Our time in PNG was excellent. We thought we would share with fellow sailors our route through PNG, some tips we learned along the way, and most importantly a GPX file that contains all our anchorages, key locations for customs, immigration, etc in Kaveing and some provisioning tips.
Papua New Guinea can be challenging in some areas primarily due to safety. There are places where cruisers are just not safe, and we decided to stay off the beaten path and go far away from the main towns and islands. This strategy proved very successful and rewarding as we met some of the best people and made some long lasting friends. PNG has been one of our favorite sailing destinations. We spent about five months sailing the outer islands.
Our route was rather simple as you can see. We started from the Solomons, clearing out of Noro, and then sailed via Rancador Reef (Solomon Islands) and then direct to the Mortlocks (our first unofficial stop in PNG).
King of Wonders
With Mark’s mom safely on board and all the provisions stowed away, we headed north to begin our exploration in the underwater world of Raja Ampat. If you are a scuba diver, you have likely heard about this group of islands and seen fascinating photos in diving magazines. This area is world renowned for its vibrant reefs and amazing sea life, and we couldn’t wait to check it out. In all, we spent 3 months in the Raja Ampat waters, with sights and experiences that could comprise an entire book, but for now, let’s dive in and look at some of our favorite field trips through this spectacular archipelago.
From Sorong, we sailed directly to the northernmost island group to Wayag. The mushroom-shaped outcroppings were reminiscent of our time in Fulaga, Fiji, and the turquoise waters surrounding them is what makes Wayag so picturesque. One afternoon, we hiked up one of the jagged rock faces with spears of limestone jutting up from the nearly vertical path. This hike is…
One of the biggest concerns we had when leaving Vanuatu and heading to the Solomons was security. We’d heard stories about items being stolen from the deck of boats in various locations, including some reports of items being stolen from inside the vessel. These reports created a sense of unease as we planned our voyage NW to Asia.
After living 8 months in the Solomons and four months in Papua New Guinea, I thought I would share some general thoughts for future sailors heading this way.
There are three general categories of theft: Opportunistic ‘Grab and Go’ - Generally this consists of items stolen off the deck of boat left in plain sight and unsecured. This includes snorkels, masks, clothes drying on line, fishing rods, etc. This can occur at anytime, but usually at night while the crew is sleeping. Forced entry - Breaking a lock and stealing something that is secured on the vessel. This usually occurs when the owners are not onboard. Violent theft - Using machete or other weapo…