Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Etymology

Malay pepuah ‎(“frizzy”) in reference to locals’ hair + New Guinea (new + Guinea) (due to the similar complexion of Africans to Papuans) [wiktionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

WE Launch – What’s Your Next BIG Idea? WE LAUNCH will help you succeed! PNG Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Launch is all about connecting women entrepreneurs (and would-be entrepreneurs) with the resources they need (training, peer-to-peer mentoring, networking, counseling, a shared work space and access to markets) to support their success. We are a partnership between US-based Women’s Business Center Alumni and PNG women leaders to support your success! [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Way Date – WayDate.com is a 100% free Papua New Guinea internet dating service. [way date]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

PNG Trekking Adventures – Pam Christie and Mark Hitchcock are the principals of the company and have lived in Papua New Guinea based in Port Moresby since 1990, this gives them a wide knowledge and understanding of local conditions, customs and traditions. [png trekking Adventures]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Mioko Island – If you did want some great beaches, here’s where Mioko comes in. Chill on the beach or head south for some good snorkeling if the waters are safe that day. There are stunning cliffs and caves that used to be the hide away for hundreds of people many years ago. [insider monkey]

New Britain – This is the country’s largest island and perhaps the most active. What do I mean by active? Active as in volcanically active. Some are sleepy dormant peaks, however, there are a few that are ready to spit their fury, we just don’t know when. The landscape is gorgeous with mountain peaks and virgin tropical rainforests covering the ground. The view under the water is quite remarkable as well. [insider monkey]

Port Moresby – A tad bit rough, but surely an inevitable stop over, so you better make your time here well spent before fleeing for the country’s more attractive spots. This will likely be your best bet of sophistication before heading out to the more rural areas. [insider monkey]

Sepik – The Sepik River is a front runner for the greatest rivers in the world. The nearly untouched surroundings are penetrated by 1,126km of raging river water that passes through a tropical forest and mountain peaks. Spirit houses, a mysterious lagoon, and the rural villages that seem stuck in time are all part of the appeal. [insider monkey]

Tami Islands – The most cliche beaches are right here, but they are exactly what you want a beach to be, so it’s certainly not a bad thing. White sand -check, Palm trees for shade- check, clear water perfect for snorkeling-check. [insider monkey]

Trobriand – Sprinkled with Polynesian inspired stone temples that are of some of the most culturally intact places we know about, and a host to local people, the Trobriand Islands are a mind blowing experience. [insider monkey]

Tufi – Still quite the secret, this incredible locale on Cape Nelson captivates the visitors that come. You may stay at the resort for a luxurious experience, or choose to live a bit more like the local in a bush guesthouse. [insider monkey]

Festivals

Festivals

Enga Cultural Show – First staged in 1994, the show has since attracted international recognition. It features colourful displays from the region’s traditional dance groups, Enga rituals, arts & crafts demonstrations and an Enga products fair. [jasons]

Goroka Show – The Goroka Show is an intense display of the rich and vibrant culture of PNG. Tribes from all over gather in the town of Goroka for a weekend of music, dancing and amazing displays of tribal rituals. This is one of the biggest shows in the Highlands and can attract up to 140,000 people, including 40,000 painted warriors dancing to the rhythmic thud of the Kundu drums. This show was also begun in the 1950s by the same missionaries that established the Mt Hagen show. [jasons]

Hiri Moale Festival – This colourful festival was originally designed to preserve the Hiri Trade expeditions between the Motu-Koitabu people and the Erema (Kerema) people on PNG’s south-west coast. The Motu-Koitabu would undertake a 3-month journey by Lagatoi (traditional canoe) to trade clay pots for sago and canoe logs from the Erema. Today, the festival features traditional dances, the Hiri Queen contest (a beauty pageant), the arrival of the Lagatoi (traditional canoes), canoe racing, musical presentations and an arts and crafts exhibition. [jasons]

Morobe Province Agricultural Show – The varied displays at this show including poultry, mining, traditional building materials and schools exhibitions. Morobe culture is celebrated with traditional Sing-Sing groups from around the province. There is also contemporary rock and string band music. [jasons]

Mt Hagen Show – PNG is made up of 700 different tribes and many of them converge on Mt Hagen every August for the annual Mt Hagen cultural festival. This festival is a celebration of tradition and tribal history as the tribes recreate their own legends. At this festival you will experience the power and diversity of culture in PNG. This show was begun in the 1950s by missionaries as a way of improving relations between the different tribes. [jasons]

Papua New Guinea Arts & Cultural Festival – This national festival is designed to preserve the different forms of culture in PNG, with performances from traditional dance groups, contemporary groups and individual artists. Arts and crafts from around the country are also displayed.  [jasons]

Tumbuan Mask Festival – First staged in 1995, the Mask Festival aims to preserve, in a living form, the mask cultures of Papua New Guinea. This fascinating aspect of PNG’s culture is most prevalent in the New Guinea Islands, Momase region and the Gulf Province. Things to do: Visit WW II relics (including the Yamamoto Bunkers and the Submarine Base Tunnel), Watom Island and Rabaul Observatory. [jasons]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Hitching – Hitching is an important mode of travelling in the region. The lack of scheduled transport means jumping onto a van, truck, canoe, freighter, plane – or whatever else is going your way – is a time-honoured way of getting around. You’ll often be expected to pay the equivalent of a PMV fare. If your bag is light, it’s also sometimes possible to hitch flights at small airports. [lonely planet]

PMV – PMV (public motor vehicle) is the generic term for any type of public transport and wherever there are roads, there will be PMVs. Whether it’s a dilapidated minibus, a truck with two facing wooden benches, a pick-up with no seats whatsoever but space in the tray, or any other means of transport (boats are also referred to as PMVs), the PMV is one of the keys to travelling cheaply in PNG. It’s also one of the best ways to meet local people. [lonely planet]

Taxi – Considering PNG’s reputation for nocturnal danger, it’s surprising there are not more taxis. Port Moresby and Alotau have plenty and there are two in Madang and another two Vanimo. That’s it. If you do manage to get a taxi you’ll find most of them are complete clunkers – windscreens that look like road maps, broken seats and no radios or meters – you’ll have to negotiate the fare before you get in. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Professionals Papua New Guinea – Formed in Papua New Guinea in 1988, Professionals has grown to become the largest real estate organisation in Papua New Guinea with offices in Port Moresby, Lae, Mt Hagen and Madang, and resident agents in Rabaul, Wewak and Goroka. [the professionals]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Papua New Guinea – Papua New Guinea is located in Eastern Oceania. It is an ideal destination for expatriates who are looking for a thrilling experience. [expat]

PNG Expats – A brand new group, use it to advertise sale items, inform about upcoming markets and events, advertise jobs, and much much more! And all for free. [facebook]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Papua New Guinea LGBT Community – PNG LGBT Community is all about well PNG’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community. Being gay is normal so mhm. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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