The capital of the East Sepik Province, Wewak (pop. 280,000) is a thriving city with surprisingly beautiful beaches along its coast. With a few good markets and several World War II wrecks, Wewak is a pleasant stop on the way to a Sepik River excursion. The Japanese surrender took place at Cape Wom (9 mi/14 km west of town), where visitors can find a good beach and a lovely reef for snorkeling. (The best time to visit is on weekends when there are lots of people around; otherwise the area is not very safe.) Air charters can take visitors to the perfect tropical island of Wuwulu, a little paradise with clear waters and great snorkeling and diving. 460 mi/740 km northwest of Port Moresby.

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