Diving is in mostly sheltered waters 5-10 minutes boat ride from the marina at Kranget, Pig, Wongat Islands. Currents are experienced mostly at Planet Rock. Because of the sheltered conditions, Madang is good for beginners and those who prefer hassle free diving. The bigger boat is comfortable for up to 5 divers; banana boat is used for up to 2 divers. The reefscape is mostly dominated by hard corals but there are signs of coral bleaching indicating that corals are stressed. The greatest extent of bleaching was observed in Magic Passage. Best dive for me is Barracuda Point with swirling shoals of 2 varieties of barracudas and silver/black trevallies. Surprisingly, there was a scarcity of sharks compared to Tufi. I wander if they have been fished out for the shark fin market. I saw baby white tipped sharks and 1 gray reef shark. Henry Leith and B25 wrecks are also good sites especially for macro shots for soft corals. In your stay, I would recommend 8 dives as most of the dive sites are very similar around the island groups. 2 boat dives cost 270 K. They do not go to sites like the Quarry or Boston on the Northern coast.
Resort rooms feature Australian Tv networks (but no Channel 10), HBO, NatGeo, Discovery and other satellite channels. A note of caution is that the water supply stopped in the middle of the nights for a few nights when I was there which means that the flush would not work at night. Not many mosquitoes encountered here unlike the resort at Tufi. The compounds are beautifully landscaped. Reception and housekeeping staff are good. Only experienced inadequate, slow service with SOME of the restaurant staff. Also note that the Haus Win restaurant is building an upper floor and watch out for the dust particles that drop from above on your plates/food and they look like black ground pepper. Because the saltwater pool is next to the Haus Win restaurant, it was difficult to relax with the construction noise and occasionally unsavoury swear words used by the workers. I like the variety of fresh fruits for the breakfast menu but the sausages/mushrooms are from cans and taste funny when fried/sauteed. The path leading down to the Kalibobo lagoon is damaged, needs to be repaired in order to swim in the lagoon. Clients at the resort are mostly there for conferences or big Japanese group so it is advisable to have your dinner at 6 30 pm or you will experience long waiting times.
Guests are picked up at no charges at Madang Airport, but the driver almost left without me when I was last to pick my luggage. The resort should ensure that driver leaves the airport only when it becomes clear that all arriving passengers have been accounted for. I do not recommend walking to the town on your own. I did not feel safe when I walked out of the resort towards the lighthouse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Madang Resort is PNG's top rated resort and conference centre. 200 rooms, bungalows, townhouses, apartments & cottages set on 20 acres of landscaped gardens facing Dallman passage and Yamilon Lagoon. All rooms offer ensuite, air con, TV, Radio, Coffee/Tea facilities, 4 pools, gift shop, conference rooms, gymnasium, PADI Dive shop, marina, kayaks, catamarans, tennis, golf, game fishing, tour desk & concierge. The new Kalibobo Haus Kibung provides an air conditioned function room overlooking the pool and harbour and rebuilt Haus Win Restaurant are now both open for business. Located near centre of Madang, 200m from markets, 5kms from airport in a safe gated environment. Complimentary breakfast and transfers between airport and resort. ... more less
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