37 Kiriwina and Kitava (Trobriand Islands) Cruise Reviews

Kiriwina was nice enough. Very friendly locals but an oversupply of markets..hundreds of stalls all selling the same kind of thing. Beautiful hand crafted timber carvings and baskets/ bags. Great prices. The beaches are beautiful with ... Read More
Kiriwina was nice enough. Very friendly locals but an oversupply of markets..hundreds of stalls all selling the same kind of thing. Beautiful hand crafted timber carvings and baskets/ bags. Great prices. The beaches are beautiful with reefs not far from shore for snorkelling. Find a local kid to take you on an outrigger canoe for 5 Kina ($2.50 Aus) Well worth it. Remember to take some money for donations to worthy causes and some basic school supplies (exercise books/ pencils etc) Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Loved Kiriwina. Beautiful island, lovely people, amazing cultural experience due to it being their independence day while we were there, so lots of authentic celebrations and dances. Beautiful wood art to buy and fantastic snorkeling right ... Read More
Loved Kiriwina. Beautiful island, lovely people, amazing cultural experience due to it being their independence day while we were there, so lots of authentic celebrations and dances. Beautiful wood art to buy and fantastic snorkeling right off the beach. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
There were no official tours available but we just talked to a local and they decided to give us a tour. We went to the village where he lived. Along the way, we tried new fruits we had never tried before and watched some children dancing. ... Read More
There were no official tours available but we just talked to a local and they decided to give us a tour. We went to the village where he lived. Along the way, we tried new fruits we had never tried before and watched some children dancing. He introduced his daughter, mom, and wife to us. He led us to a cave and explained that that was where they got water from. In all, it was a brilliant tour. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
It was ok to meet & visit with the locals. It was interesting, but I did not enjoy that they'd expect you to buy things from them or pay them when you take photos of them or their things. An uneasy feeling...just saying.
It was ok to meet & visit with the locals. It was interesting, but I did not enjoy that they'd expect you to buy things from them or pay them when you take photos of them or their things. An uneasy feeling...just saying. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Only got to Kirawiwina which has lovely beaches and if you can avoid the locals pushing goods it is great.
Only got to Kirawiwina which has lovely beaches and if you can avoid the locals pushing goods it is great. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Great fun meeting the locals. Was not able to swim/snorkel due to low tide.
Great fun meeting the locals. Was not able to swim/snorkel due to low tide. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
No shore excursions available but the people & children were very friendly & happy to see the "rich" people from the ship! They appreciated the donations we made.
No shore excursions available but the people & children were very friendly & happy to see the "rich" people from the ship! They appreciated the donations we made. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
ral is not far off the beach; as you move farther out, the water is clearer and coral most impressive. On the main island there are some skull caves you can visit, which we didn’t do. There is no food for purchase except local ... Read More
ral is not far off the beach; as you move farther out, the water is clearer and coral most impressive. On the main island there are some skull caves you can visit, which we didn’t do. There is no food for purchase except local fruits, but you can buy fresh coconuts to drinks, along with soda and local beer. Port 3: Kiriwina Kiriwina is actually very close to Kitava, so I imagine we floated around that evening on our way to Kiriwina. Kiriwina is the largest and most populous island (12,000 residents) in the Trobriand Islands. The ship tenders at Kaibola village, the northern most point of the island and furthest from the largest settlement of Losuia. This port is very similar to Kitava with no ship excursions available. Once again there were so many people gathered on the beach and in the village. Carvers and weavers displayed their wares, groups of traditionally attired school children sung for donations, and tour guides loitered around. The residents of Kiriwina seemed marginally more prepared for tourists and we found them more comfortable approaching and talking with tourists. On Kiriwina, I would recommend doing the following things: Browse and purchase more wood carvings and weaved items. We had already purchased a few things on Kitava, but found the carvings to be more polished on Kiriwina. There were also larger items, like big bowls and tables for sale. Pick up one of the local unofficial guides to show you around the villages. We spent 1.5 hours wandering around and learning more about village life on the island. Spend time on the beautiful beach and hire a boy to take you out in a small canoe (5-10 Kina) Sometimes the locals organize a Trobriand Cricket match near the tender landing. This is a unique game that is part mating ritual, part peaceful alternative to inter-tribal warfare and part singing and dancing. Locals do cook fresh lobster tails for sale and there are other fresh items to purchase. Visit a skull cave You can snorkel off the beach, but we didn’t find it anywhere near as nice as the snorkeling on Kitava the day before. boats Trobriand Go for a ride with one of the young boys in a traditional canoe Right away you will notice that Kiriwina feels more developed then Kitava, but only slightly. While locals still live in the same basic accommodation, there were more buildings made out of manufactured wood. There