Pentecost, Waterfall Bay

Lars Alfredson
Sun 22 Sep 2013 06:38
Pos 15:47.14S 168:09.72E
Waterfall Bay
Wedensday 18/9.
After breakfast we left Ranvetlam on Ambryn for a 15 NM dash over to Pentecost. The wind the usual SE gusting 30 knots = fast passage.
We anchored for lunch in Homo Bay at the south end of Pentecost.
Pentecost is famous for the “Land Divers” when the the young men of Pentecost build high towers of trees and branches. (Up to 35 meters high).
They then tie a liana vine around his legs and leap into the air. The aim is to touch the ground with your forhead when the vines stop you.
This is a ceremony to give you a good yams harvest.
This takes place in May, June and July so we were unfortunately not able to watch any jumps .
In the afternoon we continued north along the coast and anchored for the night at Waterfall Bay.
Thursday 19/9
As the name suggests there is a nice waterfall in this bay. After breakfast we took the Dinghy to the beach and went exploring.
We soon found a nice guide that led us, first to a nice cave up the mountainside that we explored before going to the Waterfall.
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                                                                                                                               The opening in the back wall leads to a sacred cave.
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              Bend your head.                                                                                               Philip our guide teaches us about LapLap.
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                     Beautiful plants.                                                                                     and waterfall.    
We had a nice dip in the pond under the fall. Water is heavy when it hits your head from 30 meters.
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                                 Chicks                                                                                                        and more chicks.
When we came back to the village, Philip guided us around that to. we met lots of interesting people on our walk.
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                     Here rest the big chief and his wife.                                                                       Traditional buildings.
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                                Happy juggler.                                                                            The horse that brings the Kava to the beach.
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                    Can I buy cigarettes?                                                                                      We also sell fresh chicken!
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                 Weaving carpets from palm fronds.
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                This Banyan tree is a memory tree.                                                               You put a stone in it and it keeps your happy memories.
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                                                                                                                               This canoe is made from “Blue water tree” see the rain water.
In the afternoon we moved up the coast to Loltong Bay. See next blog.
Lars and crew.