Fun in Port Moresby, PNG
15 July 2013 | Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea
As I sit here in Port Moresby, we are in our last few hours of being in Papua New Guinea. Tomorrow we head west once again for Indonesia. It will be a 10 to 12 day sail & we’ve been waiting for weather for several days. The Torres Straits between Australia & PNG have been blowing 30+ knots and 5 meter seas for over a week. We want a great passage!
Before we arrived in Port Moresby there was a quote in the Lonely Planet for the yacht club – “The last Bastion of white elite imperialism”. Only a trace of that remains today. Instead it is a mixing bowl of expats and locals. Corruption is abound and yet part of the culture. Australians & Expats are plentiful. Inequality and wages are astounding. Money here flows and yet next to a highrise is the poorest of poor. A waiter or waitress at the yacht club makes 80 Kina a week or about $40 U.S. a week! Porty Moresby is expensive though and many of these people live in ‘stilt’ house over the water. No electricity, toilets are open to the water and the bare necessities rule their lives with out much opportunity. Sad, really.
In any event, Port Moresby has been a surprise and a pleasure. We heard all kinds of rumors about kidnapping, beheading, violence, etc. some of those things do exist but we were careful & meet several locals who carted us around getting boat parts and supplies. A local Brian extended his hand & helped us out quite a bit. One Sunday we headed out for a relaxing day on his yacht. Two other days we hired his employee, John. Rented a van and 10 of us cruisers headed out to explore the area. We went to the Highlands, an animal conservatory, botanical gardens, and Parliament house. It was a wonderful 2 days. The yacht club here has been extra friendly. We basked in the luxury of unlimited water, a slip and yacht club food & bar. Pics are in the picture gallery. 10 days in Port Moresby has been fabulous.
Until next time, enjoy the pictures. Next time we’ll be in Indonesia!
Colleen & Tom