Friday Island

Friday Island is a great island in the Torres Strait.

It is in the southernmost group of the Torres Strait islands,

... this group is also called the inner islands,

... and it is an island with a working pearl farm.

friday island torres strait

They usually come and welcome you at the jetty,

friday island arrival

... which is where the boats get parked,

friday island boats

... and in the other end of the jetty,

friday island jetty

... is a beautiful entrance to the farm and the island,

friday island entrance

... with buoys,

friday island buoys whale skeleton

... a whale skeleton,

friday island sign

... and a decorated sign.

friday island water lilies

Once upstairs,

friday island pearl shop

... there is the pearl shop,

friday island walk

... and the walk to the presentation hut.

friday island hut

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

friday island kazu pearls

... and it is him who does the presentation,

friday island takami kazuyoshi

... with the information about the pearl shell,

friday island pearl

... demonstration about how to extract pearls,

friday island pearl presentation

... and information about the seeding, cultivation and harvesting,

friday island pearl cultivation

... which happens right down on the beach.

friday island growing pearls

There is the shop where you can buy the local pearls, and they are not all expensive.

friday island buy pearls

Back down towards the jetty, there is the restaurant,

friday island flower garden

... and the best thing on this island,

friday island restaurant

... is the amazing lunch.

friday island lunch

It comes in many different servings one after another.

friday island lunch servings

When we had the lunch, the first one was Namasu - marinated fish and vegetable.

friday island lunch namasu

Then there was the sushi plate with a vegetable sushi roll, egg sushi, tuna mayo roll, gari (slices of ginger pickled in special vinegar), and shiso (used as a herb in Japanese cooking).

friday island sushi plate

Then there was the reef fish with celery and carrot.

friday island reef fish

Then there was the vegetable tempura with sweet potato, carrot, capsicum and onion.

friday island vegetable tempura

Then there was the fish tempura with lemon,

friday island fish tempura

... and the dessert was Sago and custard pudding.

friday island lunch dessert

It was all extremely tasty and very filling, and definitely recommended.

friday island tea and coffee

Full detail about this island and all others is in the Destination Guide.

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