Where is Ali Island?
Ali Island is one of four islands which lie to the north east of Aitape Town (the other three islands are Tumleo to the west of Ali and Seleo and Angel to the east) and can be easily reached in a 30-40 minute trip by boat. With a population of around 900 spread across 5 villages, the island offers diving, fishing, surfing and relaxation in a peaceful environment. There is a primary school, a small medical centre and a priest house built and maintained for the Catholic Diocese of Aitape.
Ali Island is within proximity to other locations on the mainland, including Aitape Town, convenient in all weather for shopping, airport transfers, further diving, fishing, mountain and forest walks, visits to the 1998 tsunami site and WWII historical sites and walks to see the endangered tree kangaroo.
The Ali Island people
The island community is known for its hospitality. The locals are genuinely interested in taking in visitors to share in village life and all that the islands have to offer. There is always something to show off with their island lifestyle with a bit of blend of culture from their cousins on the mainland on invitation, including traditional local dancing, food and fishing.