Flying Into POM: Da View!

The 'Motuan Coastline'...jolie vue de la mer!

A few months ago I was flying back from Brisbane and this was the view as we approached the coastline of the Papuan mainland. I’ve flown this route so many times before but on this particular day I seemed to have focused on it and am not sure if it was because I had a camera handy. Will never know. A compelling view nonetheless.

 

The reef below...mystical...
Breathtaking...

I kept on thinking about the folks that came to settle in Port Moresby long before commercial flights became a popular means of travel. I wondered what they would have thought of their journey to PNG if they were in an aeroplane then looking at this vista. But then again perhaps the reefs weren’t so pronounced then as they are now so the view would have been completely different.

 

Best!

Another thought just crossed my mind. There I was making all that fuss over this view but perhaps to the pilots of the aircraft that fly the skies between Port Moresby and other destinations or regular travellers into Port Moresby, this was just another view. In any case I captured this vista to add to the many memories I have of Port Moresby and am glad to be able to share this one with you.

Hugging The Coastline To Alotau

Rewarded with this view...

On a recent trip to Alotau, Milne Bay Province, a friend gave up their window seat so I could take photos of scenes on the way.

It was a clear sunny day and a team of us were on our way to the 7th Canoe and Kundu Festival in Alotau, Milne Bay Province.

Although our flight was delayed, the sights on the way made me forget about the delay.  I anticipated great views on the way and these few shots showed me yet again what a beautiful country Papua New Guinea is. Not because it is my country but because it is!

Here are a few more shots of our journey towards the southeast of Port Moresby and the Central Province.

Stunning!
Another spectacular vista...
Had to include this shot. It added value to the views outside and below.
Coming in to land at Gurney International Airport
What a view...Alotau in the far background
We came in to land, and a familiar sight...
The sight of the oil palm estate below as we came in to land

It was a great trip and the weather was great. I enjoyed being able to take these shots of the coastline as we cruised on towards the southeastern end of the country.

I used my Nikon D90 camera with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor ED 17-55mm f/2.8 G IF lens. I reckon its a beauty. These shots are proof enough.

I am blessed to have a wonderful friend who gave up their window seat for me. Tenkyu tru SJ.

The Magic Of Manus

Awesome artwork!

Today’s trip to Manus was delayed by 2 hours at Port Moresby Domestic Airport. But the excitement was mounted as I counted the minutes to take-off. I decided to take photos of these lovely wall paintings and wander around to kill time.

In a short bout of impatience, I approached the guys at the departure gates about 10am or thereabouts to ask about a new flight time as our flight PX220 was supposed to have departed for Manus at 9.05am. The fellow assured me that  flight would leave about 11.00am-ish. That was good enough for me.

After what seemed like ages our flight was announced and we filed out towards the tarmac…and Manus.

This is my first time to Manus. I have so many friends from Manus and some members of my extended family are from Manus or at least one parent was from Manus.

Approaching Manus, I took some photos as we approached one of the most beautiful string of islands I’ve ever had the privilege to behold.

Land sighted! The first island I saw as we approached Los Negros island where Momote airport is located.
An awesome welcome to Manus
Over Momote Airport
Circling to land. Momote Airport in the background.
The two turquoise 'pools' below added to the natural beauty of the place.
Coming in to land...excitement mounts...yeah Manus at long last!
Terra firma at last...Manus here we come!
PX 220 Fokker 100...one of the new additions to the Air Niugini fleet.

So we arrived in Manus on a hot, sunny day. I was so happy as I contemplated what was in our programme for the day. In the exhilaration that I felt for a new province to add to my list of PNG provinces visited so far, the 2-hour delay in Port Moresby was a distant memory.