Author Archives: Di Fitzgerald
From Kokopo we motor across the channel for a couple of hours to the Duke of York islands. There are 13 islands in this group, all low-lying coral atolls. Apparently in 2000 many of the inhabitants were re-located to the … Continue reading
Every time I type the word Kokopo, my autocorrect changes it to Kokomo. Remember the Beach Boys song “Kokomo”? “Off the Florida Keys, there’s a place called Kokomo That’s where you want to go to get away from it all … Continue reading
We weren’t intending to stay this long in Rabaul, and some uncharitable people might say it’s 11 days too long, but for the most part we’ve enjoyed our time here.
Geographically, a visit to Panapompom and Nivani Islands in the Deboyne group makes sense for us, as it’s an obvious departure point to head north to Rabaul. However, there’s another important reason why we’re here.
Panasia is a spectacular island of towering limestone cliffs, surrounded by reefs with a pass on the eastern side. Our electronic charts are way off, so we eyeball the entrance and use waypoints from previous cruisers. In the end it’s … Continue reading
Traditionally, the islanders of the Louisiades are traders – in the early 1900’s the famous anthropologist, Bronislaw Malinowski, studied the indigenous people of the Trobriand Islands just north of here and described a complex and sophisticated trading circle known as … Continue reading