Septik River Papua New Guinea

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Mindimbit Tribe While exploring the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, we visited the large, roughly 300-person, so-called Mindimbit Part One Village. The village was created by and is still home to the tribe’s original clan, who are descended from the founding families. The smaller, neighboring Part Two Village was created by subsequent clans and [Read more …]

Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River Region

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Sepik River Region Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) Sepik river basin has been popular with Europeans since the mid-19th century when hunters discovered a large population of Birds of Paradise, whose feathers were all the rage for aristocratic European women’s hats. German explorers began exploring the river by steamboat in 1886, which brought traders, plantation labor [Read more …]

Papua New Guinea: Visiting Huli Villages in Tari

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During our time in the Tari area in Papua New Guinea, we visited three Huli villages. Although it was clear that we were being given a “show” of how things were done and how people dressed, we still were impressed with the fascinating displays of very different and very unique aspects of hundreds of years-old [Read more …]

Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands

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Southern Highlands From Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG), we took a plane to Tari to visit the southern highlands. This area is characterized by a combination of tall (especially the 14,400-foot Mt. Giluwe) and mid-sized mountains, deep, broad valleys and rolling grasslands. Our destination was Ambua Lodge in the 7,000-foot Tari Gap on the [Read more …]

Port Moresby

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Our trip to Papua New Guinea (PNG) began in Port Moresby, the country’s largest city which was discovered and initially settled in 1873 and now has more than 250,000 residents. As the nation’s financial and business center, it is replete with office towers, traffic jams and some huge outdoor markets. As the capital, it is [Read more …]

Papua New Guinea: A Nation Lost in Time

It is always nice to travel to a new place. As part of our South PAcific trip, we spent 10 days in Papua New Guinea. But before we get into our adventures, here’s a little bit about the country. Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea is commonly called PNG. The very name elicits images of [Read more …]

Brisbane’s Northern Sunshine Coast and Noosa

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While we were in Brisbane, we took advantage of a car and drove to the city’s near north coast. This area is called the Gold Coast, and consists of dozens of suburbs and small beach towns that are known primarily for their beach activities, surfing and deep sea fishing. We skipped through the Gold Coast [Read more …]

Brisbane Australia Art Museums

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While in Brisbane Australia, we visited several museums. Queensland Art Gallery The Queensland Art Gallery is a striking contemporary architectural statement for the display of contemporary versions of traditional Australian Art. The current display is divided into three primary exhibitions: an overview of works from its permanent collection; one of masterpieces that reconceptualize the traditions [Read more …]

Brisbane Australia

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Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia, and the capital of Queensland is the only major city in the eastern half of the country that we had not been to. We rectified that gap on our South Pacific trip as a three-day stopover between Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The Brisbane River, which loops around [Read more …]

Snorkeling with Sharks in Denarau Fiji Marina

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Denarau Fiji is the town next to Nadi. It is home to the island’s primary marina: Cruise ships, ferries, pleasure craft and yachts of all sizes seem to find the way there. We arrived early the morning our last full day in Fiji for a cruise and shark snorkel that we had pre-arranged (see below). [Read more …]