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Photography in the Coral Triangle – by Jürgen Freund

April 2009 – September 2010

In 1995, when I was a fresh full-time wildlife photographer – after quitting my Industrial Photography day job of many years,  I went for 12 months on my very own photographic expedition through the Coral Triangle. I first visited Christmas Island, Australia for half a year to document the red land […]

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Tetepare Turtles, Coconut Crabs and Seaweed Research in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands

10 – 14 July 2010

Tetepare Island

The Tetepare Descendants’ Association take their conservation work very seriously. They protect and manage the entire island most especially their 13km-long Marine Protected Area. Since 2004, they have had a dedicated roster of rangers and different marine monitoring teams from scientists to volunteers doing research in Tetepare’s different unique ecosystems from […]

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Tetepare Island Rangers and WWF Coral Reef Research, Western Province, Solomon Islands

10 – 14 July 2010

Tetepare Island

Tetepare is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific where a tiny portion of its massive land is a dedicated research field station and a cooperative ecolodge run by the Tetepare Descendants’ Association or TDA.  Many stories circulate why Tetepare Island (Tetepare meaning wild boar) has remained uninhabited for more than 150 years. One story […]

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Aquaculture Farming and Post Tsunami in Gizo, Solomon Islands

6 – 7 July 2010

WorldFish Center, Nusa Tupe & Gizo Airport

Onma Lodge, Kolombangara

The April 2007 earthquake and tsunami wrecked havoc to the lives of many in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. Foreign aid and rebuilding was slow and difficult, but the people of the Western Province persevered and rebuilt their lives from scratch. […]

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Making Lime for Betelnut Chewing in M’Buke, Manus, PNG

28 – 30 July 2010

M’Buke Island

Betel nut chewing is a custom or ritual that dates back thousands of years from Asia to the Pacific, a tradition very much a part of modern life in many parts of the Coral Triangle. This custom is very much alive that it is hard to ignore betel nut chewing if you visit a […]

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Lovely Lissenung and Day Trips to Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG

4 – 24 June 2010

We totally adored our three weeks in Lissenung. We were so much at home it was LIKE being home. We could achieve so much portraying the many aspects of Kavieng’s village and marine life. First was an entire white board dedicated solely to us and our expedition’s objectives for New Ireland. When […]

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Lissenung Diving Exploratory Trip to New Hanover, PNG

15 – 17 June 2010

We set off for a three day exploratory trip with our friend Dietmar Amon with five other divers or NFFs (new found friends) to New Hanover. Lissenung Island Resort has these special trips once a year and again, how lucky were we to be part of this grand annual endeavor?

On their new catamaran […]

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Diving with Lissenung Island Resort New Ireland, PNG

5 – 15 June 2010

We have been on idyllic Lissenung Island Resort since June 5 and have spent wonderful time catching up with our friends Dietmar and Ange Amon, the owners and operators of this lovely little dive resort in the Pacific. In the past, Dietmar and Ange have house sat for us while we were away […]

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Critters of Kimbe Bay and Witu Islands

13 May – 3 June 2010

Restorf Island, Kimbe Bay

Dickie’s Place, Witu Islands

The many shoals and sea mounts in Kimbe Bay are popular to many divers in the lookout for sharks, schooling fish in the blue and some tunas passing through. But one type of dive that’s not everyone’s cup of tea and is an acquired […]

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Legendary FeBrina liveaboard in Father’s Reef and Witu Island, Kimbe Bay

25 May – 3 June 2009

Brandford Shoal, Kimbe Bay

Kilibob’s Knob, Father’s, Kimbe Bay

Dickie’s Place, Garove Island, Witu Islands

Alan Raabe is the well loved captain of one of the world’s best known liveboards. He is Australian and has been operating in Kimbe Bay for the past 17 years running a wonderful boat named FeBrina. It comfortably fits 12 […]