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:

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/ 7 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.

MED­I­CAL EMER­GENCY

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

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.

EAT­ING OUT PORT MORESBY

Air­ways Ho­tel: Port Moresby’s ritzi­est ho­tel has sev­eral places to eat. If you’re af­ter fine

Port Moresby from the air … the cap­i­tal of Pa­pua New Guinea is the coun­try’s big­gest city and has a pop­u­la­tion of 310,000. The to­tal PNG pop­u­la­tion is 8.4 mil­lion.

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