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Dukes & Dugongs – The Duke of York Islands

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

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Kicking Back In Kokopo

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

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Twelve Days in Rabaul

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.

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Customs Clearance

I don’t think it matters if you’re clearing customs in Australia via plane or yacht there is always that gnawing in the pit of your stomach that you’ll be picked out and something won’t be right and then all hell … Continue reading

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Days For Girls – Panapompom Island

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.

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Dim Dim Magic – Panasia Island

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

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