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Papua New Guinea

  • Getting there: The official gateway into Papua New Guinea is Jacksons International Airport (POM), situated about 8 kilometres away from Port Moresby town centre.
  • Capital city: Port Moresby.
  • Population: 7.758 million.
  • Religion: Religion in Papua New Guinea is predominantly Christian, with traditional animism and ancestor worship still found in places.
  • Language: English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu.
  • Currency: Papua New Guinean kina (PGK).
  • Climate: Papua New Guinea’s climate is tropical with high temperatures and humidity (70-90 per cent) and effectively two seasons, wet and dry.
  • Transport: The mountainous terrain means there isn’t much in the way of a road network between towns. Even Port Moresby is not linked by road to any other major town and many highland villages can only be reached on foot or by light aircraft.
  • Best time to travel: Visit during the dry season between May and October, but be wary that the seasons change depending on the island one visits.
  • What to wear: With the high temperatures and humidity, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics will work best. Despite the casual dress, visitors will need to be conservative — short, tight or revealing clothes should be avoided.
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