Join us for a once in a lifetime
co-living experience, with exclusive use of the island for up to 4 months
for 10 intrepid pioneers
Why join us on Gonubalabala?
Become part of this beautiful Papua New Guinean village, get your hands dirty in the yam gardens, go fishing in canoes with the local fishermen, help out on new construction projects such as building compost loos or local style wood & bamboo tribe homes, or lend a hand in the kitchen
Immerse yourself in island life, customs and traditions that have been going on for thousands of years. We will be living 100% off the grid, with only the energy from the sun and lanterns at night, only the water harvested from the rain and only the food grown locally or freshly fished
2. Swim & Island Hop:
Swim with giant Manta Rays on the spectacular coral reef right off the beach, island hop to nearby deserted beaches
Fresh fruit, fresh coconuts straight from the palm trees, delicious coconut bread, home-grown yams & greens and fresh fish make for a traditional local diet
Welcome to Gonubalabala
Join Filippo on a tour of the island
The Gonubalabala Island
Working with the people from the community, we have built our first beach accommodation, pit loo, a bucket shower and a chicken coop. There are regular building activities going on on the island, lend a hand to the local carpenters.
100% off-grid sustainable living
The community of Gonubalabala lives 100% off grid. Growing their sweet potatoes, yams, fresh fruit and coconuts in their veggie-garden, catching fresh fish and harvesting rain water. A truly full immersive experience in ancient sustainable living practices.
Hammock society: Hang out on the idyllic beach
Swing, camp, chill - this is your wild beach.
Discover an abundance of manta rays whilst snorkeling
The stunning scenery is duplicated underwater. Right off the beach you will find vibrant coral reef and a natural manta ray cleaning station.
Jump in the dinghy and enjoy a snorkel, picnic and sundowner on nearby deserted beaches or a hike to the skull cave on Doini Island.
Kenu Kundu festival
4th - 6th of November 2016
This impressive festival that takes place in Alotau is the southern region's major event of the year and showcases coastal commuities way of life particularly through traditional sailing canoes (kenu) and traditional drums (kundu).
Accomodation & Pricing
Prices include all meals and island activities
Transport not included
One month: $1800 per person; $2700 per couple*
Two months: $3000 per person; $4500 per couple*
Three months: $4000 per person; $6000 per couple*
Four months: $5000 per person. $7500 per couple*
* Family package available
If you are not able to join for the full season we'd still love to welcome you to the tribe even if for only a few days and stay in our new private bungalow built by the first footers in November 2015:
Sieale: Private Bungalow
$500 a week per person double occupancy all inclusive
$600 a week per person single occupancy all inclusive
Shared room: (three beds) or camping
(2 tents and linens available or bring your own tent)
$500 a week per person all inclusive
From private bungalow built by our first footers in November 2015 to camping on the beach - shared pit loo and bucket shower for all guests
Our new bungalow for two
Built by the Mailulu Clan and Tribewanted firstfooters in November 2015
Our spacious 3-bed dorm
Shared accomodation for three next to our community area
Camp at the stunning beach
Bring your own tent and camp at the beach
Posh pit loo & bucket shower
Gonubalabala Island and the Mailulu Clan
The three hectare island is located 90 minutes from Alotau by boat, in the Samarai archipelago, in the Milne Bay province in Papua New Guinea. The Mailulu clan moved to the island of Gonubalabala in 1930.
Fishing and gardening are the daily activities on Gonubalabala up to this very day.
Visit paradise - Gonubalabala is a quiet, relaxing and peaceful island, with a stunning white sandy beach.
The Mailulu clan of Gonubalabala island is proud to still have four generations living on the island - a father, a grandfather, great grandfather and a clan chief Mr. Gansen Ledibo. Their ancestors lie in the skull cave at nearby Doini island.
JOIN Nydia, Nelson, Pastor Steven, Cinderella, James and the local Gonubalabala team for an unforgettable island experience
Meet the lovely Mailulu clan
From left to right: Nydia with little Stevie, Pastor Steven and his wife Cinderella, Felix and his Mum Leone
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