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About Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea has a population of 8 million with English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu and the Papua New Guinean sign language has its official languages. The capital is Port Moresby.
The country is one of the most culturally diverse in the world, with over 800 languages.
Most Papua New Guineans practice Christianity combined with their traditional religious practices. With a country so heterogeneous, there are a variety of festivals which reflect their culture and heritage. Some of them are:
- Milamala Festival
- Goroka show (independence celebration)
- Milne bay canoe and Kundu festival
- Garamut and Mamba festival
- Kalam Culture festival
Due to the rugged terrains in Papua New Guinea, the road infrastructure in underdeveloped. The Jackson International Airport is the major airport and there are other airstrips which you can use to travel within the country. There are public transports, however, some places would have to be reached by foot, which means Papua is great for hiking. It is better to hire a local guide who is familiar with the routes. Some notable places of interest are:
- Mount Wilhelm: the highest point in Papua New Guinea and it is of keen interest to hikers and climbers.
- Kokoda track: a former site of battle in World War II. The Kokoda track is one of the popular and challenging trails for hikers.
- Kimbe Bay: located on the largest island in Papua New Guinea, it is a hot spot for scuba diving and is home to diverse marine species.
- National Museum and Art Gallery: located in the capital city, it has an archaeological and art collection that showcases the country’s history and heritage.
- Varitata National Park: popular among bird watchers, you could also take a short hike or have a picnic.
- Port Moresby Nature Park: showcases the country’s flora and fauna in the botanical gardens and zoological parks.
The country has a hot and humid climate and it rains often. April to October has relatively less rain. Casual, conservative and comfortable and lightweight clothing is recommended. A good hiking boot is also recommended and insect repellent will come in handy.
It is recommended to book hotels and accommodation before heading out and there are several of them which offer comfort and security.
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How do I travel out of Papua New Guinea?Get Visa from Papua New Guinea
For Papua New Guineans looking to travel out of the country. You can check out the list of destinations, how to Get Papua New Guinea visa to those countries, Embassies in Papua New Guinea and Visa Free Countries for Papua New Guinean passport holders
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Papua New Guinea
Is it dangerous in Papua New Guinea?
There have been reports of violent crimes especially in the capital and other cities. It’s best to always have a guide. The hotels always have security. Also, avoid being out at night.
Is Papua New Guinea a good place to visit?
For the adventure seeker, Papua New Guinea is a good place to visit. There’s plenty to explore in the country.
What is there to do in Papua New Guinea?
- Go to the submarine base for a picnic
- Scuba diving at Walindi
- Hike the Kokoda track
- Go shopping at the Hagen market and Kokopo market
- Visit a national park
- Explore art and history at the National Museum and Art Gallery
- Explore the Fjord of Tufi
What currency does Papua New Guinea use?
Papuan New Guinean Pina (PGK), it can be exchanged in banks. Some places such as hotels can take Australian dollars.
When is the best time to visit Papua New Guinea?
Depends on the activity you want to carry out. There’s less rain from April to October and that is the best time to hike the Kokoda track.
How long does it take to walk the Kokoda Track?
The Kokoda track is about 96,000 metres long. How much time it takes to trek generally depends on the individual, it can take about 6 to 10 days.