The Best Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Video | Don’t you love the feeling of finding somewhere special which you know absolutely nothing about? Pokpok Island in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea was exactly that – somewhere I had never heard of but had an unforgettable experience.

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Hiking to the Volcanic Crater Lake Eruovi aka Billy Mitchell

Video | Lake Billy Mitchell or Lake Eruovi as it’s known locally, is a volcanic crater lake standing at over 1,500 metres in the centre of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. It’s surrounded by mountain ranges, more volcanoes including the nearby Mt Bagana and dense rainforest as far as the eye can see. It can be accessed on foot via a 3 day (return) hike and approximately 17 hours of walking.

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The Travel Buzz

The Travel Buzz. When I started preparations for a year-long stay in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, I had a reoccurring thought – this would be the first time I would be “travelling” by living in just one town for a whole year; would I get … Read more

A Little Slice of Paradise in Bougainville

A Little Slice of Paradise. A short banana boat ride from Keita, near Arawa, Pokpok Island in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville is a place of few distractions, where you can’t help but relax. No shops, no wifi, limited power and intermittent phone service from atop a steep hill makes … Read more

Crabs Are On The Loose!

The sound of laughter spread throughout the back of the tarpaulin covered 4 x 4 truck. Fellow passengers shuffled positions in the crammed public motor vehicle to get a glimpse of the guy in the far corner. ‘Crabs, crabs, the crabs have escaped!’ I yelled to no one in particular. I … Read more

Into the Mountainous Region of Rotokas

Video | Several months ago I’d never heard of the area of Rotokas in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. Yet here I was about to disappear into the mountainous terrain for 3 days of trekking. I still knew very little about the area. A couple of conversations with volunteers on the island whom had visited. And a brief information pack providing an overview and advising to take warm clothes. However, these glimpses were nothing but positive and it sounded like the Rotokas region would be nothing short of spectacular. Mountains, volcanoes, river, streams, waterfalls and caves, surrounded by the dense rainforest that only the island of Bougainville can offer – what more could you ask for!?

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Why do they wear those boots? – Part 3

Island Life – Part 3. Write at least half a dozen more paragraphs of this latest blog entry ‘Why do they wear those boots?’ before venturing to the kitchen I tell myself… My stomach grumbles, unsatisfied by the cup of homemade Greek yogurt with fresh pineapple and a glass of water … Read more

Snorkel Pokpok Island – Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

Join me to snorkel the clear, warm watered outer reefs of Pokpok Island – Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, where shoals of neon fish surround you, intricate coral coats the ocean floor and sea urchins and starfish cling to the rocks. Best of all, I guarantee you won’t be surrounded by crowds of people!

18 Ways I Adapted to New Surroundings

18 Ways I Adapted to New Surroundings

You’ll probably already utilise a number of these ways I adapted to new surroundings, without even thinking about it. After arriving in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville from New Zealand just six weeks ago for a year long stay, it suddenly hit me that I had adapted. My surroundings felt … Read more

Friendship sparks in Bougainville

New friends seem to come along in spurts. I can go for months or even years feeling like i’ve developed zero new friends and then all of a sudden, the friendship spark ignites and I’m forming new relationships left, right and centre. A month into my year in the Autonomous Region … Read more