Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Cruise Port
While cruising through the Gulf of Papua, you may come to the city of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Also called Moresby and Pom Town, this island capital and PNG's largest city can be found on the southern coast of the Papuan Peninsula. Its population of around 300,000 residents is fairly spread out, from the sea up through the nearby hills. Inhabited by the Motu-Koitabu people for centuries, the current Port Moresby was found by Captain John Moresby in 1873. Although trade already existed, the British attempted to expand it, and Australians took over in 1906. Finally in 1975, PNG gained independence as a country, making Port Moresby the capital. While not one of the more touristy spots on the island, there are plenty of activities, including art, shopping, and nature walks. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea:
Dedicated to those who lost their lives during World War II, the Bomana War Cemetery has the remains of more than 3,800 soldiers, almost 700 unidentified. The beautifully maintained grounds and symmetrical headstones create a place of contemplation and respect. The memorial behind the cemetery commemorates almost 750 members of the Australian Army, Merchant Navy, and the Royal Australian Air Force who died in Papua.
Take a walk through the lovely Port Moresby Nature Park, with a lush jungle canopy and well-tended gardens. Not only are there local and exotic plants, but also a plethora of fruit bats, tree kangaroos, cassowaries, and more.
The PNG National Museum & Art Gallery was recently remodeled, and features a look at the area's indigenous culture. Here you can see plenty of artefacts, such as yam cult masks, kina shell money, and shields. The displays are divided by theme for better browsing. You can also learn about the fauna, geography, and history of the island.
For amazing handcrafted items, the Ela Beach Craft Market gathers together local artists from all over PNG. Keep an eye out for baskets, carvings, stone tools, adornments, shells, and weavings. Dancers and an excellent cookout are an added bonus.