Friday Island


Friday Island is not your average Torres Strait Island.

It is an island with a working pearl farm.

While Roko - the other pearl farm island - is closer to visit from the mainland (Seisia), Friday Island is the easier one to visit if you are already on Thursday Island.



From TI, it is only a short boat trip, and there are also organised tours.


The farm is called Kazu Pearls, after the Japanese owner Kazuyoshi Takami.

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Nicely decorated with buoys and other beach treasures, including a whale sceleton,

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... as you walk from the jetty, past the tropical frangipani trees, you come to the main building where the pearl shop is.

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Their official pearl farm tour includes sampling pearl shell meat, prapared in Japanese style;

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... a seafood lunch complete with tea and coffee,

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... and an informative demonstration of pearling -
seeding, cultivation and harvesting of the pearl shell oyster,

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... by Kazuyoshi Takami himself.

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You get to spend three hours on the island, so there is plenty of time to relax,

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... discover all the farm equipment,

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... preparation gear,

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... and scroll through the gallery shop with local pearls harvested on the Friday Island Pearl Farm.

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They also sell imported black pearls.





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