Was an absolute dream to visit such an unspoiled part of the world, aboard the Pacific Eden which departed on the 15th October 2016. Where we spent 2 days at sea before landing in Alotau.
We were extremely humbled to visit where so many Australian and American had stood their ground with the locals to help and hold of the Japanese forces. We witnessed many different tribal dances held for the cruise ships.
My favorite island was Kitava Island such friendly people willing to share their story of day to day life on the island. Always smiling and l cannot remember how many countless greetings of hello welcome.
There lives revolve around water as they live on small islands which only take an hour to walk from on side to the other. 4 schools over 200 students, on the island and no high schools. They have to leave the island on a 25 minute boat ride where they will live until they finish their education.
We traveled to Kiriwina Island next where the people are just as friendly and village life is just as basic. All money is shared within the village by the chief. All laws are obeyed or you will be sent packing.
If not for this stand of Australian, American, and locals we all could be speaking Japanese.
The ship also managed to get into conflict island which is an island made up as a resort, where no one lives. It sole purpose at the moment is to bring in the cruise ships. It is owned by an Englishman who also owns 21 other islands.