Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea and its largest city. The city gets its name from Captain John Moresby, the first European who arrived in the area in 1873. Travelers are attracted to Port Moresby not only because of its low cost of living but also it’s wonderful to dive spots (reefs and wrecks) around the island.
If you are from South East Asia or Australia and you want a short vacation abroad, Port Moresby is a good place to visit. It is best to hire a guide to take you around the city.
Activities in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Port Moresby is located at the edge of the Papuan Barrier Reef, which is full of wonderful diving sites. There is a dive center on Loloata Island where you can rent diving gear but you have to be certified diver.
Port Moresby’s Cuisine
The staple diet of the Papua New Guineans consists of starchy vegetables like taro, sweet potato, breadfruit, wild sago and yams. Hotels and restaurants do serve western food (especially those that cater to tourists), so getting a good western meal won’t be a problem. The food is super cheap though the alcohol is expensive.
Exploring Port Moresby
The most famous landmark in the city is the Port Moresby Nature Park (formerly called the National Botanical Gardens). If you want to see a cassowary, the famed flightless bird, this is your chance. The park is also home to wallabies, birds of paradise and other beautiful creatures.