Takahito Yamaguchi, NDA Dive Instructor
Kalibobo Spirit & Qing at Madang Resort Marina
Wonong Ab Wing, Madang Resort
NDA Dive Shop, Madang Resort
Aerial Picture of Yamilon Lagoon, Madang Resort Marina on left.
Venetian Foundain, Madang Resort
CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL
Reef Explorer New Livery
National ALlicance Conference in Sana Room
Crocadile Festival, Ambunti
Kalibobo Spirit Crew at Kanganaman Village
Crocodile Sing Sing at Kopar Village
Kula Circumnavigation of PNG by Thor Jensen
Gov Jim Kas, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and myself at official opening of new Wonong Ab Wing at Madang Resort on 28th Sep, 2016
Sunday 16 October
Another month in Paradise!
This is my 50th Year in PNG and I continue to enjoy living and working in such a wonderful country. On many occasions I have thought about retiring like so many of my friends but at 76 I cannot imagine not being involved with my work as well as the many other activities that keep me working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. This year has been a very trying experience, tourism visitors are down along with occupancies, we have challenges to improve the image of PNG and to counteract the perception that PNG is a dangerous country to visit. PNG has had some problems in different parts of PNG but keeping in mind that PNG is a developing country with a large population of youth seeking jobs it is up to all of us to support the tourist industry that could ultimately employ millions – this has always been my objection ever since I arrived in PNG.
DIVING – NIUGINI DIVE ADVENTURES
This week we have had 20 young Japanese divers from Blue & Snow, a well-known tur operator in Japan. They have had a full weeks diving under the supervision of Takahiro (Taka) Yamaguchi, our Japanese Dive Instructor and Manager of Niugini Dive Adventures. Their week in Madang was described by them as the best diving and experience they have had anywhere in the world and all of them are planning to return again in 2017. Their enthusiasm was overwhelming and should attract many more operators to follow suit and take advantage of Air Niugini’s two flights a week from Tokyo to Port Moresby.
Our new dive vessel “Dallman Diver” is in Cairns awaiting to be ferried back to PNG in November with the Kalibobo Spirit.
In October I captained the Kalibobo Spirit up the Sepik River to act as pilot to the Qing, a 45m motor yacht. Whilst the level of the river was very low, we managed successfully to reach Ambunti 550km upriver. It was possibly the first time such a large motor yacht had penetrated the Upper Sepik but as many of you know, the Kalibobo Spirit, the Melanesian Discoverer, Melanesian Explorer and initially the Sepik Explorer had operated over 40 years. It proved to be a great experience for the owner of Qing and his family and equally for the crew and myself aboard the Kalibobo Spirit.
The Qing remained on our Marina for a month whilst the owner returned to the USA. After re-joining the vessel, it sailed for Bagabag, Witu (Garova), Kimbe Bay. Rabaul, Nissan Island and Buka in Bougainville where it cleared to continue their world cruise to the Solomon Islands. I hope to meet up with them in Cairns in November.
We have an excellent film taken of the trip up the Sepik River which can be obtained from the under mention link. http://bit.ly/sepik2016
PNG PRIME MINISTER OPEND WONONG AB.
On Sep 29, the PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill officially opened the newest wing of the Madang Resort after it was blessed by Prof, Fr. Jan Czuba President of the Western Pacific University. The opening was attended by His Grace Archbishop Stephen Reichert, Governor Jim Kas, the Administrator of Madang and 150 invited guests who later had a dinner hosted by myself at the Haus Kibung Restaurant.
The Prime Minister announced that the Madang Resort and Madang would be a major venue for the hosting of the APEC conference in 2018. He also went on to promise K150m for road improvements, upgrading of the Modilon Hospital and extension to the Madang Runway and a new Terminal prior to the APEC conference.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Brian O’Neill his son and Chris Hawkins, the Director of the APEC Conference who was the first guest to sample the comfort of the Wonong AB Wing.
MADANG RESORT & KALIBOBO VILLAGE
Numerous conference have used the Madang Resort as their venue including the Bank of PNG, UNICEF, Digicel, National Fishery Authority, Department of Finance, Bread of the World, Madang Provincial Government and the Ramu Development Foundation. There are a number of more national and international conferences booked for the remainder of 2016.
Our continuous maintenance program continues at Kalibobo Village and Madang Resort. The carpark has been doubled, our Conference Kitchen has been totally rebuilt, a new laundry and other and equipment has been installed and now operational. The Marina has been expanded and plans are now under way for the construction of a further 10 executive style one bedroom suites to be completed in 2017.
The 2017 Rack Rates have been released for both Madang Resort and Kalibobo Village, the room rates have decreased and provide the best value for money in PNG.
We plan to depart Madang on Oct 27 subject to weather conditions to arrive in Cairns on Nov 1 where will be slipped at Norship Shipyard to undergo routine survey and maintenance. Both rips will be ferry voyages without passengers. The next booking for a charter is on 21st November ex Madang.
MELANESIAN NEWSLETTER #4
We have published Melanesian Newsletter #4 which contains some very informative information about Archaeological discoveries at Simbai, another story on William Dampier’s voyage on the HMS Roebuck who has assisted identifying possible dates of the major eruption on Long Island. You can click on the image to read and also download this and other editions of Melanesian News on this website.Melanesian Newsletters bit.ly links
Both the Cairns Sheridan Hotel and Tropical Heritage Cairns have continued to operate well throughout 2016 exceeding our expectations and enjoying a steady growth in tourism arrivals in Far North Queensland. Which is expected to continue with the lower value of the Australian Dollar.
We have replaced all air conditioners at the Tropical Heritage Cairns with new split unit air conditioners and new furniture has been purchased for the Cairns Sheridan Hotel, routine maintenance will continue providing the best value hotels in Cairns.
Tne Professor Komhoff departed Madang yesterday for their annual expedition through PNG with Alex Paria aboard as the Ship and tour Agent, he will remain aboard until the vessel leaves on Oct 20. The Silver Discoverer visited Madang and MTS organised activities in Vanimo, Kopar, Tuam, Garova, Rabaul, Nissan and Buka, Wesley Hatan travelled aboard as Ships Agent and Tour Organiser at each destination. On 21 November the Pacific Aria arrives in Madang with more than 1000 passengers at which time they will again witness the Mini Cultural Festival held at Sugen Aben, a park owned by the Madang Resort adjacent to the main entrance alongside Yamilon Lagoon.
We have handle a number of smaller motor yachts such as the Qing and later this month then M5.
MTS is the major Ship Agencies for Cruise ships and excursion operators throughout PNG, if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Wesley or Alex on email@example.com
Sir Peter Barter, Managing Director
MTS PNG Welcomes Visitors Aboard the Pacific Aria
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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.
T: +675 4222766, F: 675 4223543, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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
T: +675 422 2655 F: +675 422 3325 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
For bookings, email email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.