In World War 2 from 1942-1945 “The Beehives “ was in the centre of the harbour and of course all Japanese warships would pass it on the way in and out. Seems these rocks have seen so much.
“The Toli story on how they came to be is as...
“The Toli story on how they came to be is as... The two rocks were two brothers who had gone out fishing; they had caught so many fish and did not want to share the catch with the other villagers, they decided to cook and eat all the fish before they went back to the village. They rowed to the other side of the bay and collected fire wood and banana leaves and cooked all the fish, ate till they were bursting at the sides , day was near so they starter to return to the village , having eaten so much they dozed off while still on their canoe . The Ancestors on seeing the way they behaved being greedy and not sharing the fish with the Village turned them into Dawapia Rocks so as the villagers could enjoy the same fishing spot the two men had been fishing from. Protruding eerily from the centre of the bay are two strange looking rock formations named Dawapia Rocks (or the ‘Beehives’ to locals). These rocks are erosional remnants of the original volcano and are revered by local people for their spiritual symbolism “
We arrived with our little boat “The Beehives” . Weather was calm in the centre of Simpson Harbour just west of Matupi Island . “The Beehives” also have another name called Dawapia Rocks.
We could see in the water that reefs was just in the reach for divers and even snorkelers. We dropped down to about 10 m depth and could see big sponge corals covering many parts of the slope. We swam towards Matupit Island and explored along the way. We dropped to 20 m and could see old remains or what seems to be ships or smaller vessels . Although difficult to make out start , end or any shape at all.
This is a beautiful dive to explore with many different corals and mysterious drop opposite wall .
Papau New Guinea