Murik Lakes, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

The Murik Lakes area a cluster of salt and freshwater lakes where the Sepik River meets the Bismark sea, in the lower Sepik River Region of Papua New Guinea. There are five villages at Murik Lakes which are situated on the coast, southeast of the regional capital of Wewak. The lakes are an intertidal environment with lagoons and mangrove swamps, and sandbanks between fresh water and the sea. Dozens of types of freshwater and saltwater fish inhabit the waters.

What sets the Murik Lake apart from anywhere else in PNG is the tradition of siblings competing for the 'elder brother' or Sana position. Remarkably, women as well as men vie for chieftainships, as these titles are never inherited automatically by the first-born male.

Things to See and Do

* Village visits
* Mendam players performance

Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
Language – English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu
Land Area – 1126 km (Sepik river length)
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 675

Port Location – The port is located at Wewak in East Sepik province.

Transport Links – Domestic flights are available from Port Moresby to Wewak in East Sepik.

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