Jan 02, 2011
May 09, 2011
Where I stayed
Lae Travellers Inn
So having failed with the ferries and been disbelieving of the airfares quoted by one travel agent we finally find an agent who is able to book us expensive but acceptable flights to Kimbe and Rabaul. Unfortunately, the flight schedules would force an overnight in Port Moresby but how bad could it be!
Restricted to our hotel compound in the evening we prepared for our early morning departure to Moresby, ruing the ferry bosses decision and our wasted journey to Lae.
Today, has been characterized by random acts of kindness and interminable frustrations. After travelling to Lae so that we might catch the ferry to Kimbe in the west or Alotau in the southeast we find a startling problem at the Rabaul Ferry booking office. It would appear that the 'Big Boss' (a white South African or possibly a Pomme!) has decided that no expats are allowed to travel on any Rabaul Ferry, to anywhere! Arguing that we were tourists and not technically expats, the policy was clarified – ‘no whites’! The frustrated office manager could not have been more helpful - even taking us personally to Lutheran Shipping to see if their timetable might work for us – but whilst clearly embarrassed and unknowing of the reason for this decision if became very apparent that expensive flying would be the only way to travel the country. Whilst PNG is an expensive country to travel in, not having access to the main inter-island ferries makes it extremely expensive!