Sepik trip day 2

We took off from the airport in our 6 seater plane and got a great view of Wewak. It is the capital of the province on the north coast of Papua New Guinea and has a hospital, schools and a port for the region. There was a local fishing fleet as well as large fish factories from China out in the ocean.

Wewak from the air

Wewak from the air

Our flight took about an hour and gave us good views of the land that we would be traveling by boat for the next eight days. The Sepik River with all its twists and turns and oxbow lakes was a dominant part of the landscape. It was the end of the dry season but there was enough rain for the land to stay green. The river was at a low level which made travel easier going upstream. .

Sepik River

Sepik River

Trip on the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

map of PNG

map of PNG

It was a long flight to Japan to meet Phil, my husband and traveling companion, before going on to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. Another long wait before a smaller plane took us to Wewak, the provincial town on the ocean. It had been 10 years since my last trip to PNG to buy artifacts and I was anticipating a productive and exciting time on the Sepik River.
Waiting in Port Moresby airport

Waiting in Port Moresby airport

We met Lesley, our friend and guide, in Wewak and after dinner and catching up on PNG friends we actually had a bed to sleep in. The next morning we were out early at the airport and after weighing in, both our luggage and ourselves, we met our missionary pilot who flew a six seater small plane that could land on small grass runways. He was pleasant and competent like all missionary pilots that we have encountered.

Wait at airport

Wait at airport

Weighing in

Weighing in

Missionary pilot giving us the safety instructions for the 6 seater airplane.  We listened to these more intently than safety regulations in the big airlines

Missionary pilot giving us the safety instructions for the 6 seater airplane. We listened to these more intently than safety regulations in the big airlines