Dugout 9

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Floating Houses

There are a variety of versions of dugout canoes in Papua New Guinea ranging from the small, paddle-driven ones to the long-hulled versions now propelled by outboard motors.   The common feature is of course the single piece wooden hull carved out from a huge tree trunk.

Along the coast of Daru Island in the Gulf of Papua, dugouts also boast of other accessories including single-side outriggers, canopies, and an occasional sail aside from the outboard motor.  The trader owners of the boats in the photo install the canopy and convert their dugout into a temporary home while they are in the island waiting for their jungle merchandise to get sold.  And when they have sold all their goods, they fold the canopy and head to their real home in a village somewhere deep in the jungles of the mainland.