2004 - Mixed Reports On Papua New Guinea Security
In recent years on Noonsite we have published several reports of yachts being attacked in Papua New Guinea, the latest only in September 2004, see Attack on Yacht near Lae Papua New Guinea
However, we have also received positive reports on cruising there. See Papua New Guinea Cruising News 2004
the latest report from Carsten Hede Rasmussen, S/V Camas who writes "This is the 3rd year I've cruised in this area and not once have I have trouble with the locals or have anything stolen. The people here are very friendly and helpful and will do anything to make you feel welcome." It seems only fair to point this out as Noonsite has been criticised in the past for only publishing the scare stories about cruising destinations.
Lauri G. Strengell of Yacht Aliisa adds:
We cruised to the Louisiades in PNG in 2001. While out of the yacht at night, we had about AUD $8000 worth of equipment and suplies, including cash, stolen from the boat in Misima. Despite the theft, we feel that it was an isolated, opportunistic incident, and that the Lousiades / Milne Bay area is safe for cruisers and offers some of the best cruising in the world. Normal caution is of course needed but in the villages and remote islands, we had nothing but positive experience. Even in Misima, people were friendly and we felt safe. Houses get burgled in the suburbs all the time.
Lauri G. Strengell, Yacht Aliisa
Currently in Langkawi, Malaysia