By all means, you can book direct, but you will find that booking
a package through one of the wholesale agents for Air Niugini will
afford you a substantial savings on the airfare component of your
Niugini Holidays are one such agent, and specialise in accommodation
and tour options in Papua New Guinea. With many years experience
and a huge product portfolio, they are hard to beat with both their
experience of the products, and the package deals that they are
able to offer. Contact Karen and Owen in the Cairns office, Penny
and Katie in the Brisbane office or Heidi in the Sydney office.
A charter on Tiki Tu can be arranged in conjunction with other fabulous
places and tours in Papua New Guinea with Niugini Holidays. See
our Links Page for contact information.
Tourist Visas are required for entry into Papua New Guinea, and
are available on arrival at a cost of K100 (AUD$50). Immigration
will only accept PNG currency. You can get visas in advance by applying
through the PNG Consulate in Brisbane.
There are restrictions for entry for some nationalities. The list
of nationalities seems to change on a regular basis, so it would
be recommended to contact a PNG Embassy or Consulate for the most
up to date information.
Customs officers will open all of your bags and look them through
Medications and Vaccines
"Certain vaccines like that of Hepatitis A and Typhoid
are regarded as must-haves for those travelling to developing countries,
no matter if youre the town-bike or the town bishop"
Jess Gleeson, Get Lost Magazine
Yes, well, PNG is a developing country, so some things are essential
to protect yourselves from disease that you arent subject
to in your comfy urban environs in the western world. It is recommended
that you touch base with your GP, Naturopath, Homeopath or someone
whose advice that you trust and go with their recommendations.
There is malaria in the area, but deciding whether to take anti-malaria
tablets is up to you. One thing to consider is that these tablets
are a broad spectrum antibiotic, so will therefore also assist you
in fighting infection if you happen to get a coral cut or an infected
ear etc whilst you are on holiday.
One thing the doctors forget to tell people though is that Doxcycline
(the most commonly prescribed anti-malaria tablet) also increases
your risk of sunburn, so you need to be especially vigilant in applying
your 30+ Sunscreen whilst on the medication. The best thing to do
to is to use a good insect repellent and cover up at dawn and dusk.
Generally, you wont even notice mosquitoes on Tiki Tu as
you are out over the water, but experiencing a mumu and sing sing
on an island of an evening shouldnt be missed because you
are afraid of getting malaria.
I have never been sailing before, can I still go?
Of course you can. Whilst on a charter, you can get involved in
the sailing process as much or as little as you like. If you would
like to learn more about sailing, we will be more than happy to
have you assist us in sailing Tiki Tu. Otherwise, you can sit back,
relax and enjoy the ride.
Can I charter the boat without any crew or skipper
Unfortunately not. Most of the areas that we take you to are literally
uncharted. Therefore, we cannot allow people to take our pride and
joy out into an area with so many reefs and underwater obstacles.
Who else will be on the yacht?
As we only do exclusive charters, the only guests will be those
that you book the charter with. Your skipper, Adam, and cook/deckie/hostie
Dani are the only crew on Tiki Tu on extended charters. On Day Sails,
we also have another local deckhand who assists us.
What will be the itinerary?
That is completely up to you, and what your interests are. If you
would like to only do short sails each day and spend most of your
time snorkelling and relaxing on a beach, we would do that. If you
want to get as far away as you can from the world as you know it,
we can spend a whole day sailing to a very remote destination to
experience a truly untouched location. If you have specific destinations
in mind, we can get there, depending on weather and your time restraints
When is the best time to go?
Kavieng is equatorial, so the temperatures are always warm and
the snorkelling and diving is excellent all year. Water temperatures
range from 28-30°
year round. Surf Season is from early
November to late April, which coincides with the North West monsoon
season. During monsoon, we generally have fine days and a daily
down pour of rain in the late afternoon or evening, with winds which
are variable and light. During the southern hemispheres winter
months (June-September), we receive the tail end of the South East
Trade Winds which have made their way all the way up from the east
coast of Australia. By the time they get this far north, they have
diminished in strength quite a bit, but they offer fantastic sailing
conditions amongst the sheltered waters of the islands.
Port Moresby has such a bad reputation. Is it necessary
to overnight there on the way to Kavieng? Is it as bad as it is
made out to be?
Port Moresby does have a bad reputation, but for the tourist transiting
through there really is nothing to be concerned about. The hotels
in Port Moresby are safe, and most of the problems in Port Moresby
are in no way associated with tourists. In reality, Port Moresby
isnt as bad as it is made out to be, and you should not be
deterred from experiencing all the wonderful places Papua New Guinea
has to offer just because you have to go through Port Moresby. Having
said that, we actually really like Port Moresby. The Museum has
an excellent collection of South Pacific Art and artefacts, Parliament
House is worth a visit for its fantastic architecture, and the Royal
Papuan Yacht Club is an excellent place to have an afternoon beer,
looking out over the marina. There are some excellent restaurants
in Moresby as well.