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Photo Gallery - June 2005 

Second Half!

Pictures can be clicked to see a large version of the image.

 

The entrance to Bwagoia Harbor on Misima Island. Bwagoia is the district capital for the Louisiades. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The opposite side of the entrance looking East. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though the entrance is narrow, it is well marked. The post at center marks the right hand side of the entrance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bwagoia is a very small place. The pier is used to load and unload local trade boats and sailing canoes which move supplies to the outer islands in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the many local trading boats which supply the outer islands. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going out to one of the islands. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the local sailing canoes. These boats are built and owned by local people on the various outer islands and are used by them to make the run to Misima for supplies. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For sails they use whatever they can find, often this means poly tarps either blue or black as this one. They are remarkable craft and are quite seaworthy. The sea conditions between Misima and the surrounding islands can often be quite rough with winds in the 20-30k range and these boats handle it all. 

 

 

 

 

 

We hiked this hill on a small island next to Pana Wina where we anchored for 4 days. From sea level the hill looked as it was covered with well groomed grass when in fact it was as high as our shoulders at times. 

 

 

 

 

 

View from halfway up the hill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah and Kate at the top of the hill. An eagle can be seen (in the full size photo) just above them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of mud crabs in the sink. We got them at Pana Wina. One was quite small and the other very large. Here they face off against each other. We tossed the small one in the pot first. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second crag was quite difficult to handle. His right claw was very large and he barely fit in the pot. Of course, they were delicious tasting though quite a bit of work to clean all the meat out. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah's creation, the monster man, was done completely on his own. The legs, and arms are separate pieces which he stapled on to the body. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sailing canoe leaving Pana Wina island early one morning under a cloudy and windless sky. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah under the dodger. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another sailing canoe at Pana Wina. This one has a sail made from an actual dacron sail donated by a cruiser who had stopped here before us. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A canoe at Kawanak Island (Robinson Cove). This beautiful anchorage - tucked up in the SE corner of the bay - was incredibly calm even though a regular swell was coming in the bay and could be felt only 50ft away in the center of the bay.

 

 

 

 

 

A boy who visited our boat while anchored at Kawanak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of several dogs we saw swimming across the bay one day. A canoe with 2 women were alongside talking with us and this one came right to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here he is again swimming along like it was nothing. I guess no sharks were around (he he).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dog finally reached the canoe alongside us and climbed aboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate looking very happy as we steamed out of Robinson Cove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading away from Kawanak Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approaching the island of Pana Numara motor sailing with the jib out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah reads in the cockpit while we are underway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anchored at Kivikivi Lagoon (aka Blue Lagoon) the islet of Pana Kuba is off our bow as seen in this photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful Pana Kuba Island with Pana Numara about one mile behind it. The little lagoon called Kivikivi in some books but called Blue Lagoon by cruisers is incredibly beautiful and has great snorkeling just outside the lagoon entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just after we anchored at Blue Lagoon the catameran Ball Bearing out of Makay came in and anchored beside us. We were pleased to meet them and Jonah was especially excited as they had two little girls aboard ages 10 and 6 who Jonah enjoyed playing with.

 

 

 

 

 

Another great photo showing Pana Kuba and environs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This shot shows the barrier reef just North of Pana Kuba (the slight breaking wave can be seen where the reef is) with islands beyond it away to the East.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Queen Jane at rest in the Blue Lagoon.