Rough, rugged, and truly authentic in terms of jungle safaris, Papua New Guinea is indescribable when it comes to tourism, infrastructures, and other pertinent information that could be proved useful for travel. This is what makes this unexplored territory all the more interesting and appealing: Papua New Guinea allows every traveller to paint his experience on an empty canvas. Picture out Port Moresby, the gritty capital with a number of Zoological gardens, or simply go to Alotau, the laidback capital of Milne Bay province that serves as your gateway to a number of remote islands. Ignite for adventure in Lae, Papua New Guinea’s second city and main commercial centre and gateway to the islands, and cool down in the Mt Hagen, the wild west frontier town of the Highlands. The invisible arc pallete is now in your hand.
What to see & do
Port Moresby is deemed as the South Pacific’s largest city. While it is true that not much can be seen here, Port Moresby does have some interesting features waiting to be discovered at every turn. You can make good use of your time and visit the Parliament Haus, deemed as the country’s most impressive building. The cultural displays in the building are also laudable. Photography enthusiasts will also be delighted with its mosaic facade, which is truly picture-worthy especially during the afternoon glow. You can also take a glimpse of the National Botanical Gardens, which can be said as the city’s most charming spot, with the sprawling bloom of the orchids that invigorate the surroundings.
A town in the Huon Gulf region in the country, Lae serves as the capital’s second city. Often overlooked, since majority of those who fly or sail goes directly to Mt. Hagen, Lae also boasts simple wonders worthy of exploration on its own. Right in the heart of the city lies the Lae Botanic Gardens, which is home to some of the country’s vegetation that attracts a wide range of birds. Chances are, if you find yourself in Lae on the weekend closest to the full moon in October, you might get the chance to see the Morobe Show, which is both an industrial and agricultural show that attracts a number of tourists and emphasizes on the culture of Morobe province.
Last but definitely not the least, Mt. Hagen, the third biggest city of Papua New Guinea, gives you a glimpse of crisp Highland weather and culture. Be informed that the city might not reach up to your standards of natural beauty, as the city is bustling with people. Case in point: Hagen Market, which is considered as the country’s biggest and most varied market. A vast range of fresh produce can be bought on sale, and if it’s your lucky day, chances are, you will get to see cuscus, pigs, and birds in enclosures. This is also a great place to buy bilums and Highland hats. Just be wary of your surroundings and take care of your valuables, as the place may be swarming with thieves.
How to get around
Unlike other countries, Papua New Guinea has limited paved roads mainly attributed to its tropical conditions, fierce geography, and lack of government capacity. Having said this, no major roads links Port Moresby to anywhere else. Interestingly however, Papua New Guinea is considered as one of the world centres for aviation from then until now and for this reason alone, air transport is the only viable option and the common way of getting around major urban centres and even remote locations, as every major settlement is built around on an airstrip. Two domestic airlines, the first of which is Air Niugini, connects Port Moresby to most of the provincial capitals, and the second airline, Airlines PNG, will connect you to a number of smaller centres.
If you want to travel by road, the most viable way would be travelling by PMV/Bus with the locals. Towns of Lae, Madang, Goroka, Tari, and Mount Hagen are connected by a good highway.
How to get there
You can get into Papua New Guinea by simply booking a flight with Skyscanner, your online source of cheap flights and tickets. Get into Papua New Guinea by flying into Jackson-Evers International Airport in Port Moresby, the nation’s international airport. Mainly the airport is being served by Airlines of Papua New Guinea, which flies to and fro Cairns and Brisbane, as well as QANTASLINK, which has daily flights to Cairns. Meanwhile, American airlines such as American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, United Express, and US Airways Express also serve the airport. The aforementioned airlines fly to and fro destinations such as Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Chicago-O’Hare, Houston-Intercontinental, Charlotte, and Washignton-National. The airport is also being serviced by the airline Air Niugini, which flies to and fro Cairns, Sydney, Brisbane in Australia, Honiara in Solomon Islands, Manila in Philippines, Tokyo (Narita) in Japan, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. In addition, Pacific Blue connects Port Moresby to Brisbane four times a week.
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