Living and working in PNG

Apartments overlooking Ela BeachPNG lifestyle

As a rule you will find the expatriate population friendly and full of outgoing, fun loving people. They have all experienced the “new kid on the block” feeling and are usually happy to extend invitations to new comers.

How to have fun in the sun!

  • Golf
  • Snorkelling
  • Diving - lessons in most centres
  • Boating and yachting
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Hash House Harriers
  • Amateur Theatre - particularly in Port Moresby
  • Mahjong
  • Bridge
  • Chess
  • Craft groups
  • Mothers groups
  • Women’s groups
  • Lions, Rotary, Soroptimists
  • Charity groups such as Red Cross
  • Bushwalking
  • Soccer
  • Cricket
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Australian Rules
  • Netball

There are also lessons in

  • Pottery
  • Tai Bo
  • Yoga
  • Sailing


PNG is a predominantly Christian country with churches from all the main denominations found in the larger centres.


There are numerous supermarkets that stock everything one needs even for the gourmet chef however, if often means a visit to them all.

Availability of clothing

In Papua New Guinea clothing seems to fall into two categories either very cheap and of poor quality or very expensive and of high quality. You can buy shorts and T-shirts for children. The younger they are the easier it is to buy clothes for them, although again the quality is not good.

The few boutiques that are here stock a range of business ware and the complete ensemble for the black tie function, a definite must as there are numerous Balls held throughout the year.

Good quality shoes in a range of sizes are very hard to come by for both adults and children. We strongly suggest you bring enough shoes for all the family. Remember your foot size is likely to increase in the heat so don’t buy shoes that are too tight.


In Port Moresby is three jewelry stores that sell the most magnificent hand crafted and innovative designed pieces often made from Papua New Guinea gold. They also stock quality watches and leather goods and various gift items.

Eating out

Port Moresby has a variety of restaurants, Thai, Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Malaysian, Korean the large, hotels also do international ala carte.

Security awareness

There is no point in denying the fact that security is an issue in Papua New Guinea. However, it is very possible to live a rich and fulfilling life while being security conscious.

The car

    • When driving lock windows and doors
    • Be aware of lights following you at night. If you have any concerns, drive around until you are sure you’re not being followed or go to a Police Station
    • Always leave at least one car space when stopping behind a vehicle at night or in isolated areas
    • It is a requirement to carry your driver’s licence whenever you are driving.


    • Your housing will be secure, but simple precautions should also be followed.
    • Lock doors at home, even during the day
    • Use alarms if provided