Monthly Archives: July 2019

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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Trading Places – Bagaman Island

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

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Across The Coral Sea

Clearing out of Australia is a pretty straightforward process, unless like us you’re going to be gone for more than 12 months, in which case apparently you need an official “Export Declaration Number” for the boat. We’re told that trying … Continue reading

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We Gotta Get Outta This Place!

Much as we’ve absolutely loved and cherished our time with Nick and Sally in Cairns, it’s time to leave – our pockets are empty, our waistlines are bigger, and there’s not a spare corner in the boat for any more … Continue reading

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