20 minutes drive out from Port Moresby is a Motuan village called Boera. The village is on the coast and the houses built over the sea.
The popular Hiri Trade originates from Boera Village as the person who built the first three hulled canoe called the Lagatoi hails from this village.
In recent times, the focus of the village has had nothing to do with the Hiri trade but rather a more significant and lucrative liquefied natural gas (LNG) project that runs through traditional land. As you travel west from Port Moresby, it becomes evident that the LNG project has taken a significant chunk of the traditional land of the Boera people for the purpose of the project.
As a result of this project, the people of Boera have been heavily involved as a party to this enormous national project.
Some are directly involved as contractors, others are simply landowners receiving royalties and the more innovative and business minded have established businesses to take advantage of the opportunities the project brings.
One such woman who has taken advantage of this opportunity is Vivien Mcarthur.
Married to an Australian and managing director of a successful business in the immigration and work permit area, Vivien has established a resort.
The resort is called Konebada Resort and it has been up and running for the last two years. Vivien says that the resort is yet to be completed in full but on a tour around the resort it seems complete and impressive too.
Vivien runs the business with a lot of help from her family members. All tasks such from catering to cleaning is undertaken by family members.
As expected, her customer base is the expatriate community working on the LNG project. Other then the LNG workers, Konebada Resort has also played host to residents wanting a weekend getaway.
The resort has 5 self contained units, a licensed bar, lounge, long varendah and a dining area.
A noticeable feature of the resort is that most of the material is built with traditional material gathered from around the village.
It’s structure and appearance resembles that of traditional style huts.
Vivien says that the traditional materials used and the traditional outlook of the resort represents her passion for her Motuan culture and heritage. Given that the resort itself is built on her traditional land she aims to provide her guests with a traditional Motuan environment with modern services.
On the catering side, seafood, is on top of the list. Tables and chairs are scattered within the lounge area and outside the varendah.
It is a relaxing setting with magnificent views of the ocean, an island and the nearby village of Porebada. So whether youre munching away or drinking a cold one, the view out adds that touch of relaxation and freshness to the mind.
Theres a dinghy just outside the resort and guests can hire the dinghy to go fishing or travel to the nearest sandy beach opposite the resort for a swim.
Konebada Resort has a more secluded setting with a lot of privacy. Prior arrangement or reservations is required before you are allowed entry. On this occasion, we never made any reservation but did mention that we were from Skerah and wanted to have a look around.
As for the room rates, the average room is about K500 per night. It is expensive but then again the rate for most hotels are expensive too. The resort is also available for event hire with the hire fee around K1,500 per day.
For the traveller or resident in Port Moresby, Konebada Resort provides a weekend getaway opportunity. The road to getting there is sealed and in good condition.
It’s safe to drive out to Konebada Resort and even though it is a small set-up it provides a lot of privacy and a fantastic view of the ocean.