Madang Resort Water Front Bungalow

Madang Resort Water Front Bungalow

Julie Bishop attending the Australia/PNG Ministerial Meeting at the Madang Resort

Julie Bishop attending the Australia/PNG Ministerial Meeting at the Madang Resort

AUst/PNG Ministerial Meeting in Sana Room, Madang Resort

AUst/PNG Ministerial Meeting in Sana Room, Madang Resort

Fiji Staff Entertainment at Madang Resort

Fiji Staff Entertainment at Madang Resort

Pacfic Aria arriving Feb 19 in Madang

Pacfic Aria arriving Feb 19 in Madang

B25 Bomber, Wangat Island, Madang

B25 Bomber, Wangat Island, Madang

Dallman Diver & Kalibobo Spirit providing services to the US Project Recover Project in Madang in Feb/Mar

Dallman Diver & Kalibobo Spirit providing services to the US Project Recover Project in Madang in Feb/Mar



Jordan Barter with Mackeral caught in Project Recover (Fringe Benefits)

Jordan Barter with Mackeral caught in Project Recover (Fringe Benefits)

Madang Resort from Drone

Madang Resort from Drone

Kalibobo Spirit Crew at Kanganaman Village

Kalibobo Spirit Crew at Kanganaman Village

Crocodile Sing Sing at Kopar Village

Crocodile Sing Sing at Kopar Village

Madang Resort Marquee erected at the World Sufing Chamionship at Tupira, Madang

Madang Resort Marquee erected at the World Sufing Chamionship at Tupira, Madang

Madang Resort Gardens and Pool

Madang Resort Gardens and Pool

Tupira  Surf Championship 2017

Tupira Surf Championship 2017

Tupira Surf Lodge from Drone

Tupira Surf Lodge from Drone

MS Europa in Madang March 22 2017

MS Europa in Madang March 22 2017

Madang Coastwatcher Memorial Light House

Madang Coastwatcher Memorial Light House



New Executive Rooms under Constructiion at Madang Resort

New Executive Rooms under Constructiion at Madang Resort

Wonong Ab Wing, Madang Resort

Wonong Ab Wing, Madang Resort


 May 9, 2017


After over 50 years in PNG without leave, I am off to Cairns this week, driving to Sydney to attend the SPTC Tourism Exchange on May 17/19 and then through Victoria down to Tasmania and then drive to Perth, Broome, Darwin, Alice Springs and back to Cairns.  I have no idea how long it will take, I have no specific itinerary or places to visit, no timetable, for the first time in my life, I will go as fast or slow as I like.

Many people have offered to come with me and everyone is welcome providing they fit in with my schedule.  On the first leg, Sibona Mani and Derol Alpha will accompany me.  Sibona may have to return to Madang as he is an essentail member of our Management team, Derol will remain with me to change tyres or whatever during the trip around Australia.   Others will keep in touch and join me for segments and I will keep you advised of my travel, my experiences on this blog.

I forgot to say, that I am driing a new white Landcruise Sahara and a stick on the back windows will display a picture of Madang in the hope that we can attract tourists to Madang and PNG.

I can be contacted throughout the trip in Australia by email on or Mobile 0412 735297.

David Thomas has arrived as General Manager of Madang resort and Kalibobo Village, he and our trusted staff will continue to provide the services to our valued guests and clients.


The Australian Team was led by Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister whilst the PNG mission was led by Pato Rimbik, PNG’s Foreign Minister.  Each delegation consisted by 6 senior ministers plus a large contingent of support staff.  The meeting was held in the Sana Room of the Madang Resort.

We have received very positive responses from both the Australian and PNG delegations about the Madang Resort and Madang.  Julie Bishop indicating that she would like to return in the distant future to see more of the Province and the Sepik River.

By coincidence, Julie Bishop has invited all Foreign Ambassadors to Cairns this weekend including the Polish Ambassador HE Pawel Miliewski who has asked my family in Cairns to look after his childrfen this Sunday whilst he attends a dinner hosted by Julie Bishop.  Paswel is a good friend or mine and I look forward ot meeting him in Cairns on Saturday.


We have received advise from the APEC organising Committee that the Madang Resort has been chosen to host the first of a series of meeting prior to the APEC meeting that will take place in 20187.

The first meeting has will take place on Dec 5 & 6, 2017 where it is expected that more than 300 delgates and support staff will use the Sana Room and be accommodated at the Madang Resort & Kalibobo Village.

We have begun general upgrading of both Resorts in readiness with the influx of international visitors.


We have always believed that any visitor wants more than a just a bed.  It is this reason why the Madang Resort and Kalibobo Village have been designed in a way that provides so many facilities in a safe, gated community with access to diving, swimming, snorkelling, tennis and golf.

