Kokopo

We moved from Rabaul to Kokopo, just 10 NM on the other side of the bay, much closer to the shops and easier to finalise our provisioning. We anchored in front of a fancy beach resort with friendly staff who were happy to look after our dinghy which we left on the beach while we hit the town. Kokopo has been a pleasant surprise with friendly people, great shops and a relaxed atmosphere. Once fully provisioned, a trip to the local museum was on the agenda to learn more about the colonial history (German, British and then Australian until 1975) as well as the WW2 impact on this area (major Japanese base bombed by the Allied forces). And finally, to recover from he heat and humidity, a quick dip in the pool at the resort. Not a bad first few days in PNG.

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Rehua anchored in Kokopo

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beach bungalows resort in Kokopo

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the market in Kokopo

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the fruit stalls

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friendly locals

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one of the best markets we’ve seen in the South Pacific

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trip to the museum in Kokopo

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lots of Japanese WW2 tanks and guns

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colonial history, the Germans set up Rabaul and Kokopo, this was a judge’s chair

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lots of interesting history

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the museum also kept two crocs in a cage

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quick dip in the pool to cool off

 

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