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West Sepik Province (Sanduan)
Vanimo, the capital of Sandaun Province, sits on a neat little peninsula with beautiful beaches on either side. A pleasant walk around the headland brings the snorkelling enthusiast to several good spots. To the west, wade past vine draped limestone headlands to reach the final resting place of a rusted Japanese landing barge.
East Sepik Province
The sepik region is a wonderland of islands, beautiful coastlines, river systems and mountain ranges. It is the site of Japanese surrender in September 1945, and a history rich in human endeavour. First colonised by Germans in 1885 the area soon attracted mercenaries, explorers, traders, labour recuiters, and missionaries. But it is the timeless history of the Sepik people themselves which provide the mystery and exotic folklore of this fascinating area.
Madang Province
The most popular location in Papua New Guinea for divers, Madang Province consist of reef-fringed lowlands backed by some of the most rugged mountains in Papua New Guinea and offshore volcanic islands. Colourful Madang township has been called the "prettiest town in the South Pacific". It's peninsula setting is a show-place of parks, waterways, luxuriant sade trees and sparkling tropical islands.
Morobe Province
The gateway to the Highlands, Morobe boasts majestic mountains and lush rainforest filled with butterflies, orchids and tropical birds. The Huon Gulf provides excellent fishing and diving and there are good reefs around the coastal town of Finschhafen, Salamaua and the Siassi Islands. Salamaua District also has war relics, swimming and snorkelling, and walking to Mount Tambu for spectacular views.
Highlands Region
In the centre of the landmass and divided into five provinces, the Highlands Region consists of Southern Highlands, Enga Province, Western Highlands, Simbu and Eastern Highlands.
Papua Region
Human habitation is estimated to have begun around 45,000 years ago in this region. Today a population of 3 million comprises Papuans, Melanesians and Austronesians with the official language being Indonesian.
Islands Region
This is the least densely inhabited region with a population of 750,000 (14% of PNG), and distinct through its history portrayed by its Austronesian languages and archaeological findings of Lapita pottery culture.
Made up of four provinces – East SepikMadangMorobe and West Sepik, this region takes in the second largest city of the nation, Lae, which is the capital of Morobe Province. Lae is situated at the beginning of the Highlands Highway, the main transport corridor to the coast. On the outskirts of Lae are wonderful rainforests, and in the city itself, a raft of shops, restaurants, cultural galleries, and Papua New Guinea tour agencies as well as PNG accommodation options.

The East Sepik province
produces cocoa, coffee, copra and sugar, while Madang is the country’s second largest producer of cattle. With its tropical humid climate, normally between 24 and 32 degrees Celsius, it is envied by many around the country.

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