While Port Moresby is not a tourist magnet, it does have some things visitors will not want to miss.
Each September, the Hiri Moale Festival commemorates the historic voyages and trade between villagers of the Gulf area. With canoe races, processions, music and singing, and the Hiri Queen contents, visitors are treated to a rare glimpse of the traditional life that was Port Moresby in olden times.
Hanuabada Village is the traditional home of the Motuan peoples of Port Moresby. Burned during World War II, the post-war Australian administration rebuilt the village, which is still much the same in character. One highlight in the visit to Hanuabada Village is catching one of their expensive and elaborate wedding ceremonies.
Just east of Port Moresby is Loloata Island Resort, a popular get-away for Port Moresby residents and a nice break for tourists. Water sports, fishing, snorkeling, and diving are popular pastimes at the surrounding coral reefs.
Port Moresby’s National Capital Botanical Gardens are perhaps the best sight and a must-see. With many examples of the wildlife of PNG, this University of Papua New Guinea property covers about 25 hectares that include a large area of rainforest, which is rare in Port Moresby. Today, the gardens house a big collection of PNG native plants as well as plants from other places in the world. Particularly delightful is the large collection of PNG greenhouse orchids.
Travelers who want to visit Port Moresby and southern Papua New Guinea by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises by searching for “Port Moresby” on the Cruise Compete website.