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Introducing Madang

Madang is a little shyer and more reserved than her older sister Lae. Like a Melanesian maiden from a cliché in a South Pacific musical, Madang was once dubbed the ‘Prettiest town in the Pacific’ and while she retains her charms – perched on a peninsula as she is, surrounded by picturesque islands and sprinkled with parks, ponds and water-lily-filled waterways – her youthful beauty has faded.

Madang’s warm, wet climate and fertile soil produce luxuriant growth. Many of the huge casuarina trees that tower over the Madang streets escaped WWII relatively unscathed but Madang itself wasn’t so lucky and the town had to be rebuilt after it was virtually destroyed during the Japanese occupation and subsequent fighting.