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Here, one of the world’s most intact island cultures resides on one of the world’s most untouched islands, and you are among the select few who are lucky enough to experience them both.
Located in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Kiriwina is the largest and by far the most populous of the Trobriand Islands, and home to one of the most colourful and fascinating cultures on earth.
Kilivila and various dialects
This curious local game is much like the cricket we are familiar with, and yet dissimilar in nearly every way. For starters, this game can go for days on end, players are unlimited as long as each team is evenly matched, and it is something of a mating ritual combined with a peaceful alternative to inter-tribal warfare where participants often break into spontaneous song and dance – all in the name of the game.
There will be stalls set up by villagers from all over the island selling everything from trinkets and intricate timber carvings to coconuts and other food and drink.
Your ship will anchor offshore and tender boats will provide a regular service to and from the island throughout the day. The landing site is located on a spectacular beach in the village of Kaibola.
A great port for exploring on foot, there are no local transfers available, though everything you will need is within reach.
Some food and drink maybe available for purchase at the market stall area. Please note the consumption of locally prepared food is at your own risk.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products or sandwiches to be taken off the ship, however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
This port is all about the culture and the scenery, but there will be a few market stalls set up by villagers. Local currency is preferred, however small denominations of Australian dollars may be accepted at the local vendors discretion.
Any souvenirs that are made of plant material or animal products must be declared to quarantine authorities on arrival in Australia or New Zealand. Plant material such as certain seeds and animal products including feathers maybe restricted or need to be treated at the owners’ s expense on arrival in Australia or New Zealand.
Kiriwina maintains a year-round tropical climate with daytime temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees.
Credit cards and ATM facilities are not available on the island. Local currency of Kina is accepted.
There are no public telephones and no internet access available in Kiriwina. Mobile coverage may be available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.
To make you day ashore as enjoyable as possible, be sure to wear comfortable flat soled closed shoes, lightweight long sleeves clothing and a hat. Women are advised to dress conservatively and to wear shorts or skirts to at least knee length. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent and bottled water. Snorkelling gear is available for hire or purchase onboard the ship.
There are no Shore Tours available at this port, however the locals have much planned for when you arrive.
Coral is an extremely precious marine organism. In an effort to preserve its natural beauty and habitat please avoid touching it in all circumstances. During your time ashore we also ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.