In a 400km expanse stretching out across the Coral Sea lie a string of Islands known as Louisiade Archipelago. Made up of a mixture of large volcanic islands and smaller coral Islands, this acclaimed wonderland is one of the great island arcs of the South Pacific and one of the most remarkable places to visit if you ever come by the chance. Of course, being a chain of Islands, sailing is the preferable mode of transport.
These stunning islands trail off the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and reach out to the Solomon Sea. The Island’s inhabitants live an almost entirely subsistence existence, being nourished by the sea and cultivating their own produce and only occasionally trading for items that are difficult to grow. Most locals will own a few chickens and occasionally a pig and spend their days fishing or tending to crops of bananas, paw-paw, sweet potatoes and taro. Their idyllic lifestyle is centred on family and the home, which is typically a traditional single roomed stilt house, with a coconut palm thatched roof. This type of traditional housing is common in coastal areas as the high stilts protect against high seas, floods and intruding vermin.