And for many newcomers, they got a peek of what is to come in the opening ceremony on July 4.
The lagatois set sail from Manubada Island at 8am, finally reaching Ela Beach at just after 9am.
Girls in swaying grass skirts welcomed the voyagers – among them Kairuku Hiri MP, Peter Isoaimo and Central Governor, Kila Haod
A rather small crowd slowly swelled in numbers.
Staff from hotels nearby were allowed out to witness the occasion.
Roads were cordoned off to allow smooth one way flow of traffic.
The crowd was quiet, well behaved and mobile cameras went into overdrive.
NCD Governor, Powes Parkop received the baton, declaring “Port Moresby is ready to host the Pacific Games.”