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Tawali

December 25, 2013

December 2013

Tawali is a remote resort, located at the foot of a volcanic mountain and overlooking the Milne Bay. A Paradise on Earth. It is a one hour flight + an hour and a half drive from Port Moresby to get there. Wanda and I spent five days in this beautiful place.

Tawali est une petite station balnéaire située au pied d’une montagne volcanique surplombant la baie de Milne. Endroit paradisiaque, à une heure d’avion + une heure et demie de route depuis Port Moresby. Wanda et moi y avons séjourné 5 cinq jours.

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A walk along the coastIMG_9300ballade en compagnie de notre guide Thomas

IMG_9313refreshing swim / baignade rafraîchissante

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IMG_9323Our guide Thomas with his mother and sisters / Thomas aver mère et soeurs

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IMG_9327Thomas’ house / la maison de Thomas

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IMG_9322hot and no wind, water looks like oil / chaud et pas de vent, on dirait une mer d’huile

IMG_9363went fishing and managed to catch a thuna. Had the cook prepare it for dinner, delicious

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The Sculls Cave/la grotte aux cranes

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Skulls  / cranes 

“The cave is quite large and very dark, so a strong light is a necessary, but there is very little movement of air so it quickly gets quite hot & clammy which adds considerably to the whole experience.

It contains the cranial remains of a lot of people which are in a series of piles and there must be a couple of hundred of them altogether.

Exactly why the skulls are there seems to be the subject of some conjecture, but there are two principal contenders for the true story.

Firstly, and more sensationally, the caves date back to when missionaries first arrived in PNG and proceeded to prohibit the long legacy of headhunting and occasional cannibalism common across the whole of New Guinea at that time.

So the local villagers literally went underground with their prized skull collections to keep them hidden from the missionaries!

The second and (in my opinion…) more plausible reason is the cave is actually one of the burial caves from pre-missionary times when the skulls of important people from the area were kept as a gesture of the respect they were held in.

When these people died, they were buried upright with a clay pot over their head, and after some time when the head separated from the body it was removed and taken to the cave.” (extract from the traveller guide)

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with Thomas in the cave / aver Thomas dans la grotte

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Wanda’s first open-water diving courseIMG_9374première leçon de plongée

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IMG_9392heading back to the airport in heavy rain /pluie torrentielle le jour du départ

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At the airport, waiting for the plane