A town rich in fascinating war-time history, authentic culture and breathtaking natural beauty, Wewak – capital of the picturesque East Sepik province – is one of Papua New Guinea’s most beautiful and interesting destinations.
Fronted by the unspoilt, palm-lined beaches of Sepik’s beautiful coast, and surrounded by dense forests and tree-smothered rolling valleys, Wewak – once the site of Japan’s largest airbase – hides battle scars caused by repeated Australian and US World War II bombing raids well.[ReadMoreMob]
As you relax on the white sands here, or even explore the sleepy town centre, with its traditional markets and restaurants serving delicious local delicacies, it is easy to forget Wewak’s past. The town’s war memorials, including the Wom War Memorial Park, and historic sites such as the Japanese lookout at Mission Hill, serve as an emotive reminder however, and are well worth taking the time to visit.
Wewak's Wartime History
Wewak was home to a large Japanese airbase during World War II. Relics of this time can still be seen today, from gun mounts to the wreck of MV Busama to an old airstrip at Cape Wom Memorial Park, the site where the Japanese surrendered in 1945.
Maur Cultural Village
Experience Papua New Guinean village life at the Maur Cultural Village. Friendly residents greet visitors with traditional dance and present their homes to offer an insight into their way of life, affording a fascinating cultural experience.