Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea and it is quite a remarkable place. On one hand, the crime took over the streets and safety issues are part of everyday life for both, locals and tourists. At the same time, there is plenty to explore from the adventurous traveller`s point of view.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN PORT MORESBY
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WHAT TO DO AROUND PORT MORESBY
Port Moresby is one of the most dangerous cities in the world and going out after dark without a local company is not recommended.
It is always advisable to inquire about the safety situation in Papua New Guinea or in any location you intend to visit due to the presence of criminal gangs. There are tribal conflicts which you should avoid as much as possible when travelling.
Malaria pills and vaccination against the Yellow Fever is strongly recommended and some countries such as Australia even request all visitors get immunised prior the entry to PNG. That means that If you visited Papua and travelling to Australia you must have had the adequate vaccination otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the country.
Before touring the outskirts of Port Moresby always ask for some advice at your hotel or guesthouse since some of them are still no-go areas for strangers.
Wherever you go in Port Moresby dress down to avoid unnecessary situations.
The nightlife in Port Moresby is relatively limited due to the high risk of violence in the city. Therefore it is not advised to take leisure walks after dark, especially outside of the town.
WHEN TO GO
Generally, the most pleasant time of the year to visit Port Moresby is during the dry months which are between May and October and most festivals take place within this period and there are the best conditions for scuba diving, bird watching and trekking.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are two Australian airlines that fly into Port Moresby – Virgin Australia and Qantas.
You can get affordable flights but there will be two or three stopovers: London-Singapore-Brisbane-Papua New Guinea.
For all international flights go to www.skyscanner.com or www.momondo.com
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