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Mainland Momase Region Attractions

The diverse region, with its vast rivers, coral reefs and World War II relics, incorporates East Sepik , Sandaun, Madang and Morobe Provinces.



East Sepik Province
The mighty Sepik River - one of the world’s great waterways - runs through East Sepik Province, known for its traditional villages, mountain ranges and dense tropical jungle. The river is 1126km long and navigable for most of its length. Wewak, with its palm-fringed beaches, is the site of the Japanese surrender on 13 September 1945. Most of East Sepik is accessible by air and there are daily flights from Port Moresby to Wewak. The Sepik people still observe elaborate scarification and initiation rites.

Things to see

  • Wewak: Pretty Wewak, at the foot of a high headland, has all services and wonderful golden sand beaches backed by swaying palms. It’s a jumping-off place for travel along the mighty Sepik River. Smaller airlines run services from here to remote parts of the province. The 18-hole golf course is east of town beyond the airport.
  • Markets: The best is Taun Market, in town at the end of the main street. Kreer market is on the airport road just before it turns inland and Dagua is on Dagua Road near town.
  • Arts and crafts: Baskets and bilums can be bought at Taun Market and at a stall at Chambri bus stop on Boram Road. Traders also sell jewellery and other pieces outside the Windjammer Hotel after 4pm. Masks can be bought inside the hotel. There is also a craft shop at the airport.
  • Cape Wom: The wartime airstrip and memorial where the Japanese signed surrender documents on 13 September 1945 are 14km west of Wewak. Open 7am-6.30pm. There is good swimming and snorkelling on the west side of the Cape.
  • War relics: Japanese war relics can be seen at Brandi High School, east of Cape Moem aremy base. Bomb craters are still visible around Boram Airport runway and the disused airport near town. The rusting remains of Japanese landing barges lie on the beach between Kreer market and the hospital.
  • Muschu and Kairuru Islands: These lie close to Wewak and can be reached by the mission boat Tau-K or catch one of the small boats from the wharf near the post office. Kairuru Island is almost 800m high and has hot springs, waterfalls and good snorkelling. Both have accommodation.
  • Maprik Area: Maprik town in the Prince Alexander Mountains overlooks the Sepik Basin. Many villages have spectacular forward-leaning haus tambarans and during July and August, when yams are harvested, there are ‘sing sings’ and rituals. Woven fibre masks, the region’s most famous artefacts, are used in yam ceremonies.
  • Angoram & Lower Sepik River: From Angoram, 113km by road from Wewak, you can make trips by motorised canoe to some interesting places. It has banks and trade stores, and there are several places to stay which offer boat trips. Good day trips are Moim or Kambaramba and nearby lagoons, or to Kambot there is good forest with plenty of birds. Alternatively, visit the Murik Lakes on the coast and stay overnight.
  • Ambunti & Middle Sepik River: This section of the river between Ambunti and Tambanum is regarded as the region’s cultural centre, and each village guesthouses. Villages in the Chambri Lakes area are notable for their polished carvings, spears and pottery. The Blackwater Lakes on the Korosameri tributary have stilt villages, dense forests and incredible birdlife.
    Things to do
    Motorised canoe trips: We can organise a Sepik River Tours. Send us your enquires!

Madang Province
Madang Province has one of the South Pacific’s most beautiful harbours, with a backdrop of steep mountains and lush tropical vegetation. There is good fishing and diving along the magnificent coast, which is world famous for its coral gardens and superb visibility. Madang was the centre of heavy fighting during the World War II, and there are 34 sunken ships to explore at Hansa Bay, near Bogia. Although small, Madang has modern urban facilities, including hotels, department stores, markets and artefact shops. It is a key destination for meetings and conferences.

