Luxury In An Idyllic Setting…2Island Resort, Manus

It seems to me that idyllic settings are not always the environment where I find myself but the state of mind where I’m at. Does that make sense? Anyway, this was how I felt when we visited 2Island Resort about just over a month ago. 2Island Resort is in Manus.

A big shady rest...imagine a cold beer in your hand and a cool island breeze...

This is a project that no doubt will set the accommodation standard for guest houses in PNG as well as some of the hotels in large urban areas. I was taken by the serenity of the place and the comforts of a flush toilet indoors, shower etc.

Don't be fooled...this is only the outside. Wait til you see what's inside

This resort is a result of great collaboration between landowners and a developer of affordable, modern accommodation for those wanting to hang their hats in the tropics for a few weeks of R & R.

A unsightly buckets

Now that is what I’d like to see. It makes living anywhere, home nowadays! Even on holidays in Papua New Guinea…the land of the unexpected.

Hmmm...on a rainy day...this being indoors is a blessing for sure.

After walking around the island, which takes about less than an hour, perhaps more like 45 minutes, one could rest their weary legs on under this big tree. With kulau (fresh green coconut drink) and soft sea breezes…well, heaven on earth.

The platform under the tree, to rest your weary legs or just catching the sea breezes

I was really taken by the design of this resort. The design of the guest houses are in the style of local architectural structures you will find locally or anywhere in coastal PNG villages. The mod cons inside the bungalows are a real plus.

This place is a must see and I wouldn’t mind returning to spend a few days here in a few months. The resort is work in progress but already promises to be an up and coming compelling place to visit in PNG. What with these kind of views.

Looking over to the other island that gives this resort its name...2Island Resort

How about kicking off those snickers and walking your tired, sweaty feet along here…


They All Race In The Yellow Kayaks…

“Manus will be the kayak capital of the world”…that came from the man who was organizing the provincial kayak competition as part of the Independence anniversary week’s celebrations. I don’t doubt that they will become just that. Their aim is to have a provincial, national and then an international kayak competition – I could actually see this happening. These guys are serious! Dead serious.

Idyllic setting...potential kayaking competition venue perhaps?

After the formalities of the morning (14/9/2010) we took the time to watch one of the heats of the kayaking championships. What a privilege to be witnesses to this growing sport taken seriously by Manus islanders. Who’s to say this sport cannot take other maritime provinces by storm.

Kayaking anyone?

We watched as more intending competitors registered to take part in the conpetition.

They're off to the starting point...

These four competitors – 2 in one kayak – got ready to go out to the starting buoys.

The race was soon underway and there was yelling and laughter as the supporters of each team urged there team closer to the shore. We joined in the laughter and clapped hands for the winner. Here on this day I felt most grateful to be here in Manus to witness this competion and to be in the fresh air surrounded by sea.

No they are not at a baptism...they're timekeepers for the competitors

A few years ago Manus hosted the international kayaking championships. It seems like the bug has truly taken over and why not. Manus boasts some of the most breathtaking waterways I’ve ever seen.

Here come the winners!
The guys on the left didn't do too well...but there's always a second time...

The future of kayaking competitions in the tropics, here in Manus Island, is guaranteed to be world class. Support them and give them time and we might all be pleasantly and proudly surprised. Let’s make it happen!

A Room With A Seaview At Lorengau, Manus

This view cost next to nothing!

This was the view from my room at the Harbourside Hotel in Lorengau, Manus. I am so grateful to one of my colleagues who let me have this room that he was allocated when we checked in.

This was on the first day in Manus. The views from my room were priceless.

These shots are from that first day – Monday, 13 September.

This island was closest to the main island
A rocky seashore, but the water pristine...
More islands in the distance. Am told Manus has several hundred islands in the sun...
Beautiful trees at the waterfront...

After taking these shots from my room, I raced off to join the others for lunch. Lovely views, a lovely day what more can I ask for. This is paradise…

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 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.