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 Papua New Guinea - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +10

Note: From 1st Jan 2015 the time zone for Bougainville is UTC+11

This will synchronize it with the neighboring Solomon Islands.

Yachting Essentials


Voltage: 240 V
Frequency: 50 Hz


It is very difficult to find available potable drinking water here.


Once out of the main towns, provisioning for anything other than a few fresh vegetables and fruit is impossible. Even the towns have very limited supplies except for canned spam, corned beef and tuna.


Kina (K/NGK) of 100 toea


See Pacific List of Radio Nets

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.

Diplomatic Missions


Coral Sea Rally: Cairns to Port Morseby
Run by the Royal Papua Yacht Club (RPYC) in conjunction with Cairns Yacht Club and Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron. Planned to follow on from Sail Cairns Regatta and depart from Cairns, Australia to Port Moresby, PNG from 23rd to 26th September 2017. The cost of the rally is 490 PGK (approx 200 AUD) and is open to anyone. Fee includes all PNG customs and immigration clearances, berthing or mooring for the Rally period, complimentary fuel donated by Puma Energy, BBQ and Cultural night and tours.
Great Ninigo Islands Canoe Race
The Ninigo Islands is a group of thirty-one islands lying 140 nautical miles north-east of Vanimo on mainland Papua New Guinea. Since time can remember people have commuted between the scattered islands using outrigger canoes. Each year during the SE Trade wind season, competitive canoe races are held with many of the islands taking part.
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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Southeast Asia Cruising Guide Vol II (Indonesia, East Timor, Singapore, West Thailand, Papua New Guinea)
By Stephen Davies and Elaine Morgan
Published by Imray (2nd Edition 2008 / updates 2014))
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
This is the first of the two-volume set of the Southeast Asia Cruising Guide to reach a second edition. This guide covers the entire length and breadth of a region frequently visited by round-the-world sailors. This edition concentrates on the most frequented routes and includes the most popular stops. This is essential reading for information about the general sailing conditions in the region; climate, currents, routes etc.

Cruising Guide to Southeast Asia, Vol. 1: South China Sea, Philippines, Gulf of Thailand to Singapore
By Stephen Davies & Elaine Morgan
Publisher: Imray (1st Edition, 1998 / update 2004)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
This is the first volume of Cruising Guide to Southeast Asia, and  provides sailing directions, charts and harbour plans for the essential harbours and anchorages covering South China Sea, detailing Hong Kong and Macau, The Phillippines, Brunei, East Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand and Singapore. (out of print)

Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands
By Earl Hinz
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press; 5th Revised edition (May 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0824830373
The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by "Landfalls of Paradise".

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Michael Pocock, Revised by Ros Hogbin
Publisher: Adlard Coles; 2nd edition (August 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0713661828
See the detailed review

Cruising in the Louisiades Papua New Guinea
By Phil & Kristina Challands (2011)
Available free as an ebook from

South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Publisher - Imray - 2nd Edition (2001)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
Details of harbours and anchorages in the pacific south of the equator between New Guinea and South America.

PNG Official Tourist Site -

PNG Dive Site:

RPYC Sailing Division
For up to date information or connecting with sailors in Papua New Guinea

Quick Guide to PNG (2018)

New to cruising, Nadine & Matt of sv Aluna put together this useful guide to help others following in their wake. They cruised in PNG from mid June to September and visited approx. 13 places, clearing in at Samarai and out at Kavieng. Lots of great anchorages detailed.

Yacht Adina ( - 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 Adina PNG Anchorages

Yacht Totem - The Giffords with their 3 children spent 3 months in PNG during 2012. Their website has alot of useful and fascinating information.

Yacht Tenaya - A voyage through PNG reveals the friendly side of these rarely-visited islands.

Yacht Tenaya - A Passage from PNG to Palau

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.

Yacht Marantha - Louisiade Archipelago
Photos and waypoints for forty of the anchorages and waypoints for many of the reef passages.

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation
Wild Waves of Papua - April 2015

Update History

September 2018: Clearance and Customs updated from PNG Customs website.
September 2018: Fees for clearance confirmed by SY Blowin Bubbles.
May 2018: Clearance, Immigration and Customs checked.
November 2016: Immigration and Customs checked & updated.
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.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

SVBlowinBubbles says:
Aug 27, 2018 05:00 AM

Cleared in and out of Port Moresby with no issues. Only charge was 55 kina($20) to quarantine. They even cleared in on a Sunday and out on a holiday Monday. RPYC no longer has moorings. They have added more slips, total of 256, many are empty and available. Area surrounding is safe in daytime. Grocery stores on each side, one on left is a little cheaper but one on right is in a mall with an alcohol store.RPYC offers free Wi-Fi in the club just ask for passwords at the front desk. We toured many areas within a couple hours of Port Moresby and were never frightened. People were very kind and friendly. Vodaphone and digital are both available at the mall to the right, 3 minute walk, they seem to be expensive and often the systems are down. (160 kina $70 for 5 GB) Man name Brian is the club welcome person and very knowledgeable. Has lived here for 60 yrs. he can help with almost any query.

Mary Lafferty
Mary Lafferty says:
Jun 10, 2018 11:48 AM

May 2018: Checking out at Vanimo Papua New Guinea - a warning!

