KAYAKING IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC — Adventures in Paupa New Guinea

The enjoyment of Sea Eagle kayaking is a universal language

“At Christmas, my wife Bev was teaching the local Lihirian kids how to paddle our Sea Eagle kayak. Their normal mode of transport on the water is a dugout canoe with outrigger. As you can see from the photos they loved it and became experts in no time. We continue with the exploration of this amazing place in our Sea Eagle and congratulations on a great product.”

It’s always fascinating to hear from Sea Eagle boaters from all around the globe and learn about their boating experiences half a world away.

We recently received an email from Paul and Bev Hinton who call Austrailia home but live and work in Paupa New Guinea (PNG) in the gold mining industry. They own a Sea Eagle 420 Explorer Kayak.

Bev's little passenger is used to paddling a dugout canoe but she adjusted quickly, and happily, to paddling the Hinton's Sea Eagle 420 Explorer Kayak.

“My wife and I have a Sea Eagle kayak which we have currently on Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea. I brought the kayak to enable me to explore the many wonderful waterways and inlets around the island and it has proven to be a very stable platform for activities from photography, fishing, snorkeling and just pure fun with the local Lihirian kids.”

“We are based in Paupa New Guinea…”

Would you agree it's a different world in Paupa New Guinea? Photo courtesy Wikipedia

Would you agree it's a different world in Paupa New Guinea? Photo courtesy Wikipedia

“My wife Bev and I work for an Newcrest Mining, a large Australian gold mining company. We are currently based at Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG). I am commissioning manager for the project and Bev works in the administration department.

We work three weeks on and two weeks off, flying to Lihir Island from our home in Bunbury, Western Australia which is two hours south of Perth.

South Pacific volcanic islands

Lihir is made up of four small volcanic islands that form part of the New Ireland Province of PNG and is home to native Lihirian people. They are very friendly and welcoming which is quite refreshing.

“My wife and I have a Sea Eagle kayak which we have currently on Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea. I brought the kayak to enable me to explore the many wonderful waterways and inlets around the island and it has proven to be a very stable platform for activities from photography, fishing, snorkeling and just pure fun with the local Lihirian kids.”

“My wife and I have a Sea Eagle kayak which we have currently on Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea. I brought the kayak to enable me to explore the many wonderful waterways and inlets around the island and it has proven to be a very stable platform for activities from photography, fishing, snorkeling and just pure fun with the local Lihirian kids.” Paul's photo shows Putput Village on Paupa New Guinea's Lahir Island.

Lihir is an island made for exploration by small boat thus the reason to choose Sea Eagle 420 Explorer kayak. It’s light and easy to carry when required but stable enough to deal with the open oceans around the island.

Water depth here drops away very quickly to in excess of 200 meters (656 feet) within 150 meters (492 feet) from the shore and is surrounded by reef and bommies (shallow coarl reefs) so having a shallow draft boat is a definite advantage and the tough lining on the Explorer kayak’s hull is also reassuring.

“I’d never owned an inflatable kayak.”

I have owned a kayak in one form or another for many years now and find it a great way to get to those out-of-the-way places either inland, through river systems, or along the coastline, exploring the coastal bays and mangroves. I had never owned an inflatable kayak before but it suits my needs here for transport and storage.

I researched inflatable kayaks on the internet and the Sea Eagle name stood out among the others on quality and pricing so I placed an order online and it was waiting for me in Australia upon my arrival home on R&R around ten days later. Great service!”

Do YOU have a Sea Eagle boating story and photos to share? (They don’t have to be as exotic as the Hinton’s!) Please email us………hundreds of our blog readers what to see what you’re up to.

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2 Responses to KAYAKING IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC — Adventures in Paupa New Guinea

  1. Bob says:

    I’ve been always interested in the Sea Eagke Kayak. I would love to hear your review of it,

    Thanks,
    Bob

  2. Enjoying kayaking is indeed a great experience. But it’s more enjoying watching others precious moments. I really loved the photos you have shared here.

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