Papua New Guinea

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.
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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.


Navigating the China Strait in Papua New Guinea.  Headed for Samurai Island which once served as a WWI British airbase for seaplanes.
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Bougainville Island

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.
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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.

Tank decomposing from extreme exposure in this warm, moist climate.
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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.
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Before we head into the mountains, we pass through Arawa, a small town with an intense vibe.  It doesn’t take a genius to realize we stand out here.
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Heading into the mountains now and it gets even greener and more dense.
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High in the mountains we arrive at a small village just before Panguna.  Beautiful view of the ocean from up here.
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Locals hanging out on the main road outside the village.


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I’m totally on the menu for tonight.
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This shy guy hides behind his stick.
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A couple of kids hamming it up for the camera.
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These guys didn’t like to be photographed.
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Pretending to be tough, but they can’t help but smile.
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The local schoolhouse.
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Some of the local food.

One of the villagers showed me how he gathers food from the trees above.  It starts with the rope…
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A rope and some altitude make it possible to reach ripe fruit above.
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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.
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Exploring Samari Island which once was used as an airbase during WWII.

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From here we headed to the Solomon Islands for some amazing diving in warm waters.

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