Join us for a once in a lifetime
in partnership with Manta Watch Camp
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. Scuba Dive, Swim & Island Hop:
Swim on the spectacular coral reef right off the beach, Scuba dive with conservation experts with giant Manta Rays, 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
Scuba dive every day with Manta Rays on the coral reef
Marine conservationists Adam Beard and Carmen Toanchina will be your international hosts on the island. Helping you discover an abundance of manta rays whilst snorkeling or scuba diving, right off the beach you will find vibrant coral reef and a natural manta ray cleaning station.
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.
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 accommodation, all meals, 6 dives a week and island activities
Transport not included
One week: $700 per person / $1200 per couple
One month: $2500 per person; $4000 per couple*
One week: $600 per person/$1000 per couple
One month: $2200 per person/$3500 per couple *
Extra dives $30
* Includes 24 dives per person per month
* Family package available
All arrivals and departures on Mondays
Not included international and local transport
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 Private Bungalow,
Built by the Mailulu Clan and Tribewanted firstfooters in November 2015
Shared accomodation for three next to our community area
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 Carmen, Adam, Nydia, Nelson, Pastor Steven, Cinderella, 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
Carmen & Adam
Carmen has been diving for more than 10 years and is devoted to the sea where her passion lies in teaching and conservation. The voluntary position arose in many different conservation organisations and wanted to make the difference herself. Together with Adam, they started Turtle Watch Camp last year which has been a great success with over 4700 hatchlings released. This year, by founding Manta Watch Camp, their aim is to provide vital data through research and education for conserving the most majestic creature in the Ocean.
Adam has grown up in Devon and the ocean has always been close to his heart. Combining his two main passions, diving and photography, was a natural progression of his career into diving and conservation looking after the oceans habitat. Both Adam and Carmen are the founders of Turtle & Manta Watch Camp and they have moved across the world to some of the most remote areas in order to conserve these beautiful underwater animals while helping the local inhabitants benefit from Eco Tourism.
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