Saibai is a large, low-lying island only 4 km from the Papua New Guinea mainland.
Close north is uninhabited Kauamag Island, separated from Saibai by a channel that is 7km long, between 180 and 650 meters wide and almost blocked at the east end.
The Island is flat and predominantly a mangrove island, with the highest point being 1.7m and prone to flooding during the wet season, which coincides with king tides.
A bitumen airstrip allows year-round access. The Island is about 20km by 15km, but only a small proportion is inhabited.
Regular trading occurs between Saibai and Papuan villages. The locals can cross the border provided they have a permit to do so. This is something visitors to Saibai can’t do.
Strict quarantine regulations are in force on Sabai.
Saibai Islanders have close family, clan, and religious ties with neighbouring Papuans.
Refer to Westwing Airline travel schedule
Accommodation keys are to be collected and dropped off at the Council Office prior to departure from Saibai Community.
All approved visiting guests are required to sign the Council’s visitor book to document the visit for record purposes.
Bookings can be made by emailing MSAO at Saibai Office.
Contact: TSIRC Saibai Office
Phone: 07 4083 2800
Contact Saibai School