from: $1525*

CULTURE

Trobriand Islands 2016/17

Our Trobriand Islands package includes a unique village stay at idyllic Munuwata, where you will be immersed in the fascinating culture of the Trobriand Islanders and experience the subsistence lifestyle of a simple people living off seafood, coconuts and yam gardens. 

The Trobriand islanders have both Melanesian and Polynesian features and are thought to have arrived by sea from Polynesia at least a thousand years ago. The ”Trobes” are known as the "islands of love" because of the islanders' custom of encouraging young males and females to engage in romantic behaviour soon after puberty. This is widely misinterpreted by westerners as promiscuity but it is actually a form of courtship and marriage ritual, its purpose is to help the young men and women quickly decide on a partner and settle down. However there is also said to be a tradition that, during the annual yam harvest celebrations, married or betrothed couples are permitted to flirt with other partners. The romantic customs of the Trobriand Islanders do not extend to outsiders ("dimdims"). Visitors who come to the islands hoping for a bit of nookie are usually disappointed! The Trobriand Islanders are a very proud people and they value the propagation of their genetic lines and they disapprove of casual relationships between islanders and outsiders.

NB: This is a 'wet foot' tour that involves getting in small boats. Suitable clothing and footwear should be worn and any valuables should be put into waterproof containers or bags to prevent them from getting damaged. The sea can be rough so you can expect to get wet!

Price

Group size Per person

1 Person

2-3 People

4-5 People

6 or more

2 night package land only

$3050

$2075

$1725

$1525

3 nights

$3450

$2425

$1995

$1725

4 nights

$3875

$2775

$2275

$1950

5 nights

$4300

$4125

$2550

$2150

No single supplement applies if all people are sharing a room.

Internal Flights Per Person from

$600 per person

Port Moresby accommodation from

$220

$110 twin share

International Flights ex CNS from

$395 per person

Includes

  • tour package as selected above
  • airport meet and greet
  • all tours and transfers on the Trobriand Islands
  • all village fees and gratuities
  • guides throughout

 

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Prices are quoted in AUD, valid for 2016-17 and are subject to change without notice due to currency variations and increases in taxes. They cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. A 20% non refundable deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due no later that 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 60 days must be paid in full. See attached flyer for all trip notes. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.