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Cultural in Simbai

Kalam Culture Festival

Simbai’s cheif attraction is this festival, held on the Wednesday and Thursday following the Goroka Show in mid-September. The idea is tourists can travel from one to the other and experience two quite different fes…
Asian in Madang

Ocean Restaurant

Get here early to secure a table on the small harbourside veranda at lunch – for our money, the most atmospheric dining in town. The menu is dominated by Chinese cuisine, but there are a few inspiring Filipino dishe…
Cultural in Madang

Divine Word University Cultural Show

Usually held on the third or fourth Saturday in August (check with the Madang Visitors & Cultural Bureau), the Divine Word University Cultural Show is smaller than its highland cousins but still a riot of colour…
Nature Reserve in Balek Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Management Area

This wildlife management area is 10km south of Madang. It’s featured in scenes from the 1996 film production of Robinson Crusoe with Pierce Brosnan. There’s a sulphur creek that flows from a huge limestone formation…
Zoo in Ohu

Ohu Butterfly Habitat

The Ohu Butterfly Habitat, 15km southwest of Madang, is a community conservation and research project where butterflies, including PNG’s famous birdwing varieties, feed on the nectar of the flowering aristolochia. T…
Chinese in Madang

Eden Restaurant

Admittedly, this restaurant doesn’t make much of an impression; it’s right on the foreshore but designed to have no views and be stiflingly hot. People don’t come for the view, however, but for the enormous selectio…
Museum in Madang

Madang Museum

In the same building as the Madang Visitors & Cultural Bureau, this small but fascinating museum is worth visiting. Learn about the 1660 eruption of Long Island. Look for the ceremonial headdress from Bosmum vil…
Cultural in Madang

Madang Festival

This festival on the Queen's Birthday weekend in June celebrates the diverse cultures of Madang Province from the mountains to the sea. Activities include vibrant floats, canoe races and singsing dances on Laiwaden …
Wildlife Reserve in Madang

Flying Fox Roosts

You can’t miss Madang’s bats, they’re everywhere; wheeling overhead all day, constantly disturbed by the town noises below. Locals told us that these kwandi (spectacled flying foxes) moved into town in the mid-1970s…
Market in Madang


The market has fruit and vegetables as well as some clothing, bilums and local shell jewellery.