Visitor Guidelines

Visitor Guidelines 2018-01-04T07:00:44+00:00

Getting to Kamiali

Kamiali is a two hour boat ride (60 km) south of Lae. Boat charters can be arranged for visiting scientists at between K800 and K1,000, depending on the boat capacity needed. Regular one-way transportation on regular passenger routes is K50/person.

Accommodation in Lae: Lae TravellersBishop Museum has negotiated corporate rates for scientists working in Kamiali at the Lae Travellers Inn (Phone: +675 479 0411). Located in Top-town of Lae, it is conveniently located near stores and the PNG Forestry Research Institute and National Herbarium (LAE). A restaurant is located onsite, and laundry services are available upon request.

Cost Structures

Dormitory-style accommodation in 3 bunk-houses which sleep up to 8 people each. Bedding, linen, soap and mosquito nets are provided. There is also a communal loft area in the main building which can be used as a sleeping area (sleeps 14). Private showers and flush toilets are located in a communal amenities block. Water is piped from mountain springs and is safe to drink.

Accommodation per night: K35
Kitchen usage fee per night (where food is supplied by guest): K60
Meals supplied: Breakfast K10, Lunch K15, Dinner K15 (K45/day)
All payments accepted as cash only.

A half day hike to ca. 500 m elevation; shelter provided but tents and bedding must be brought by guests.

Accommodation per night: K15
Meals can not be provided.
All payments accepted as cash only.

The Kamiali Wildlife Management Area Committee reviews proposals for research within the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area. If approved, the following pro-rated user fees must be paid to the Committee (in cash) in order for research to be undertaken in the area.

Per day: K30
One (1) week: K200
Two (2) weeks: K350
Per month: K600
Per year: K800

Proposals may be submitted to:
The Chairman
Kamiali Wildlife Management Area Committee
P.O. Box 905
Lae, Morobe Province
Papua New Guinea

Most Kamiali villagers speak Pidgin, English, and the local dialect, Kala.

Other Information

A research visa and approval to undertake research both at the national and provincial level is needed in order to undertake any scientific research in Papua New Guinea. Please refer to the National Research Institute website for more information and application forms.
Please refer to the CDC website for recommended immunizations and medications. Be sure to carry a personal first aid kit containing, at a minimum, triple antibiotic, 1% hydrocortisone cream, analgesics, and assorted bandages (seeTravelers’ Health Kit for more information). Be sure to consult with your general practitioner before travelling.
Cell phone access (Digicel) is possible from both Kamiali Village (near the point) and Cliffside, but service may be unpredictable. Digicel 3G broadband mobile internet service may be available in the future. See the Digicel website for more information. Satellite phones are recommended in case of emergency.
Wet and warm. A weather station is located at the Cliffside Station and is part of the Climate Monitoring Network of Papua New Guinea.
Wet and warm. A weather station is located at the Cliffside Station and is part of the Climate Monitoring Network of Papua New Guinea.
Covering arms and legs up in the forest areas and in the evenings is recommended; sturdy shoes for hiking.
Bring sufficient batteries or a means to recharge your devices (e.g., solar panel).


Contact Us

Allen Allison, PhD – Senior Zoologist

Dr. Allen Allison has worked for the Bishop Museum for 35 years. He has conducted field work in Papua New Guinea since 1973, with support from the National Science Foundation and other sources, and has discovered more than 100 new species of amphibians and reptiles. In 2001 he established the Kamiali Biological Station on the north coast of New Guinea to advance research, conservation, and training in the Pacific region.

Kenneth Longenecker, PhD – Assistant Zoologist

Dr. Ken Longenecker is an associate researcher and a 10-year staff member of the Bishop Museum. His work focuses on generating biological information that promotes conservation and sustainable use of marine animals. He has been working in Papua New Guinea for six years.