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aussie 03-10-2002 01:02 AM

Tours in and Around Lae
 
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Snorkeling Salamaua

Looking for a well deserved break ? Stay at the Salamaua Haus Kibung for a weekend and experience the Morobean sun and surf.

Located approximately 35 kilometers from Lae or a 50-minute scenic boat ride, visitors can disembark into a tropical haven of palm trees and sandy
beaches.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:04 AM

Labu Tali Turtle Conservation Area
 
Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles nesting sites are common to both the Labu Tali and Busamang villages. Turtle watching is an excellent past-time for all nature enthusiasts and can be experienced just a short distance out of Lae.

Travelling southbound by banana boat you encounter the mighty Markham River and the quaint village of Labu Tali where you will need to secure accommodation overnight. Turtle species come ashore after dark so sightings will normally occur at these times.

Nesting season is from November through to March - (before Lae's rainy season sets in) so it is advisable to organise trips during these months. There is at present a village guesthouse called Waimala Guesthouse offering camp style accommodation at Labu Tali village. Visitors are required to bring their own food, personal items and sleeping gear (include mosquito nets).

Tour guides are available to escort visitors to see female turtles nesting and chances of sightings are quite high within the conservation area. Special arrangements can also be made for overnight stay in the neighbouring village of Busamang.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:06 AM

Labu Lakes
 
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Located inland behind the traditional villages of Labu Tali and Labu Miti, these lakes are a great place to visit and experience calm clear waters. The lakes are abundant in many types of marine life including the popular mud crabs which the Labu villagers regularly sell at the local markets.

Visitors can access the Lakes at any time once arrangements are made with local banana boat operators and village committees.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:07 AM

Aseki Smoked Bodies
 
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Menyamya District boasts some of Morobe's unique features such as scenic forest areas, where many species of beautiful wild orchids can been seen, sparkling waterfalls and the traditional practice of smoking bodies of the dead.

Trekking tours (easy/hard) can be organised out of the district as far as Kerema (Gulf Province). The Menyamya to Kerema Trail is one such walk, documented internationally by the Lonely Planet Guidebook.

A 'must' for adventure tourists and fit nature lovers.

Contact: Guest House Manager.
C/- Yhahauka Coffee Ltd, P.O. Box 61,
Menyamya, Morobe Province
Phone/Fax: (675) 474 0222

aussie 03-10-2002 01:09 AM

Menyamya Guest-House
 
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Menyamya Guest-House is located at the Menyamya District Station. The guest house is approximately a six hour 4wheel drive from Lae along the highway. The facility offers budget accommodation at single and family rates. Alternative means of travel to the area may be a 30-minute flight from Nadzab - North Coast Aviation & MAF or even a helicopter charter for the more time conscious traveller.

The guest-house has a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering, but meals can be provided upon request. It also features single/double bunkrooms including one family room with shared hot/cold water facilities and flush toilet systems. Tea and coffee making facilities are available for guests.


A cultural centre and local orchid farm are easily accessible from the guest house whilst the mission run Concordia Conference Centre is a fifteen minute drive from the Guest House. These facilities provide additional sightseeing options.

Contacts:

Guest House Manager.
P.O. Box 61, Menyamya, Morobe Province.
Phone/Fax: 474 0222

The Manager
Concordia Conference Centre
P.O.Box 36 Menyamya

aussie 03-10-2002 01:12 AM

Beautiful Busamang Village
 
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Located 40 minutes from Voco Point this idyllic setting is representative of village life in Morobe. Thatched roofed housing, traditional canoes and subsistence agriculture are an everyday part of life for the villagers.


Take a refreshing dip to cool off in rock pools at the base of the Bula Falls, a scenic waterfall located an easy 20 minutes inland, next to the village of Gwado.

You can take a splash in the sea, paddle a canoe or watch a local singsing (dance) from the area.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:14 AM

Rural Nature Based Tours
 
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Kamiali Training Centre & Guest House - Lababia Village.
Village Development Trust (Wildlife Management Area).

The Kamiali Training Centre and Guest House is situated 60 Kilometre from Lae (just a two hour boat ride) and combines the tranquil surroundings of coastal waters, natural streams and lush mountain rainforest with the comfort of modern conveniences. Nestled in the heart of the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area and a short distance from the culturally rich community of Lababia, this facility features complete catering services, meeting facilities, tour packages and comfortable sleeping accommodation for up to 24 guests.

