Wewak in the East Sepik region is a small attractive palm-fringed town which felt the might of Japanese troops who discovered its isolation and its hidden ports around Kairiru Island during World War II. Many war memorials remain around the outskirts of the plantations. Although East Sepik has a long coastline, Wewak is the only town on the coast. Most of the province’s population is in villages and towns inland along the Sepik River.
Wewak, with its palm fringed beaches is the main town of East Sepik and not far away is Cape Wom, the site of the Japanese surrender in 1945. A War Memorial marks the site and the wartime airstrip is still in place.
Wewak is a stopping off area for day trips to some of the fifteen islands off the coast. Many of these islands offer excellent diving and snorkeling amenities in an almost untouched area of coral reefs and abundant sea life. Many sunken wrecks from World War II attract diving enthusiasts. Also, further afield is Wavulu Island which is also acclaimed as one of the great dive sites.
Wewak has a pier for overseas and coastal shipping. East Sepik is accessible by air and Air Niugini has daily flights from Port Moresby to Wewak.