Papua New Guinea - General Info
Note: From 1st Jan 2015 the time zone for Bougainville is UTC+11
This will synchronize it with the neighboring Solomon Islands.
Voltage: 240 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Kina (K/NGK) of 100 toea
International Dialing code for Papua New Guinea is +675.
The two main mobile networks operating in Papua New Guinea are Digicel and Bmobile/Vodafone. Coverage is good in major urban areas but limited on smaller remote islands.
Simcards for telephone use or data use/internet access can easily be bought in main towns. If coverage is important to you, it is best to buy simcards from both providers.
Last updated May 2016.
In 2000 the first Great Ninigo Islands Canoe Race took place in which all islands were invited to compete. In 2015 the event was repeated on the island of Mal for only the second time, with ninety-six outrigger canoes taking part. You can read an account of it on Yacht Adina’s blog (see web link).
Plans are now in place to keep this tradition going with the race being held annually. In 2016 the racing is scheduled to take place from 25th August and yachts are invited – see poster created by Yacht Adina (pdf ‘The Great Ninigo Islands Canoe Race 2016’) also available on their blog and ‘The Great Ninigo Islands Canoe Race’ Facebook page created by John Stokes who spent time in the Ninigo Islands as a child and is a supporter of keeping these great traditional races going.
Police - Dial 000
Fire Service - Dial 110
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South Pacific Anchorages
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PNG Official Tourist Site - http://www.papuanewguinea.travel/
PNG Dive Site: www.pngdive.com
Yacht Adina (http://yachtadina.co.uk/?tag=papua-new-guinea) - Tom and Susie spent time sailing through the outer eastern islands of Papua New Guinea during July & August 2015. Their website contains useful notes on anchorages visited, security, trading and details of The Great Ninigo Islands Canoe Race which they attended.
Yacht Tenaya - Sailing Canoes
Another great article by SY Tenaya who visited PNG in 2013, discovering the custom of building and sailing traditional canoes here.
Yacht Tenaya - How we nearly lost our boat (twice) in PNG
Jim and Katie Thomsen have sailed Tenaya over 50,000 miles during the past ten years, visiting 50 countries. Most times things have been easy and safe, but a few times things could have gone very wrong. This is the story of one of those times - a very useful use of 15 mintues of your time if you are considering cruising PNG and its outlying islands.
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation
Wild Waves of Papua - April 2015
May 2016: Communications, Clearance and Events updated by SY Adina.
May 2016: Links checked and updated.
June 2015: Publications checked
December 2014: Immigration updated.
October 2014: Formalities checked.
January 2013: Moved all ports into Country regions.
November 2012: Information about the PNG Embassy in Honiara, Soloman Is from Philip Auger.
September 2012: All links checked.
September 2012: Formalities updated from main PNG Customs, Immigration, Quarantine website.
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