East Sepik Province has a land area of 44,000 square kilometers. The province includes THE SEPIK RIVER BASIN, the off lying Islands of Muschu, Kairiru and the Schouten Islands. And inland the Maprik and Yangoru areas joining the Prince Alexander ranges of the West. The province shares boundaries with Madang to the East, Sandaun in the West and South with Western and Enga provinces. East Sepik province is unique, from rugged mountains, and islands, to gentle plains including the Sepik plains which starts from the mouth to almost the entire length of the Sepik River. You can find large sago swamps and coral reefs that are home to many species of flora and fauna and exotic marine life.
The main ethnic name is the "SEPIKS". The population is approximately 290,000. The diversity is engraved in as many as 200 different language groups and cultural features.
Wewak is a beautiful township established on an estuary, on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. It is the administrative center of East Sepik Province. International travelers reach Wewak from Port Moresby or Mt. Hagen or From Vanimo which is the Western route. Air Niugini has daily flights to Wewak from these points. Internal travel can be arranged by Missionary Aviation Fellowship to outstations like Ambunti, Hayfield (Maprik) and Various outposts by air. You can Travel by hire car or Public Motor Vehicle to Maprik, Angoram or Pagwi (please seek advice from your travel agents).
There are several hotels and bed and breakfast lodgings in Wewak. In rural areas there is Ambunti Lodge in Ambunti (Upper Sepik) and other Lodges in Angoram and Maprik and Numerous basic village guest houses where you can stay.
Papua New Guinea Banking Corporation and Westpac Bank provide services in Wewak. It is recommended that you change your money in Wewak before traveling to rural areas, as there are limited services in outstations.
Malaria is endemic in Papua New Guinea and visitors are advised to take malaria suppressant medication, two weeks before travel in PNG and four weeks after departing PNG. Don't forget to continue the weekly dose while in PNG.
There are mainly two seasons, the dry and the wet. The dry season from May to September and wet season from October to April. At times it can unpredictable.
Cotton light weight clothes are advisable. Provocative dressing can be offensive. Raincoat, a good hat, sandals, sandshoes, sunscreen and mosquito repellents are recommended.
Tips are neither expected nor encouraged.