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Q. Do I need a visa?

Currently all Australian, American, Western European, New Zealand passport holders can obtain a 30-day tourist visa for Papua New Guinea arriving on board our vessel or via charter flight as organised by Coral Expeditions in connection with the cruise. There is currently no cost for the visa.
Please note: Visa regulations are subject to change, and it is the traveller’s responsibility to stay abreast of any changes.

Q. What is the currency and how much should we bring?

A. The Currency used in Papua New Guinea is the PNG Kina. Kina should be ordered in advance and can be obtained through your local bank or currency exchange. As the areas we travel in Papua New Guinea are remote, there is often little chance of obtaining Kina in Papua New Guinea.
Kina can be used to purchase carvings or souvenirs from villages. Costs of carvings vary greatly, some the equivalent of AUD$10 and more elaborate items could be thousands of dollars. Souvenirs can be anything from bracelets and pottery to carvings and billum bags depending on location.
Note: For guests returning to Australia, all items will have to go through customs in Australia – often items containing seeds or unsealed wood will not be allowed in or may go through a period of quarantine.

Q. Do I need vaccinations?

A. As with all such rural tropical destinations, we recommend all travellers should seek medical/vaccination advice from their GP in the first instance, who will be able to determine what is suitable based on individual medical histories.  It is recommended that you are up to date with all of your routine vaccinations, such as measles-mumps-rubella, tetanus, chicken pox, polio and your yearly flu shot. In addition, it is also recommended to obtain vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.  You should also ask your doctor about a Hepatitis B vaccination. Malaria is present in some of the areas we are visiting, so you should discuss malaria preventatives with your doctor. Proof of a yellow fever vaccination is only required if you have travelled within an affected area 6 days prior to your entry into Papua New Guinea. For further information, please refer to the Center for Disease Control website.

Q. What are my flight options to Papua New Guinea?

A. We provide charter flights for selected itineraries. Other itineraries require you to make your own way, many Papua New Guinea locations do not have international airports and will require guests to fly to Port Moresby and then take internal domestic flights. Popular airlines are Air Niugini, PNG Air and Qantas.

Q. How will I get from my hotel to the wharf?

A. When a departure port is in a Australian (Domestic) location most passengers will choose to take a taxi to the wharf.
We recommend contacting our reservations team for cruises beginning within PNG for information on possible transfers.

Q. Can I fly in the day of the cruise?

A. We strongly recommend flying in at least one day prior to cruise departure, due to potential flight delays. If you choose to fly in the day of departure, you could risk missing the cruise departure or charter flight.

Q. Why is the itinerary flexible?

A. As sea conditions are unpredictable and subject to tidal variation, rainfall, and sediment shift, our crew and expedition leaders may take these conditions into account in order to make decisions on the day’s activities. We also consider local community requirements, such as holidays, funerals and mourning periods.
Coral Expeditions has a great deal of proficiency with flexible itineraries, and we are able to adapt to swiftly to provide the best experience for our guests.

Q. How are you managing security on the cruise?

A. The villagers along our route are very welcoming and friendly, and happy to have tourists visiting their areas. Coral Expeditions has been operating in Papua New Guinea for over a decade and have strict ship security procedures that we will follow.

Q. What will the weather be like?

A. Papua New Guinea has a very warm and humid climate with the average maximum temperature in the low 30degrees, often with cloud cover and periods of tropical rainfall (mostly in the afternoon).How many shore excursions will there be and what will they involve?
Generally with each itinerary we plan to go ashore or enjoy a selection of water activities (Depending on itinerary) one to two times a day. We visit villages and have opportunities to witness cultural displays such as dancing, sing-sings and traditional musical performances.

Q. What kind of footwear is best? What should I pack?

A. Comfortable walking shoes, also wet landing shoes such as ‘reef walkers’.  Due to the warm, tropical climate of these coastal regions, guests should pack lightweight clothing which can be layered. Wet-landings are common and pants which can be rolled up, shorts, or a cotton skirt/dress are ideal. A lightweight long-sleeved shirt will help provide protection from the sun and mosquitoes at dawn and dusk. It is also advisable to bring a sun-shirt or ‘rashie’ for beach visits and swimming, as well as a bathing suit and sarong. Knee length skirts/shorts or pants and shirts that cover the shoulders are appropriate attire for towns and villages. Upon booking, you will be provided with more information.

Q. Where is the nearest hospital in case of emergency?

A. As our itineraries take guests to remote and secluded locations often hospitals will not be in the immediate vicinity. Our senior crew are trained in remote area first aid. If a passenger has injured themselves or is having a medical issue on board, the crew will make contact with doctors on land to determine whether evacuation is necessary. For this reason, It is advisable that passengers obtain a policy with remote area evacuation coverage.

Q. How many interactions do we have with locals?

A. We tend to have interactions with local villagers each day with the exception of sea days and planned water activities.

 

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