Village Life

I have called this image Island Life and so typical of what you see in the tranquil lifestyle of PNG villages.
I was 2km away on True North when I flew my Mavic Pro 2 here to capture this image, having cruised past the village earlier in a tender.
What a pristine location and lifestyle!

Tufi Ceremonies

Last day on board True North today and fly back tomorrow.
A couple of days ago we were at Tufi which is well known for its diving and we were fortunate enough to be there for their National Day celebrations.
Everyone from around the region paddled in in their dug outs to see the event.
Georgia looked very smart in one of the traditional head dresses.

Lucernque perfection

Here are some more images from the stunning Lucernque Islands area where we spent the day yesterday.
The wreck dive was so good we did it twice and then the sunset drinks on the white sandy beach under the palm trees watching one of the locals show how to start a fire in the traditional way and then smoke the fish we shared with him.

Sepik River Crocodile Men

We did the heli flight up to the Spirit house where they do the crocodile skin initiation for the men of the tribe when they turn 18 as part of a ritual hat turns them into a man.

They are cut all over their bodies with razor blades and the cuts are stuffed with mud and then they recover in the spirit houses next to the fires which we are told helps with the pain.

The net result is the scars resemble crocodile skin, hence their nick name of crocodile men.

We are so privileged to be able to witness such ceremonies first hand and the spirit houses themselves have stories all of their own…stay tuned for those stories!