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Old 02-07-2005, 10:37 PM
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travel route through PNG - reasonable??

Hi folks,
we (my boyfriend + I) are planning to travel to PNG in October and to stay for 4 weeks. We're both in a good physical condition and willing to do without any luxuries for some weeks. The most important thing for us is to see as much unspoilt nature as possible :-).

With the info we´ve already found on the internet, we've planned the following route:
We´ll take an international flight to Port Moresby, but we´ll stay there just one day (as it´s said to be rather dangerous and not very interesting) and take another flight to Madang. There we'd like to relax after the long flight and go scuba diving.
Then we'd like to go to Goroka. Is it possible to get there with PMV or do we have to take another flight?
From Goroka we'd like to go to Mendi via the road which is said to be in a bad condition but goes through a spectacular landscape. If there's enough time left we'd like to visit Mount Hagen on the way, if not we'd commence directly to Lake Kutubu, where we'd like to stay for some days.
Then we'd take a flight from Mendi to Port Moresby and another one back to Europe.

What do you think about the plan? Is it possible to do all this in 4 weeks? Would you recommend other (more interesting) places to visit?
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:54 AM
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That sounds like a good plan. Yes, reasonable.
However, from Madang you should consider catching “Airlines PNG” to go to Goroka. Then you may wish to spend a few days in Goroka because it's a spectacular place with its own natural beauty and enjoy the world's best climate there.

Then whilst going to Mendi, you will really miss the opportunity if you don't stop by at Kundiawa town and enjoy the million-dollar view for a day or two before resuming your journey. The million dollar view is posted in this forum so you can read about it more from there. [Kundiawa’s Million Dollar View]
Being, strong and energetic as you say you are, your boy friend and you may also like to test the strength of your calf muscles and climb the Mt- Wilhelm (highest peak in PNG) in Simbu Province too. I'd reckon 4 weeks is too long a time to spend it all in Mendi and Kutubu alone.

The Kumul Adventure Resort Hotel is less than 40 minutes by bus from Mt- Hagen so you won’t regret stopping by here for at least 2 days whilst you’re in that part of the world. Here is what it offers.

Recently established, the Kumul Adventure Resort Hotel is located about 40 minutes by road from the Kagamuga airport in Mt. Hagen or from Wapenamanda in the Enga Province.
The Lodge is built in traditional style and is very attractive to visitors. It offers a range of activities from:- bird watching, trekking, sightseeing and cultural activities tours. Facilities include a 12 room, water, power lighting, restaurant, cooking facilities, fan and air condition. It is the Bird Watchers' and Environmentalists Paradise in Papua New Guinea.


Fax/Phone: (675) 542 1615
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kumullodge@global.net.pg

Hope you find these few extra tips uselful too.

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Old 11-07-2005, 09:41 PM
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Hi,
thanks a lot for your answer!
So the new plan is to fly to P. Moresby - fly to Madang (spend some days there diving) - fly/drive to Goroka (I´d prefer driving if possible; spend some days there) - go to Kundiawa (million dollar view) - Mt. Hagen (hiking) - Mendi - Lake Kutubu (look out for rainbowfish) - back to P. Moresby - back to Europe.
The Kumul Resort Hotel sounds nice but rather expensive .
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Old 11-07-2005, 10:36 PM
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Your're most welcome!
Do feel free to drop us any other questions/inquiries that you might have.

There're many helpful people in this forum who will be happy to assist you.

Good luck!
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Old 13-07-2005, 03:50 PM
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That is probably the best way to travel and appreciate the 'true png'.

With your plans you will be travelling from Port Moresby to Madang to Gusap to Kainantu to Goroka to Kundiawa to Mt Hagen to Mendi.

On arrival at Madang a decent place to book now would be the lutheran guest house. there will be many church associated persons who could direct you along your quest. or I would recommend you get in touch with Dr Selve (Dean) at the Divine word university or Dr Petrus Amban at the madang hospital to recommend and perhaps arrange a trusted guide to take you on the trip to the highlands. These medical practitioners are from the Western Highlands province and know the route thoroughly.

There is a lutheran guest house near the Goroka police station enroute towards the heart of the highlands you may wish to book into.

Climbing the Mt Wilhelm could be somthing to consider.

