Is Tourism a viable business venture in Goilala. Does Goilala have what it takes to offer to strangers from outsider known as Tourist? Is it safe for foreigner in Goilala? Is the terrain friendly? Are the people friendly and kind and welcoming? How about the flora and fauna? Is the flora and fauna undisturbed and very natural? Is Goilalas cultures and customs very much active and still practiced in this day and age? Getting to Goilala, is it expensive? What’s the mode of transport that is mostly used in Goilala?
Tourism in Goilala has always been an untapped area mostly due to the rugged and monotonously unfriendly, uninviting terrain of the District. But there is also another factor that has played a role in ensure Tourism stayed dormant for some time now. And that is to do with the bad media publicity that Goilala District is portrayed to the outside world.
Most people, foreign and local are lead to believe that Goilala people are fearsome, barbaric and very uncivilized, who kill, murder, rape and eat anything that looks juicy and edible.
In other words, if you are a white skinned human and you heading for Goilala District, you might as well say good bye to you loved ones. Because that is the end of your time on earth.
Brushing all that negative folklore aside and into the rubbish bin where they rightfully belong, Goilala is literally a stone’s throw away from Port Moresby. It is a mere 35mins on average by air to any of the grassy airstrips at the top of some of the scariest of spots for a airstrips to be built on.
Most of the vegetation is tropical rains forests, with a patch of grassland visible, here and there revealing the presence of humans and their impact, crystal clear and cold rivers flowing rapidly down from the mountain ranges and towards the Central Coastlines, some of the finest nutritiously rich fresh produce vegetables one can find in the island of Papua New Guinea.
Inhabited by some of the friendly people on earth, Goilala District has people who are open and welcoming. And they will jump onto the opportunity to house you and feed you if you give them the opportunity to. They smile and wave and strike up a conversation on just about any topic that comes to mind at that given point in time.
Housing three high mountain peaks in Mt Yule in the Guari Local Level Government constituency, Mt Albert Edward and Mt Victoria in Woitape Local Level Constituency, which obviously is misty and cold up there covered by cold thick fogs all throughout the day, one could expect the freezing cold winds and weather that will deprive you of your comforts up there. With village a fair distance away, finding something to eat up in this misty cold mountain tops will bring your best survival techniques out of you.
This far-fetched distant landscape also has its flora and fauna with the wild life untouched. Birds are tame, tree possums and thick tropical rain forest tree kangaroos, wild fat echidnas in the soil, and wild cassowaries and cuscus in trees and caves and under tree roots, it really is a unknown mystery awaiting curious visitors.
For one to get from Port Moresby into Goilala, a good number of options await your choice. The most cheapest is the PMV [road transport] option which starts off on road from Port Moresby, [Erima Market, opposite the Port Moresby Funeral home, is the pickup point for PMVs headed up the Goilala Highway. This will bring you up the famous Hiritano Highway. This road trip will bring one through lush tropical rainforest, fast flowing muddy rivers from the mountains of Goilala. The road trip won’t be that smooth a ride but it will bring you face to face with the harsh reality that is present and is faced by commuters who travel up and down this road.
Once you reach Tapini via PMV, you can choose to walk to the rest of the journey to your choice of out laying villages. And plan your trip back out to Port Moresby via plane from any of the airstrips.
The other most common mode of transport is air transport and that is from the Jackson’s airport. Because the major airlines – Air Niugini, Travel and Airlines PNG don’t service Goilala airstrips, due to its close proximity to Port Moresby which obviously cannot take in Dash 7 and 8 aircrafts from Air Niugini and Travel Air, however APNG’s Twin Otters aircrafts used to service Goilala airstrips until recently APNG pulls out its fleet to concentrate on their LNG obligations.
This has left the small third level airlines to be the main air transport service providers to and from Goilala.
Currently there are just two service providers doing air services to Goilala. They are.. Air Sanga Aviation and Sunbird Aviation. These two airline operators are housed at the old Air Niugini Terminal, next to the old Control Tower, directly coming off the main bus stop, next to Gateway Hotel.
Jumping on a plane here can bring you into Woitape, Fane, Ononge, Yongai, Kerau, or even Tapini. We have Guari and Kamulai but since this publication went online, Guari and Kamulai are been declared closed.
All in all, while a lot of negative, over fabricated and hyped up jargon has been told to the world mostly by ill-informed media outlets, about Goilala, be informed directly from Goilala that Goilala is truly a unexplored corner of this lovely over-exploited, rapped and ransacked planet earth.
You will never regret your trip to this part of the world. The part we call Home.