Madang has many of Papua New Guinea's highest peaks, most active volcanoes and 175 languages. It is the country's third largest producer of cocoa and copra and second largest producer of cattle.
It is also the most popular location for divers, thanks to its reef-fringed lowlands and excellent visibility year round. Reef and pelagic fish are plentiful and there are sunken ships and aircraft wreckage dotted on the ocean floor. Diving instruction is available from most of the hotels in Madang. The area is backed by magnificent rugged mountains and there are offshore volcanic islands.
Madang is a colourful township and has been called the prettiest in the South Pacific. Its people can be broken into four distinct groups islanders, coastal, river and mountain people.
Coastal currents around Madang carry sailfish, kingfish, tuna, mackerel, barracuda, marlin, yellow fin and wahu within 100 metres of the shore, providing anglers with plenty of good sport.
Jais Aben Resort is on what was a nine-hectare coconut plantation, nestled on the tip of a peninsula. It is basic and affordable, all you need really, as the area will have you out and about, particularly in the water.
The resort has 20 wooden bungalows, all facing the ocean. Some are air-conditioned, the others have ceiling fans and all have modern bathrooms.
The main building has a reception area, bar and a la carte restaurant where breakfast and dinner are served. Lunch is taken at the Bridge & Grill Bar on the waterfront, where adults can relax and children can swim and play in safety amongst the reef fish.
There are kayaks, pottery demonstrations, WWII plane wrecks and the town markets to visit.
Aquaventures PNG is in the grounds of Jais Aben and offers services ranging from dive instruction, equipment hire and servicing, retail sales, daily dive trips and onboard adventures. They also keep the non-diver in mind.
Their PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course is a half-day course of a one-hour basic dive video followed by a shallow water familiarisation session, then a dive with a PADI Instructor. It is limited to a depth of 12 metres and can be credited towards earning a full PADI Open Water Dive certification, but does not qualify for unsupervised diving.
The PADI Open Water Dive course takes three to four days and consists of theory (five modules), pool sessions and four dives. On completion you will be qualified to dive to 18 metres (if over 12 years of age) or 12 metres (if under 12 years). We recommend contacting Live Adrenalin.