Papua New Guinea’s northern coast is rich with unspoiled local villages, scenic beaches and tiny islands. Explore the township and dive among sunken warships.
Madang is a picturesque province and township on Papua New Guinea’s northern coast. Find active volcanoes, mountain peaks, valleys and fascinating cultures within the stunning coastal province. Explore sandy beaches and canoe along a coastline dotted with small islands.
Located on a scenic peninsula, the town of Madang has been called the “prettiest town in the Pacific”. Explore Madang township to see its beautiful harbour and island views. Hit the markets to try fresh tropical fruit and regional dishes. Visit the Madang Museum and Madang Visitor and Cultural Bureau to learn about the province’s different cultures and history. Madang endured intense warfare during World War II and fallen soldiers are commemorated at the Coastwatchers’ Memorial Beacon.
Take a diving tour in the still, blue waters around the islands. In Hansa and Bogia bays, 34 sunken warships offer a diver’s playground. Don’t miss Madang’s most famous dive sites, including Magic Passage and Planet Rock, a magnificent underwater mountain. Hammerhead sharks patrol the reefs and tropical fish flash through the coral. Beware of strong currents around the reefs of Bagabag Island.
Join a charter boat tour and catch your own seafood dinner or cruise around the shore in a rented canoe. If you are looking for a secluded getaway, head to Kranket, Siar and Samun islands, which offer great swimming, diving and picnic spots.
Hike along the famous Pacific Ring of Fire and see lakes in hollowed craters, smoking volcanoes and black-sand beaches. Less experienced trekkers can join a tour with an informative guide. See lush rainforest and brightly coloured orchids in Madang’s wilderness.
Domestic flights arrive at Madang Airport regularly and passenger boats connect Madang to Manus, Vanimo and Wewak. Lae, the second-largest city in Papua New Guinea, is just over 5-hours’ drive away. Explore Madang town by bus during the day. After dark, arrange a driver through your hotel, as there are no taxis. Visit Madang in August to experience the colourful Mabarosa Festival, celebrating unity among the provinces.