The province of Sandaun highlights the diversity of Papua New Guinea and offers a tropical retreat that has drawn world class surfers and culture enthusiasts from far and wide. Its remoteness has kept it a secret from the everyday traveller but if what you seek are pristine beaches, lush rainforests, gentle river cruises and heart-warming sunsets that are undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of tourists then Sandaun could be the destination for you.
Sandaun province is an overlooked holiday gem. It is tucked away in the most North Western point of Papua which is how it coined the name Sandaun which means ‘Sundown’. The capital, Vanimo, sits neatly on a little peninsula with beautiful beaches wrapping around both sides. It is only 30 kilometres from the Indonesian border and is Papua New Guinea’s entry port from Jayapura. The border itself presents an array of sights and activities including picturesque beaches, views, lagoons and quaint island villages. For travellers wanting an authentic history experience and perhaps looking outside the well-known Kokoda trail, within Sandaun lies the small town of Aitape. Established as a station by German colonists in 1905 and then later occupied by the Japanese during WWII the local airstrip, features some impressive relics of aircraft wrecks while a B-24 bomber rests outside the local high school. As with many provinces of Papua New Guinea, Sanduan is wonderland for history buffs with War relics such as these are scattered throughout.