Have just been thru the harrowing experience of taking a load of aid goods to the Daru Png in our 14 me power cat. Daru is the capital of the western province of PNG. Do. Not go there....even with the best intentions and reams of paperwork and connections in high places supporting our trip we had the following experience:Customs PNG will hit you with a huge array of demands..like clearing charges, sanitary charges, quarantine charges and charges on fuel
in your possession . Even with all the paperwork and approvals under the sun they will try and charge you 10% GST on the aid goods you are giving them !!!!
Anchorage is secure from the weather
but you will be visited nightly by small silent dories intent on petty theft. We had and needed a guard never slept!!
Daru itself is riddled with every disease known to man and is filthy. The magistrate fled some time ago , the place is quite lawless and the criminals roam the streets.
We had protection from a high level local but I would not hang about this place especially if you had a female on board.
Things can only get better but for the moment DON'T EVEN THINK OF GOING ANYWHERE NEAR THE WESTERN PROVINCE OF PAPUA NEWGUINEA . For further info feel free to email