Things to see

  • Mandang: Pretty Madang, built on a peninsula that shelters a deep harbour, has many parks with pleasant shady walks. There are views out to sea and the nearby islands from the 30m-high Coast Watchers’ Memorial at Kalibobo Point. The market, located on Badaten Road, has produce, handcrafts and artefacts and is best on Saturdays.
  • Visitors and Cultural Bureau: Located at Haus Tumbuna at Modilon Road near the intersection with Coronation Drive, the bureau has information on things to see and do and a small museum with displays of weapons, jewellery and musical instruments.
  • Arts and crafts: The Madang Resort Hotel workshops and markets for carvings, shell jewellery and billums, or try the local market. Traditional clay pots are made at Bilbil Villages just south of Madang.
    Orchids and animals: Visitors can see the Elizabeth Sowerby Orchid Collection and cuscuses, hornbills, cockatoos and tree kangaroos at Madang Resort Hotel.
  • Kranket, Siar and Samun Islands: These picturesque islands all have accommodation and are fantastic for day trips for swimming, snorkelling and picnicking.
  • Kau Rainforest Museum: Owned by the Didipa Clan, the remnant of rainforest was set aside to retain traditional bush knowledge. Located 20km from Madang off the North Coast Road.
  • Volcanoes: The islands of Manam and Karkar have volcanic cones rising 1800m above sea level. The smoking cones provide a spectacular site for visitors. Manam Island volcano erupted again in Novembe 2004.

Things to do

  • Diving and snorkelling: There is a great snorkelling off all the islands around Madang Harbour and at Jais Aben Resort, 20km North of Madang. Fantastic dive sites near Madang are Magic Passage, war wrecks and Planet Rock, an underwater sea mount with a population of curious hammerhead sharks, multitudes of small fish and beautiful corals. Further north there are war wrecks at Bogia Bay and Hansa Bay.
  • Golf: Cool sea breezes make playing pleasurable on the well-maintained course beside the coast road on the east side of Madang. The clubhouse overlooks the sea.
  • Trekking: Teptep at 2000m in the Finisterre Ranges has a guesthouse and is serviced by MAF from Madang and Lae, and by Island Airways from Madang. There are good walks nearby, and spectacular scenery.
  • Fishing: Anywhere off the coast around Madang is good, especially Bagabag Island. Hotels, dive operators and the visitors’ bureau have lists of charter boats.
  • Canoeing: Jais Aben Resort has canoes for hire as do the guesthouse on Siar Island. Otherwise hire someone from one of the many villages to paddle you around.

Morobe Province
The gateway to the Highlands, Morobe boasts majestic mountains and lush rainforest filled with butterflies, orchids and tropical birds. The Huon Gulf provides excellent fishing and diving and there are good reefs around the coastal town of Finchafen, Salamaua District and the Siassi Islands. Lae is the capital and Papua New Guinea’s second largest city. It was once a tiny mission station before the 1920s goldrush at Wau, and later developed into a major seaport. The town is well serviced by banks, hotels, department stores, markets and artefact shops and is linked to the Highlands by Okuk Highway.

Things to see

  • Lae: Built on a flat headland, the city is laid out around the Botanical Gardens. There are two ports, one at Voco Point, and the main wharf south of the old airstrip, at the end of Milford Haven Road. On the flatlands between the airstrip and the town is the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium, built for the 1991 South Pacific Games.
  • Lae Botanical Gardens: This haven of greenery has huge trees, bright, noisy birds, lizards and an extensive orchid collection.
  • Lae War Cemetery: Most of the 2363 graves in this peaceful, well-kept cemetery are of young Australians. Located within the Botanical Gardens, it’s a short walk from town along Coronation Drive to Memorial Avenue.
  • Unitech: The Matheson Library of Technology is the South Pacific’s largest and has a collection of artefacts with rare pieces. Buildings worth seeing are the haus tambaran-style coffeehaus and the 36 Sepik-style carved pillars in Duncanson Hall. Located 8km out of town on Bumbu Road.
  • Rainforest Habitat: Located next to the University of Technology is 3000sq m of rainforest under a canopy, with a lake, raised walkways, semi-tamed birds and beautiful flowers. You’ll find the largest variety of birds of paradise species anywhere in the world, together with other native wildlife such as tree kangaroos, parrots and cassowaries.
  • Markets: Lae’s main market is located on Air Corps Road west of the old airstrip. Food produce and local curios are available here.
  • Arts & Crafts: Street sellers often position themselves outside department stores. Look for billums and other crafts at the main market. The biggest selection is at Melanesian Arts Centre.
  • Wau and Bulolo: Goldmining, bird-watching and butterflies are the attractions in the hills south of Lae. Wau Ecology Institute has a small museum with photos of Wau in its heyday, hostel accommodation and a Butterfly Ranch. The small McAdam National Park preserves the last virgin stands of Klinki and hoop pine and has many birds and tree kangaroos. There is one trail and you will need a guide.
  • Limestone Caves: Near Mumeng on the scenic drive to Bulolo are the Avilu Caves and the Avadedu burial ledges, above the Gangwe River.
  • Menyama and Aseki: In this coffee-growing region in the heart of Anga country people still wear traditional dress. Anga people used to smoke their dead and mummified bodies can be seen at Angipena, between Wau and Aseki.
  • Finchhafen: First colonised by Germans in 1885, this small coastal town is peaceful and idyllic. There is guesthouse accommodation, good snorkelling and walking. Beautifully carved Tami Island bowls can be bought at nearby Malasiga Village. Sialum, a two-hour drive north, also has good walking, swimming, snorkelling.
  • Salamaua: Important during the war, this pretty area has war relics, fishing, swimming, snorkelling, and walking to Coastwatchers Ridge and Mount Tambu for spectacular views. There is guesthouse accommodation. Boats leave from Voco Point.
  • Labu Tali Conservation Area: Giant leatherback turtles come here between late November and early February to lay eggs. Guesthouses are at Maus Buang and at Busama, and villagers will act as guides. Fishing, bushwalking and swimming are other options. Boats going to Salamaua stop here.
  • Kamiali Wildlife Management Area: Local people run eco tours to see turtles nesting or you can swim, fish, snorkel, walk or paddle canoes.