 Today, Goldbell Constructions negan demolishing the "white house" which will be replaced by 8 new executive apartments to be completed by October, 2017.

The Waterfront rooms are having all bathrooms replaced by JR Constructions and work has already begun.

We are also planning on building a fresh water lagoon adjacent to the existig olympic pool.  This pool will have a white sand beach and a great deal of interest to the property.  If we proceed, we intend to have it complete by October.

In the past 2 weeks, guests have written 20 positive reviews and providing both hotels 5 stars with the headings that include:

”Best Location for business and personal retreats” | “Best Resort, Dining & Scuba Diving in Madang”

“Undoubtedly the best Resort in Papua New Guinea” | :“Highly recommended”

“Awesome views and fantastic water” | “Great place, right on the water” | “Lovely Views”

“Picturesque spot with amazing dive locations” | “Magic Madang”

“A must destination for every real traveller” | “Kalibobo Village a touch of Paradise”

Ratings of #1 & # 2 on Trip Advisor, Certificate of Excellence and both hotels have more 5 stars ratings by our guests than any other hotel in PNG

 We are not resting on our laurels, we can do better and at present undertaking serious training of our PNG staff to excel in the ability to provide real Papua New Guinean Hospitality.  In PNG we do not say “have a nice day”,  but make sure our guests do have a nice day!


We have just completed major refurbishment of the Presidential Suites and half way through the refurbishment of all villas and rooms at Kalibobo Village.  The refurbishment will contginue for the next 2 months, afterwhich we will continue refurbishment of the Raffles Wing and Sana Conference Room.


Taka Yamaguchi returned from Madang today and is ready to begin dive instruction after his leave in Japan during which time he attended the Marine & Dive Fair representing Niugini Dive Adventures.


Both issues are now available, you can download copies on this website.  Both issues include stories of research being undertaken as well as information related to what Melanesian is offering in 2017/2018.


We have a number of scheduled expeditionary cruises up the lower and middle Sepik planned for the remainder of 2017 and in 2018.  Details of these cruises can be downloaded from this website or from  In October we are planning an 8 day cruise between Madang and Alotau which will visit the Salamaua, Tufi, D’Entrecastreaux, Amphlette and Trobriand Groups of islands.

Limited space is available on all cruises and the vessel is also available for special exlcusive charters anywhere in PNG, including diving.

The Kalibobo Spirit will sail to Cairns in November for survey and return early in December 2017.


Both Tropical Heritage Cairns and Cairns Sheridan Hotel operated very well throughout 2016, at present it is the off season but still our occupancies have remained high and in the low season we are undertaking some maintenance including new carpet at the Heritage, landscaping at both hotels in readiness for what we expect will be a busy year.


Again this year we arranged the ANZAC Dawn Service at the Coastwatchers Memorial Lighthouse.  This service was commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the Pacific War and two RAN ships arrived to participated in the event.


PNG is in the midst of a National Election to elect a new National Government, many colourful campaigns are expected to take place where more than 4000 candidates, 44 political party’s are contesting 111 seats in National Parliament  Visitors should not be afraid to visit PNG during this period, in fact, as the election proceeds many clourful events will be staged by the more than 4000 candidates who have nominated to fill 111 seats in Parliament.


This famous Russian Naturalist and explorer first visited Madang in 1871.  He became famous for the way in which he related to the people at Gorendu and the Rai Coast which was named after him. He is perhaps the most famous naturalist in Russia and the St Petersburg Museum of Ethnology and Anthropology has a special section devoted to his work in PNG.

Few people from the west know very little about Maclay, this includes PNG.  I and some eager friends with help of some Russian colleagues have restored the Maclay Memorial at Gorendu and attempted to educate the people in PNG about Maclay’s work and research in PNG and hopefully help the people build a guest house to attract tourists.

Out of the blue this week, I was advised that a Nicholay Mikloucho-Maclay was alive and well in St. Petersburg and true enough, he was the 4th generation who has retained same name.   Asa result of this news, I have been invited to fly to Russia in May and have yet to decide if I can get away mainly due to being able to get a visa which I am told takes up to 30 days?  So wait and read all about the proposed visit and hopefully about Russia the trip comes off!

Sir Peter Barter, Phd. (Hon) GCL, OBE, Kt 

Chairman/Managing Director  

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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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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 T: +675 4241 400 F: +675 422 3325  E:

Kalibobo Village Resort - Madang


Kalibobo Village Suit

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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T: +675 422 2655 T: +675 4241 400 F: +675 422 3325  



Niugini Dive Adventures


Scuba diving at 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. 

Diver & Non-Diver Packages, Bookings & information


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.

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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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