Children under 10, staying in the same room as parents will stay and eat free. Children 10-16 are from $110 deluxe and $100 standard per night. Over 16 adult rates apply. Airfares must still be paid for children, as well as activities. We can take qualified divers over the age of 10 diving. For younger children, we can arrange local babysitters who will happily stay with your children during the day while you enjoy the activities Tufi has on offer. Tufi also has a pool which is suitable for children, but we ask that they be accompanied at all times. We can arrange snorkelling trips, trekking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, nature walks and village tours suitable for children.
Clothing and Footwear
PNG and can be hot and humid on the coast and pleasantly cool to quite cold in the highlands. You are best advised to wear light clothing, preferably long sleeved shirts. You will need to pack extra shorts, t shirts, socks and a second pair of strong walking shoes apart from your other necessities. For females, tight or revealing clothing is not advisable as it may be frowned upon by locals and guides. It’s always advisable to bring along malaria medication, insect repellent, a sun hat, sun screen, rain jacket, a torch, camera, plenty of film and a positive attitude.
There are two seasons in PNG. It’s either wet or dry all throughout the country at different times of the year. Coastal areas experience temperatures that range between 24-35 degrees C (75-95 F) with high humidity. In the cooler Highlands, you can expect anything between 12-28 degrees (54-82F) and with less humidity. PNG does not experience devastating cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes. The wet season is normally from November to March although different areas will see a variation.
Cultural Dos and Don'ts
It’s 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. Please do not hand out gifts as this may encourage a dependent mentality among the local people. If you are being asked to pay to take a photograph, it is best not to take the photo as paying will encourage a dependent mentality and other demands. For a truly rewarding cultural experience, ask you local guides as many questions as you can. They are nearly always shy and it’s up to you to ask simple questions about the local culture, history, flora, fauna and local issues.
Currency and 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. To pay for other goods and services before and after the trek, travelers cheques and international credit cards are accepted at most major hotels and retailers including Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa credit cards. Before leaving your country, we ask that you buy Kina cash at the travelers’ exchanges of the international departure ports of Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Singapore, Manila and Narita (Tokyo). If you are connecting on a domestic flight on the same day, you may not have the time to do your bank transactions in PNG. Banks operate between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday to Friday. You are best advised not to carry valuables including large amounts of cash - leave your valuable items with the resort for safekeeping. Only small change is required for buying local fruits, vegetables, artifacts and other local souvenir items.
Health and Safety Issues
Consult your doctor for any medical condition that you have before departing for PNG. Also, prior pre-departure training is highly recommended. Malaria medications are strongly recommended. Also, it is advisable to keep your tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis, and polio inoculations current. Diarrhea and dysentery are not severe in PNG as is the case in Asian countries.
Housekeeping and Laundry
Our housekeeping staff will be in to clean your room during the morning. They 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 service is available with a laundry bag and a charge list, which is provided in your rooms. Please let us know if you need any assistance with your washing.
Insurance and Medical Issues
You are strongly advised to purchase travelers Insurance in your home country to cover for unexpected trip cancellation and delays, loss and damage to baggage, and for illness, accident and medical evacuation.
Language and Communication
PNG has about 800 languages and most Papua New Guineans speak at least two languages. The official national language is English and the two other most commonly used languages are Hiri Motu and Tok Pisin. Most guides will speak English apart from Motu and one other local language. Always ask if you do no understand what’s being said.