Tami Island is part of an island group (Tami Islands) located approx 13 km (8 ml) southeast of Finschhafen (Huon Peninsula, PNG's Morobe Province). Tami Islands are 4 atolls (popularly called "Tami Island") that form a circle around a central lagoon with depth of 21 m (69 ft).
There are two villages on the 2 largest islands, facing each other across a 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 New Guinea Island). The largest atoll has diameter approx 80 m (262 ft).
Tami Islands' inhabitants were known throughout South Sea and Solomon islands for their religious figure carvings, ceremonial masks and distinctive wooden bowls. During WW2 (1939-1945), the islands were occupied by Japan. Local population specializes in elaborate carved bowls, often used for bridal wealth payments. Locals decorate themselves with pink and blue paint.
In addition to their rectangular bowls, island art appears in representations of religious figures. Images are full-length. The head is directly placed on the torso and has headdress. Tami masks are products of trade, depicting various animal figures (stylized as humans). 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.