Ad­vice, where to eat, ho­tels, city maps

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

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CLI MATE

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.

COM­MUNI CATIONS

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

Car hire: Deal with one of the in­ter­na­tional names and ask them to pro­vide a driver (PGK450+ per day). With the poor state of roads, es­pe­cially in Lae, 4WDs/SUVs are rec­om­mended.

Taxis: Rec­om­mended firms are City Loop (1800 000), Com­fort (325 3046) and Scar­let (7220 7000).

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

Se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tions can be treated in Port Moresby at Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Hospi­tal and the Gov­ern­ment Hospi­tal, which have 24-hour emer­gency and crit­i­cal care ser­vices. Some con­di­tions may re­quire treat­ment out­side the coun­try. Trav­ellers should en­sure they have ad­e­quate health cover (the cost of med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion can reach $US30,000). Vis­i­tors should also note that malaria is preva­lent in PNG and there have been cases of measles and tu­ber­cu­lo­sis.

MEDI CAL EMER­GENCY

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

MONE Y

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.

PUBLIC HOL­I­DAYS

PNG ob­serves a num­ber of public hol­i­days unique to the coun­try. In 2019, they in­clude Na­tional Re­mem­brance Day on

Tues­day, July 23; Na­tional Re­pen­tance Day on Mon­day, Au­gust 26; and In­de­pen­dence Day on Mon­day, Septem­ber 16.

SA FETY

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.

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: Of­fer­ing Chi­nese and Thai food by the wa­ter at Har­bour­side, this eatery has con­sis­tently good re­views on so­cial me­dia. Out­door seat­ing is avail­able. A good spot for sun­set drinks. Tel. +675 321 4780.

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.

Bel Cibo: A ca­sual and af­ford­able fam­ily style restau­rant serv­ing Ital­ian-Amer­i­can at Vi­sion City. See bel­ci­bopng.com.

Crown Ho­tel: There are mul­ti­ple eating op­tions at Crown. The in­house 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. See ihg.com.

Daikoku: The ex­ten­sive Ja­panese menu has tep­pa­nyaki, don­buri bowls and a large range of sushi. Tucked away above the Stop n Shop shop­ping cen­tre in Har­bour City, chefs will whip up your meal at your ta­ble. See daikokupng.com.

Duffy Cafe: Known for ex­cel­lent cof­fee and home­made cafe-style food and bak­ery items, Duffy has three lo­ca­tions – at Har­bour­side, Gor­dons and Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional Air­port. See duffypng.com.

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. See face­book.com/pages/ Dy­nasty-Restau­rant-Vi­sionCity/1482784719­18956.

Edge by the Sea: The ‘Edge’ cafe was ren­o­vated in 2017 and has al­fresco din­ing with a won­der­ful ma­rina out­look from the ground floor at the Edge Apart­ments in Har­bour City. Eggs bene­dict, bur­rito bowls, pork burg­ers and grilled snap­per are among the break­fast and lunch menu favourites. There’s a mist wa­ter sys­tem in the al­fresco area that can re­duce the ambient air tem­per­a­ture by up to 10 de­grees … per­fect for those blis­ter­ing-hot days. Tel. +675 7995 5263.

Ela Beach Ho­tel: The Beach­side Brasserie aims to be one of Port Moresby’s best value-for-money restau­rants, of­fer­ing seafood and other dishes from the Pa­cific Rim, curry, pas­tas, and a clas­sic grill menu. It’s lo­cated next to the pool, set in Ital­ian gar­dens. See coralsea­ho­tels.com.pg. El­e­ment Bar and Restau­rant: One of Port Moresby’s new­est restau­rants, El­e­ment of­fers Asian fu­sion with ex­cel­lent ser­vice. On Cham­pion Pa­rade, on the first level of MRDC Haus, it has modern decor and a huge bal­cony. Tel. +675 7252 8778. Fu­sion: This is one of the city’s busiest restau­rants. It’s a fu­sion of flavours from China, Thai­land and Viet­nam. Take­away avail­able. There’s also a sis­ter restau­rant, Fu­sion 2, in the far cor­ner of the ANZ Bank Com­pound in Waigani. Tel. +675 7196 6666.

Gate­way Ho­tel: The ho­tel’s din­ing op­tions in­clude Jack­son’s Gam­ing– Restau­rant– Bar, which has a rooftop bar with views of the air­port, as well as claims to the best lamb rack in town. Siz­zler’s Fam­ily Restau­rant of­fers value din­ing, while Enzo’s Ex­press does quick lunches, cof­fee and pizza. The ho­tel’s De­par­ture

Bar, next to the ho­tel lobby, is a com­fort­able and air-con­di­tioned space to while away some tran­sit hours in be­tween flights. See coralsea­ho­tels.com.pg.

Grand Pa­pua Ho­tel: The el­e­gant Grand Brasserie has an a la carte menu of modern Euro­pean cui­sine, as well as buf­fet op­tions. The Grand Cafe, on Dou­glas Street, has barista-made Goroka cof­fee, fruit juices, freshly made sal­ads and sand­wiches. The Grand

Bar – with stylish mar­ble, high ceil­ings, tim­ber floors and win­dow shut­ters – has a light menu and is a pop­u­lar place to wind down after work. See grand­papua­ho­tel. com.pg.

Hil­ton Port Moresby: The ho­tel has five eating ar­eas in­clud­ing Mumu, which is named after the tra­di­tional earthen oven of PNG and serves tra­di­tion­ally in­spired dishes. There’s also a top-floor lounge bar called Sum­mit, cafe-style din­ing in Cop­per on the lobby level, all-day din­ing and a break­fast buf­fet at Feast, and quick bites, such as sand­wiches and cof­fee, at Halo in the con­ven­tion cen­tre foyer. See www3.hil­ton.com. Tel. +675 750 1800.

