Buried by a Volcano twice and infiltrated in World War 2 with a maze of tunnels… Welcome to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are in the city of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. We are a little stuck waiting on a package to arrive so utilise the time explore this very interesting city. This city has survived, 2 World wars, a tsunami and two volcanoes eruptions covering the city! All in the past 100 years! What a place! During WW2 the Japanese held Rabaul and dug mazes of tunnels through out the hills of Rabaul and many are still standing today. We explore some of these caverns and scare Bonita with all the creepy crawlies.
It has been a long time since we have had any friends on the boat and we were lucky to cross paths with an old mate from back home and enjoy a great day catching up.
Bonita then models her PNG fashion!!

We are a young couple with a dog, who with no sailing experience, bought a yacht, got it blue water cruising ready and set off sailing around the Pacific! We just arrived to Indonesia after cruising the Pacific islands, so many places to explore!

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  1. The first Australians killed in world war one was not in Europe or the Middle East it was on New Britain. At the outbreak of the war Australian troops were sent there since it was German territory.
    After Pearl Harbour the same fleet then attacked Rabaul. The Australian defenders were overrun and the order was given, every man for themselves. Some of the escape stories are incredible but also tragic as at least 150 Australians were captured and massacred at Toi Plantation.

  2. In the words of Robin…" Holy jumping toads Batman " ,
    Totally expect mice, rats and bats , but seeing toads was one I didn't expect .

    But more important than anything , .. Bonita , So good to see that you're feeling healthy and happy again .

    Yosh , nice to see you catching up with a good mate .

    Thanks for the video

    Bob from Calgary

  3. Sad History of war and volcanoes, But Nice Dress!!!!….I see a Full photo shoot on a beach!!….Bon Voyage!!!!

  4. Very good video Yosh and Bonita. I'm not sure I would have been too thrilled to be in those dark tunnels with frogs and rats. Where they are, snakes (poisonous ones) are sure to follow. Bonita you are looking fab in the local garb. The no pants decision was a good one. πŸ™‚

  5. Holy tunnel-of-toads Batman !! Just trying to envision how all that was when new and the Japanese actually living and occupying there. YIKES !! Beheading POWs.

    So wonderful to see you both healthy, rested and energized !! Just sets it all up for us armchair sailors and makes for an awesome, glued-to-my-laptop 20 min !! LOL πŸ˜‰πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

    Never heard of the pirate activity in and around PNG. Glad you made the decision to stay as clear as can be. And, yes, the area does take your breath away !! Finally, Yosh was remarking at the "new wardrobe" and we all would have to admit ……………. WOSA, Bonita !! πŸ‡ΌπŸ‡΄πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¦ πŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ‘

  6. Hi Nandji, Thanks for another great video. I loved the footage of the Japanese tunnels around Rabaul. It is cool to see places where history actually took place. I am glad that you were able to meet up with your old mate. Keep those videos coming can't wait for the next one.

  7. AWESOME VID AS USUAL LOVE YOU GUYS! Those tunnels were freaky you are much braver than I to venture into to them. "Bonitas outfit modeling was adorable you go girl work that catwalk".

  8. I had a ute like that for years in Darwin , loved it , I cried when she eventually passed away ! Great episode xxx

  9. What's great about your channel is you're going to some really cool, remote place that few if any other YouTube sailors are going to. That's a smart move and it's paying off big time.

  10. Hey Guys, and Gal, I couldn't understand your friend said Maybe he'd see you in the "Great Orleans" so what did he say ? Pretty amazing seeing him , such a big ocean and world ! Thinking the locals grow a lot in gardens , eat a lot of fish and coconuts. Some places have farmers markets on a certain day, makes it hard for you.

  11. Hey Guys, we are loving your adventures and your videos are getting so good as you keep going forward. You didn't tell us what was wrong with Bonita's health from the last video. Hope she recovered okay?

  12. hi folks,, how are you,, great video again ,, those tunnels are wild, imagine the existence being in there during war time??,, nuts.

    I was at a dinner party last night for our holiday here, "Canada Day" I was telling people about your channel , your aventures and the history your are sharing, you should get some views and subs from that. :O),, enjoy,, thank you for sharing. Bob,

  13. Benn watching you both for some time now. You and your presentation are developing beautifully. I'm getting to know you and like you more in time. Go kindly and carefully. Waiting for more enjoyment in the future.

  14. Hi guys, love your videos.
    Having worked in PNG for 2 years it is great to see your travels there.
    I spent some time building wharves in Manus and the Western (Ninego) Islands) and loved the remoteness and natural beauty of the Islands. Also the people of these islands are great sailors and very generous and friendly. I hope you get to spend some time there and document a place that is very special to me. Again, love your work

  15. Tha Japanese were responsible for horrendous atrocities during the war, against Australian, British and other troops. The vermin you saw in the tunnels were as nothing to the human vermin that occupied them during that time. At no time since the war have the Japanese apologised for the atrocities they committed in PNG and elsewhere. To this day these dreadful people remain unrepentant.

  16. Haa Haa I just realized Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush could be clones from a different time! I would be grand to see y’all do the classic β€œDon’t Give Up” video on a beach at sunset! Your awesome anyway it would be cool though!

  17. JUST FINISHED WATCHING ALL 90(+) VIDS. You guys are amazing. Can't wait to follow you guys and see how far you take your journey. "KEEP ON, SAILIN ON".


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