Things to do

  • Diving: The coasts around Finschhafen, Salamaua and the Siassi Islands are particularly good for diving. The wrecks of the B-17 bomber Black Jack and the Dutch cargo ship St .
  • Trekking: The Black Cat Track, from Wau to Salamaua, should take five days. The trek was used during the gold rush era in Wau in the early 1920s and during World War II.
  • Bird-watching: The Wau area has some good spots.
  • Golf: Papua New Guinea’s best golf course has its clubhouse on Bumbu Road, near the intersection with Markham Road.

Sandaun Province
This province remains relatively underdeveloped, with lovely beaches, crystal clear lagoons and picturesque villages. The capital of Vanimo sits at the head of scenic harbour on a narrow peninsula with beautiful beaches on both sides. A two-hour walk leads around the headland with good snorkelling spots along the way. Vanimo is 30km from the Indonesian border and is PNG’s port of entry from the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya. Superb beaches and ocean breaks west of Vanimo towards Wutung attract surfers during the months of September to January.

Things to see

  • Vanimo: Most of tiny Vanimo’s services, including an Indonesian Consulate (phone 856 1371) are located on the flat land at the base of the headland overlooking the harbour. Excellent swimming beaches lie on other side of the headland. Narimo Island lies offshore and is good for swimming and picknicking but take food and water. Check with your hotel or hire a boat from West Deco village near the main wharf.
  • Aitape: Reached by boat from Vanimo or rough road from Wewak, Aitape was once a German station and later used by Japanese during World War II. Tadji Airstrip still has aircraft wreckage from the war. A B-24 bomber stands outside Aitape High School between the airstrip and town.
  • Telefomin & Oksapmin: These remote stations are more easily reached by air from Tari in Southern Highlands Province. The area is rugged with spectacular valleys. Caves in Okspamin Valley can be reached with guides.

Things to do

  • Walking: A circuit of the headland at Vanimo is pleasant or go west past the airport to a vine-draped headland. You can wade around to a beautiful beach.
  • Surfing: Lido Village, 8km west of Vanimo, has a good surf beach and a guesthouse catering for surfers. They hire surfboards and bicycles. Aitape also has surf beaches and accommodation.
  • Visit the Indonesian border: Although the border is not open to tourists, superb beaches, lagoon, views and picturesque villages can be seen along the way.


2012 Traditional Sing-sings and Festivities:

 2012 Mt Hagen Show Pkgs

 2012 Goroka Show Pkgs

 2012 Morobe Show Pkgs

 2012 PNG Mask Festival

 2012 Waghi Show Pkgs


Be ware! Good accommodations for the 2012 Mt Hagen Show and 2012 Goroka Shows are usually sold out months and years in advance before the actual dates of the shows. Its advisable to book early and secure your rooms. To secure your space for any of the packages on offer send us an email or call us on +675 5423552.


The "Haus Tambaran" or spirit house seen here in Sepik is very scared place where all the magic and primitive traditions of the Sepik people are carried out.



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