Top Tips

  • Be prepared for your trip to be expensive.
  • Do your research beforehand to figure out the best time of year to visit, depending on your interests.
  • If you have your heart set on attending a particular event, such as the Goroka Show, make arrangements months in advance as lodgings and flights tend to book up.
  • Travel light. Baggage allowance for internal flights tends to be 16kg.
  • Be respectful of local customs. Since every bit of land belongs to someone, ask permission before wandering across gardens, beaches and bush.
  • Bone up on some Tok Pisin if you're planning on spending much time in the Highlands.
  • Expect travel delays. Don't expect everything to run like clockwork.
  • Take sensible precautions regarding personal safety and never go trekking without a guide.
  • Invest in a waterproof canoe bag for your belongings and a pop-up Sansbug mosquito net tent.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Apply for visa
  • Book accommodation and flights
  • Arrange cruises and tours well in advance if travelling in remote areas
  • Arrange any necessary vaccinations and pick up anti-malaria tablets