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Old 31-10-2008, 02:19   #1
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Voyage from Philippines to Australia via Irian Jaya, and Solomons

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Last year we were cruising around indonesia - Flores, Komodo, Sulawesi and Sangir Islands. We crossed the Celebes Sea to south Mindinoa early march to Zambango, and to Dumaguette, our port of entry into the Philippines.

We have been here in the Philippines for over 6 months enjoying some incredible island cruising around the Visayas, Sulu Sea and Palawan. During this time we have had the south west monsoon and very calm seas. Now the NE monsoon is strengthing, wind increasing and rainy season starting.

So we are off on another voyage for about 4 months to Australia, Brisbane via Halmathera (Indonesia), Irian Jaya, Papua NG, New Britain, Solomon Islands and Noumea (New Caledonia). We are retracing the footsteps of General Macarthur in his campaign to retake the Philippines from the Japanese in WW11. We will visiting all the most important wreck diving sites in the Solomons - Guadalcanal etc before arriving Brisbane. ur return voyage to Philippines is via the Great Barrier reef, Port Douglas, Cairns, Cape York then to the Raja Amput Islands, south Irian Jaya for the worlds most pristine diving area.

If anyone is interested to join this voyage, then please reply, or if anyone has experience sailing in the Solomons I would love to hear from you.

My ship is a 75 ft Indonesian built schooner - 40 tons of teak and borneo ironwood. Handbuilt to the highest standards by master shipbuilders in Bira, Sulawesi.

I have a permanent filippino crew, captain, ch off, engineer and AB, plus two beautiful filippinas stewardesses, and cook. Air Con accommodation, power showers, and lalrge gallley wheelhouse seating upto 12 very comfortably.

Does anyone know any web sites that specialise in WW11 tours especially the Pacific campaign.

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David - mv RIMA, camiguin Island, Philippines.
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Old 31-10-2008, 04:17   #2
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Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours:
Iwo Jima: War in the Pacific tour

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Western Pacific WWII Historical Cruise:
http://www.itsyourtrip.com/pdf/2008_...wii_cruise.pdf

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Hi David,

I have done that same trip before as captain of a Superyacht with the emphasis on historical research and wreck diving. Even before then in the early Eighties I was on the SS Thorfinn (172 ft Dive boat) cruising between Micronesia and Marshalls. (She is now set up in Truk (Chukk) Lagoon)

As Gord suggests, Google has a tremendous amount of data on WWII Pacific Campaign .

Good reference books are the: “Then and Now” types, which help you visualize where to set up and dive into history.

Pacific Island Battlegrounds of World War II: Then and Now

PACIFIC WRECKS - World War II Pacific


Not quite sure if your southbound route is via Hinatuan Passage to the Solomans which is the way I have done it in the past, but consider heading back to PNG Milne Bay area which has some fantastic diving on the way to Cairns/Brisbane.

You’ll love it and Alatou is a good provisioning spot.

Fair Winds!
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Thanks so much Gord may for the site information, I have done various searches regarding veteran tours but always got bogged down in US government web sites and veteran associations. These are great sites. None seem to go near the Philippines where there was a lot of action especially Coron Bay, Palawan - second only to Chuuck Island (Carolinas) for wreck concentration - over 24 ships sank in three hours and all in a lagoon 2 miles across and 5 miles long.

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Valor Tours- battlesite expeditions tours- worldwide

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours:
Iwo Jima: War in the Pacific tour

Military Historical Tours:
Military Historical Tours

Western Pacific WWII Historical Cruise:
http://www.itsyourtrip.com/pdf/2008_...wii_cruise.pdf

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