Home' Traveller : Scoop Traveller WA 017 Contents 310 Hay Street, East Perth WA
Open 7 days
Telephone (61 8) 9421 7223
Handle $400,000 worth of pure gold bullion
Watch as 200 ounces of pure molten gold is
poured to form a gleaming, solid gold bar
Marvel at Australia's largest display of
natural gold nuggets, including
Newmont's Normandy Nugget weighing
a massive 25.5 kilograms
See how prospectors of the early 1900s
lived and mined gold
View the world's largest collection of pure
Discover an array of exquisite treasures
in The Perth Mint Shop, including
Kailis Australian Pearls and Argyle Pink
Tax free sales available
Experience the rush of pure gold
in the heart of the city at the
historic Perth Mint.
here you can go straight to the edge and stare into the mouth of this bubbling,
steaming crater. Amazing!
This is just the beginning of available activities off the island and be
it island hopping, deep-sea fishing, day-long treks or simply enjoying the
serenity, your hosts are ready to cater for your every whim without hesitation.
As for the locals, they have a fascinating history of intertribal warfare,
cannibalism and slavery.
Unscrupulous sea captains played their part by kidnapping unsuspecting
locals, and transporting them to Australia to work in the sugar plantations, in
some cases only to be returned years later with a few pounds and a rifle, but
to the wrong island, and to be subsequently eaten by a neighbouring tribe.
Others would bombard neighbouring island villages in return for a share
of the prisoners, divided into those to be used for labour and those to be
eaten. However, as opposed to some of the serious violence and endemic
social problems that exist on other Pacific archipelagos, the locals here are
gentle and generally mellow. Traditional life is still intact.
They are not big drinkers and instead indulge in kava, a mild
hallucinogenic that we enjoyed a part of a traditional kava ceremony on the
island. Similar to pot, it tends to mellow people out rather than fire them up,
and other drugs are virtually unknown, so it would be one of the safest places
in the world.
Ratua is only available as a "complete island hire" and accommodates up
to 28 of your family and friends. It is also a popular corporate retreat.
As at November 24, 2009 I was told that for a group booking the daily
tariff worked out to approximately $1000 per villa, or based on double
occupancy, $500 per person. With everything on the island and local tours all
included, this is an outrageous bargain.
Keeping in mind the sustainable concept and that all profits go to the local
community, if you have the money, get organised and enjoy! I am already
getting my mates organised.
For more information, see www.ratua.com.au.
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