Get your balls out for a cricket matchTrobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
If there's one thing the locals of Papua New Guinea’s Trobriand Islands are mad about it's cricket. But be prepared for an unconventional contest. Trobriand cricket – introduced by Christian missionaries back at the beginning of the twentieth century to discourage ritual warfare – involves chanting, dances, traditional dress and modified bats and balls.
A six is scored by hitting the ball over a tree, bowling is always underarm, the umpire comes from the batting side, and the home team puts on a feast at the end of the game. Some would say that’s just not cricket, but we think it’s a hoot.
Coral Expeditions has 12-night return journeys from Cairns to Papua New Guinea taking in the Trobriands along the way. Prices start at about US$7800 a person.