Yes, the more I hear about PNG, it appears the "Rascals" have become too violent to risk being anywhere near their pockets of anarchy.
Friends that made it to Borneo along the northern coast of main island of PNG were boarded by pirates, tied up, and robbed several years ago while anchored near Wewak, PNG. However, they say that the smaller islands and villages they visited offshore
were some of the most blissful and friendly in their cruising experience.
Last Year, in Rabaul, a boat anchored next to us (1 km offshore
from the police station) was robbed in the night. We were boarded that same night, but were able to scare off the thieves with spotlights. Afterwards we found a safer anchorage near a hotel
where the guard on the beach watched our boat for us for a week without incident.
Sadly a European expat scientist party of 3 men
aboard a small boat off New Britain were killed last month. The 2 women scientists aboard the boat were held hostage in the jungles on Manus Island, but have yet to be ransomed or rescued.
It is too dangerous for anyone to risk being anywhere near New Britain and the northern coast of the main island of PNG anymore. New Ireland
has pockets of safety
and paradise (Kavieng), and the Louisiades are a must-see, soon-to-be-lost, treasure.