Balengut Canoe, Madang

Balengut Canoe, Madang

ms Europa Visit Madang Jan 17 2015

ms Europa Visit Madang Jan 17 2015

Kalibobo Spirit

Kalibobo Spirit

Mick Jagger on Narutu Is (Post Courier Picture)

Mick Jagger on Narutu Is (Post Courier Picture)

Madang Festival

Madang Festival

Oceanic Discoverer in Madang

Oceanic Discoverer in Madang

Coastwatchers Memorial Lighthouse, Madang

Coastwatchers Memorial Lighthouse, Madang



Aerial View of Madang Resort Hotel and Melanesain Discoverer

Aerial View of Madang Resort Hotel and Melanesain Discoverer

Foyer Stairs-Madang Resort Hotel

Foyer Stairs-Madang Resort Hotel

Bamboo Band

Bamboo Band

Madang Totem Pole

Madang Totem Pole

Kalibobo Village

Kalibobo Village

Friday 22 May 2015 – Madang, Papua New Guinea


This week we had the pleasure in receiving news from Trip Advisor that all our hotels and resorts were Winners of the 2015 Trip Advisor Excellence Awards.  This is the third year in a row for the Madang Resort, Kalibobo Village, Tropical Cairns Heritage and Cairns Sheridan to recipients of this honour and I am grateful to all thise guests that have written reviews which made this possible


The Madang Festival will be held over the Queens Birthday Weekend in Madang.  More than 40 cultural groups will be performing along with sporting, social events an church services.  The staff of Madang Resort & MTS have been actively engaged on the organisation of this massive event which promises to be come the largest cultural show in PNG.

The Festival Dinner will be held at the Madang Resort on Friday 5th June and all 300 tickets have been sold to various corporations in Madang and PNG.   The Miss Madang Pageant will be a feature of the dinner which will is organised by the Friends of the Museum to raise money to upgrade the “Haus Tumbuna” (Museum) in Madang.

The Madang Resort is a Gold Sponsor of the Madang Festival.


The PNG and Australian Government have been at loggerheads for the past 12 months resulting in Australians not being able to obtain free tourist visas on arrival in Port Moresby, instead intending Australian Citizens must apply for visas through PNG overseas offices and the processing time takes a minimum of 14 days, but frequently takes longer than 6 weeks.  Obviously this deters visitors from choosing to visit PNG and go instead to other destinations which have little or no restrictions in obtaining tourist visas on arrival.

The PNG Government introduced this restriction because they feel PNG are unfairly treated when applying for tourist visas to Australia.   The Australian Government in turn has introduced on-line visas which are normally now available in 7 days.

Last week I was asked by the Prime Minister to raise the question at the PNG/Australian Business council Meeting in Lae.  I drove from Madang to Lae, attending the opening meeting only to be told that question time would not be possible due to the late arrival of the PM and his party – I was obviously disappointed and then drove back to Madang having wasted 2 days.

In the PM opening address he made mention of the visa situation stating he hoped the ban would be reviewed later in the year!

At the same time, a further ban was imposed on Australians travelling to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, this has added a further complication and only hope that the reason for the ban can be resolved as quickly as possible.

The current DATA collected by the Department of Immigration shows that arrivals from Australia increased by 11.7% between 2013/2014.  Whilst we should jump with joy, the reality is that there has been a significant increase in cruise ships visiting PNG. It appears that the number of Australians on these ships are bundled into the “Holiday” category which vastly inflates the figure.  In reality, it would appears there has been a significant reduction in Australian tourists visiting PNG if you were to remove the tourists arriving on cruise ships, who incidentally are exempted from having to get visas prior to arrival!


NMSA (Navigation Aids & Safety)

In January. The NMSA introduced a new set of rules and levies which has increased the cost of ships visiting PNG.  We have taken this issue up with NMSA. The Department of Transport and PNG Tourist Authority on behalf of ship owners.  The matter was also bought to the attention of the PM and we hope the levies will be reviewed so that ship owners and operators can continue to expand their cruises into PNG Ports.   Any shipowner wanting further details should contact our Ship Agency Division.


In 2018 Madang has been chosen to host a number of the APEC meetings prior to the main APEC meeting in Port Moresby.  Arrangements are well underway for such a large meeting to take place in Madang.


We are planning several charters to the Sepik River later this year, we are also planning on spending a few weeks in Alotau and Milne Bay.  In late October, we will sail to Cairns for Survey and return prior to Christmas.   Charters are now being accepted for 2016 and 2017.

Since the sale of the Melanesian Discoverer, we have been considering replacing the vessel and re-introducing scheduled expeditionary cruises throughout PNG which will feature Milne Bay and the Sepik River.  My Son, Andrew and I visited Tahiti to look at a vessel, another in Brisbane and are currently considering another in Perth.   Due to the Visa situation as well as other obstacles we have delayed a decision until we have confidence to move ahead and continue pioneering tourism in PNG.

