Wewak, with its eye-catching, palm-infested beaches is the central town of the East Sepik Region. It is positioned near the opening of the famous Sepik River. Economic activities in the area are limited mainly due to primitive hinterland conditions, but a handful of coffee and coconut plantations are found in the area.
Wewak experienced the core of the Japanese troops who discovered its isolated location and set up hidden ports around the Kairiru Island. Not far from the town was the site where the Japanese surrendered, Cape Wom. Lieutenant General Adachi signed and surrendered documents as well as his sword to Major General Robertson in September of 1945. A war memorial stands at this historical site as well as the largest Japanese airfield in the country, which is still in good condition. To date, many war memorials continue to linger around the grounds of the plantations as a Japanese gun still points from the eastern end of the island. The Japanese/Papua New Guinea peace park as well as Japanese war graves are the other memorials erected in the town that can attest to the historical claims of the island.
Although the accommodations in Wewak are not too luxurious, they still provide ample facilities to serve as a base for the many day trips to one of the fifteen islands off the coast. The attractive town is usually the point where travelers pause before their Sepik expedition and stock up on their provisions. However, Wewak does has its own charming allure with its series of golden sandy beaches backed with hundreds of swaying palm trees along the long stretch of the coast.
Ideal tropical and private islands become a reality when traveling by boat to the Kairuru Island with its hot springs and waterfalls. Swimming and snorkeling remain the well-loved activities in its clear turquoise waters. Diving is another spectacular experience with its magnificent reef display, and abundance of marine life. Expect to see sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and tuna as well as sunken shipwrecks from the Second World War.
Another island off the coast is the Wuvulu Island, which was proclaimed to be one of the great dive sites in the world. The island rises directly up from an undersea plateau 2,000 meters deep. Despite the absence of rivers and creeks, the water is uncommonly clear in the Wuvulu Island. A guest house with diving equipment is available on the island.
During the months of September to January, the unprotected beaches along the coastline of the area bring in surfboard riders from all around the country and from abroad to surf at one of Papua New Guinea’s few surfing spots. The waters are surfable at all stages as it rarely gets crowded along the coastline beaches. Despite rocks being a hazard, the Wewak point still provides a great destination for surfers.
Wewak remains a picturesque town that overlooks the Bismarck Sea. As the gateway to the mighty Sepik River, experience this place at its best by swimming in its gold sandy beaches or diving amidst its magnificent corals.