Tami Islands are an island group located 13 km (8 ml) SSE of Finschhafen in Huon Gulf. It is part of Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.
- Tami Islands are a group of 4 atolls. Popularly called "Tami Island", all 4 islands form a circle around a lagoon with depth of 21 m (69 ft) in its center. The cove attracts divers and snorkelers who explore the reefs, as well as day-trippers from nearby Lae, on the main PNG island. The reefs contain Blue See Stars, Spanish Dancer jellyfish, and varieties of Pelagic fish.
- There are two villages on the 2 largest islands, facing each other across a volcanic cove. This cove attracts snorkeling and scuba diving tourists who enjoy exploring the reefs. Day-tourist also come from the nearby port town Lae (on the New Guinea Island). The largest atoll measures approx 80 m (262 ft) across.
- Tami Islands' inhabitants were known throughout South Sea and Solomon islands for their religious figure carvings, ceremonial masks and distinctive wooden bowls. During WWII, Tami islands were occupied by the Japanese.
- Tami Islanders have specialized in elaborate carved bowls, often used for bridal wealth payments, part of a 322 km (200 ml) regional exchange reaching Caroline and Solomon Islands. Locals still make their living through the production of these bowls, sleeping mats, delicate carvings, tourism and fishing. Islanders decorate themselves with pink and blue paint.
- In addition to their rectangular bowls, Tami art appears in representations of religious figures. Images are full-length. The head is directly placed on the torso and has a headdress, often ornate. Tami carving places circular eyes under the forehead. Tami masks appear as products of trade. Tamis depict various animal figures, as stylized as the human ones, on hooks, spatulas, paddles, canoe prows and wooden bowls.
- Tami canoes, though outriggers like most of neighbouring styles, are unique in decoration and design. The distinctive outrigger canoe prows have more rectangular and finer structure than the ones of other south Milne Bay islanders, though they're similarly painted.
Highlights: Four atolls, beaches, snorkelling
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|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|8 September, 2018|
|L'Austral||Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea|
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