Madang is a township situated on the northern coast of mainland Papua New Guinea and offers a great base to explore the rest of the Madang Province from. Madang is renowned for its beauty and boasts some of the best diving in Papua New Guinea. On the Queen’s Birthday weekend each year, Madang comes alive with the Mabarosa Festival. Immerse yourself in Papua New Guinea’s rich culture with traditional dancing, bamboo bands and sing-sings.
Things to see and do
For golfing enthusiasts, the Madang Golf Course is a magnificent 9-hole golf course that offers an ideal setting for you can enjoy your favourite sport. Game fishing is a popular past time in Madang with mackerel, tuna, kingfish, barracuda, marlin, wahoo and yellow fin all found in the waters here. Madang Resort charters fishing boats and also offers a range of other holiday activities. The resort has built a ‘Haus Tambaran’, an ancestral spiritual house, where visitors can enjoy the quintessential Papua New Guinean experience. Jais Aben Resort offers Real Life Village Tours, where guests have the opportunity to experience genuine village ceremonies. The resort also offers Dead Man Walking Tours for guests who want to trek through rugged terrain and camp out in remote locations. Kau, which is located approximately 22 kilometres north of Madang, is home to the Ohu Butterfly Farm. In Kau, visitors can experience the diverse and beautiful array of butterflies endemic to this exotic region. A couple of hours north of Madang lies Banara, a picturesque coastal region where you can snorkel, picnic or lounge away the hours. When you arrive at Banara, be sure to pay a visit to the first house and ask the chief for permission to enter. The Tupira Surf Club located at Ulingan Bay is a bush-style resort that caters to surfers. Enjoy access to a number of remote breaks including Ulingan Bay which promises consistent swells year round. Pig, Kranket and Wangant Islands are great choices for snorkelling and diving in the Madang Province. Located on the outer reef in the Madang Lagoon, the waters here are pristine and perfect for viewing the stunning marine life. Bagabag Island, which is located two and a half hours from Madang, also boasts great snorkelling, diving and swimming. Kar Kar Volcano is three kilometres wide at its mouth and the unique soils have encouraged the proliferation of an extensive range of unusual flora. The trek up to the volcano takes five and a half hours and is not an easy hike.
Other attractions worth checking out
- Madang Visitors and Cultural Bureau
- Manam Island
- Buai Market
- Daka Market
Annual Festivals & Shows
- Mabarosa Festival, June
- Divine Word University Festival, August