Visitor Information

Children

Children 5 years and under occupying the same room as parents FOC accommodation and meals (airfares and activities are additional). Children 6-11 attract a tariff of $130 per night

Clothing & Footwear

PNG can be hot and humid on the coast and you are best advised to wear light clothing and preferably long sleeved shirts for sun protection whilst outdoors. You would be well advised to pack extra shorts, t shirts, socks and a second pair of strong walking shoes apart from your other basic necessities. Females should refrain from wearing tight and or revealing clothing, as it may be frowned upon by locals and guides. It is advisable to carry some malaria medication, insect repellent, sun hat, sun screen, rain jacket, small torch, camera and a positive attitude.

Cultural Do's & Don'ts

It is important to understand that when you are travelling around the region you are walking through “someone’s backyard” and everything is either communally owned or owned by a family or tribe. Always remember, there are certain cultural taboos that must be observed. Always ask your local guide if you are not sure if a certain request will or will not offend the local people and their custom. For a truly rewarding cultural experience, ask your local guide as many questions as you like as they are all well informed and enjoy the interaction. They can be generally shy and may need some prompting.

Currency & Valuables

The unit of currency is the kina, pronounced “kee-nah”, and sub-units of 100 are called toea, pronounced “toy-ya”. Note denominations are available in K2, K5, K10, K20, K50 and K100.  Tufi Resort operates mostly on a cashless basis.  All tours and incidentals can be billed to your room for payment at check out.  We also have a cashless system with the local community whereby any purchases from local craft markets can be billed to your room.  The resort will pay the craft vendors and charge the agreed upon purchases to your room.  We accept all major credit cards for payment.  Should you wish to bring some cash, you may do so, however we advise against travelling with lots of cash while in PNG.

Health & Safety Issues

Consult your doctor for any medical condition that you have before departing for PNG. Malaria medication is strongly recommended. It is also advisable to keep your tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis inoculations current. Diarrhea and dysentery is not as severe in PNG as it may be elsewhere around the world however it is recommended to drink bottle water wherever possible.

Housekeeping & Laundry

Our housekeeping staff will be in to clean your room during the morning. Housekeeping will provide a turn-down service at night at which time they will close windows, turn on air conditioning and arrange mosquito netting. Daily guest laundry services are available.

insurance & Medical Issues

You are strongly advised to purchase travelers Insurance in your home country prior to your departure. This should cover costs incurred as a result flight cancellations and delays, loss and damage to baggage, illness, accident and medical evacuation.

Language & Communication

PNG has over 800 languages and most Papua New Guineans speak at least two. The official national language is English however pidgin English (Tok Pisin)and Hiri Motu are also commonly used. Most guides in remote areas will speak English perhaps with a local accent, always ask if you do not fully understand what is being said.

Meals

Tufi Resort accommodation rates include guests’ meals which consists of continental breakfast, lunch and a 3 course dinner (sample menu below). Our local chefs do a wonderful job creating daily set menus, utilising the freshest, seasonal mainland and local produce available, with a strong emphasis on reef fish and seafood. We also provide a range of western cuisine including meat and chicken dishes as well as an array of local cuisine specialty dishes. Special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice. Please note Al la Carte options are not available.

Meal schedules will be adjusted daily to meet the activities of our guests, typically though, meal times are:

  • Breakfast: 7am – 9am
  • Lunch: 12pm – 2pm
  • Tea & Snacks: 3pm – 5pm
  • Dinner: 7pm – 9pm

Example Menu – Subject to change, pending seasonal produce.

Breakfast includes the freshest and juiciest in season fruit, boiled eggs with a selection of dried fruits and nuts. Daily baking of fresh bread, muffins, pancakes, banana bread and preserves, plus cereals, yogurt, tea, fresh local coffee and juice. A small hot breakfast menu is available at an additional charge.

Lunch is prepared daily by our wonderful local chefs. We pride ourselves in using as much local produce as possible, whilst utilizing offerings from the ocean and surrounding fjords. Menu selections change daily, ranging from fresh salads, Tufi burgers, delicious wraps or pan seared freshly caught fish, to mention just a few items. Sunday lunch is normally our delicious Beach BBQ spread at Komoa Beach and generally after our popular McLaren Harbor Cultural Tour.

Dinner is a 3 Course Dinner Menu most nights of the week, with the menu changing regularly. Commencing with an entree, fresh baked bread rolls, followed by a main course and a house made dessert. The resort offers a delicious buffet once per week dependent on the number of guests.

The Tufi Bar has a great selection of wines and beverages. Any item can be purchased for your room refrigerator. We will be glad to supply you with ice for your room as well. Please note that as the bar is fully serviced personal alcohol is not permitted to be consumed in public areas.

Passports, Visas & Immigration

Any visitor intending to visit PNG are required to have an approved entry visa to PNG prior to departing for PNG . Visa on arrival is not currently available in PNG. Please visit the Immigration & Citizenship Authority website for visa information www.ica.gov.pg. Visas can also be arranged through your local PNG consulate and/or embassy in your country of domicile.

Personal Security

PNG has its share of security problems just like many other places throughout the world. It is wise to research the country you are travelling to before departure to ensure you have adequate advice on security issues and or cultural taboos. Tufi Resort is a secure environment and the resort maintains internal security staff. The surrounding villages are also safe and the resort offers activities like bush walks, beach outings and village visits outside the resort perimeter. All our tours will be guided however should you wish exit the resort alone we recommend that you notify the resort management.

Telephone, Fax & Email

Tufi Resort has mobile phone coverage and internet communication.

Time

PNG is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Tipping

Tipping is not encouraged in PNG howevr if you would like to show your appreciation to a particular guide for a job well done, do so at your own discretion.