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On the last day of the Sepik River excursion we flew about 40nm mile further up river (as the crow flies) in the True North Heli to visit some Spirit houses and see the induction into manhood as per the details I set out in my previous post. We were already about 40nm up river on True North as the crow flies, so by the time we landed in the Spirit House area we were quite a way up this great river!

This was the largest and most impressive spirit house which is a place where the men hang out and chat.

The particular Spirit House was over 100 years old and each post had an enemy buried under the pole!

The carvings on these poles and the big timber drums was as detailed as they were extraordinary!

The strange thing about these places is that they all did have a very spiritual feeling about them and were quite calming to walk into!

PNG Clarity

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Internet is a bit slow up here at the moment hence a bit slow with my posts this trip.

Suffice to say the water clarity is exceptional both above and below the water.

They have had a 4 month drought up up here and it is really noticeable. Normally we get very cool thunderstorms each afternoon, but not now.

I very much hope they get some rain soon.

First images from Keivieng

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We are now safely on True North and had our first snorkel this afternoon followed by a beautiful meal by the True North chefs of fresh Barramundi from the Kimberley set on a bed of corn puree accompanied with some carrot chips.

I am pleased to say that I think I am getting the hang of the new Nauticam housing and the strobes and I managed to come away with at least 8 good shots from this shoot…..very unusual for underwater photography from my experience!

Tomorrow we dive on the Sanko Maru wreck and the 2 man Japanese sub. One of my favourite dives up here and we have very little swell so hopefully we will get some great clarity.