From A Doini Island Bungalow

The view of the jetty from one of the bungalows.

 The bungalows on Doini it seemed are named after the neigbouring islands eg. Sariba, Logea etc. I can’t recall the name of the bungalow I took this photo from but anyway the bungalows are on a class of their own in terms of the standard of cleanliness, design and comfort – actually quite luxurious.

The bathroom had a unique feature - a clam shell for a wash basin - now that's something new. Very innovative.

 This bungalow was quite spacious and I reckon it can take a group of say six or seven people. Perhaps a family at Christmas time when the pineapples and mangoes are in season or any other time. In paradise it’s all good.

Looks so comfy and inviting - just like the turquoise sea outside
Would I like to lay my weary body down on a bed like this? Out here in the tropics? The answer is a resounding yes!

 Looking around this big room brought back memories of home on Kwato where polished floor and clean beds were a common feature in every home. Every Christmas we’d gathered in the family house on Kwato. Those were the times when I wished this festive season could be suspended in time and school a future away.

So spacious and well, comfy.

 There are so many lovely features of this bungalow and am sure the others have too. I really admired the design and the wood work and panelling. If I were to live in one of these bungalows I will be the happiest person around. The bungalow had all the mod cons.

The fridge and the stove with the wooden cover to stop seawater or sea spray getting to the stove top. Very sensible.
One of our fellow daytrippers decided to take a swim in the sea and although I was tempted to do the same, I was, let’s say, ill-prepared.
Who could resist a swim along this beach? Couple of our group took a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters.

Some more views from the verandah of the bungalow. The sea has an alluring thing about it – call it magic perhaps – but one can never tire of looking out to sea especially on a bright sunny day. There is nothing that can obstruct the view all the way to the horizon.

Simply lovely.

As with all short trips, all too soon our visit to Doini came to and end. On the way down the jetty to our boat, this boat arrived with a whole bunch of school children. I realised that like us, they will have the whole place to themselves.

No they are not boat people - but a boat load of school children

I realise that a couple of hours on Doini wasn’t enough time to see all there is to see of the island and, am sure, more. However, we certainly will remember this place, without a doubt.

One of my colleagues had collected bits of coral and shells to remember Doini by. I took my photos and he collected his own island momentos.

After Doini, Samarai Island was our next and last stop on this day trip so we had to get a move on or else we’d loose the daylight and that would have been a waste. So we said our goodbyes to the ladies in the dining room and kitchen area and headed towards the jetty. 

Heading out towards Samarai Island in the distance.

As we pushed off the jetty and away from Doini Island, my thoughts turned to Samarai.  I haven’t visited the island in yonks and wondered what the island looked like then. All my favourite spots.

The breeze once again on our faces and the sun warmer outside en route, I looked at this chap (one of our crew) sitting at the front of the dinghy and I couldn’t help thinking about the freedom we were experiencing. No fences, no looking over our shoulders just freedom to enjoy another beautiful corner of Papua New Guinea.

En Route To Doini Island

I am not sure which villages these are but I think it is towards Boiduhana, Logea Kalo

We left Kwato around midday and once again glided across on glassy seas   towards Doini Island. I’ve never been to Doini Island believe it or not before this day trip so I was equally as excited as my fellow daytrippers.

The photo above is of Logea Island across from Kwato Island. Logea is the island that inspired Uncle Robert and late Cousin Nasona to pen the song ‘Discover the Island’ found on one of Salima’s albums. It does conjure up in one’s mind the moonlight nights on these islands,
 
‘”Have you ever been to eastern shores of Papua,
Discover the island, across the China Straits…”
 
Then it goes on to say…
 
“As we reached the island and walk along the shore,
Side by side we walk holding hands beneath the island sky, 
Then we stood together beneath the golden moon and you lean to me and whisper,
Whispering the words, saying I love you”…
 
Eni kapole saha sabidi.

We cruised past the island of Logea (bigger than Kwato Island). The tip of the island north-facing – that is Logea Pwata. The white sandy shores are a common feature on these islands except the southern part of Logea which boasts of soft black sand.

I had never seen this part of Logea and took this shot of the kunai grass on the hill.

A kunai grassy knoll...could one imagine a guesthouse or a seafood restaurant on this location - what great panoramic island views this location would command.

I was amazed as we cruised by this part of Logea Island towards Gonubalabala. Now this is an interesting place, Gonubalabala, because one of its attractions apart from its natural beauty, is a ‘cleaning station’ for manta rays. Apparently this is a must see feature. Unfortunately, it must be seasonal because we didn’t see anything, and this was early November, 2010.

Gonubalabala - white sandy beach but no manta rays...too bad. A view from our boat.

We were looking forward to witness this awesome sight, the cleaning manta rays, but alas it was not to be. The fish were nowhere to be found so we cruised on to Doini Island which was our destination.  Anchored off the shore at Gonubalabala was the M.V. Chertan.

Imagine a snooze on M.V. Chertan on a lazy afternoon - that would be something...

We slowed down just to take in the view, feel the sea breeze and just enjoy being out on a boat and ‘discovering’ for ourselves new ‘destinations’ as we commit them to memory to share them with family, friends and colleagues when we return to Port Moresby.

Approaching Doini Island…aaahhhh what can I say…just beamed from ear to ear…

So you see, before you convince yourself that Port Moresby is PNG, think again! You will be pleasantly surprised to find that this land of islands and mountains is not only a treasure trove, but as one commentary stated ‘a naturalist’s wonderland’, and a sure place to spend that holiday you’ve been saving up for.