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8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Good experience, good swimming beaches, friendly locals and good entertainment, but very expensive a beer $10 a stubby, and they use their own money tokens, which if unused you cannot exchange back to A$
Good experience, good swimming beaches, friendly locals and good entertainment, but very expensive a beer $10 a stubby, and they use their own money tokens, which if unused you cannot exchange back to A$ Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
This ended up being a real surprise and the jewel of the trip. Panasea is the island we went to and it is a true tropical paradise. There are recliners available for the day (the sign said $5 per day) but we managed to get them for free, ... Read More
This ended up being a real surprise and the jewel of the trip. Panasea is the island we went to and it is a true tropical paradise. There are recliners available for the day (the sign said $5 per day) but we managed to get them for free, probably because the owner of the islands was on board the ship and the fact that we had two days there because we had missed the islands of Kitava and Kiriwina. The island uses a voucher system for money which you exchange when you get there. It is dollar for dollar of Australian money, however you can exchange Kina if you have any. This is an eco friendly island and deals heavily in turtle hatchery which you can tour. There are lots of enclosures of turtle eggs around the island with expected dates of hatching listed. We had a wonderful day there, the weather was marvelous an the water a magnificent colour. We were able to take our recliners along the beach and sit a mere feet from the water. The island also has an airstrip but not sure what size aircraft would use it as it is a grass strip. A stop worth visiting again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Brilliant island just to walk around, souvenirs very expensive better off buying them on kirriwina same product only a lot cheaper.
Brilliant island just to walk around, souvenirs very expensive better off buying them on kirriwina same product only a lot cheaper. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
The best port and excursions. Variety and a tropical paradise, which is generally an overdone term
The best port and excursions. Variety and a tropical paradise, which is generally an overdone term Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Absolutely beautiful! Had the best day swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear water.
Absolutely beautiful! Had the best day swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear water. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Such a beautiful island, no polution, no rubbish, just clear blue seas with gorgeous coral. The activities such as kayak rental were very cheap at $20AU per hour, and we enjoyed our icecream from the cafe on the beach. Much more quieter as ... Read More
Such a beautiful island, no polution, no rubbish, just clear blue seas with gorgeous coral. The activities such as kayak rental were very cheap at $20AU per hour, and we enjoyed our icecream from the cafe on the beach. Much more quieter as no locals live there, so if you want an experience where you can relax without too much interaction, this is for you. Beautiful and serene Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
As said previously, loved the Conflict Islands but the excursion on the glass bottom boat was a huge disappointment. Feedback to P&O since then, has not even rated a "thank you for letting us know" email. Was great to be ... Read More
As said previously, loved the Conflict Islands but the excursion on the glass bottom boat was a huge disappointment. Feedback to P&O since then, has not even rated a "thank you for letting us know" email. Was great to be able to swim straight from the water's edge and see coral. (We didn't have (or choose to hire) snorkel gear, but just loved the freedom of this. Was impressed with Ian Gowrie-Smith is trying to do on the island but the goods for sale by the natives were far more expensive than on the other island. Also saw and appreciated what he is doing with raising the turtles until they are larger and able to be let free and hopefully survive. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
A very well spoken young man named Lionel was our guide for the walking tour of the island (which is privately owned). You needed $AUD to buy vouchers to pay for food drinks & souvenirs.
A very well spoken young man named Lionel was our guide for the walking tour of the island (which is privately owned). You needed $AUD to buy vouchers to pay for food drinks & souvenirs. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Our last port of call was an uninhabited island in the Conflict Islands, which are located 11 degrees from the equator. We have been all over the world and visited some amazing tropical islands, but this island was spectacular. As ... Read More
Our last port of call was an uninhabited island in the Conflict Islands, which are located 11 degrees from the equator. We have been all over the world and visited some amazing tropical islands, but this island was spectacular. As you step onto the jetty at Panasesa Island, you know right away that you have stumbled onto a magical place. The super clear, shallow waters are teaming with iridescent fish and the white sand beach beckons. There is a small eco-resort on the island set away from the main beach where the tenders dock. Recently they have built a more protected jetty on the other side of the island, making it easier for tenders to land each visit. The Conflict Islands use a voucher system to buy things ashore where you can trade in Australian dollars or Kina for vouchers to purchase food, water activities and souvenirs. There are a lot of P&O shore tours to choose from at this port from snorkel tours to glass bottom boat rides to visiting the turtle conservation.P&O port Once you are ashore, turn right off the jetty and you can purchase your vouchers, food and drinks and hire kayaks, paddleboards, lounge chairs and snorkel equipment. I have always wanted to try out a see-thru kayak so we didn’t waste any time hiring a kayak and paddleboard. The equipment was in great shape, with good life jackets and very reasonably priced at $20 AUD/hour. The beach is absolutely beautiful, lined with shade trees and great for swimming. If you swim or paddle 200-300 m off the beach you will discover the most amazing coral and marine life. At this point there is a drop off and you can snorkel and paddle over the drop off to see a huge variety of coral and fish. If you aren’t a strong snorkeler or swimmer, I would recommend doing one of the ship’s snorkeling tours. They have a snorkel platform that they take you out to in a boat, with a lifeguard, eliminating the longer swim to get to the coral. We took a paddleboard with us to the drop off so the kids had something to hang onto once in awhile. If you continue to walk right you will come to an incredible sand bar that you can walk really far out on at low tide. This is another great area to snorkel since you don’t have to swim as far to reach the drop off area. You do have to swim over some shallow coral and there was some current, so do take care. We could not believe how alive and vibrant the coral was and how many different types of fish we saw. It really was like swimming in an aquarium and we spent hours in the water. Our kids are really competent swimmers and snorkelers and were able to snorkel with us. We did bring a pool noodle from Australia with us to help our 6-year-old when snorkeling. We walked around the back side of the island, which was really windy, but had no one around. It was mid-afternoon by the time we made our way back to the central area. Unfortunately they had run out of a lot of the food for sale, which did look pretty good. There is a beach bar where we tried our first PNG beer and they have sodas and slushy cocktails available too. There is an open air shop selling souvenirs like carvings, jewelry, postcards (sadly they were out of stamps), soaps and lotions and t-shirts at reasonable prices. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
New floating jetty improves chances of visit not being cancelled due to wind direction. A true coral cay with coconut palms, 5km walk around perimiter, lots of organised activities, payments in Aussie Dollars (via vouchers purchased on ... Read More
New floating jetty improves chances of visit not being cancelled due to wind direction. A true coral cay with coconut palms, 5km walk around perimiter, lots of organised activities, payments in Aussie Dollars (via vouchers purchased on arrival) Read Less

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