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Papua New Guinea 2005: Kavieng, Karawari, Mt. Hagen, Bensbach, Ambua
Papua New Guinea 2005: Kavieng, Karawari, Mt. Hagen, Bensbach, and Ambua

As a prize for Best of Show (and others) in the NCUPS Sea2003 photo contest, I received a complimentary week aboard the M/V Febrina, a live-aboard dive vessel in Papua New Guinea. In general, Papua New Guinea is not well known to American travellers except in small pockets of the dive community. At the time, I only knew about PNG because I had read Jared Diamond's excellent book, Guns, Germs, and Steel. But after I found out that I would be going, I purchased and read First Contact (Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson), Throwim Way Leg (Tim Flannery), and Malaguna Road (Sarah Chinnery), which were all recommended to me by Judy Hemenway, a well-travelled woman I met while diving in the Solomon Islands. I discovered that to read about Papua New Guinea is to want to spend time there, and decided to book my time aboard the Febrina coincide with a 14-day land tour that included attendence at the annual Mt. Hagen Cultural Show. The following pages contain notes and photographs from my three-and-a-half weeks in Papua New Guinea. (next page: kavieng, topside)

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The images in this travel journal are selects from the greater image collection I returned with. If you're interested in seeing the whole collection, you can see them at my smugmug site, which will also allow you to purchase individual prints.

Folks aboard the Febrina, scuba diving in Kavieng:

Eric Cheng, Anita Frankenberger, Dave Patchen, David Reid, Denise Eisermann, Doug Ebersole, Lucien Schmidlin (TopDIVE) , Robin Mellecker, Son Ly, Toshaki Masuda

People I met and travelled with, topside:

Son Ly, Anita Frankenberger, Bill and Elaine Wagner, Carol & Rodney Westmore, Cheryl & Steve Demos (Silk Soymilk), Denise Eisermann, En-Lai Yeoh (AP), Liz Fong and Professor Chris Wills (Biology, UCSD), Mary Jane Murray, Megan and Alan Pryke (Photographer, Sydney), Michael Bates (Trans Niugini Tours), Mr. Shimada, Nahoko Kahara, Paul D. Stewart (BBC), Peter Guber and Family (Sony Pictures/Mandalay), Professor Masaruki Nishie (Linguist), Robbie Gregory, and Jeime, Neville, Kevin, Helen, Gay, Daniel, Naomi, Wayne, and Kathleen.

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Travel Journal Contents
scuba diving kavieng, topside
kavieng - topside & peeps
scuba diving kavieng, underwater
kavieng - underwater
karawari river and lodge
karawari river and lodge
mt. hagen cultural show
mt. hagen cultural show
bride price payback in mt. hagen
bride price payback
bensbach river and lodge
bensbach river and lodge
  ambua - the huli people
ambua lodge & the huli
photography notes
photography notes

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