Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
The Trobriand Islands are a 170 mi² archipelago of coral atolls off the eastern coast of New Guinea. They are situated in Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea. Most indigenous inhabitants live on the main island of Kiriwina, which is also the location of the government station, Losuia. Other major islands in the group are Kaileuna, Kitava and Vakuta. The group is considered to be an important tropical rainforest ecoregion in need of conservation.
The Trobriand islands are famous for their culture and huge yam gardens, which have cultural significance in tribal rituals. Islanders will offer for sale their beautifully carved walking sticks, figurines, fish and turtle-shaped bowls made from local timbers including the much sought after ebony. Attractions include village tours, numerous freshwater holes, burial caves, yam houses and ceremonial dances.
Things to See and Do
* Village tour
* Burial caves
* Freshwater holes
* Yam houses
* Ceremonial dance
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
Language – English, Tok Pisin, Tawala, Suau,
Land Area – 14,000 km² (Milne Bay Province)
Population – 12,000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 675
Port Location – Anchorage is available offshore at Kiriwina Island.
Transport Links – Air Niugini and other third level airlines provide flights to Gurney Airport at Altoa from Port Moresby. They also provide connections to Gurney from other centres in PNG.