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Mar 13, 2017 - March 13, 2017 – Alotau, Papua New Guinea

March 13, 2017 – Alotau, Papua New Guinea Today, we were in Alotau which is the capital of Milne Bay Province. It is located within the area where the invading Japanese Army suffered its 1st land defeat in 1942. The tour we did today was of the battleground in this area. Today most of the area is palm tree oil plantations which is the biggest industry in this part of Papua New Guinea (PNG). In 1942, this area was swamp and when the Japanese invaded, they got bogged down in the swamps. The Allied Forces were entrenched on the hills/mountains...

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Feb 18, 2014 - Alotau, Papua New Guinea

2/18 – 2/19 Only one sea day brought us 575 miles to Alotau, Papua New Guinea. We walked around town checking out the stores and markets. Almost every vender was selling carved pigs. We found that they have a high regard for this animal. The fellow we talked to was so pleasant we bought one of his pigs. We also took a bus to their World War II memorial.

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Feb 4, 2014 - Iwa, Trobriand Islands, PNG

Kitava Island was originally scheduled for the next port of call, but land disputes have erupted between clans and EYOS decided to take us to Iwa, a small island nearby. Disembarking the ship initially was off the rear marina deck. The waves sloshed over the passengers knees, frightening everyone, so after the first zodiac took off, the captain turned the ship and we boarded our zodiacs from the usual tender ladder. Iwa is a minuscule island of shear granite cliffs rising a couple hundred feet straight up from the narrow beach. We were...

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Feb 3, 2014 - Alotau, Papua New Guinea

Early in the morning, the sea started to calm as we approached the easternmost tip of Papua New Guinea. We went topside to see Samurai Island and the straights leading into Milne Bay. We arrived at Alotau, PNG, around 11 am, but it took awhile to find anchorage in the small, windy port and then more time to clear customs. Just after lunch, our first group disembarked by tender (a small, covered lifecraft), but the boat slipped a gear or something and we had to use zodiacs (rubber rafts with outboard motors) from then on. Our landing site...

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Oct 19, 2007 - Livaboard #2--Papua Niugini Diving

Dive crazy! We have been diving like crazy ever since we got here. We are now deep in the 50's, and taking classes to get our "Master Diver" status. Even so, we still feel like we are just learning about diving and the sea. There is so much to know and do and see here that we are dazzled all the time. The dive resort here has internet, but no phone or TV or other media. (Woo hoo!) Now that it's the dry season it only rains here once a day, in the afternoon. They told us that they get six meters of rain a year here, around ten times what we...

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