Rabual, Papua New Guinea – 1st March 2013
Trip Start Jan 07, 2013
41Trip End Apr 24, 2013
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We sailed into the Harbour of Rabual at around 7.00 am and were greeted by the most wonderful scenery surrounding the active TAVURVUR volcano immediately outside our bedroom window. Steam vented from the top of the volcano and the expected dust clouds were absent when we arrived. The temperature was extremely hot and muggy and after breakfast we left the Aurora only to be greeted by local tribesmen giving us a display of their tribal dances.
We had been warned not to have high expectations of the area. Only two trips were on offer . These were to visit Japanese War relics and tunnels, and up close with the Volcanoes. We however opted to walk round and meet some of the locals
During our walk we passed a flourishing market of fruit and vegetables. There was even tobacco leaves dried ready for a smoke by the local men; peanuts still on the roots that had recently been picked from the local fields. There did not seem to be a shortage of food, the supermarket well stocked and the community well dressed. The roads were dirt tracks and houses well below western standards, but people who went further afield on trips said that this was not always the norm
On return to the Aurora we escaped to our air conditioned room, cold shower, and then sat on the balcony, until the volcano had a plume of dirty brown ash showering down upon us. Hopefully we got some good photos, but they seem to be lacking a bit in colour. We escaped back into the room!
Our ship was due to depart at 4.00 pm but unfortunately a female passenger had to be taken to Rabual Airport for evacuation by the Flying Doctor from Darwin, Australia, due to a sudden illness. We had to wait for the doctor and nurse to return to the Aurora once the lady had been safely put on the Medical Aircraft. After 6.00 pm when we were waiting to go, the Captain banned people from going out on deck due to the mosquitoes and possibility of malaria. We are taking our Malarone! We finally sailed away at 8.00 pm.
Since leaving Cairns we heard that a male passenger slipped and fell off the tender between the tender and the Aurora, breaking his shoulder blade. Dad did see a man sporting a closely fitted sling this morning. It all happens on the Aurora!!
Lots of Love
Jill and Ivor
Mum and Dad
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