All tourists and visitors planning to visit Milne Bay Province for business, holidays, or other purposes are advised to review the following information.
- Flight reservation number and/or booking confirmation (please keep a printed copy)
- ID (Driver's license, Employee ID card, etc.)
- Copy of travel insurance
- Travel document wallet
- Guide book, our Tourism Services Directory, or printout our Guide and Contacts on this site.
- A good travel read
- Headphones / Earpiece
- Eye mask / Sunglasses
We've compiled a list of the most important electronics and gadgets for your trip to Milne Bay Province.
Smartphone and SIM Cards
This item is number one on anyone's list. WiFi (especially free WiFi) is not readily available throughout the province. Hence, tourists are advised to purchase cheap data and voice plans to share their travel experiences online, or to call family members and friends.
Laptops can be great to bring with you, especially if you are planning to do some work during your travel.
This is definitely one of the most important pieces of electronics you will bring. If you don't like taking pictures with your smartphone, then a camera will be great for you. You will be visiting amazing places and meeting incredible people and cultures, so make sure to capture all of your memories on it. In some cases, a small affordable DSLR camera will be very handy on travel to rural areas. Carry a plastic bag or two to protect your delicate electronics.
Wall outlets in Papua New Guinea are Australian Type I (AS/NZS 3112) and supply electricity at 240 volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. Travelers from Australia, New Zealand, and some Pacific Islands should have no problems. You can see a photo here and determine whether you need an adaptor or not.
If you are visiting from other regions, we also recommend bringing a multi-adaptor, voltage plug converter, and/or surge protectors to protect your devices from power fluctuations, especially in rural areas and during storms. Most rural or remotely-based tourism establishments use petrol/diesel-powered generators for power generation. Some use solar but mostly for lighting.
Also, if you have many electronics, bring a small power strip. You may not have enough outlets to charge everything overnight if there are only two outlets in your room, or if there is power rationing (in some remote places, power may be switched off at midnight). And last but not least, do not forget to pre-charge and pack your chargers.
It is highly recommended that you bring with you a reasonable amount of cash, as most businesses and services in Milne Bay Province prefer to take cash rather than credit/debit cards. You can always bring your debit and credit cards with you, but cash will help you purchase goods and services easily.
Packing your health-related products is extremely important and you won't enjoy your trip if you are sick or in pain.
First things first, bring any prescription medicine with you. Second, pack any vitamins/supplements that you regularly take or use. It can be difficult to find a well-stocked pharmacy in a new town. Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.
Finally, bring a few painkillers. You never know when you might need them, so you might as well pack a few essential tablets (for example, Panadol, Nurofen, etc.).
Most people bring their own toiletries on their travel. Unless you are going to a remote place, most stores will have shampoo and toothpaste.
Clothing and Shoes
Bring clothes suited to a tropical climate, and consistent with the weather here. Comfortable shorts, singlets, tank tops, t-shirts, etc. made of cotton are ideal and dry fast in wet conditions. There are no dress codes in hotels and clubs, and a pair of jeans with a short- or long-sleeved shirt or polo-shirt, and a dress, with decent shoes, will suffice for most formal occasions. Sunday whites are the standard if you are attending a church service, and blacks/whites for a funeral (lesser required as you get into remote areas). If you will be doing marine activities such as snorkeling or reef tours, please also bring reef shoes (Crocs, Tevas, Tabis) to protect your feet. Crocs are great as an inexpensive and light all-rounder, are closed and secure, and they dry fast and are not abrasive to feet.
Raincoat and/or umbrella, and a jacket - essential especially from May to November during the rainy season. Bring a hat and sunscreen as we are in the tropics.
Safety and Accessories
If you are traveling with valuables, a small padlock is essential. You can program it with a safety code and have some peace of mind that your things will be safe during your stay and while in transit. You can also invest in some good wallets or money bags, small waist pouches or around your neck, etc. Pack whatever is more comfortable for you to keep your money and documents safe. A few plastic/garbage bags and ziplock bags are handy for those traveling on local transport, especially by sea, as weather can be unpredictable.
Diving and Snorkeling Gear
It may not be easy to hire diving or snorkeling gear, and for purposes of sizing, hygiene, and convenience it is advisable to bring your own snorkeling gear if you can. You can also purchase snorkeling gear in Port Moresby or Alotau Town (choices and pricing may be limited). Resorts and tour operators that conduct diving tours may have their own diving equipment, but please check before you travel.