Takahito Yamaguchi, NDA Dive Instructor

Takahito Yamaguchi, NDA Dive Instructor

Kalibobo Spirit & Qing at Madang Resort Marina

Kalibobo Spirit & Qing at Madang Resort Marina

M/Y Qing at Madang Resort Marina

M/Y Qing at Madang Resort Marina

Kalam SHow, Simbai

Kalam SHow, Simbai

Aerial Picture of Yamilon Lagoon, Madang Resort Marina on left.

Aerial Picture of Yamilon Lagoon, Madang Resort Marina on left.

Venetian Foundain, Madang Resort

Venetian Foundain, Madang Resort

Dallman Diver

Dallman Diver



Reef Explorer New Livery

Reef Explorer New Livery

National ALlicance Conference in Sana Room

National ALlicance Conference in Sana Room

Crocadile Festival, Ambunti

Crocadile Festival, Ambunti

Kalibobo Spirit Crew at Kanganaman Village

Kalibobo Spirit Crew at Kanganaman Village

Crocodile Sing Sing at Kopar Village

Crocodile Sing Sing at Kopar Village

Wednesday 1sr September, 2016


One of the questions we needed answered by our readers is to ascertain the number of people downloading our website and if the information we are providing serves a useful way of keeping you advised of what we are doing in PNG and Australia.   In order to get this information it would be appreciated if you could acknowledge this blog and find out if the information provided is useful and informative to you in planning your visit to PNG?    The best way to do this is to send an email to my personal address peter.barter@mtspng.com.


This past week in Madang is the busiest on record for 2016, we have been host to 3 international conferences and several major functions which include the PNG Institute of Medical Research, Malaria Colloquium which attracted 200 delegates from PNG and overseas.  UNDP sponsored a workshop on climate change and the environment in partnership with the Department of Environment and Conservation which attracted 50 delegates.   The Bank of PNG had their quarterly Board Meeting where all BSP Board Members and senior staff attended and today, we welcomed the arrival of Ikarus Tours from Germany who will remain with us for the next couple of days.

The PNG IMR Malaria Colloquium attracted 22 national and international distinguished professors, 25 Phd’s and many more well known scientists to discuss ways of eradicating Malaria in PNG and elsewhere in the world.   Amongst the visiting Professors was Prof Michael Alpers who was the first Director of IMR 40 years ago.  It was a great privilege to renew so many friends I knew in my younger days in PNG.

We have received great comments on the services we provided to all three major events.  Our staff performed very well despite the influx of visitors and guests .

Our next big function will be on Sep 7-9 when the Madang Provincial Government will hold an investment summit at the Madang Resort which will attract more than 200 delegates from PNG and overseas.  This Summit is expected to be opened by the Prime Minister, Hon Peter O’Neill.


WONONG AB is the local Bel word in “ples tok” for “place to sleep”, (or in pidgin english  “ples blong slip”) is Wenong Ab and this name has been given to our new wing due to be opened by the Prime Minister, Hon Peter O’Neill on Sep 23, 2016.   The Wonong  Ab Wing has 20 de-luxe rooms overlooking the gardens and Madang Harbour.  Invitations will be extended to local leaders and the business community.   The actual building is complete, we are waiting on the last containers which contact beds, furniture which we are told will arrive next week.

In the past 18 months, MTS has invested over K15m into accommodation and facilities at the Madang Resort and Kalibobo Village.  It is now one of the largest resorts in PNG.


The Government had formally lifted the restriction on Australians obtaining a free visa on arrival in Port Moresby in doing so, they have warned non tourists not to abuse the tourist visa.  It is expected the lifting of the ban will result in more Australians visiting PNG in the immediate future.


The Kalibobo Spirit will operate a special expeditionary cruise up the Sepik River comencing from Madang on 27th December and returning on 2nd January.    The cruise is already half full with just a few cabins lect and anyone interested should immediately contact MTS info@mtspng.com

The cruise will visit the lower and middle Sepik River.  The Murik and Chambri Lakes, the main villages in the Iatmul Region and offshore island of Boisa will be included.


This year we will not participating in the PNG Lukim Show as our staff are engaged on handling several expeditionary ships cruising PNG at the time and our objection to the Government holding the event in Port Moresby.  We have made known our disappointment to the Minister for tourism and TPA stating that it is important for such events to be held a Provincial Centres throughout PNG rather than Port Moresby which has little relevance to what a visitors wants to see in PNG.

QING (pronouced Ching)

This massive motoyacht is moored at the Madang Resort Marina with the Kalibobo Spirit alongside.  Having completed the 12 day Sepik Expedition with both vessels it will remain at our Marina until after 16th September when it will continue its round thr world voyage.

Coincidentally, the sister ship Dorothea III is also expected to cruise PNG waters later this year.  Both vessels are 45m and were built in China.


This year we have published 3 quarterly newsletters, No. 3 was issued on 1st August and the final newsletter will be published in November covering Christmas and the New Year.   Our next  newsletter will provide the laest information available on the Long Island Eruption that  probably took place between 1640-1680 was was larger than the Krakatau Eurption in Indonesia making it probably the largest eruption in the world over  the past 400 years.   A paper written by Professor Russell  Blong will feature describing the voyage of William Dampier,  who visiting Long Island in 1700.

An additional story about archaeology at Simbai dating back 4,000 years by Professor Russell Summerhayes of the Otaga University in New Zealand.

Please do not forget to let us know if the information contained in the are helpful in keeping you in touch with PNG and you find the articles of interest in the Newsletters.


Niugini  Dive Adventures are planning some scheduled dive trips to Bagabag Island in the near future.  If you or anyone you know are interested to spend 2 full days diving at Bagabag, or Kar Kar let us know and we will see how we can organise a visit which would leave Madang early morning on Sat, spend all Sat and Sun diving and return late  Sun afternoon to Madang.  We need to attract at least 12 divers to make this trip viable on a scheduled basis but we hope to keep costs incl dive and meals to around PNG K1500 per person.

We also have a new Dive Video  available which can be dowloaded on drop box.

Peter Barter

Melanesian Newsletter Edition 1 Apr 1 2016
Melanesian NewsLetter  Edition 2 Jun 1 2016

Melanesian NewsLetter Edition 3 Aug 1

To view Sepik River video use the follwing link to dropbox


MTS PNG Welcomes Visitors Aboard the Pacific Aria

Download the Visitors Information Booklet [PDF, 1.5MB]

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.


T: +675 4222766,   F: 675 4223543,   E: info@mtspng.com





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: info@mtspng.com


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
Read more... [PDF 952KB]

T: +675 422 2655 F: +675 422 3325  E: info@mtspng.com



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. 

Easter Weekend Getaway

Dive, Snorkel, Cruise & Tour

For bookings, email nda@madangresort.com

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: info@mtspng.com

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.

More information...






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
Email: info@heritagecairns.com.au

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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