The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
CAPTAIN'S LOG PAPUA NEW GUINEA 258 | GSR gg g y p custom, one can haggle a bit but to do it excessively is considered rude. Excursions: I could write forever on all there is to see and do in this amazing country. May I suggest contacting Melanesian Tourist Ser vices ww w.mtspng.com and/or Transniugini Tours ww w.pngtours.com for up-to-the-minute information and itinerary planning. A voyage to Papua New Guinea will be an exprerience that will forever live in your memory. GUIDES AND AGENTS: Melanesian Tourist Services w w w.mtspng.com is the agent I use in PNG, the most respected and best available. You must always be mindful that this is not the Continental US or Europe and things happen at a very different pace and with a very different approach here. As mentioned earlier, one of the most respected guides, and absolutely the most experienced dive guide in PNG is Bob Halstead. SECURITY: I avoid both Lae and Port Moresby due to the lawlessness. There has been occasional theft from mainly smaller yachts, but once again, liase with your agent on this subject and always be vigilant. STORES: There is no shopping in the regular sense to be had in PNG. In the major cities there are a few malls and supermarkets but otherwise most of the shopping is done in small village markets that are held at irregular inter vals. Typically you will have many outrigger canoes arrive shortly after dropping anchor, and while you must always be on the alert, I have never had any security issues when dealing with them. PILOTAGE While British Admiralty and Australian hydrographic charts cover the area adequately, the surveys are quite dated. The major shipping route(s) have accurate hydrographic information. Outside these Zones of Confidence is inadequately or totally unsurveyed territory, nowhere more so than the route through the reefs of the Bismarck Sea. The condition or lack of navigational aids used to be part of the adventure. Do not expect lights to be working, or even charted beacons to be present. Having said that, a lot of work has been done over the past five years replacing many of the lights and most are now in excellent condition, especially those in Milne Bay Province. Bulk fuel is available at all the main ports, mostly from tanker truck.
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