is a Rotary project in Kaibola where they are building a clinic, school and expanding the one water pump. We saw some generators and a few more pieces of modern life. Shortly after getting to land we met a lovely man that became our guide for the day. His English was better then our guide from Kitava and he seemed more comfortable with his guide role. He lived in a village a couple of hours walk away and he had a son studying at the University in Rabaul. He walked us around the nearby villages, showing us the yam houses and answering our questions about life on the island. Once again, we donated school supplies to the schools and the kids enjoyed giving out bouncy balls and pencils to children as we were walking around. It really was magic to see our kids understanding how good it feels to give. They loved high-fiving the kids as they walked by and greeting the villagers with a big smile and hello. I did ask our guide how the island felt about the cruise ships visiting and he was adamant that it is a really good thing for them. He said that the ships coming keep the peace between the villages and inject cash into their island. He said that while he was a farmer and carver, that does not provide money for him to pay his son’s university fees. We walked back to the beach and spent a few hours swimming and relaxing. Our guide offered to watch our things for us, but we felt like our things were safe and encouraged him to meet other tourists to tour around. We again paid our guide 50K because we really enjoyed our time with him and his openness to answer our questions. On the beach in Kiriwina there are lots of young boys in dugout canoes offering to take you out in their boats. Some people might tire of the constant visits from these boys, but they are very polite and sweet. We did pay 10K for our kids to be taken out for a ride by one of the boys. We tried snorkeling off the beach, but didn’t find anything really good. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We missed Kitava, but Kiriwina. We picked up a local guide on shore tand was shown around the school and village. She spoke good English and we learned a lot from her.
We missed Kitava, but Kiriwina. We picked up a local guide on shore tand was shown around the school and village. She spoke good English and we learned a lot from her. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Hey great people, I want to move there. The art is still reasonably authentic and inexpensive. Just watch out for the wood you buy and stay away from anything with skin on it or lose it to customs when you get back. Take Kina with you and ... Read More
Hey great people, I want to move there. The art is still reasonably authentic and inexpensive. Just watch out for the wood you buy and stay away from anything with skin on it or lose it to customs when you get back. Take Kina with you and you will be swamped with the locals wanting to change AUS dollars into Kina. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Kiriwina is a very rustic island, with very friendly people, so eager to please and help you. The entire villages seemed to line the main street with their wares up to a village 20mins walk away. Upon returning to the beach, I found a ... Read More
Kiriwina is a very rustic island, with very friendly people, so eager to please and help you. The entire villages seemed to line the main street with their wares up to a village 20mins walk away. Upon returning to the beach, I found a local trader selling freshly caught and cooked Crayfish for $10 each. Kitava unfortunately was a no go as seas were too rough to do tendering to the shore. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
These islands can be confronting when you realise the poverty of these beautiful people. To think that there are villages with no soap or towels, schools with next to nothing. They gratefully accept any donations. However with tribal lands ... Read More
These islands can be confronting when you realise the poverty of these beautiful people. To think that there are villages with no soap or towels, schools with next to nothing. They gratefully accept any donations. However with tribal lands involved some villages and schools miss out. Their souvenirs are beautifully crafted. Don't quibble or try to negotiate on the price. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Mixed opinions here. Loved Kitava-lovely beach, very nice people, plenty of shade to sit in & I wish I'd spent more of my Kina here. Kiriwina was not so nice-nowhere to sit in the shade without paying to do so, & the people ... Read More
Mixed opinions here. Loved Kitava-lovely beach, very nice people, plenty of shade to sit in & I wish I'd spent more of my Kina here. Kiriwina was not so nice-nowhere to sit in the shade without paying to do so, & the people were quite aggressive in their pursuit of money. Both had lots of nice wooden articles for sale. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Amazing. Just a beautiful beach and excellent snorkeling and lots of locals selling food, souvenirs, arts and crafts. The whole island comes down to the beach when a ship is in port. There are a few sights like a skull cave you can hire a ... Read More
Amazing. Just a beautiful beach and excellent snorkeling and lots of locals selling food, souvenirs, arts and crafts. The whole island comes down to the beach when a ship is in port. There are a few sights like a skull cave you can hire a local to show you and a few local villages. But the real attraction is the beach and clear, warm, calm water teaming with tropical fish and colorful coral. Local boys will take you on an outrigger canoe rides. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The village people were very friendly and although it rained in both ports we really enjoyed the experience.
The village people were very friendly and although it rained in both ports we really enjoyed the experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016

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