Milne Bay

Trip Start Jun 21, 2008
Trip End Jul 05, 2008

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Next I headed to the coastal town of Alotau in Milne Bay. I spent the first day looking around town. There was a colorful market with lots of fruits, vegetables and fish, and of course everyone's favorite here-betelnut, which gives the locals a buzz when they chew it and also makes their teeth red. There's a lot of WWII history here. The battle of Milne Bay is the first place that the Japanese were defeated on land, and there was a memorial in town for those who died in that battle. The place where I was staying had a bird that hung around named Ankur. She had quite the attitude and if you hung around there too long she would get real friendly! I also met a group of Brits who were keen to do the same things I wanted to do and were happy to let me tag along. After Goroka I appreciated being in a group for a few days.

One day I went to a nearby dive resort called Tawali and got to do a shore dive on the local reef. Another day we chartered a boat to go out to Samari Island. There we did some fantastic snorkeling on a wharf where there was brilliant orange coral and schools of small fish so thick you couldn't see through them. We also got to swim with manta rays. Usually when they saw you in the water they would turn away but one swam right past me, I thought he might hit me he came so close! Another day we took a short boat ride across the bay to an area called Wagawaga. There was an old WWII coal carrying shipwreck there that would have been a nice snorkel but unfortunately the visibility was bad due the recent rains. We also went up to a place called Treetop Lodge. Cool place to chill out for the afternoon with nice views of the bay. After that my friends were pressing on and it was time for me to venture out on my own again.

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