Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is a country in Oceania, occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands (the western portion of the island is a part of Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua). It is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, in a region defined since the early 19th century as Melanesia. Its capital, and one of its few major cities, is Port Moresby.
It is one of the most diverse countries on Earth, with over 850 indigenous languages and at least as many traditional societies. The country is also one of the worlds least explored, culturally and geographically, and many undiscovered species of plants and animals are thought to exist in the interior of Papua New Guinea.
Places to visit in Papua New Guinea include Port Moresby, with its interesting Zoological gardens, the Parliament building, the museum, and general Melanesian atmosphere. The island of New Britain, centre for diving and Rabaul, the city at the foot of a volcano. Mt. Hagen, the 'wild-west' frontier town in the Highlands which will introduce you to the cool, crisp highlands weather and Highlands culture. 'Beautiful Madang' - a city with breath-taking flights of bats in the evening (it's illegal to hurt them), and diving. Wewak, where you can experience Sepik culture, the Sepik river itself, and the elaborate carvings typical of the region.
Things to See and Do
* Port Moresby
* New Britain Island
* Mt Hagen
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
Language – English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu
Land Area – 462,840 km²
Population – 6,300,000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 675
Port Location – PNG's ports include Madang, Lae, and Port Moresby on the mainland, Kieta on Bougainville, and Rabaul on New Britain.
Transport Links – Air Niugini flies to and from Cairns, Sydney, and Brisbane, Australia; Honiara, Solomon Islands; Manila, Philippines; Tokyo (Narita), Japan; Singapore and Hong Kong. Airlines of Papua New Guinea flies to and from Cairns, and Brisbane.
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