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 (and the copious fornication the islanders are still renowned for) – 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.
For a quick look at their interpretation check this out:
- Seeing a way of life completely different to your own
- Go wild then retreat to luxury on board your expedition ship
- There are few places in the world wilder than PNG and on a small ship you are on your own.
- It’s not an easy place to get to so there are some long days at sea
Coral Expeditions are one of the best operators taking small group trips on their luxury boats out through the PNG islands.