By Quintina NaimeFrom the islands the baton travelled by boat into Simpson’s harbour, with the smoking backdrop of Mt Tavurvur.It then got a spectacular close up visit to the Beehive lava formations in the centre of the harbour.The baton was taken across to the small beehive where the town’s rugby union team carried it to the top.The team then handed it over to a traditional canoe for the paddle across to the large beehive where the rest of the team climbed up to a jumping platform and ran and jumped into the deep sea with the baton.The relay then visited Matupit Island where the villagers took the Baton across the steaming hot sands, past the bubbling sea, to the nesting grounds of the Megapod birds and showed the holes where the eggs are harvested from the hot volcanic ground.The Games Relay heads inland to Kerevat and across to old Rabaul town tomorrow.
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