Tufi is a town located on the south eastern peninsula of Cape Nelson, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea. Tufi is located on a tropical fjord of Cape Nelson surrounded by many uncharted reefs. The area is also famous for its production of tapa cloth.
The Tufi Dive Resort provides diving experiences of the reefs, sunken ships and aircraft. Tufi is serviced by Tufi Airport.
Tufi was a former Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU) Station during World War II. The United States Navy built an PT boat advanced base at Tufi which commenced operations on 20 December 1942 to support the Battle of Buna–Gona. Two PT boats, PT-67 & PT-119 caught fire while refueling at the bases wharf and sank on 17 March 1943 at the wharf. The PT boat base was relocated to Morobe on 20 April 1943.
Tufi is a small town on the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is known as the Fjordland of PNG, has spectacular scenery and is also famous for its production of tapa, a decorated cloth produced from the bark of the paper mulberry tree, which is also found in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. In the Second World War it provided a temporary base for US PT Boats in the battle against the Japanese. Two boats sunk in March 1943 and now provide a popular dive site.
To own a piece of tapa cloth is unusual. To own a piece from Tufi is even more unusual. Production of the bark cloth is far less than in the main South Pacific producing areas such as Tonga.
The Tufi Resort can arrange stays in village guest houses, most of which are just a few kilometres from Tufi.
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