­tel/apart­ment com­plex is part of the Co­ral Sea Ho­tels group. Its main eatery is pop­u­lar at lunchtime. See coralsea­ho­tels.com.pg.

Gate­way Ho­tel: An­other mem­ber of Co­ral Sea Ho­tels, this time lo­cated next to the air­port. A range of ameni­ties in­clude Port Moresby’s largest ded­i­cated meet­ing space. See coralsea­ho­tels.com.pg.

Grand Pa­pua: This pre­mium ho­tel opened in late 2011 and fea­tures 156 suite rooms (short and long stay), an ex­ec­u­tive floor, gym and con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties. The sep­a­rate res­tau­rant and bar ar­eas are pop­u­lar venues for busi­ness meet­ings in town. Cen­trally lo­cated. See grand­papua­ho­tel. com.pg. Tel. +675 304 0000.

Hol­i­day Inn: Lo­cated in the gov­ern­ment dis­trict of Waigani. Large grounds with walk­ing track, in a trop­i­cal gar­den set­ting. Out­door res­tau­rant din­ing and bar area, busi­ness cen­tre and gym. In­cluded the three-star Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press ho­tel. See ihg.com. Tel. +675 303 2000.

La­guna Ho­tel: The 60-room prop­erty is a five-minute drive from the heart of Port Moresby

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