ABOUT PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Located in the continent of Oceania, Papua New Guinea covers 452,860 square kilometres of land and 9,980 square kilometers of water, making it the 55th largest nation in the world with a total area of 462,840 square kilometers.
The currency of Papua New Guinea is the Kina (PGK). As well, the people of Papua New Guinea are referred to as Papua New Guinean.
The dialing code for the country is 675 and the top level internet domain for Papua New Guinean sites is .pg.
Papua New Guinea shares land borders with only one country, Indonesia.
1523 – Portuguese sailor Jorge de Meneses, names part of the present day Papua New Guinea Ilhas dos Papuas, which translated means “land of people with frizzy hair”.
1546 – Spanish Explorer names the island New Guinea as he believed the inhabitants resembled the people of Guinea in West Africa.
1884 – the island is divided by agreement, with Holland ‘acquiring’ the western part (now West Papua), Germany the north east (New Guinea) and Britain the south east (Papua).
1906 – Australia assumes control of British Papua.
1914 – Australia occupies German New Guinea.
1921 – The League of Nations gives Australia a mandate to govern New Guinea, whilst still ruling Papua as a colony.
1945 – Australia merges its administrations of Papua and New Guinea.
1975 – Papua New Guinea becomes an independent nation with Michael Somare appointed Prime Minister.
1989 – civil war starts on Bougainville, triggered by disagreement over royalties from the Panguna Copper Mine.
2001 – peace agreement reached with Bougainville involving greater autonomy and a referendum ‘planned’ to be held by 2020 offering an option for independence from PNG.
2019 – Referendum held in Bougainville for locals to vote on whether to stay a part of PNG or to be an independent nation
The tropical wet season in Papua New Guinea normally runs from November to May. The North West monsoon season runs from December to March, and the South East season is from May to October. Coastal areas average 25-30ºC during the day with high humidity and warm nights. The further inland or higher the altitude, the lower the temperature will be. The nights are milder and more bearable in the Highlands.
PNG is always in the news and usually it’s for the wrong reasons. In general, incidents involving foreigners are isolated and in many cases, are blown out of proportion by the media. There is usually a good reason for the problem and this does not always get reported to the public. The majority of trouble occurs in the larger cities and towns and is often related to tribal issues, particularly in the Highlands.
The majority of Papua New Guineans are some of the most beautiful and friendly people on earth. They will generally greet you with a wave, a smile, or a hello and the kids are so inquisitive that they will follow you around and want to join in with your activities.
PNG people are classed as Melanesians. Melanesia is a subregion of Oceania extending from New Guinea island in the southwestern Pacific Ocean to the Arafura Sea, and eastward to Tonga. The region includes the four independent countries of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea, as well as the French special collectivity of New Caledonia, and the Indonesian region of Western New Guinea. Most of the region is in the Southern Hemisphere, with a few small northwestern islands of Western New Guinea in the Northern Hemisphere.
Anti-malarial medication, Hepatitis B, cholera and other vaccinations may be required, so ensure that you visit your doctor or a Traveller’s Medical and Vaccination Centre to seek advice.
Tropical strength personal insect repellent should be worn in coastal regions, particularly around dusk, to help repel mosquitoes and midges. This is not necessary in the Highlands as the climate does not suit mosquitoes. With the high humidity, if you become ill on your holiday, most hotels keep a contact number for the local doctor. Payment is required at the time of consultation.
Hospitals are poorly equipped and shortages of common medicines sometime occur, however, pharmacies are usually well stocked with the common remedies.
Your passport must have a validity of at least six months beyond your stay to be allowed in the country.
Visas are required by all travellers to PNG. Tourist visas can be obtained from the PNG High Commission in Canberra or consulates in Sydney and Brisbane, as well as applying in advance online. Visa on arrival has been suspended since the outbreak of Coronavirus, and you will not be allowed to board your flight without a visa in your passport.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE SAID
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the way you organised our PNG trip. Everything ran so smoothly and I have never had such great seat allocation on planes! It really highlighted to me the benefits of going through an agent. Also thank you for the process in the lead up to the trip, we really valued your information and ability to get things sorted.We had an interesting but overall amazing time. It sure is going to be an experience that we’ll never forget. The phrase ‘the land of the unexpected’ definitely rang true, in true PNG style. Thanks again. Visited Goroka and Kavieng, March 2015.
