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Pictures taken by Sir Peter Barter &, Siibona Mani Published by Melanesian Tourist Services P.O. Box 797, Madang, Papua New Guinea

SEPIK RIVER Cruise aboard the Kalibobo Spirit

SEPIK RIVER

SEPIK RIVER Cruise aboard the Kalibobo Spirit A random selection of pictures along the lower, middle & upper Sepik River

About this book This book is published in pdf format that will provide intending guest an idea of what they can expect to see on a voyage beginning in Madang, travelling along the North Coast past the islands of Manam and Boisa to the Mouth of the Sepik River, then through the lower and middle Sepik known as the Iatmul Region.


Pictures taken by Sir Peter Barter &, Siibona Mani Published by Melanesian Tourist Services P.O. Box 797, Madang, Papua New Guinea

SEPIK RIVER Cruise aboard the Kalibobo Spirit

SEPIK RIVER

SEPIK RIVER Cruise aboard the Kalibobo Spirit A random selection of pictures along the lower, middle & upper Sepik River


Sepik Cruise The Kalibobo Spirit is a 30m motor yacht that has capacity for up to 16m but normally we operate with between 10-12 guests in 4 double, 2 twin & 2 single cabins all air conditioned with individual temperature controls, telephone, television and private bathroom. There is a seperate dining and lounge room, with a cocktail bar, large TV, library. Meals are prepared in a large galley by our chef. The upper deck is covered with seating for all passengers and is often used for BBQ. There is an additional semi covered flybridge deck which provides excellent viewing. On the Sepik River we use a specially designed fast river boat that can carry 20 passengers at 30kts to enable our guests to visit remote waterways and tributaries. The crew consist of the Captain, First Mate, Chief Engineer, 2nd Engineer, stewards guides and on some voyages a guest lecturer. Voyages to the Sepik from Madang take a minimum of 6 days which includes visits to the offshore islands of Manam, an active volcanic Island and Boisa, a small island close by Manam - both provide excellent swimming, snorkelling and diving a contracts from what activies along the Sepik River


SEPIK RIVER (LOWER, MIDDLE AND UPPER REGIONS)


Sepik Cruises The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world, it has a total length of 1,126km the land area 80,763 square kilometre with a population along the actual river of more than80,000. The wet season is between December - April, the dry season between May November. Average rainfall is 2000 to 2600mm and the temperature ranges between 24-30 degrees Centigrade. The river is divided into the lower Sepik which covers the mouth to Tambanum, then the middle Sepik from Tambanum to Page and the Upper Sepik from Pagwi into the Bismarck Mountains, the source of the river. Each region and village are uniquely different, the culture and art is as varied and the languages and geography along the Sepik. Visitors aboard the Kalibobo Spirit will be afforded the opportunity to visit many of the villages, waterways and tributaries by fast river boats and on selected cruises by helicopter it is possible you will see cultural activities including “sing sings�, demonstrations, flute playing, hear the unique sounds of the Garamut Drums. Rare Sepik artefacts come in various forms of masks, totem poles, figures and cooking utensils. Jewellry, bilum bags and other handicraft are available in all villages.


CHRISTIAN MISSIONS All along the Sepik River you will see many mission schools, churches and at Timbunke a Health Centre mainly operated by the Catholic Church. Due to the Governments failure to provide adequate health and educational services the churches fill an important role in helping the people along the Sepik River and in many other parts of PNG. MELANESIAN FOUNDATION The Melanesian Foundation was established in 1986 as an informal organisation to assist the people in areas we visited aboard the Sepik Explorer, the Melanesian Explorer and later the Melanesian Discoverer. Funds were raised through generous donors and supported by MTS which resulted in many projects including the construction and delivery of almost 30,000 double school desks, construction of medical clinics, health radio network, hundreds of helicopter medivacs, refurbishments and construction of rural hospitals.


SEPIK RIVER All the photos produced were taken on the one cruise of 6 days of the Lower, Middle Sepik plus stop at Manam Island. Places visited on this voyage, Kopar, Mendam in Murik Lakes, Bien, Taway, Angoram, Kambaramba, Moin, Nagam River, Tambanum, Timbunke, Kamindimbit, Kurau, Aibom, Wombun in Chambri Lakes, Kanganaman, Parrembei, Koroko. Boisa and Manam were visited on the return voyage to Madang.


DINING ABOARD Several table configurations are available in the dining room that can be changed to suit the occasion ranging from round, square and conventional seating that can seat between 4 - 20 guests. We prepare as much local food as possible featuring fresh seafood, beef, pork, chicken and vegetarian choices. The menu changes daily to provide variety, breakfast is a buffet, we frequently serve a BBQ for lunch on the upper covered deck. We carry a well stocked bar and a choice of good wines.


NAVIGATION The vessel is equipped with Radar, GPS, Depth Sounder, Sonar, Auto Pilot, night vission, satellite telephone, HFSSB and VHF Radios and CCTV security cameras. All navigation equipment is duplicated. The crew consists of the Master, First Mate, Chief Engineer, 2nd Engineer, Bosun, Stewards, Chef, Driver/ Guides and often a lecturer. There is a well stocked library of books and documentaries which are shown in all public areas and TV’s in cabins.


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