On my last day at Lissenung Island I had an opportunity to hop in a skiff and venture over to nearby Enuk Island for a glimpse a local village life. Enuk is actually two islands separated by a narrow channel – pictured here – where it’s not uncommon to see locals paddling dugout canones, kids carousing, and even blacktip reef sharks looking for an easy lunch.
Enuk 1 is home to several hundred villages while Enuk 2 is home to roughly a hundred more; while some families have their own private generators, there is otherwise no electricity, hot water, or facilities at Enuk. The people here are remarkably capable fishermen and make excellent use of what arable land they do have. Many of the young men and women today make a living at the nearby dive and surf shops, though subsistence fishing and farming are still common for folks of older generations.
Flash Parker traveled to Papua New Guinea courtesy of Tourism Papua New Guinea and Swain Destinations as part of AFAR’s partnership with The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more info on Flash’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.