Great support in organizing travel and accommodation in PNG. Milne Bay, November 2014.
Andrew organised a terrific holiday to PNG for us. Any problems we encountered on our trip were sorted out quickly and efficiently. Milne Bay, November 2014.
I just wanted to say a BIG THANKYOU!!!!! You have been amazing, nothing has been a problem, you have always been obliging in all requests. Thank you to PNG Holidays and Kokoda Courage for all your efforts, a truly great experience. Andrew was fantastic, ensuring everything was booked & organised. Kokoda Courage made our trek so memorable, especially the organisation involved in having our father meet us at the end. The team at Kokoda Courage are extremely passionate about Kokoda & the people, giving endlessly of themselves with many donations & love. thanks for a trip of a lifetime. Kokoda, December 2013
Great communication, Andrew looked after the whole booking process and made sure we had everything we needed for the trek. Thanks for the hassle free trip. Kokoda 2013
Hello Hagen, Just wanted to let you know we had the best holiday ever, it was perfect from start to finish. The cruise was amazing, a luxurious place to call home and exciting trips to villages, great shopping for artefacts and the stunning beauty of the mighty Sepik and nearby lakes to visit.
We were upgraded to an overwater bungalow at Madang resort which was stunning. The resort restaurant was excellent with some great seafood dishes. The food on board the Kalbobo Spirit was superb, (with) three course meals at night and barbecues on deck for lunch. The crew were amazing, always there to help with a smile. It was an honour to have Sir Peter as our captain; he was great company and is obviously much loved by the people of the Sepik. Thank you so much for organising our trip at short notice and being so very helpful and kind, also for all the extra hints you shared with us. We will be booking our next holiday with you as soon as we get some more kina together. Many Thanks, Kindest Regards, Madang Resort & Kalibobo Spirit, August 2012
Dear Andrew, thank you for your contribution to our recent holiday to PNG. Following is some feedback which I hope may encourage other customers to visit.
Port Moresby: Not as ‘unsafe’ as some would believe. Locals are of the opinion that the situation has improved.
Madang Resort: beautiful room over the water. Tours were interesting and entertaining. Our guide was particularly helpful, as were most people we met in PNG. Had a hoot on new years eve. We walked around the town, even to another hotel at night, and felt very safe.
Kokopo: Kokopo Village Resort was good for the price. We caught the PMV to Rabaul and enjoyed lunch at the Rabaul Hotel. The markets at Rabaul and Kokopo were worth a visit and wandering around Kokopo filled in a day. Lots of people were keen to have a chat and very helpful. Dinner and music at the Vavagil Restaurant was great. Obviously I don’t have to comment too much on the paradise that is Lissenung. I so hope we get to go back there one day. I would also like to comment on Air Nugini – terrific. Planes are clean and comfortable, staff great.
Thanks again for your assistance and we have recommended your company to all our friends and work colleagues. Hopefully we will also be able to use your services again. Cheers, Visited Madang, Rabaul/Kokopo and New Ireland, Jan 2012
Dear Andrew, thank you very much for putting the Madang, PNG trip together for us. We had a great time. The diving and landscape and natural god made beauty was second to none. Just absolutely stunning. Thank you once again for working so efficiently to put this together for us in a speedy manner.With immense Gratitude. Visited Madang in April 2011
Thanks Andrew for finding my son and I great deals on going back home……wouldn’t have done it without ur help. Went home to Madang October 2010.
Thank you for organizing my trip back home! Such a great service & gr8 price! Flew home to Buka, October 2010.
Hi Andrew, we want to thank you most sincerely for a terrific holiday. We loved the people, their hospitality, the scenery, activities etc. An absolutely top itinerary from a top team! Best wishes, Visited New Ireland and New Britain in June 2010.
Hi Andrew, we had a fantastic time, thanks heaps for all your help. Owen was a great trek leader and his knowledge of the trail and the war history that happened there was second to none, he brought a new dimension to our trip. Thanks again from all of us. Visited Kokoka and New Ireland in June 2010
Andrew just a quick note of thanks again on our PNG trip. Everything went smoothly and we both had a lovely time exploring New Ireland. I even met another couple from Australia, Pam and Phil, and we agreed that you had been most helpful in the planning of our trips. You are a credit to your organisation. All the best. Visited New Ireland in June 2010