Purchase of 23' New Age Caravan in Melbourne with Jordan, Sibo and Derol.
12 Apostles, Victoria
AUst/PNG Ministerial Meeting in Sana Room, Madang Resort
Sahara towing Caravan, Victoria
Anatov on Cairns Airport, crew at the Sheridan Hotel Cairns
B25 Bomber, Wangat Island, Madang
Dallman Diver & Kalibobo Spirit providing services to the US Project Recover Project in Madang in Feb/Mar
CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL
Jordan Barter with Mackeral caught in Project Recover (Fringe Benefits)
Madang Resort from Drone
Kalibobo Spirit Crew at Kanganaman Village
Crocodile Sing Sing at Kopar Village
Madang Resort Marquee erected at the World Sufing Chamionship at Tupira, Madang
Madang Resort Gardens and Pool
Tupira Surf Championship 2017
New White House currently under construction
MS Europa in Madang March 22 2017
APEC MEETIG 2018
New Executive Rooms under Constructiion at Madang Resort
Wonong Ab Wing, Madang Resort
MADANG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Tuesday 27th June 2017
BACK IN PNG
I had meant to update readers of the MTS Blog on our travel that commenced on May 11 and concluded on May 24, 7 weeks away, travelling 20,000kms from Madang to Cairns (by air) the remaining distance by road starting from Cairns, through Queensland, NSW, Victoria across the Tsmania aboard the Spirit of Tasmania, then back to Melbourne, to South Australia, up via Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, through Northern Territory and along the Carpenteria Highway, the Savannah Highway back to Cairns.
I was accompanied by Sibona Mani, Derol Alphas and my Grandson Jordan, the driving was mainly done by myself but ably assisted by Sibo and on some legs Jordan with his “L” plates.
The first section from Cairns to Tasmania was done by driving the Sahara, a beautiful car, we stayed at motels and with friends most of the way to and within Tasmania but upon our return to Melbourne, we purchased a caravan, hooked it to the back of the Sahara and drove through Central Australia to Darwin and back to Cairns where it now rests in the car park of the Cairns Sheridan Hotel until it is either sold, or I get the urge to do a trip to Cape York or to Broome in Western Australia.
After spending more than 50 years in PNG the extensive tour of Australia came a result of not really knowing Australia, by birthplace coupled with sharing the trip with some of my PNG Friends and Grandson, it was also away of being away during the campaign period of the elections in PNG and allowing David Thomas, the GM of Madang Resort and Kalibobo Village to settlle into managing the resorts without my interference.
After returning, knowing more about Australia and enjoying many places we visited there are some places I would not revisit due to the enormous distances you need to drive between along with the emptiness of central Australia compared to what we offer in my adopted country, PNG the place I call home.
I will post some pictures on this website, but if you are interested in knowing more about the trip, it can be downloaded by clicking below.
MADANG RESORT & KALIBOBO VILLAGE
David Thomas, our new GM has settled in well, he actively engaged in assessing our staff, ways to improve our marketing and has great ideas for the future.
Goldbell are 20% into the construction of the new “White House” which commenced several days before I departed – it will be completed in November. JC Constructions have almost completed the refurbishment of all bathrooms in the waterfront bungalows. Our own maintenance staff have completed the upgrades in all Kalibobo Village rooms.
In July, we will commence upgrading the Sana Convention Centre which will be recarpted and high technology facilities enabling ideo conferences, audio visual screend, recarpeting in readiness for APEC meetings due to commence in December.
The University of California will again charter the Kalibobo Spirit to undertake a search for WW2 American aircraft known to have crashed at Hansa Bay, north of Madang near the border of the Sepik Provinces.
On October 16 it will leave Madang for an 8 day cruise from Madang to Alotau, and then continue across the Coral Sea to Cairns for annual survey.
In 2018 we will more vigorously market the Kalibobo Spirit and appoint a permanent Captain. PNG has so much to offer and the only vessel that is available is the Kalibobo Spirit. We will also be operating a number of scheduled cruises to the Sepik and for diving.
CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL
This year we have continued to undertake maintenance, upgrades and generally improving the facilities. Air Niugini are now featuring the hotel in their weekend packages from PNG.
At this time we are accommodating the Ukrainian crew of the Russian Antonov AN-124 aircraft currently at Cairns International Airport, this Russian built aircraft is reputed to the one of the largest aircraft in the work and we are happy they chose to stay at the Sheridan for more than a week and were very pleased with the standard ad services provided..
CAIRNS TROPICAL HERITAGE BOUTIQUE HOTEL
The popular Heritage is also undergoing refurbishment with new carpets being installed this week, new split beds to continue providing great service to our regular and international guests.
For a long time we have been toying with the idea of changing the name of the Company tp be more focused on the services we provide in PNG and Australia. We are hopeful a new name will emerge in the near future at which time you will be advised, any ideas?
I along with Sibona Mani participated in the SPTE in Sydney on May 17&18 where we met with 30 tour operators interested in selling PNG in their own programs. We are in touch with all these operators and agents and look forward to renewed interest by many of them in what can only be described as the most exciting destination in the Pacific Region.
The famous Russian Explorer and Naturalist, Nichlay Mikloucho-Maclay who first visited PNG and settled in at Gorendu Village on the Rai Coast (which ws named after him). The fourth decendent of Maclay, with the same name is intending to visit PNG and Madang in September and it is possible that I might fly to St Petersburg prior to their arrival. During their stay in PNG they will visit Gorendu Village aboard the Kalibobo Spirit and meet the decedents that took care of Maclay in 1871.
Professor Hugh Davies from UPNG has written a brilliant book on the Aitape Tsunami which resulted in the death of more than 3000 people. It is available from the UPNG Press.
Robert Shaw has written two fictional books based on his career in PNG, the first is “Islands in the Sky”, the second is “Fire Cult”. He is now working on his third book which again is based on his knowledge of PNG and promises to be good reading!
(Apart from basing the stories PNG, they detail a certain hotel in Madang and the jovial host Peter Butler).
Look forward to seeing you in PNG
Sir Peter Barter
SIbo & Derol, Darwin
Camel Riding, Katherine
The Lost City, Mount Crawford, NT
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Expeditions - Kalibobo Spirit
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.
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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.
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Kalibobo Village Resort - Madang
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.
NEW! Apartments for Short & Long Term Rental
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Niugini Dive Adventures
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.
Dive, Snorkel, Cruise & Tour
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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.
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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.
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!.
8 Minnie Street, Cairns, Queensland, 4870
Full costs available on Web, plus special offers
Lukim yu Bihain!
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.