Reservations and Bookings: To arrange your stay at the centre, it is best to fax/email information to the Manager - Kamiali Training Centre & Guest House on the address below. You can expect a response the same week, however please allow at least two weeks notice for confirmation as communication with Kamiali is limited to two way radio.

Contact: The Kamiali Training Centre.
c/- Village Development Trust P.O. Box 2397, Lae 411, Morobe Province. Ph: 472 1666 Fax: 472 4824
Email: vdt@global.net.pg (Attention: KTC Manager)
Website: www.global.net.pg/vdt

aussie 03-10-2002 01:15 AM

Kotte District Guest House
 
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For a refreshing break why not visit the Finschhafen area and experience Kotte hospitality? Travel to Buki in comfort on the MV Gejamsao followed by a scenic drive through Kotte villages and on to the Heldsbach Station.

The Kotte Guest House facilities offer a range of accommodation units from flats to 2 and 3 bedroom self contained bungalows. Guided tours of the natural forests can be arranged for visitors, including walks, canoeing and visiting World War II relics in the area. Fishing tours can be arranged for visitors.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:16 AM

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The waters of Finschhafen boast magnificent forms of marine life including beautiful coral reefs. Finschhafen is renowned for its association with the Lutheran mission and as the administrative centre for German New Guinea.

Contact:
The Manager
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Heldsbach Station.
P.O. Box 217, Finschhafen, , Morobe Province.
Ph: 474 7056 Fax: 4747 055.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:17 AM

Dregerhafen Lodge.
 
Just ten minutes walk from Buki Wharf, overlooking the beautiful Dregerhafen Harbour and its chain of islands, is the Dregerhafen High School Lodge. The backpacker facilities include 4 rooms with fans and one with airconditioning. Rooms are suitable for 2-3 people. Communal facilities are provided and the lounge room has a television set with the EMTV (local) channel only.

Visitors should bring their own food, as all cooking facilities are provided. The school vehicle can be arranged to take visitors to Gagidu Station and the popular Butaweng Falls for a cool swim and local boats can also be arranged for a tour of Tami Island and Malasiga.

Contact: P.O Box 126 Finscshhafen, Morobe Province.
Phone / Fax: 474 7050

aussie 03-10-2002 01:17 AM

Tami Island
 
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Surrounded by a series of large reef systems and located in the confluence of changing tide and ocean current movements, Tami Island provides an ideal location for scuba diving, game fishing and water sports (located 12 Km from Buki wharf).

The natural surrounds of white sandy beaches and coral reefs, the culture and variety of activities provide for all types of holiday makers. Two guest houses are operated on the island - Tami Island Guest House & Bamler Memorial Guest House. Barbecue facilities are also available for day visitors who wish to swim or snorkel and return to the mainland.

Contact: The Morobe Tourism Bureau for further information.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:18 AM

Huon Peninsula Lodge
 
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Nestled in the sleepy station of Gagidu, Finschhafen, is the newly established Huon Peninsula Lodge. Visitors travel to Buki by the MV Gejamsao (Ferry) and then enjoy a ten minute PMV ride to the Gagidu Station.

Comfortable rooms with all the modern conveniences are provided in an ocean-front rural atmosphere. Visit the Butaweng Falls while you're there and purchase some of Morobe's unique carvings from Malasiga or Tami. Take a boat ride out to Tami Island to see beautiful reef systems and white sandy inlets or stay the night at Bamler and experience the local culture of the Kotte people.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:19 AM

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Hire a 4WD and tour the countryside stopping at historical places such as the landing site of the first Lutheran Missionary Johan Frierl (1885) at Simbang. Drive past quaint Kotte villages and meet friendly locals or stop at a roadside market for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Contact:
P.O. Box 177, Finschhafen, Morobe Province.
Ph: 474 7073 Fax: 474 7093

aussie 03-10-2002 01:20 AM

Tulip Guest House
 
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Bau Village, Morobe Sub-District.

This guest-house is idyllically situated at the end of the village and directly facing the beautiful Bau island. Managed by the village women's group, they offer traditional Morobean meals with home baked bread, local fruits and kulau (young coconuts).

