Papua New Guinea
- Currency - Kina (PGK)
- Population - approx. 7,800,000
- Time Zone - UTC+10
Did you know..?
That many of the Highlands provinces were not mapped until the 1930s and remained ungoverned until the late-1960s.
Who goes there?
Major lines P&O Australia, Princess Cruises and Cunard are the main big-ship cruises departing from Australia, and their itineraries are often planned to coincide with popular Papua New Guinea festivals. Unique expedition-style cruising is also available throughout the year on APT and Linblad-Expeditions.
Best time to go?
While Papua New Guinea’s lush Highlands can get chilly, the rest of the country sports a tropical climate all year round. The wet season takes place between the months of December and March, so if you are planning to undertake some hiking or would like to do a little snorkelling, the best months to visit are generally June through to September.
- During the months of October and November, visitors can take part in the annual Canoe and Kundu Festival, where beautifully adorned canoes race to the beat of Kundu drums
- Take a trip to the rejuvenated town of Rabaul, which was almost destroyed in 1994 by a monumental volcanic eruption from nearby Mount Tavurvur
- Doini Island’s glorious white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters make it a haven for snorkellers, with the nearby reefs teeming with exotic marine life.