We loved Papua New Guinea
when we visited there in 1994/95. We spent seven months in PNG and the Solomon Islands and could have stayed much, much longer.
There are caveats. The mainland of PNG can be somewhat dangerous in places, and you need to find current
information regarding the good and bad places to be. However, the small villages are generally delightful, and the people are wonderful. Be sure that you bring plenty of trade
items. If you are in Australia
first, go to the local St. Vincent De Paul's ("St. Vinnies") or Salvation Army ("Salvos") thrift stores and buy children's clothes - school
uniform dresses for girls, t-shirts and pants for boys. They will appreciate your old linens, clothes, shoes, and electronics
. Their children
, however, are their most important asset and whatever you bring for the children
will be appreciated. Also, old reading glasses. My favorite, and the biggest hit everywhere we went, was balloons. Medical
supplies should be limited to those items that will "do no harm" as most places do not have trained medical
practicioners to guide the villagers. Be careful, and understand that they will not recognize that a rash they develop from something they got from you might be a serious allergy.
Also be aware that malaria is a geniune risk, and be prepared. Read up on it so you are as educated as you can possibly be.
have some info, including my (admittedly sketchy) PNG cruising guide, Papua New Guinea cruising and sailing guide and information.
I'd suggest that you read the logs
of our trip through PNG first, Sailing and cruising in Papua New Guinea.
which will give you more ideas about the trade
items that are appreciated.
fair winds, and enjoy.