On March 26th 2007 I received an unusual and rare honour. I was made chief of a small traditional village just near the mouth of the Sepik River, the Village of Watam. In a strange coincidence I just happened to be there again this year, 2011, on March 26. Four years isn’t exactly a traditional anniversary number to celebrate, but hey since the likelihood of me being in the village on exactly March 26 is not that likely, may as well take the celebration when I can!
So you want to go to Watam Village?
- You would need to be a fairly adventurous traveller to get to Watam independently
- Outside of Orion Expedition Cruises, there are no “real” services to get to Watam
- Air Niugini will get you into PNG to begin with
- From the town of Madang, you would need to go by road to Awar Village
- At Awar Village there is no formal accommodation, only village houses
- From Awar village you would need to negotiate a boat to drop you at Watam
- There is no formal accommodation in Watam, only village houses
- You would need to bring all food and bedding with you for the duration
- You would also need to purchase fuel for the boat including your return leg
- OR from the Town of Wewak you can get transport to the Sepik River
- from there you can negotiate a boat to take you downstream to Watam
- Alois Mateus of Sepik Adventure Tours may be able to assist you in such a quest