In Mt hagen affordable places you could try out are the Mapang Guest house (missionary home if it is still there) or the haus poroman lodge (many light adventure travellers shelter there). Ideally you ought to book in advance.

Crime is a definite and serious major issue that you must always be aware of. It is a deterrent for visitors and the tourism business in PNG. However, when you do get to know the grass roots people you will be suprized at how easy this association oils up your 'ease of travel' through-out the country.

Incidently the country's VSO (British voluntary organization) head office is in Madang. It may be an idea to visit the office or get in touch with the office before getting there. If you hook up with the VSO network they may be able to point you out in the right directions.

Expatriate patrons of the Golf Club in Madang may also help you out if one of them is be traveling in the direction you’re taking.

Outside of the security of normal guided tours and hotels etc. always be wary of the con-man. They may be good guides but they will also guide your money and maybe your camera out of your pocket.

If however you have enough money, I recommend the regular large hotels and their arrangements for your travel.

I welcome you in advance and wish you a pleasant stay in PNG.
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Old 16-07-2005, 04:49 AM
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hi xtc,
thanks for your answer!
i´ll try to make up a more detailed plan (concerning accomodation etc.) and i´m sure i´ll post some more questions here until october .
it´s great to have a forum like this!
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Old 14-08-2005, 10:00 AM
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hi,
can anyone tell me the fares from brisbane, australia to port moresby... air niugini.....
one way................ any special in september??????
and is it possible to go from sydney to brisbane by land?? rough idea how much it costs..are there flights from sydney to port moresby??...i guess not...
can anyone help!!!
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Kaay, Air fares from Brisabne to POM return will cost about A$1300. You can drive from Sydney to Brisbane all the way using the National Highway route # 1. The road is very good and there is some beaut scenery along the way. Be prepared for 2-3 days of travelling depending on your urgency to do the trip. The only direct flights are from Brisbane but you can connect from Sydney to Brisbane.

Angelfish: PNG is a magical country full of wonderful people. unique culture and beautiful scenery. If you travel to Madang you can catch a PMV to Gusap (in the Ramu Valley) for K35, then from Gusap to Goroke for K25, then Goroke to Hagen K35. Most PMV's travelling the roads are well utilised by the national folks - a good way to meet people. If you make it to PNG and travel by PNG, look us up in Gusap...Ramu Sugar has a guesthouse where you can o/night and be fed at a very resonable price. The Valleys between Madang and Lae are awesome and give you a true feel for the size of the towering ranges they run through. Whatever you decide have a great trip through PNG
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Hi Angelfish,

Just a suggestion. Another great place to stay in Madang will be the Jais Aben Resort. Jais Aben Resort has 20 timber bungalows spread along the water's edge, 15km north of Madang Town. All have private bathrooms with hot water. Some rooms have air conditioning, others are fan only.

There is sea access for swimming, snorkelling, shore diving. Tea and coffee making facilities are in all the rooms.

DIVING:
The dive operation is well run, with Shane Ritchie being the chief divemaster. Unlike a lot of Pacific island dive operations, local divemasters are used in preference to imported Australian ones. Lamiu, Joe and Richard and they can be relied on to place you right on the dive site and properly brief you about currents, things to see and how to get the best out of each dive site. The divemasters have a great deal of experience, Lamiu has been here seven years and Joe five years. Not only this, they are great blokes as well.

As well as the diving, there are numerous activities that non-divers (and divers for that matter) can do. These include paddling a canoe along the coast near Jais Aben, snorkelling on the fine reefs in front of the resort, walking to the nearby villages, visiting a crocodile farm and tours of butterfly farms, Madang and a village famous for its pottery. All in all, this is the perfect place for a dive holiday, especially for those who might have non-divers in tow.

For more information, contact the Jais Aben Resort on:
Ph: (675) 852 2023
Fax: (675) 852 2023
Email: aquaventures@global.net.pg



I hope this helps. :-)
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hi,
thanks for your answer. we were actually planning to organize scuba diving at the jais aben resort, but to stay in a place near the resort - the damon gesengan guest village. unfortunately he hasn´t answered my e-mails yet. anybody got an idea how to contact this rather "remote" guest-village??
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