Balengut Canoe, Madang

Balengut Canoe, Madang

Pacific Dawn Visit Madang Feb 19, 2015

Pacific Dawn Visit Madang Feb 19, 2015

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




I would be interested to know how many people read this blog and if the information contained is helpful to readers who have an interest in Papua New Guinea and are contemplating a trip to PNG in the near future?   You can send an email to me on

Tourism in PNG remains a challenge despite the fact it is one, if not the most interesting destination in the Pacific - with more than 800 languages and cultures, the diversity of the geography and amazingly friendly people it is a mystery to most visitors why more tourists do not visit PNG.

The recent visits of Pacific Dawn QE2, Europa, Amadea, Ocean Discoverer satisfied the 5000 passengers that visited Madang, Rabaul and Milne Bay - not one complaint was recorded and praise was given by all ships tour staff in regard to the high satisfaction rate expressed by their respective passengers.

Passengers aboard the Pacific Discoverer included many expat Australians and New Zealanders who have written nack to us saying how much they enjoyed their visit to Madang, many expressed a wish to come back again in the future and do overland tours and tell their friends to do likewise.

We also understand that P&O are planning more cruises to PNG using smaller expeditionary vessels based in Cairns.

MTS was the pioneer of maritime tourism in PNG - for 40 years we have operated expeditionary cruises on the Sepik Explorer, the Melanesian Explorer and Melanesian Doscoverer.   in 1992 we sold the Melanesian Discoverer primarily because I was personally involved in politics in the National Government,  duruing this time we purchased the Kalibobo Spirit which we still own and operate on exclusive charters around PNG.    In revent months we have been exploring the opportunity to re-introduce scheduled cruising and continue to look for a suitable vessel that would enable us to develop new cruises to the smaller, more interesting areas, island and ports around PNG.  We will keep you up todate with this process through this blog so keep watching.


Both hotels/resorts were winners of Excellence Awards by Trip Advisor.  They also rate #1 and #2 in Madang.   We are convious of the need to continue upgrading our standards and expanding our services and in 2015 we are in the final stages of completing 10 new 1 & 2 bed room executive suites, we have opened the new state of art Gymnasium and in the planning stages of expanding the existing conference facilities to seat 500 plus in formal sitting which is being eyed as a venue fior the APEC Finance Meeting in 2017.


Again, both hotels received excellent awards from Trip Advisor and are rated very highly based on excellent reviews from guests.   We are sorry to advise that Rosemary Robertson will returned from the Heritage on 20th April after 4 years managing the property and building up the reputation of this top class boutique hotel.  We are verfy sorry to lose Rosemary and the new Manager, James Munro will continue to provide the same personal service the Heritage is known for and wish Rosemary a happy retirement.


On the Queens Borthday Weekend the Madang Festival will be held in Madang which will involved hundred of cultural performances, traditional canoe races, sporting events and other events that will attract thousands of people to Madnag.   The Madang Visitors Bureau will stage this event every Queens Borthday weekend in June to enable tour operators to plan ahead and arrange tours to coincide with the event.


MTS have announced dates for special cruises to the Sepik River and Mine Bay in 2015 and 2016 - details can be found on the wbsite.


I have personally taken a great interest in restoring the Haus Tumbuna in Madang and ably assisted by the Friends of the Museum and volunteers.  The Museum is being redisigned to include sections to cover the German and colonial history, WW2 and the various districts in Madang.  we are also including a special section to exibit the work of the famous Russian Naturalist, Nicolai Mikloucho-Maclai who first visited Madang in 1871.

Various papers have been written and they will be posted on this website and downloaded to probvoide you more information on the vairous projects being undertaken.

We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Peter Barter, Phd (hon) GCL, OBE, Kt

Information for passengers aboard the Pacific Dawn

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

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

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:

Download Destination Madang Brochure

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.

Regretfully our long term Manager, Rosemary Robertson is returing at the end of April and James Munro has been appoined to replace Rosemary.   We all wish Rosemary the best in her retirement.

In addition to the 2012 Travellers Choice Award, Trip Advisor have presented the Certificate of Excellence to Cairns Heritage for 2012.

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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