Tufi is a small town on the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the area known as the Fjordland of PNG, The area 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 now provide a popular dive site.
Tapa. To own a piece of tapa cloth is unusual. To own a piece from Tufi is even more unusual. Production of the mulberry bark cloth is far less than in the main South Pacific producing areas such as Tonga.