From the rivers or from the oceans, Papua
New Guinea has the ultimate fishing experience. The coastal waters around
the Madang, East and West New Britain and New Ireland abound in blue and
black marlin, sailfish and dogtooth tuna.
In the waterways near Kandrian, freshwater fisherman can
take on the famous Papuan Black and Spot Tail Bass found only in Papua New
Guinea. If barramundi is your game, stay at the remote Bensbach Lodge near
the border of Irian Jaya. There’s saratogo and ox eye herring to play
For your fishing trip contact the following operators
and fishing clubs:
REEL FISH CHARTERS Contact: Brett Middleton MV “Talio”
PO Box 521 Madang 511, Madang Province Papua New Guinea Telephone: (675)
853 7496 Fax: (675) 853 7468
MV “Talio” maintains state of the art equipment,
from 8kg to 60kg tackle and electronics including radar, GPS and top of
the range sounder. It has maximum speed of 29 knots. With so much fishing
within range, on any given day anglers can enjoy a variety of world class
“Talio” owner/skipper Brett Middleton, who cut his
teeth in legendary Cairns big game fishing, further enhances your strike
chances with his expert local knowledge.
Coastal currents can run at 5 knots, carrying sailfish,
yellowfin, mahi mahi, mackerel and many more species to within 100 yards
of the shore. Sailfish in particular hunt in packs here, in number and
sizes seldom before seen in the South Pacific.
On remote reefs you can fish for dogtooth tuna, spanish
makerel, giant trevally, coral trout, and more sailfish. There’s a
wealth of options all year round. The area is a paradise for the fly,
light, medium and heavy tackle angler.
For the ultimate Papua New Guinea fishing experience,
combine a “Talio” Madang adventure with a trip to Arrjim Island Bass
Fishing Camp on the remote south coast of West New Britain.
Internationally renowned for its black and spottail bass. These mighty
opponents are the strongest freshwater species in the world and they offer
the supreme challenge for the plug caster.
BENSBACH WILDLIFE LODGE PO Box 6940, Boroko 111, NCD via
Daru, Western Province Contact: John Ramshaw Telephone: 323 4467
Facsimile: 323 4467
Wildlife/ Birdwatching Packages Fishing Packages The
packages allow for 4 persons per boat. Royalty on fish kept is 60 toea per
kg (whole fish). Guides will clean, fillet and pack fish. As Bensbach
carries a limited amount of gear it is recommended that fishermen bring
their own equipment.
Bensbach encourages tag and release. The season runs
from June/July to October/November. Barramundi is the principal catch,
with Saragota and Salmon a distant second and third.
Hunting 8 hunters, maximum at any one time. Royalty on
deer is K2.00/head, bag limit is five per hunter. Guns and ammunition are
NOT provided by Bensbach.
For overseas clients the lodge will arrange a licence
and Customs approval to import ammunition and a firearm. The form for a
licence has to be filled out by the hunter and signed at a local police
station and, along with 2 photographs, sent to the lodge. The licence and
customs approval is sent to the hunter/group leader. Allow up to a month
for licence and customs approval. Hand guns are not allowed.
Prices are per person and include accommodation, meals,
laundry and boat/guides. Drinks are extra. Land transport is an extra and
availability depends on the weather.
For charters, the pilot’s daily rate is half, provided
the pilot does not partake in the groups activities. Children under 12 are
Royalties are paid to the village people within the
Tonda Wildlife Reserve.
Payment can be made in cash or travellers cheque only
as, due to the remoteness of the Lodge, processing of credit cards will
takes up to four months.
The weather is tropical - days 30 to 34 degrees Celcius,
night 20 to 24 degrees Celcius. Wet season is December to March.
Casual, light clothing offering good covering is the
most comfortable. Don’t forget hats, sun-glasses and suntan
M.B.A. fly to Daru from Port Moresby and Kiunga Monday
to Saturday. Air Niugini fly Port Moresby to Daru Monday, Wednesday and
Saturday. The Bensbach strip is closed at present but Sunwest Aviation
will fly charters to Weam, a strip two hours upstream from the lodge, from
Daru. Other charters can be organised from a number of operators in most
major centres in Papua New Guinea and Cairns, Australia.
For further information, contact the Tourism Promotion
HUON GULF CHARTERS PO Box 1104, Lae 411, Morobe Province
Contact: Jan Hardie Telephone: (675) 472 2745 Facsimile: (675) 472 6175
MOROBE SEA CHARTERS PO Box 245, Lae 411, Morobe Province
Contact: Fred Cook Telephone: (675) 472 3647 Facsimile: (675) 472 5788
NATIONAL CAPITAL DISTRICT
PORT MORESBY GAME FISHING CLUB GANTRY PO Box 5028,
Boroko 111, NCD Contact: Ken Weber Telephone: 321 1391
BOROKO SPORTS FISHING CLUB PO Box 5280, Boroko 111, NCD
Contact: Rebecca Geoghegan Telephone: (675) 323 5513 Facsimile: (675) 323
PAPUA NEW GUINEA CULTURE
In a country of four million people with 800 different
languages, Papua New Guinea cannot be compared with any other country for
its rich cultural diversity. There is no such thing as a typical Papua New
Guinean. More than 200 cultures, each with different traditions, have been
The impact of modernisation brings daily change to Papua
New Guinea, but the majority of people, whether they be from the Highlands
to the Coastal regions, remain dependent on subsistence farming and live
in small villages. Much of the inherited social structure, from matters
affecting gardening to marriage and death, remains unchanged.
The responsibility for the day to day work of gardening
and caring for children and animals still lies with the women. Social
units are based on family, clan and tribe. Ownership of material wealth is
vested in the household and controlled by a male elder. Wealth was not
traditionally accumulated for its own sake, but so it could be given away,
with elaborate ceremony, creating prestige for the giver and placing
obligations on the receiver. Fundamental to the society were notions of
reciprocity and family obligations. This still holds true in today’s
Ancient rituals are still performed for important social
events. These elaborate ceremonies are normally presided over by the
elders of the clan, with warriors painted and decorated in bright colours,
feathers and shells. Today each of the twenty provinces has its own
cultural festivals and regional shows where groups are invited to perform
and visitors have the opportunity to glimpse the many visual and
performing arts of Papua New Guinea. The most popular shows include the
Hiri Moale, held in Port Moresby every September, the Mount Hagen show,
held annually in August and the Goroka Show, every September, which
attracts tourist from all over the world.
Papua New Guinea’s art forms are as diverse as they
are distinctive. In a country where language varies from village to
village, it can be expected that artistic expression will differ in style
just as dramatically. Pottery, weapons, carvings, basketwork, musical
instruments are produced by different people in different places,
according to their traditional skills and beliefs.
The Waigani area of the National Capital District is
home to the impressive Parliament House building and the National Museum
and Art Gallery, which exhibits one of the finest collections of primitive
art in the world. Sepik River carvings, Malagan masks and Trobriand Island
fishing vessels are just some of the unique examples of Papua New Guinean
culture on display.
Parliament House building is constructed in the style of
a traditional Sepik River Haus Tambaran, or Spirit House. Artists and
craftsmen from the villages throughout PNG were brought together to work
on the impressive carvings, mosaics and murals. The result is a
magnificent testimony to this culturally diverse and fascinating nation.
Papua New Guinea artefacts and handicrafts can be
purchased from individual artists and retail outlets in towns and
villages. The faculty of Creative Arts at the University of PNG at Waigani
is also an excellent source of paintings, pottery and etchings. Contact
the Provincial Tourist Office, located in each of the provincial
headquarters for details of the best places to view and purchase local;
handicrafts and artefacts.