Cruises to Kitava

Papua New Guinea

Kitava


Visit to the Trobriand Islands

Here, one of the world’s most intact island cultures resides on one 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, Kitava is a small island off the main Trobiand Island of Kiriwina. Here life remains as it was thousands of years ago with very little external influence. The landing site is surrounded by stunning white sand beaches lined with natural shade-trees, just offshore lies the picture perfect sand atoll Nuratu Island. This truly is a slice of heaven.

At A Glance


Population

3,000

Language

Kilivila and various dialects

Government

Constitutional monarch

Currency

Kina

What To See


Cultural performances

The local community will perform two sets of traditional dances on the beach.

Nuratu Island

The stunning Nuratu Island lies a mere 300 metres off the main Novau beach accessible by local transportation (due to strong currents swimming to the island is prohibited).

Village tours

Local residents offer guided tours of the nearby Kumagea village.

More About Kitava


DOCKING

Your ship will anchor offshore and tender boats will provide a regular service to and from the island throughout the day.

GETTING AROUND

A great port for exploring on foot, there are no local transfers available, though everything you will need is within reach.

DINING

Some food and drink may be 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.

SHOPPING

This port is all about the culture and the scenery, but there will be a few market stalls set up by villagers.

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' expense on arrival in Australia or New Zealand.

CLIMATE

Kitava maintains a year-round tropical climate with daytime temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees.

CURRENCY

Credit card and ATM facilities are not available on the island. Local currency is preferred, however small denominations of Australian dollars may be accepted at the local vendors discretion.

COMMUNICATION

There are no public telephones and no internet access available in Kitava. Mobile coverage may be available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.

WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE

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.

SHORE TOURS

There are no Shore Tours available at this port but the locals have much planned for when you arrive.

ENVIRONMENT

During your time ashore we ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.

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