This 200-square-mile (500 sq km) island with its 13,000 inhabitants has become internationally known for its spectacular land diving (naghol). This traditional test of bravery ultimately gave birth to modern bungee jumping. Every April and May a 30-meter (100-feet) tower is built around a tree trunk using flexible branches. Men prepared to jump tie strands of liana creepers around their ankles, fix them to the top of the platform and dive head first into the abyss. This ceremony at the beginning of the yam harvest marks the renewal of fertility and is also an initiation ritual.
Visitors now attend the land diving ceremony and tour companies have included it in their programs, leading those locals conscious of their culture to fear that the ritual may turn into a shabby tourist show.