Welcome to Port Moresby


Expensive, dangerous (or so many expats will tell you), not easily walkable…it's easy to see why many visitors are tempted to spend as little time here as possible. But as Moresby's charms reveal themselves – a superb museum, a beautiful green space in the corner of the city, friendly locals, a gourmet meal after weeks in the provinces – the city may well grow on you.


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Private Tour: Half day Port Moresby city sights

Your tour begins with pick-up from your hotel or arriving flight. Your tour vehicle will be air-conditioned - the type of vehicle is dependent on your group size.After pick up spend the first half of the tour on a city circuit taking in the harbour, Burns Peak (anti-aircraft defensive position during World War 2, very effectively attacking Japanese bombers flying in from Rabaul trying to sink the ships in Port Moresby harbor), the Hanuabada stilt village (home to about 10,000 people packed into two square kilometers - the village has been there since the pre-colonial days and the city has grown up around it - the original inhabitants of the Motu tribe have inter-married and the village is now rather a melting pot of Papua New Guinea people and has many social and health problems which your guide may elaborate on), the Central Business District (which local people call “Town” as it was the site of the first colonial settlement after being claimed for Britain in 1873 by Captain John Moresby - he actually named both the "Port of Port Moresby" and the adjacent wider "Fairfax Harbour" after his father Admiral Sir Fairfax Moresby) - most of the population no longer lives in Town, having moved out to distant suburbs to make way for office buildings), Touaguba Hill (an area in Town where most of the foreign ambassadors live, which has a scenic lookout from where your guide can point out places of interest around the harbor).From Town your tour vehicle passes the Koki Fish Market (optional stop) and climbs Two Mile Hill. Like many parts of the city, this area is named after one of the old milestones which lined the road from the post office up to Sogeri in early days.The stone posts are long gone but the names remain: the city hospital is located at Three Mile, the main shopping centre at Four Mile and the airport at Seven Mile.A short stop will be made at the handicrafts market outside the Holiday Inn (toilets available inside) and then the second half of the tour will be taken up with longer stops at the national museum (1-hour), the national parliament (30-minutes) and the Port Moresby Nature Park (1-hour). On weekday afternoon tours these three stops may be re-arranged to accommodate early closing times at the museum and parliament. On weekends when the museum and parliament are closed these stops and the Nature Park will be replaced with the Bomana War Cemetery (30 minutes), Adventure Park Zoo (1 hour) and the National Orchid Gardens (30 minutes).