Tours of Bau can be organised for a modest fee. You can experience village life, culture, swimming and snorkeling. Fishing packages and island tours can be arranged and the Bau island tour will prove to be an unforgettable experience. Try lagoon fishing for a difference or purchase Morobean tapa or sit back and be entertained by a local singsing group. Travel to and from Lae can be arranged for guests.

Contact: Bie & Mari Warwe.
Bau Guest House,
P.O. Box 3557, LAE 411, Morobe Province.
Phone: Morobe Tourism Bureau or Village Development Trust [VDT]

aussie 03-10-2002 01:21 AM

Pine Lodge Resort
 
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To experience the temperate climate of historic Bulolo, why not stay at the Pine Lodge Resort? Pine Lodge offers special rates on group bookings for local and international tour groups. With clean and comfortable guest accommodation, bar and restaurant facilities, your visit to Pine Lodge Resort will be a relaxed and memorable occasion.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:21 AM

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The Lodge organises tours around the Wau/Bulolo area to attractions such as Aseki smoked bodies, gold dredges, hot springs, gold panning and butterfly farming. The Wau/Bulolo area has a cooler climate to Lae so visitors should pack long pants and other warm clothing to wear in the evenings when temperatures drop.

Contact: Pine Lodge Resort
P.O. Box 90, BULOLO. Morobe Province.
Ph: 474 5220 / 474 5343 Fax: 474 5284.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:23 AM

Valley View Guest House
 
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Valley View Guest House is situated in the Wau town area and is surrounded by magnificent grounds. The guest-house is an old colonial home built by the Dutch in the 1950's and consists of 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large living room and dining room.

There is also a gymnasium, swimming pool and barbecue area. Valley View is great for a perfect weekend away - visit the Wau Ecology Institute, see the smoked bodies of Aseki or just spend the day relaxing. Prices are K120.00 per person per night which include laundry, all meals, morning and afternoon tea. Children are half price.

Contact:
P.O. Box 51,
Wau, Morobe Province.
Ph: Raquel Harvey-Hall on (675) 474 6312
Fax: (675) 474 6345

aussie 03-10-2002 01:24 AM

Wau Ecology Institute/ Guesthouse
 
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The Institute was established in 1971 and after 25 years of existence has become one of the leading research centres in PNG. The institute promotes biodiversity conservation and offers landowner and environmental awareness programs.

Surrounded by green forest vegetation and enjoying a cool highland climate, the institute's facilities consist of laboratories, a natural museum, insect and butterfly ranch, a zoo, teaching facilities and guesthouse accommodation for visitors.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:25 AM

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Contacts:
Contacts: Wau Ecology Institute
The Manager
P.O. Box 1230
WAU
MP
Phone: 474 6347/ 474 6300
Fax: 474 6381/ 474 6384
Email: wauecology@datec.com.pg
Insect Ranch: The Manager
P.O. Box 77
WAU, MP
Phone: + 675474 6341 or
Phone/Fax: +675 474 6377/ 474 6212

aussie 03-10-2002 01:26 AM

The Insect Farming and Trading Agency- Bulolo
 
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Established in 1978, this agency now has 1500 village suppliers from throughout PNG. This eco -friendly alternative village based industry has proven to be a great success over the last 20 years.

Contact: Phone: 474 5285 Fax: 474 5450
or contact the Pine Lodge Resort on Phone: 474 5220/ 474 5343 or the Rainforest Habitat in Lae on Ph/Fax: 475 7839

aussie 03-10-2002 01:27 AM

Bundum Conference Centre
 
Located en route to Mumeng along the Wau- Bulolo road about 50 minutes drive from Lae is the Bundum Conference Centre. This is a Lutheran Church run centre that has accommodation and conference facilities to cater for church groups, businesses, NGOs and government groups.

Houses are traditionally built but they are fitted with the modern comfort of solar lights. Rooms are fitted with double bunk beds and single beds. The centre also serves as an example of an Eco-tourism centre in the province. Meals are provided with most of the produce coming from the centre's own gardens. This centre can accommodate up to 150 guests.

Contact: P.O. Box 80
Phone: 474 9393
Fax: 474 9342

aussie 03-10-2002 01:28 AM

Teptep Guest House
 
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This is a remarkable rural getaway for adventurers and nature lovers. Located in Teptep Village near the border of the Morobe and Madang Provinces, it represents a unique portion of Morobe's diverse cultural heritage. The guest house is constructed from local building materials and encompasses traditional Teptep architectural design.

