PAPUA NEW GUINEA TRAVEL GUIDE
Papua New Guinea is a country made up of a staggering 600 islands landscaped with waterfalls, volcanoes, mountain ranges, mangrove swamps and some of the most fascinating flora and fauna in the world.
Two-thirds of all orchid species in the world are found in Papua New Guinea and 450 butterflies flit their little wings over the islands. Head to the Highlands to experience the diverse tribal culture, for reliving history visit Milne Bay Province and the adventurous will find the Kokoda Trail a huge adrenaline rush trekking through the lush forest with its variety of flora and fauna.
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Port Moresby
- Currency: kina (PGK)
- Area: 462,840 km2
- Population: 8,606 million (2018)
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 2nd Monday in June, Queen’s Birthday
- 23 July, National Remembrance Day
- 26 August, National Day of Repentance
- 16 September, Independence Day
- 26 December, Boxing Day
Also, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Papua New Guinea has a monsoonal climate characterised by high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. Two monsoonal seasons are recognised: the northwest monsoons, which occur from December to March, and the southwest Monsoons, which occur from May to October. Indeed, the country is home to one of the wettest climates of the world and rainfall in many areas of the country exceeds 2500 mm, with the heaviest events occurring in the highlands. Temperatures are relatively steady across the country, and mean temperatures in Port Moresby range from 26°C to 28°C. Climate in this part of the Pacific is governed by a number of factors, including the trade winds and the movement of the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ), a zone of high pressure rainfall zone that migrates across the Pacific south of the equator. Year to year variability in climate is also strongly influenced by the El Niño conditions in the southeast Pacific, which bring drought conditions to PNG, especially in the drier areas of the country. Areas with a pronounced wet and dry season that receive less than 2000 mm rainfall include: Markham Valley, Bulolo Valley, Maprik—Angoram area, Eastern highlands, and coastal areas near Cape Vogel, Port Moresby, and Daru.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
There are plenty of incredible hiking trails throughout Papua New Guinea, which can be explored at any time of the year. The dry season from around May to October is generally the most pleasant.
BEACH OPTIONS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
You'll have no trouble finding a stunning beach in Papua New Guinea. The dry months of May to October are generally most pleasant for relaxing on the beach and also coincide with many festivals.
SURFING IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Papua New Guinea has fantastic swells from November to April, so this is the time to head here if you're in search of surf! Just note that this is also the wet season! You can also find good waves during the months of May and October, just less consistent.
KITESURF IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
The most exciting place in Papua New Guinea for Kiteboarding is Hula Village, where the wind blows non stop from around April till October. Wind speeds can be strong, so be sure to pack your small kites!
HEALTH RISKS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Be aware of possible health risks in
Papua New Guinea
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.