Hosi Ra­men: As the name sug­gests, this Ja­panese restau­rant at Vi­sion City spe­cialises in ra­men (noodles served in broth with meat and veg­eta­bles). See face­book.com/pages/ HosiRa­men/ 5657799969­32557.

Korean Gar­den: An af­ford­able menu at Vi­sion City that in­cludes a do-it-your­self bar­be­cue, as well as tra­di­tional favourites such as kim­chi and gim­bap. See face­book.com/pages/ Kore­anGar­den/ 5954547672­89525.

La­mana Ho­tel: You’re spoilt for choice here with Spices (In­dian), the Ital­ian Restau­rant, Rio’s at the Tem­ple (Brazil­ian), Cafe Palazzo, Lanes Ten Pin Bowl­ing, and PNG’s big­gest night­club, The Gold Club. See lamana­ho­tel.com.pg.

Magi Seafood Restau­rant: A lo­cal se­cret on Spring Gar­den Road (same side as SP Brew­ery) with ex­cel­lent Asian food, but specif­i­cally the best mud crab in town, which needs to be or­dered 24 hours in ad­vance.

Tel. +675 323 3918.

Mojo So­cial: This ca­sual Mediter­ranean-in­spired bar and restau­rant is on the ground floor of PWC Haus at Har­bour City. Tapas-style dishes, risotto and pizza are among the offerings. See mo­joso­cialpng.com.

Naked Fish: A seafood and steak restau­rant at Har­bour­side. Great spot for sun­sets and the wa­ter views. Tel. +675 320 2293.

Royal Pa­pua Yacht Club: Re­laxed, spa­cious and open to non-mem­bers. Com­fort food, draught beer and an open-plan bar area show­ing sport on large screens. 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.

Shady Rest Ho­tel: The In­dian dishes at the ho­tel’s Cel­lar Restau­rant draw high praise from re­view­ers on TripAd­vi­sor, which has awarded the restau­rant a cer­tifi­cate of ex­cel­lence for five years in a row. There’s an all-you-can-eat buf­fet on Tues­day and Fri­day nights. The restau­rant also prides it­self in its steaks. Mr Mike’s Pizza Com­pany is a take­away lo­cated at the ho­tel

Gourmet of­fer­ing... a Mr Mike’s Pizza at Shady Rest Ho­tel. and has clas­sic piz­zas, such as Hawai­ian and mar­garita, as well as gourmet piz­zas such as the Mediter­ranean, which is packed with feta, olives, mush­rooms and more. See shadyrest.com.pg. Tel +675 323 0000.

Sogno: This is a tra­di­tional Ital­ian restau­rant with pas­tas, risot­tos and piz­zas served out of a stone oven at Har­bour­side. Tel. +675 320 0001.

Stan­ley Ho­tel and Suites: This Waigani ho­tel has sev­eral restau­rant choices, in­clud­ing the fine-din­ing Sil­ver Leaf and the chic tapas-style Mon­soon Lounge. Green Haus restau­rant has all-day din­ing, in­clud­ing buf­fet din­ners with live cook­ing sta­tions. See thes­tanleypng.com.

Tan­door on the Har­bour: Come here for a curry with great bay views. See face­book.com/ tan­dooron­the­har­bour.

Tasty Bites: This In­dian restau­rant is tucked away in the town cen­tre in Hunter Street near Crowne Plaza. Bookings rec­om­mended. 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.

LAE

Bunga Raya: This lo­cal favourite, serv­ing Malaysian-style Chi­nese, is lo­cated next door to the Lae Golf Club. Be sure to try the stuffed let­tuce cups, laksa and clay­pot tofu. Tel. +675 472 7177.

Cafe 411: There’s a cosy at­mos­phere at this ca­sual cafe next to Ho­tel Morobe on Coro­na­tion Drive. The Western­style menu in­cludes fin­ger foods and PNG cof­fee. Tel. +675 479 0100.

Chigi’s Cafe: This de­light­ful place in­side the tem­po­rary Brian Bell store near the Lae main mar­kets serves good cof­fee, milk­shakes, sand­wiches, cakes and sal­ads. Tel. +675 7217 1966.

Golden Aviat: A good op­tion for Chi­nese, lo­cated on Huon Road in Eriku. Open for lunch and din­ner, and yum cha on Sun­days. Tel. +675 472 0486.

Huon Club: This pri­vate mem­bers’ club of­fers air­con­di­tioned fa­cil­i­ties, com­fort­able lounge chairs, an ex­pan­sive deck over­look­ing the Lae Golf Club, a fully stocked bar and Fox­tel to pre­view all the rac­ing and sporting events. Tel. +675 7347 1058.

Lae City Cafe: Lo­cated in the Lae City Ho­tel on 3rd street, the cafe serves Western and Asian cui­sine. The sig­na­ture dishes in­clude ribs and Nasi Goreng. Tel. +675 472 0138.

Lae Gar­den Restau­rant: The Asian menu in­cludes sta­ples such as crispy chicken and but­ter prawns. The el­e­gant restau­rant, in­side Ho­tel Morobe on Coro­na­tion Drive, of­fers breath­tak­ing views of the city from its bal­cony. Tel. +675 479 0100.

Lae Golf Club: The club is ex­cel­lent for a few sun­down­ers as you over­look the stun­ning green. Tel. +675 472 1363.

Lae In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel: Home to three restau­rants – Lu­luai’s Ital­ian Pizza, Vanda and

Port Moresby from the air … the cap­i­tal city has a pop­u­la­tion of al­most 365,000 peo­ple.

The Mumu restau­rant … the ca­sual and el­e­gant eatery at Port Moresby’s Hil­ton Ho­tel of­fers tra­di­tional PNG- style cook­ing.

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