The facility offers dormitory type bunks with sheets and blankets provided. Catering can be provided upon request and local area tours and singsings (dances) can be organised at a cost. Features around the Teptep area include trekking, village life, Teptep culture, lakes and orchid sighting.

Teptep has climatic conditions similar to the Highlands of PNG and temperatures can drop considerably - pack warm clothing and jumpers. Fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower are found at Teptep.

Travel to Teptep by MAF from Nadzab 30-minute flight.
Call their Lae Offices for fares and destinations. Contact the MAF Lae office on Ph: (675) 472 1555 Fax: (675) 472 0397, P.O. Box 1889 or Nadzab Airport Ph: (675) 472 3840

Contact: Mr. Bommy Jerry,
C/- Yus Local Level Government Council
P.O. Box 4179, LAE 411. Morobe Province, PNG
2 Way Radio: Call Sign PTC = PAPA 2 DELTA 377
(Yus LLGC Officer)

aussie 03-10-2002 01:29 AM

Ramu Guesthouse
 
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Located within the ground of the Ramu Sugar Limited. It enjoys views of the great Ramu valley and its grassland plains. The guesthouse caters for company guests and also outside visitors when rooms are available. The Guesthouse offers modern standard rooms with affordable rates.

Contact:
The Human Resources Manager
Ramu Sugar Ltd
P.O. Box 2183, Lae
PH: 474 3299/ 474 3259 Fax 474 3295

aussie 03-10-2002 01:30 AM

Leron Plains Village Guesthouse
 
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Situated high on the grassland plains above Leron River gorges, this guest house offers village-type accommodation and is also suitable for camping groups from churches, NGOs, as well as government and private organisations.

Access is by a 3 hour 4WD trip from Lae followed by a one and a half hour trek to the guest house. It is recommended for those who prefer hard adventure trekking and hiking.

Bird watching and rubber rafting are some of the activities that can be arranged. It is also recommended that you bring your own food and water supply, although local food is available at the guest house.

Contact: The Morobe Tourism Bureau.

aussie 03-10-2002 01:51 AM

Morobe Tourism Bureau
 
If you have any further inquiries on any of the content featured in this web site, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff:

Email us direct: lcci@global.net.pg

postal address:

P.O. Box 475, Lae, Morobe Province
Papua New Guinea, 411

Phone: (675) 472 7823
Fax: (675) 472 6038

Our Office is located on 2nd Street, IPI building, Top-Town, Lae.(right next door to the Lae Chamber of Commerce).

chrismoxley 28-12-2004 03:29 AM

I was there in 1977
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by aussie
Just ten minutes walk from Buki Wharf, overlooking the beautiful Dregerhafen Harbour and its chain of islands, is the Dregerhafen High School Lodge. The backpacker facilities include 4 rooms with fans and one with airconditioning. Rooms are suitable for 2-3 people. Communal facilities are provided and the lounge room has a television set with the EMTV (local) channel only.

Visitors should bring their own food, as all cooking facilities are provided. The school vehicle can be arranged to take visitors to Gagidu Station and the popular Butaweng Falls for a cool swim and local boats can also be arranged for a tour of Tami Island and Malasiga.

Contact: P.O Box 126 Finscshhafen, Morobe Province.
Phone / Fax: 474 7050

I am delighted to find that Dreger Lodge, as we called it, is still open. I was a teacher at the school from 1976 to 1978. When I arrived, there were just the concrete floors laid for three, or was it four, huts. Mike Cooke, deputy head, had a portable chain-saw and produced timber from a tree that had come down near his house. Under the supervision of Tau Rabona (Headmaster), the boys and I, together with some other teachers, built the frames and lined the walls. I wonder if the septic tank survived: it was unorthodox, because the hole that had been dug was too big for the "kit" that we borrowed from the trade-store in Gagidu for concreting. Eventually the roofs were on and the electrics hooked up. There were no fans and certainly no air-conditioning in those days; and, of course, no televison, because PNG did not have it at that time. Ann Goldflam was the teacher in charge of tourist bookings, and we started to get an income for the school. This was badly needed to supplement the K100 school-fees that students paid.

I hope I'll come back one day and see it again.

Chris Moxley


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