Are you planning on spending your holiday in Port Moresby? Here are some helpful tips and ideas to help you get the most out of your journey to Papua New Guinea’s capital.
Getting In and Around
Port Moresby is usually your first stop when entering Papua New Guinea, whether by boat or by plane. As the national airline of PNG, Air Niugini operates many regular flights to Port Moresby Airport.
Hiring a car is a great way to see Port Moresby and you can hire cars at rental companies like Avis, Europcar, and Hertz . You can also take a taxi to get around. These rental companies as well as taxi ranks are also present at the Port Moresby Airport.
Unfortunately Papua New Guinea is known for its pick pocketing incidents – that is why tourists should be careful when travelling on public transport – especially on their way from/to Port Moresby Airport when they have bags and valuables with them.
The safest and recommended way is to get your hotel to book you a taxi or use their shuttle service.
Accommodation in Port Moresby is a little expensive and options can be limited. However, the facilities and the level of service are outstanding in most of the hotels. Expect swimming pools, fitness centres and other sport facilities to bars and restaurants and business rooms – there is almost nothing you will miss. For people who are visiting Port Moresby as backpackers there are also cheaper accommodation options like hostels or home-stay.
Port Moresby’s biggest tourist attractions take you to the great outdoors as it boasts spectacular wildlife and scenery. You should explore the National Capital Botanical Gardens, Ela Beach and the Ela Beach Craft Market Run, the Moitaka Wildlife Sanctuary, Brown River and Touaguba Hill as well as the slightly further out Rouna Falls and Varirata National Park.
As it is often claimed that Port Moresby is the best capital city in the world for diving you should go scuba diving or on a diving trip with a guide – there are plenty of fantastic spots.
Certainly there are many restaurants around Port Moresby which offer local Papua New Guinean dishes. In addition there are a range of restaurants and cafes which offer international cuisines like Australian, Italian, Indonesian, Chinese and many others. You can find something for every taste!
Port Moresby is not an ideal destination for shopping. However, if you are searching for authentic souvenirs there are many places to find something suitable – for example at the Ela Beach Craft Market .This market is held on the last Saturday of each month and brings together local artefacts from all over Papua New Guinea.