Asmat war canoes greet our arrival on the river off Syuru Village. We could hear the war cries of the Asmat warriors while they still had their boats hidden in the mangroves waiting to ‘ambush’ us. There were over 60 canoes.
It must have been a huge day for the ‘junior warriors’ you can see in the first canoe. I am not sure how often the village puts on this kind of spectacle. Few if any other cruise ships call in; and the Orion only makes this trip once every two or three years.