Introduction

Madang was once dubbed the ‘Prettiest town in the Pacific’ – not least from its position on a peninsula, surrounded by azure waters sprinkled with picturesque islands – and while it did suffer war-time ruination it retains much of its natural charm.

Madang’s warm, wet climate and fertile soil produce luxuriant growth. Many of the huge casuarina trees that tower over the Madang streets support raucous colonies of flying foxes. Madang was virtually destroyed during the Japanese occupation and subsequent fighting during WWII, so much of what you see today was built after the war.