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Port Moresby

Port Moresby is the largest city in the South Pacific not to mention the capital of Papua New Guinea. Also called Pot Mosbi, the city is located on the Gulf of Papua. It is dubbed as the least livable city in the world. It was named in honor of the father of Captain John Moresby, the first European to have discovered the city. Though just discovered by Europeans in 1873, Motu-Koitabu had been living in the area for centuries. As of latest count, the city’s population is estimated at 260 thousand people.

Dangerous and in-your-face, Port Moresby can be a frightening city to visit. With its high levels of crime, you cannot help but wonder why you have decided to embark on such an adventure. The smoky haze coming from small lit fires can give the city an apocalyptic look. Remember that this is the city that has been dubbed the worst and the least livable. The crime may be due to the 60 to 90 percent unemployment rate it is suffering from. Yet a visit to the place can be surprising because of the people’s gentle manners. Just do not show off expensive stuff in the city and try to have a calm demeanor. You may enjoy taking pictures of orchids in bloom at the National Botanical Garden or bird-watching at the Varirata National Park.

If you are planning to visit other spots in Papua New Guinea, you will still end up in Port Moresby. It is the main point of entry and flights from there to other areas are scheduled far apart. You can get around the city by taxi. You can also rent a four-wheel drive or a car. Note that you cannot just walk the streets at night because it can be dangerous. In Port Moresby, temperature highs range from 82 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit while temperature lows range from 73 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

When visiting Papua New Guinea, you need a passport valid for at least six months, a return ticket and a visa. If you are a tourist, you can get a visa that will allow you to stay for 60 days. If you are there for business, you will be given 12 months. Still, you will have 60 days maximum per stay.

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