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Wewak, Papua New Guinea

Wewak is the main town in the East Sepik region of this unique island nation. It has palm-lined beaches, but its main attractions for visitors are historic and cultural. Just outside town is the Wartime Airstrip and Memorial at Cape Wom, where the Japanese surrendered in September of 1945 to end WWII. Meanwhile the huge Sepik River flows down from the highlands with the highest volume of water of any river anywhere. Along its course live some of the world’s most fascinating ethnic Melanesian cultures, long isolated from each other and the outside world. Their unique arts and crafts and cultural rituals will leave indelible impressions on any travelers fortunate enough to meet with them. Wewak is a place you will never forget.