Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

Port Moresby Travel Guide and Trip Resources

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Exotic. And dangerous.

Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and with a population of just over 300,000 also its largest city. The city faces the Gulf of Papua in PNG's southeast and got its name from Captain John Moresby, the first European to arrive here in the latter part of the 19th century.

Port Moresby has a reputation of being dangerous (some places will describe it as "one of the most dangerous cities on earth" but in our opinion that is partly sensationalist exaggeration) and in some ways unfit for tourism. So do have a good think about that and take the necessary precautions when coming here.

When you do get here however, you will most likely end up checking out the impressive PNG Parliament Haus with its large murals depicting tribal life in PNG, or Port Moresby Nature Park with its wallabies and kangaroos. PNG Arts warehouse selling wares from all over the country is another cool place to check out.

More interesting perhaps than anything is just observing life in the capital of this country with its complex culture known for its elaborate costumes, masks and penis gourds. The locals are friendlier than the city's reputation gives them credit for, so feel free to engage. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Port Moresby is a city in Papua New Guinea's region of National Capital. It has a population of 307,643, is situated at an altitude of 331ft and the best airport to fly into is POM (Jackson Field, Port Moresby)
  • The currency used in Papua New Guinea is the Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)

Port Moresby Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

7 7.6 6.7 4.2 2.5 1.3 1.1 0.7 1 1.4 1.9 4.4

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