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Kitava, Papua New Guinea

​Kitava & Uratu are two of the Trobriand Islands, an archipelago of atolls to the east of New Guinea, that belong to Papua New Guinea. Though only seldom visited by tourists and mostly unspoiled by the western world, deforestation is a growing concern. The peaceful people residing here fish and farm yams. Yams play a significant role in the culture and determines wealth. An annual yam harvest celebration is the highlight of the year. The indigenous population of these islands reaches approximately 12,000 people. Matrilineal clans control resources, and instead of warfare, disputes are settled with a game of cricket. An interesting ceremony called the Kula exchange occurs in this region, involving reciprocal gift giving between villages and clans, of shell armbands and shell necklaces. They are traded to enhance relationships and trust as well as maintain or increase social status and magical beliefs, obligations and traditions all play a role in this exchange. The residents of these islands also have fascinating and progressive perspectives on intimate relationships.

​The islands have dark, rich soils that support diverse species beyond yams and coconuts, to include mangoes, papayas and pineapple. Marine life flourishes in the clear seas, and is a delight to swim in.​

​ Kitava: Visit to local village and cultural performance
Uratu:​ Snorkeling and Scuba Diving