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Cruises visiting Sissano & all Sissano cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Sissano in the 2019-2021 seasons.

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Sissano is a small village on the Aitape coast, 190 kms west of Wewak in the East Sepik province of Papua New Guinea.At 6.37pm on 17 July 1998, it was devastated by a tsunami, the worst natural disaster in the history of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. About 12,000 people lived in the local villages, in houses built of traditional materials, and most were within a few hundred meters of the waterfront, on land that was not more than a few metros above sea level. Observers saw a red light on the horizon, then a strongly felt earthquake. The main shock was followed by a loud boom, as though of thunder. A few minutes later there was a roaring sound, described as the noise of a low-flying heavy jet plane. The sound progressed eastward along the coast then back again to the west.

Some 15 minutes later the tsunami hit. It comprised three waves, the second wave rose to a height of 10 to 15 mts and caused most damage. Maximum wave heights and greatest damage were recorded along a 14 kms sector of coast centered on Sissano Lagoon. All structures were destroyed and effects of the tsunami were felt as far as 250 kms away. More than 1600 people are known to have died, 1000 were seriously injured, and 10,000 survivors were displaced. The sea and the beautiful Sissano Lagoon, separated by a sand strip where the rebuilt village now stands, are again the source of livelihood for the people there. The local people’s natural asset and mother of blessings, which became their worst enemy and watery hell, has now turned back into their paradise.