1. Where is Papua New Guinea?

Papua New Guinea is approximately 100 miles north of Australia.  Its just south of the equator in the Southern Hemisphere, virtually on the opposite side of the globe to the USA.

2. What is the climate in Papua New Guinea?

Lying just south of the Equator, Papua New Guinea is entirely within the tropics. It experiences a warm to hot and humid climate year-round. Each province has a rainy season in the summer months, but timing varies from province to province. May to December is the driest season.

3. What is the currency used in Papua New Guinea?

The currency used in Papua New Guinea is the ‘Kina’.  Money exchange facilities are available at Port Moresby’s Jackson’s Airport.

4. What language is spoken in Papua New Guinea?

Papua New Guinea has 800+ languages. The two most commonly used languages are Hiri Motu & Melanesian Pidgin.  However, English is the official language used for business & education.

5. How to get in and around Papua New Guinea?

Jackson’s International Airport in Port Moresby is the official gateway into Papua New Guinea. The airport has both a Domestic and International terminal adjacently linked making it easy to catch connecting flights to other domestic airports. Air Niugini and Airlines PNG are the two major carriers for domestic flights throughout Papua New Guinea.

6. How long should my Passprot be Valid?

Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond your date of travel.

7. Do I need a Visa to enter Papua New Guinea?

Yes.  Visas are required for entry into Papua New Guinea. Citizens of Canada, American and some other countries can get their visa as they arrive into Port Moresby.

8. Tour Guides and Safety

It is advisable to use a local guide who is familiar with local languages when exploring Papua New Guinea. For all visitors, the best tip is to always always common sense when traveling through this remote county. Avoid secluded regions, don’t walk or drive alone at night and always stay close to your belongings.

9. Do I need Power Adapters for Papua New Guinea?

Yes, you will want to consider purchasing the same type of adaptor they use in Australia: 

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10. Is tipping customary?

It is not recommended you tip while traveling in Papua New Guinea. It is not a common practice and can in fact create jealousy among tour guides if one is provided a tip and another is not.

11. What is the best time to dive in Papua New Guinea?

Diving is available year round in Papua New Guinea, but the high season is generally May to November. Visibility can range 80 to 150 feet year round with average water temperatures from 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

12. When is the best time for birding?

Most birding itineraries typically run during the dry season (June through October), however birding tours can be conducted any time of year.