For cruising yachts intending to exit PNG at Vanimo we would like to share with you our recent check out experience there.
We entered PNG at Rabaul in May 2018 and issued a 30 day Visa on Arrival by the Immigration Officer at Kokopo International Airport. Customs informed us of the need for point to point check in at each port visited and we were issued with the appropriate documentation.
On our arrival in Vanimo we completed the customs check in as required. In light of the information sourced on Noonsite about security issues we introduced ourselves to the police who were very helpful and keen to make our stay a safe one.
After 6 days of an pleasant, uneventful stay we contacted Mr Stanly Gardiwilo, Immigration officer, to arrange a time to complete the formalities and what followed was a sad end to our visit.
We were subjected to verbal abuse of the worst kind, an extraordinary irrational tirade that included threats of extortion and seizure of our passports. Mr Gardiwilo refused to discuss the matter with Immigration in Rabaul or Customs in Vanimo. He refused to stamp our passports out because we had not come to see him on our arrival in Vanimo. (Immigration at Rabaul confirmed we were NOT required to visit immigration until exiting PNG)
We were told to ‘come back next week’ (after our visas had expired) and would then be fined in a court of law and could expect to be jailed! We would have been in a very precarious situation had it not been for the excellent work provided by the Australian High Commission in Port Morseby in liaising with relevant authorities on our behalf. We were also confined to our yacht while Mr Gardiwilo gave consideration to our situation overnight. Our passports were duly stamped the following morning and we left Vanimo. While not required, it would be prudent to visit Immigration if planning to stay in Vanimo to avoid the the very unexpected situation we found ourselves in.
A formal complaint has been made to the relevant authorities in the hope that it will benefit cruising yacht community.
Andrew Irwin Meredith Louey Mary Lafferty
Yacht Calamia

Neddy says:
Feb 13, 2018 11:35 PM

Clearing in Milne Bay, only Alotau for full clearing. Samurai have only Custom Clearing. Misima have a health officer that will give you Quarantine clearance, but its no good if you go to Rabul, Samarie take it in as good
More info

svthyme says:
Jul 16, 2017 05:51 AM

For up to date information or connecting with sailors in Papua New Guinea great information is available from RPYC Sailing Division - make contact via their Facebook page:

Yanas says:
Mar 12, 2016 01:02 PM

Hello. I've been part of Katharsis II crew in july 2015 for PNG leg between Alotau and Madang. Our route was Alotau-Discovery Bay-Esa'ala-Dobu-Tewara-Kiriwina (Kaibola-Omarakana-Losuia)-Kokopo-Rabaul-Duke of York-Byrona Strait-Au-Bagabag-Madang. Most of this trail I have marked by Holux GPS. If anyone needs info pls contact me.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 08, 2015 05:47 PM

Read about SY INTI's project to distribute donated school supplies to remote areas in PNG and the Solomons adjacent, under "related news". If you are planning on cruising this part of the South Pacific, you can help.

simonbuk says:
Sep 17, 2015 07:52 AM

Hi Sue, thanks for your response. After being told that I could, then I couldn't by the same person in PNG consulate in Brisbane I found out that you can't get one on arrival if your arrive by yacht. Or you might but they would have to send it to Port Morseby and back. I have just got a visa in Brisbane, took a couple of weeks and a dozen emails to sort it out.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 01, 2015 07:39 AM

Hi Simon, as far as noonsite is aware, visitors arriving by yacht in PNG can only obtain visas on arrival at designated international port of entry, i.e. Port Moresby, Rabaul or Daru.

simonbuk says:
Aug 28, 2015 02:52 AM

Does anybody know whether you can obtain a visa on arrival if you arrive by boat into Bouganville ? I am a UK national.

Meillia Kee
Meillia Kee says:
Feb 08, 2015 12:52 PM

We sailed briefly through the P.N.G with our three kids aged 9,7 and 6 in Oct and Nov 2014. We had no difficulties. Please note we stopped at very few places due to time pressures. We used SV Totem's map to plan our route and followed the same precautions as in the Solomons. We stayed away from the mainland and bigger towns. We cleared in at Kavieng which was a very very simple straight forward process. We listened to advice from locals about where to anchor, where to leave our dinghy, that kind of thing and once again, as in the Solomons, either we were in the right places or we were lucky but we never had any cause for concern leaving our boat or at night. A major highlight was the Hermit Islands. If you go there stock up on bath towels as that was a item high on the ladies trading list when we visited! Clearance from Vanimo was relatively smooth.
A note on malaria precautions. If you wish to take meds doxycyclone for adults is available in many places but not Larium (or anything else) for kids. We got a prescription from a hospital doctor in Suva, Fiji. I thought we could get a repeat in Indonesia but it has proved impossible. We were kindly given some malaria tester kits that you can buy online by another 'kid boat'. We also brought treatment meds in Kavieng that were recommended by the guys at Nusa Resort. The pharmacist was great as she made up little kits for each member of the family with the correct doses for each person. So, we try to avoid being bitten by using deet lotion (called "Autan" in Papua and Maluku), long sleeves and trousers in the evening, trying to be back on board before dusk and mossie nets.
We enjoyed our short time P.N.G and are keen to return and spend much longer there.

Sherrinthesea says:
Nov 29, 2014 05:29 AM

Correct Procedure for Entrance Clearance in Rabaul/Kokopo.
It is very important that yachts follow the proper procedure for clearing into PNG through Kokopo/Rabaul. You must anchor by Rabaul so that Quarantine inspection can be carried out before you are cleared in with Immigration and Customs in Kokopo. The authorities are extremely concerned that yachts are not adhering to the correct procedures. The Quarantine man, Peter Johnson, said the best thing to do is to go to the Yacht Club and they will help yachts do things the right way. There was talk of fining us and another yacht who had not done things the wrong way round too. Rabaul is the official Port of Entry, not Kokopo.

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