Papua New Guinea

Situated just below the equator in the eastern sector of the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea is a stunning archipelago of more than 600 islands, rich with history, diverse and colourful cultures, stunning landscapes and abundant flora and fauna.

Cruise the spectacular azure waters of the Louisiade Archipelago and visit a paradise of tropical islands, lagoons and barrier reefs while immersing yourself in Papua New Guinean history and culture.

Or tackle the historic Kokoda Track, following in the heroic footsteps of history as you walk across the geographical heart of Papua New Guinea. You'll learn the fascinating WWII history of the region from your expert historian guide as you trek through dense lowland rainforest and remote highlands, staying in secluded jungle camps and experiencing traditional village life and vibrant local cultures.

We take ten days to cover the iconic 96 km trail, allowing plenty of time to embrace local history and culture and to acclimatise to local conditions. By the time we complete the final stages from the highlands into the township of Kokoda, you'll be moved by a tremendous sense of accomplishment at having finished this challenging historical journey.

Join us as we traverse this beautiful country, discovering its cultural, environmental and historical treasures.


 

Leaders in responsible travel

We are committed to responsible travel and true sustainability in Papua New Guinea. When you book one of our adventures you're supporting true sustainability of local communities, the well-being and training of our local staff and porters and appreciation of local cultures.

Challenging itineraries

From following in the footsteps of World War II soldiers on the challenging Kokoda Track to climbing Mount Wilhelm, our varied range of itineraries encompasses the highlights of Papua New Guinea and are sure to inspire you.

Ultimate value

Many inclusions at the best prices make our Papua New Guinea adventures great value for money. We aim to incorporate as many inclusions as possible in the tour cost such as all meals while trekking, group camping equipment, private transport, internal flights, track permits and transfers, allowing you to enjoy a hassle free journey.

Expert guides

The expertise of our enthusiastic and friendly trekking guides ensures a safe and comfortable experience. We have excellent relationships with the local villagers and only employ local guides and porters who live along the walking trails and are happy to share their lives and culture with you.


 

Porter welfare

The porters we employ are paid above award wages and compensated for their return journey home. They are provided with a uniform and their own First Aid kit.

Animal welfare focus

We advocate for cruelty free animal encounters, encouraging travellers to follow the guidelines in our comprehensive Animal Welfare Code of Conduct as we seek to inform stakeholders about animal welfare matters.

Child safe tourism

Children working and living in tourist areas are especially vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. We protect vulnerable children by adhering to our Child Protection Code of Conduct.


Guesthouses

We use quality 2 to 3 star chalets or guesthouses. They can be rustic; however we ensure that they provide a comfortable and friendly experience.

Camping

Enjoy our semi-participation camping in jungle camps or basic communal rest huts.

Hotels

In cities or large towns you will be accommodated in 2 to 3 star, twin share properties that are centrally located, comfortable and reliable.

Luxury boat

The True North boat features luxury twin share cabin accommodation with private facilities, world class dining, an observation lounge, sundeck, alfresco bar, on-board naturalists and helicopter excursions.



A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



Melanesia Discoverer with Tim Flannery
Currency

Papua New Guinean Kina

It is strongly recommended to convert your money to local currency (the Kina) at Port Moresby Airport. There is a money change office in the baggage collection area, before customs.

Money can be changed outside of PNG if you request it far enough in advance but rates are often lower than at Port Morseby Airport. As a last resort, money can be changed in Port Moresby itself but it is a time consuming and sometimes frustrating process. Money changing is extremely difficult in Popondetta or Buna and should not be relied upon.

Credit cards are next to useless in PNG. Accommodation in Port Moresby will usually accept Visa and Mastercard for payment (with large merchant fees) however they will not supply cash.

There are a few ATMs in Port Moresby only that will accept overseas cards (usually takes a journey by vehicle to find them) and there are NONE in Popondetta or Buna.

You can withdraw money from the ATM in the Ela Beach Hotel in Port Moresby; check with your bank for fees and charges.

International Dialing Code

+675

Electricity
Type I plug

Electricity in Papua New Guinea is 240 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin type is I. (Aust - 3 flat prong).

Visas

Visas are required for passport holders from the following countries for a stay of up to 60 days:-

Australia

New Zealand

Canada

United States

United Kingdom

Australian passport holders only can now secure a 30 day, free tourist visa on arrival at Port Moresby International Airport and other designated international airports in Papua New Guinea.

Details of obtaining visas are provided in your confirmation kit. All other nationalities should check with your nearest embassy or consulate.

Safety

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us.

Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice.

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration.

We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.

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