Rabaul Part 2

Our 2nd day in Rabaul / Kokopo was devoted to snorkeling off Pigeon Island, and deserves an entire post to itself.

On the way to the island, we saw a pod of at least 20 dolphins. I have always thought dolphins were kind of terrible, what with the whole ‘lets murder a porpoise and play with its body’ thing, so I didn’t think I’d really care about seeing them in the wild.

(Check these out: 10 Reasons Dolphins are A-Holes & Dark Secrets of Dolphins)

But, I have to admit, it was truly a sight to behold – they were so majestic and the water was so clear, it was beautiful.

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Dolphin fins with Mount Tavurvur & friends in the distance

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Dolphins swimming in front of the boat

The water was so clear that you could see the dolphins coming up from extremely deep

We had Pigeon Island and the reef surrounding it completely to ourselves – just Bonnie & I, a husband & wife visiting from POM, our guide & boat operator. It was breath-takingly beautiful, but I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves. Note: my underwater camera broke… underwater… so all the underwater photos are courtesy of Bonnie’s fancy underwater camera.

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Top: Pigeon Island & the mountains of New Ireland in the distance  Bottom: Bonnie & I as we come up to Pigeon Island

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Clear waters & reef, with Mount Tavurvur & friends in the distance

Stunning beach, all for us

Stunning beach, all for us

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Starfish!! Also, a sea urchin in the top left

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Our guide holds a sea cucumber… the reef is beautiful and largely unspoiled due to the lack of tourists, but there isn’t much conservation going on either

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Clownfish & Anemones

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I don’t remember what these are called, but if you snap your fingers they suck back into their little holes

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At the edge of the reef there was a huge drop-off where the water became cold and a ton of fish were swimming deep below us

At the edge of the reef there was a huge drop-off where the water became cold and a ton of fish were swimming deep below us

Top: Me with Mount Tavurvur and friends in distance Bottom: Bonnie with another small island and New Ireland in the distance

Top: Me with Mount Tavurvur & friends in the distance  Bottom: Bonnie with another small island and New Ireland in the distance

Hermit crabs & more hermit crabs

Hermit crabs & more hermit crabs!

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This is what we came home to, very sweet

Snorkeling off Pigeon Island will definitely go down as one of my favourite experiences of all time. Expect the last Rabaul post, ‘Part 3’, in the near future; featuring volcanic hot springs and war relics.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Rabaul Part 2

  1. Ok, I love these posts and the pics are beautiful. But after seeing that link to 10 reasons Dolphins are Assholes – it kind of clouded everything else. All I keep thinking now, is “gawd, they really are f###king assholes!”
    Love these posts Amanda, keep em coming.

  2. These pictures are just gorgeous – I can’t believe how incredibly clear the water is! It must have been so hard to leave that day.

    …and even if dolphins are assholes, they’re smart assholes 😉

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