Photo Gallery - May 2005
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This image of the shore shows the market (to the right) and a small pier used for inter-island supply vessels (at center). The small beach to the left of the pier is used by local "banana boats", 20ft open boats with outboards, to load and unload for small trips to the nearby islands in the harbor and beyond.
The small pier at the market with an inter-island boat tied up. This is where we land our dinghy when we want to visit the market. Though some vendors can be found at the market on most days, the big market day is held Saturday between 6am and 10am.
The market buildings are nowhere near large enough to accommodate all the vendors which stream into the town on Saturday so dozens set up blankets on the parade ground next to the buildings. These people are selling fish, roasted or smoked in leaves. Also popular are crabs which are sold live with a broad leaf under them and tied up with string.
On the first market day we were in Kavieng we bought a ton of vegetables and fruit. Since we left Pohnpei in mid-January the atolls we visited were devoid of produce other then the typical atoll staples of papaya, bananas and breadfruit. Here we can see cucumbers and scallions (green onions) both hugely popular on the Queen Jane (especially scallions which are one of the triumvirate of Chinese cooking, garlic and ginger being the other two).
Kate washes and dries our newly purchased produce before it is stored away, most of it in the fridge. Here we can see green peppers and a local variety of potaoe which seems to be close to a sweet potatoe but it white (and delicious).
This photo shows long beans (an Asian variety of green bean) and eggplants, another popular pair of vegetables with us which are fortunately available in great abundance here. We also purchased corn (the first time ever in the tropics we have seen it), pineapples, lemons and limes, among others.
We visited this resort outside of Kavieng called the Treehouse. It was not operating when we visited but the caretaker showed us around. The main building is seen in this photo and is 3 or 4 stories high, mounted in the base of a huge tree.
One last shot showing one of the bungalows. I understand they have a web site and that the prices are very reasonable (about US$30 per night I believe). Most of the visitors are Australians and Kiwis with an occasional European guest. I expect few Americans consider this as a vacation destination because of the distance and difficulty in travelling to this part of the world. But if one were to plan a Pacific holliday to Fiji or Australia, a stop at the Treehouse would not be difficult to include.
Just next to Steamships is the largest supermarket in the town, Andersons Food Town. It doesn't look like much on the outside, but inside you can find most of the things any cruiser would hope to find in the way of groceries. They also have a wholesale annex where you can purchased bulk quantities of flour, sugar, sodas, at reduced prices.
After leaving Kavieng to work our way South to the Louisiades we made several stops. The first stop, for just one night, was Tabar Island, seen here. It was very beautiful, but, the flys were uncountable and the locals (who visited us in canoes in the afternoon) reported the mangroves were filled with crocodiles.
We got these giant grapefruits (or pampelmouse) in trade from locals who visited us at Tabar. They are the size of vollyballs and have rinds over an inch thick. The fruit inside is pinkish and sweeter then normal grapefruits.
The 'village' where we were anchored at Ambittle held only 30 or 40 people, all one big extended family. This beach fronts the homes of the local people which are set back a little. The people were very friendly and spoke English very well. One of the men was a school teacher who traveled each morning to the other side of the island where several large villages and the school are located.
St. John's island is a tiny speck of land which sits 100 yds off the main island of Ambittle. Its sandbars and reefs extend from each side of the island forming a protected channel inside which we anchored.
Our next stop after Ambittle was Green (or Nissen) Island. Nissen is a raised coral atoll which supports a large population due to its incredibly deep and fertile soil. During the four days we spent there canoe after canoe paddled out to visit us and trade vegetables. The diversity of the produce grown here is incredible. We traded for pineapples, string beans, green peppers and hot peppers, cucumbers, scallions, oranges, lemons, limes, eggplant and bananas.
The pass into the lagoon at Green Island can be seen here between the main island (at left) and the small island at right. The clouds visible are fairly representative of the weather we had the entire time we were there.
The lagoon at Green Island as seen from our anchorage. The island was very beautiful and the people friendly, but we had to get South before the prevailing Southerly winds returned, so our stay here was brief.