‘Love Huts’, Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes… Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

So, the Trobriand Islands in the South Pacific are not like any place you know. Yes, they are just as gorgeous as any tropical island could be, but there is something else about these specks of land, which you don’t find elsewhere.

The Trobriand Islands ladies can have just as many lovers as they please, both before and after marriage. As photographer Eric Lafforgue explains:

Trobiand Islanders have a relaxed approach to sex before and even after marriage. Girls learn about contraception very early and virginity has no value at all.

Here are some amazing photos to give you an idea of how this free-love paradise looks and feels.

1. Mr Tolobuwa is the head of Vaikiki village and always carries betel nuts, lime gourds and spatulas. The spatula is made from bird bone but human used to be used.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

2. Little girls wear beautiful crowns of flowers and sea turtle shell earrings, some inherited from their mothers.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

3. In the Trobriand Islands, those who have had a death in the family, such as this widow, shave their heads.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

4. Girls are encouraged to take part in ‘battles’ and dance topless, with most choosing to wear red grass skirts, shells, feathers and fresh flowers.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

5. The skirts worn by the women are made from dried grass, while necklaces and bracelets are made from shells. Men wear cockatoo feather headdresses.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

6. Each village has a special hut for teenagers who want to make love to their boyfriends and girlfriends — the doors are plastered with safe sex stickers.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

7. Other parts of Trobriand society, such as annual shell selling expeditions, continue.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

8. While the islanders have tried hard to cling to their traditions, some have embraced parts of modern life such as instruments.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

9. Pigs are eaten but they are considered to be pets and are treated like dogs.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

10. Cricket is hugely popular and was introduced by colonial authorities. Banned from going to war, the islanders settle their differences with a game.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

11. According to the Trobriand Islanders, conception isn’t linked to sex but instead to magic.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

12. Teenagers wear earrings made from tortoiseshell — keeping them in until they have a daughter of their own.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

13. One of the beautifully decorated kula boats, which come covered in shells.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

14. Most of the Trobriand Islanders sport elaborate bracelets and necklaces, all of which are made from natural materials such as shells, stones and feathers.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

15. The idyllic islands are home to the Trobriand Islanders, who still live in much the same way as they always have — including fishing from wooden canoes.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

16. The remote Trobriand Islands are a tiny knot of coral atolls surrounded by the Solomon Sea and just off the east coast of Papua New Guinea.

'Love Huts', Spouse Exchanges And Cricket-Settled Disputes... Welcome To The Island Of Free Love!

Source: The Daily Mail.

Share these beautiful photos of the free-love island with your friends below — who knows, they may want to visit it.