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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$100 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private Tour: Overnight Sogeri Jungle Village Trip

This tour heads straight out of town one hour up the scenic Rouna Gorge to Sogeri, a tiny town surrounded by lush farmlands that supply much of Port Moresby's fresh produce. (If taking this tour on a Sunday during the academic year you have the option of an earlier start in order to make a stop at the weekly market at the Pacific University).From Sogeri you will continue along a side road to Lake Sirinumu, an artificial lake created by damming of the Upper Laloki River in the 1960's for hydro-electricity and the city water supply. You will be met at the dam wall by your village guide and a motor boat for the half hour trip across the lake where you'll nestle into the back of a rattletrap old truck for a bumpy journey along a bush track to a jungle village of about 500 Koiari bush people. The name of the village is kept confidential to prevent random unannounced visitor arrivals, which could be inconvenient for the village people.If arriving on a school day you'll stop first at the village school where the children will welcome you with a traditional dance in tribal dress, and take you inside to see their classrooms and projects. (If you wish to bring something for the children, one or two books for the school library that they can all enjoy would be most appreciated). From the school your guide will show you around the village to see how they live, with stops at the church and even the village store. Local style lunch (freshly picked garden vegetables cooked in coconut cream, and fresh tropical fruit) is served with green coconut juice or billy tea to drink.  After lunch you will be shown around the village gardens to see how the people cultivate yams, sweet potatoes, green vegetables and special types of bananas for cooking. There are also market gardens filled with pineapples and sweet bananas for selling in Port Moresby. Your guide will also take you along a jungle path to see some of the plants they use for different purposes eg bamboo for building houses, rough leaves for scrubbing pots and some medicinal plants, and lastly stop at the freshwater stream where the villagers bathe, to have a refreshing dip if you wish (your clothes will soon dry in the tropical heat without needing a towel).Sleep overnight in a private visitors hut built in traditional style from bush leaves and bamboo, located next to your guide's home. Clean bedding, mosquito nets and electric lights / power are fitted. A clean visitors toilet is out back and there is a raised rainwater tank for showering under. Bottled water and delicious fresh local food is provided but you are also welcome to bring your own snacks though we prefer you don't bring alcohol.Next day enjoy a candid village immersion experience, join in selected village activities, relax on the verandah of your hut, or take an extended jungle hike before returning to Port Moresby in the afternoon.

$140 Private & Custom Tours

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).

$330 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Full day Sogeri Jungle Village Trip

This tour heads straight out of town one hour up the scenic Rouna Gorge to Sogeri, a tiny town surrounded by lush farmlands that supply much of Port Moresby's fresh produce. From here our driver will take you along a side road to Lake Sirinumu, an artificial lake created by damming of the Upper Laloki River in the 1960's for hydro-electricity and the city water supply.  You will be met at the dam wall by your village guide and a motor boat for the half hour trip across the lake where you'll nestle into the back of a rattletrap old truck for a bumpy journey along a bush track to a jungle village of about 500 Koiari bush people. The name of the village is kept confidential to prevent random unannounced visitor arrivals, which could be inconvenient for the village people.If arriving on a school day you'll stop first at the village school where the children will welcome you with a traditional dance in tribal dress, and take you inside to see their classrooms and projects. (If you wish to bring something for the children, one or two books for the school library that they can all enjoy would be most appreciated). From the school your guide will show you around the village to see how they live, with stops at the church and even the village store. Local style lunch (freshly picked garden vegetables cooked in coconut cream, and fresh tropical fruit) is served with green coconut juice or billy tea to drink.  After lunch you will be shown around the village gardens to see how the people cultivate yams, sweet potatoes, green vegetables and special types of bananas for cooking. There are also market gardens filled with pineapples and sweet bananas for selling in Port Moresby. The gardens are grown in space hacked out of the surrounding jungle. Your guide will also take you along a jungle path to see some of the plants they use for different purposes eg bamboo for building houses, rough leaves for scrubbing pots and some medicinal plants, and lastly stop at the freshwater stream where the villagers bathe, to have a refreshing dip if you wish (your clothes will soon dry in the tropical heat without needing a towel ).Afternoon rains are common in this location so around 3pm you will begin your return journey to Port Moresby hopefully before any showers begin - we provide umbrellas just in case. Also, be aware that in this rainforest location rain showers are liable to occur at any time during the day (though December to March is the period with highest rainfall) and your tour will still proceed in mildly wet weather (rain and mud is also part of the authentic village experience!) and will only be cancelled if the weather is considered unsafe for travel due to string winds, very heavy rains and flash flooding.If taking this tour on a Sunday during the academic year you have the option of an earlier start in order to make a stop at the weekly market at the Pacific University.