The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
GSR | 257 western sector of the Louisiade Archipelago. For those approaching from the south and east, the logical entrance is via China Straits or Jomard Entrance further to the east. Both are well lit and charted. I regard a cruise up the mighty Sepik River an absolute "must do". ANCHORAGES: Mostly the anchorages around the mainland and continental islands have a mud bottom and very good holding. Beware sudden squalls and wind shifts as the weather here can be very localised and difficult to predict. CRUISING: The best cruising in PNG is found among the islands to the east and north of the mainland. This covers a vast area, and is dotted with a myriad of islands, bays, reefs and local villages. Here you will find the locals still going about life much the same as they have been doing for thousands of years just like a living, breathing National Geographic documentary. I usually begin in either Madang and cruise east through New Britain and New Ireland concluding in Rabaul and a separate cruise from Alotau (Milne Bay Province) through Goodenough, Normanby and Fergusson Islands and the WEATHER: The recommended time to visit PNG is from April and May through until December, the southeast monsoon or dry season. This is also the best time for diving as the water clarity is at its best. December to April is the northwest monsoon and the wet season. Cyclone season runs from December to March, but only the southeastern portion of the country is affected. As with most regions on or near the Equator, and with a mountainous interior, sudden and often violent winds arrive with little or no warning. Light sea breezes are typical, with long periods of calm. Occasional afternoon thunderstorms, with associated heavy rain are not uncommon.. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology w w w. bom.gov.au covers the area with their "High Seas Forecasts".
2008 - 2009
2013 - 2014