I am very much aware that a tourist travels to seek new experiences, see new things and generally enjoy this experience whatever it maybe.  Tourists do not travel to take a ride on an aircraft or stay in hotel, it can be apart of the experience, but it is not the motivating reason for travel and MTS are committed to continue to provide great experiences and provide the most comfortable means of reaching and enjoying the destination in the land of the unexpected!


In late July and early August I am planning to visit Europe, Russia and USA to meet with various tour operators, shipping companies to update them on PNG in general and to see how we can assist them introduce new tour programs to PNG.  If you would like to meet me and discuss any issues, please do not hesitate to send me an email


Kind regards

Sir Peter Barter


Madang Resort | Kalibobo Village | Cairns Sheridan Hotel | Cairns Heritage Hotel

all 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015  TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winners

Kalibobo Spirit

Kalibobo Spirit

Expeditions - Kalibobo Spirit


Kalibobo at Kitava Island

The luxurious "Kalibobo Spirit" motor yacht is available for charter in the coastal waters and rivers of Papua New Guinea.

This vessel provides the ultimate way of visiting some of the most remote regions of the the Sepik River and Papua New Guinea all in the comfort of this luxurious vessel.

T: +675 4222766 F: 675 4223543 E:|


Madang Resort


Madang Resort Aerial View

The Madang Resort (formerly Hotel Madang) remains PNG's most popular tourist resort and conference centre offering 180 guest suites with facilities that include PADI dive shop, Gift Shop, Art Gallery, Hair Salon, Business Centre, Tour Office, 3 restaurants, 4 pools, Gymnasium, 2 lagoons, a marina, PADI Dive Facility, Game Fishing and much more.

The Resort offers free use of Kayaks. sailing boats, bikes, tennis and Golf equipment and is now offering complimentary breakfasts in the Janek Aben Restaurant - enquire now for conditions.

The new Kalibobo Haus Kibung and new Haus Win Restaurant was officially opened on 10th June 2013, both are fully operational and have proved to be very popular.

Located along the shore of the Madang Harbour & Yamilon Lagoon in 15 acres of landscaped gardens.

T: +675 422 2655 F: +675 422 3325  E:

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Kalibobo Village Resort - Madang


Aerial View of Kalibobo Village Lagoon

Kalibobo Village was completed in 2007 and provides 60 deluxe rooms and villas, plus 10 cottages set along the Dallman Passage and entrance to the beautiful Madang Harbour overlooking Krankget Island.  Facilities include a swimming pool, lagoon, tennis court as well as facilities provided at the adjacent Madang Resort.

T: +675 422 2655 F: +675 422 3325  E:


Niugini Dive Adventures



Diving reefs in Madang Marine Park

Niugini Diving Adventures, (NDA) is based at the Madang Resort and Kalibobo Village but in addition provides dive instruction and excursions aboard the Kalibobo Spirit.  It is a PADI dive facility.  In addition to scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing trips are available. 

Easter Weekend Getaway

Dive, Snorkel, Cruise & Tour

For bookings, email

Niugini Dive Adventures operates the Aqua Venture and Sau Dazas. Game fishing boats that can provide light and big game fishing in waters of the Bismarck Sea.

T: +675 422 2766 F: +675 422 3543  E:

Highland Tours


Sing Sing, Wahgi Valley

MTS provide a complete touring service throughout the Highlands and Papua New Guinea.   Bookings can be made to visit Western, Southern and Eastern Highlands, Simbu & Enga plus the islands provinces of East and West New Britain, New Ireland, Bougainville and Milne Bay.

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The Heritage Cairns has just been announced by Trip Advisor as the Travellers Choice for 2012.   This prestigous award is attributable to the committment by MTS to provide a true PNG hospitality,.   The Tropical Heritage Hotel has one certificates of excellence from Trip Advisor for 2012, 2013 & 2014 and is rated as #7 in 68 hotels in Cairns.   It does not profess to be a 5 star hotel, it is rated as 3.5 stars and is considered to be the best, most affordable hotel in the CBD of Cairns City.

Rosemary has retired and touring Australia in a Caravan, James Munro has taken over as Manager assisted by Cynthia Bubner and the fantasic staff.  They all look forward to welcoming you in 2015

In addition to the 2012 Travellers Choice Award, Trip Advisor have presented the Certificate of Excellence to Cairns Heritage for 2012, 2013, 2014 and just announced Winner of the Excellence Award for 2015 by Trip Advisor - Congratulations!.

T: 07 4051 1211  F: 07 4051 1380

8 Minnie Street, Cairns, Queensland, 4870

Full costs available on Web, plus special offers

Lukim yu Bihain!

Cairns Sheridan

Cairns Sheridan Hotel & Conference Centre is also known as Cairns Airport Hotel is situated only 2-3km from Cairns Central shopping centre and Cairns Airport. From the hotel it’s a short walk to the Botanical Gardens, Whitfield Range bush tracks and the Cairns Esplanade. The Palms Restaurant provides excellent cruisine and a friendly environment.

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