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aussie 16-02-2002 12:39 PM

Walindi
 
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Walindi, Kimbe, West New Britain Province:

aussie 16-02-2002 12:42 PM

Back to the Bay
 
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"Back to the BAY" !

Story and Photographs by Irvin Rockman

Paradise Magazine Jan-Feb, 1995.

Irvin Rockman was twice Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, Australia (1977-79) and is the author of 'Underwater Australia'.

aussie 16-02-2002 12:47 PM

Back to the Bay
 
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When I disembarked from the Air Niugini flight from Hong Kong at Port Moresby, the first thing that I asked myself was why it had taken so long fo rme to return to Papua New Guinea.

I have had about 10 trips in the past 30 years to PNG and each time I had sworn to return more often than before. But somehow, the pressures of work and the hassles of everyday life in Melbourne had let the magnetism of this magnificent country disappear from my mind.

It was a twist of fate that my good friend, the publisher of a sportdiving magazine, had suggested I go up to Walindi Plantation and meet Max Benjamin, otherwise known as the host of Kimbe Bay. I had to go on a business trip to Hong Kong and I discovered that is was not out of the way to return to Australia via PNG.

With the business settled in Hong Kong I took the very comfortable night flight to Port Moresby along with my overladen and overweight dive gear, which was no problem to Air Niugini who give a special baggage allowance to scuba divers. Not only was I exultant when I arrived at Port Moresby early in the morning, but I was absolutely ecstatic to arrive a short time later at Hoskins:

Women and chilfren of the 'Bitokara Catholic Mission'

aussie 16-02-2002 01:03 PM

Back to the Bay
 
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Here I was again back in the beautiful surrounds of a tropical paradise! Visually perfect and a photographer's dream, with friendly warm people and of course, spectacular underwater scenery as well. Spending time in New Britain seems to be sanity itself:

aussie 16-02-2002 01:08 PM

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Walindi guests can visit the Catholic mission on the hill at Bitokara. This is an interesting and scenic journeynorth-west along the coastal road, the mission situated about 200 metres above sea level.

The neat and tidy, colorful wooden buildings were built many years ago by the missionaries. There is beautiful bird life here and I was fortunate enough to photograph a lovely kingfisher which meandered close to my lens.

Colorful Kimbe Bay Kingfisher showed no fear.

aussie 16-02-2002 01:13 PM

Back to the Bay
 
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Driving around the small community of Kimbe, we passed the Gigo settlement on the outskirts. The local school children were dressed up in the colorful traditional outfits of their ancestors and seemed to be very happy to embrace for a moment the traditional ways of their people while they forge ahead with modern education:

School children practising traditional singsing skills:

aussie 16-02-2002 01:19 PM

Back to the Bay
 
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Many other sights are within a stone's throw of Walindi, such as the hot mud springs at Naramatala. There are the fumaroles which are vents with steam, just behind the Talasea village. We were told that if you fell in one of these mud springs you might live for 12 seconds. It seems that the mud is at a very high temperature, just under boiling but certainly hot enough.

aussie 16-02-2002 01:22 PM

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Wrecks of Second World War planes remain at Talasea. At an old emergency air strip which was used by the US Air Force during the Battle of the Coral Sea, and in reasonably good condition, there is a USAF B-25 Bomber and a Lockheed Ventura, which was flown by the New Zealand Air Force. Apparently the b-25 was shot-up over Rabaul but managed to make it back to Talasea and landed with the crew on board intact.

World War II bomber wreckage at Talasea

aussie 16-02-2002 01:24 PM

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Australia's nearest neighbour has so much to offer, especially the Walindi resort.



Parrot graced by nature's brightest colors:

aussie 16-02-2002 01:26 PM

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Carrying loads on the head is universal practice at Kimbe Bay:


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