Port Moresby | Kieta, Bougainville Island | Samari Island
On approach to Port Moresby, mid morning in the month of August. I’m on deck, gazing into the distant as we get closer. We originally planned to take a tour into the mountains on this island, but later decided to depart on a self guided tour touching on some key historical points. Many people had advised us not to venture around here without a guide, so we hired a taxi and promoted him “Chief Tour Guide” for the day.
On our way to the Parliament building we passed through a rough part of town known as the “Stilt City” due to the fact that homes were built on stilts well into the water.
Downtown Port Moresby.
It’s 7:00 am, we arrived at Bougainville and docked in Kieta. Nothing more then a cement slab and a warehouse for a port. Today we head up to the mountains to visit with a local tribe and experience how they experience life.
These islands are littered with reminders of WWII and the outreaching territory impacted by the battle of Guadalcanal, which was centered in the Solomon Islands, my next stop on this South Pacific journey.
Its a trek into the mountains that takes more than an hour. One of the most lush jungles I have ever visited. The vines are taking over the palms which are taking over the bamboo…everything is survival in this remote region of the world. In fact, 70 years ago, the tribe we are about to visit were considered “head hunters,” not to worry though, that was the past. Can’t help but think about it though.
Locals hanging out on the main road outside the village.
Some of the local food.
Approaching Samari Island
After departing Kieta we passed through the China Straights in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea between Samarai Island and Sariba Island. Headed to a former WWII British military airbase for sea planes on Samarai Island.
Exploring Samari Island which once was used as an airbase during WWII.
From here we headed to the Solomon Islands for some amazing diving in warm waters.