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, Pa­pua New Guinea 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. In other ur­ban cen­tres, you may still be re­ly­ing on dial-up. For those stay­ing longer, wire­less in­ter­net, via a USB mo­dem, is avail­able. Com­pli­men­tary Wi-Fi is be­com­ing more com­mon at ho­tels, and is also avail­able at Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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

ELEC­TRIC­ITY

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

GET­TING AROUND

Air­port trans­fers: 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 for some flights, also to check in) on­line, but make sure you print out a copy of your re­ceipt to show at check-in. Air­craft and he­li­copter char­ters are avail­able for travel to re­mote lo­ca­tions.

HEALTH

in PNG and there have been cases of measles and tu­ber­cu­lo­sis.

MED­I­CAL EMER­GENCY

For St John Am­bu­lance phone 111 or 7111 1234. St John pro­vides 24-hour am­bu­lance ser­vice in Port Moresby.

MONEY EAT­ING OUT

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 to Deli KC. The Vue Restau­rant, which has a buf­fet each morn­ing and evening, as well as an a la carte menu, has stun­ning views. See air­ways.com.pg.

Asia Aro­mas:

Port Moresby from the air … new shops, ho­tels and restau­rants are spring­ing up at a rapid rate.

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