1971 Mt Hagen Show Tour - Marcel Faech

1971 Mt Hagen Show Tour - Marcel Faech

Wahgi Valley Gorls, Madang Festival

Wahgi Valley Gorls, Madang Festival

Madang Youths at Madang Festival

Madang Youths at Madang Festival

Yonki Dam Almost Empty - Drought 2015

Yonki Dam Almost Empty - Drought 2015

Diving in Madang

Diving in Madang

Kalibobo Apartments now Open

Kalibobo Apartments now Open

Bed 2 303 Apartments Kalibobo Village

Bed 2 303 Apartments Kalibobo Village

Kalibobo Village Rooms

Kalibobo Village Rooms

WW2 Coast Watchers - Coastwatchers Memorial commemorating 75th Surrender of Japanese

WW2 Coast Watchers - Coastwatchers Memorial commemorating 75th Surrender of Japanese

Madang Resort staff celebrating Independence

Madang Resort staff celebrating Independence



Tropical Heritage Cairns front office

Tropical Heritage Cairns front office

Kaiibobo Spirit at Jomba Island, Madang

Kaiibobo Spirit at Jomba Island, Madang

Monday Oct 5, 2015

MADANG, Papua New Guinea



Minolta 504.jpgBrother Bruce passed away 20th July and the family gathered in Sydney on the following Friday for his funeral.  Many guests would remember Bruce for his generosity, good nature and thousands of friends he has made in the course of his life.

 He often visited Madang to oversee the operation of Madang Resort and on occasions the Tropical Heritage in Cairns - he was very popular amongst all the staff, last week was very sad for all those people who knew him, not least myself, he will sadly be missed.

 PNG Drought

KS water at Riwo.JPGThe effect of El Nino has caused a significant drought throughout PNG.   In Madang we have not had rain since the beginning of June which had a devastating effect on our normal lush gardens and lawns most of which are now dry and withered.  On the weekend we visited some of the nearby islands in the Madang Harbour and delivered some water to the people who were very grateful.   The offshore islands are even worse off as their gardens have failed and many are eating berries and fish to survive, the Government has yet to come to their aid in providing basic food.


Last week I drove to Goroka in the Eastern Highlands for several reasons, firstly to check the Ramu and Highlands Highway to see if we can safely operate our coaches along some segments of the road and secondly to collect vegetables from the Goroka Market.   One section of the road is in bad repair over the Finisterre Mountains and between Usino and Gusap, the road from Gusap to Goroka was fine but a lot of traffic.  Despite the drought, the people in the Highlands are producing good quality vegetables and fruit so we can expect a continuation of supply in the future.  On the return leg, we actually had several heavy rain showers but alas, the rain was very restricted to the Highlands and not along the coast.

In 2016 we have planned several tours into the Highlands to visit the Goroka and Mt Hagen Show, we intend to do the leg between Madang and the Highlands by road to avoid the costs and inconvenience in returning to Port Moresby.

 FOM logo_sample 002.jpgPNG 40th Anniversary of Independence

On September 16 PNG celebrated the 40th Year of Independence.   The official Independence Dinner was held at the Madang Resort where entertainment was provided by the Royal PNG Police Band and the Pipes & Drums of the Corrective Institute.  K7000 was raised for the Haus Tumbuna (Museum) by the Friends of the Museum.


In Madang there were sing sings but none could equaly the spectacular Madang Festival and the DWU Cultural Shows which were amongst the bext cultural shows in PNG,   Some of the pictures have been posted on this blog.  Book now for the 2016 Show tours.


We had planned to sail to Cairns in mid October but hopes are fading due to rough seas across the Coral Sea.  We now expect to depart i late October subject to weather conditions.   The Kalibobo Spirit will remain in Cairns for approximately one month whilst it undergoes survey and a repaint job at Norship Shipyard.   It shall return to PNG at the beginning of December.


Kalibobo Village

The new 10 x 1 and 2 bed apartments are now complete, albeit 6 months late.  The first unit is occupied and we expect all 10 new apartments will be occupied in the near future.  All units are fully air conditioned, have state of art kitchens, beautiful imported furniture, in built laundry and balconies overlooking the beautiful Madang Harbour.  The Apartments are fully services in a gated community with access to all facilities at the Madang Resort.  For full details of these luxurious apartments down load the new flyers.

 Madang Resort

We are currently engaged in improving the security of the Resort wih new fences, CCTV coverage and upgraded gate keeping by trained staff.   We have approved plans for 20 x 1 bed apartment. Suites and 8 new suites to replace existing rooms.  We expect work to begin on these developments in early 2016 and be completed in 12 months.

 Blasts from the Past

We received an email from Marcel Faech who was the Manager of the Kuoni outbound tours in the late 1960’s.  He took a special interest in PNG and this week out of the blue he contacted me and sent along a series of photographs. I have taken the liberty of including a few of these pictures in this blog.  Of particular interest is the 1971 Mt Hagen Show where literally thousands of tribesmen participated in one of the words greatest cultural shows. Marcel relives these events with the many pictures he took


The occupancy of both the Cairns Sheridan and Tropical Heritage has been excellent, both hotels are operating to full capacity and we expet the high occupancies to continue into the future.

The Company has made an offer for another well known hotel near the centre of Cairns, we hope to hear if our tender is successful later this week.

Carols by Candlelight

Christmas is around the corner and staff in Madang are practicing for the annual Carols by Candlelight at Sagen Aben on Dec 19 which is a free event for the Madang community along with guests at the Madang Resort

We encourage you to book now to spend Christmas in beautiful Madang.  Special packages will be available along with special festivities planned over the festive season.


Peter Barter

2016 PNG Show Tours [PDF, 608KB]

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


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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 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@mtspng.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.

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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
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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