Welcome to the Milne Bay Province official tourism website.

Alotau District shares a border with Oro and Central provinces, and has a population of over 100,000 people. The district headquarters is Rabaraba Station on the north coast. Alotau Town, the capital of Milne Bay Province and home to over 15,000 people, is situated on the east coast of the District. 

Alotau District stretches across the mainland of Milne Bay Province covering an area of over 7,900 square kilometres, and is the only District in the province connected with the Papua New Guinea mainland. There are about 12 different languages spoken in the District. Villages lie scattered on the Owen Stanley Range and along the coast. You can choose to climb through dense rainforest into the mostly unexplored mountain ranges and observe diverse flora and fauna along the way or village hop and learn the many different cultures. Skull caves, gahanas, waterfalls, coastal drives, trekking, snorkeling, and cultural festivals are some of the attractions in Alotau District.

Most accommodation and logistics services are found in Alotau Town, and Gurney Airport hosts daily flights from Port Moresby via Air Niugini and PNG Air, as well as flights to Misima Island and Kiriwina Island by PNG Air.

Popular Destinations

District: Alotau (Town)

Popular Destinations - Alotau Town

Alotau Town

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The capital of Milne Bay Province, Alotau Town was established in 1968 after Samarai Island became too small to support its role as the administrative centre of the province. The town now has a population of around 15,000 people and is one of the fastest growing towns in Papua New Guinea. Air Niugini and PNG Air operate daily flights to Alotau from Port Moresby into this beautiful town nestled in the bay.

Popular Destinations - East Cape

East Cape

Popular Destinations

East Cape is the easternmost tip of the island of New Guinea, and when one considers the Asian Peninsula from mainland China, East Cape would also seem to be the easternmost culmination of the Asian Peninsula coming through Malaysia, Indonesia, and the eventually Papua New Guinea. From East Cape, there are no major land masses until Peru over 14,000 kilometres directly eastward. See the sun rise at this key geographical point, just over an hour’s drive from Alotau Town on a newly-sealed road.

Popular Destinations - Tawali Resort Source: Tawali Resort

Tawali Resort

Popular Destinations

A leading modern resort in Milne Bay Province, Tawali Resort can be accessed by a 2-hour drive from Alotau Town to Biwa, followed by a short boat ride to Tawali. It is nestled in a beautiful cove and boasts lovely amenities, views, and some of best accessible diving in Milne Bay Province. Visit www.tawali.com today!

Popular Destinations - Dalai Heights Lookout Source: Sioni Sioni - MBTB

Dalai Heights Lookout

Popular Destinations

The Dalai Heights Lookout affords 360-degree views of Alotau Town, Milne Bay, and views east and west extending as far as the China Straits on the clear day. It is ideally located on one of the highest accessible points in Alotau Town and is an easy drive up to Top Town.

Popular Destinations - Fife Bay Source: EMTV

Fife Bay

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Fife Bay is about 70 km southwest of Alotau Town (3-4 hours drive) and is the location of the James Chalmers Memorial High School. The area has a lot of early church history, especially the London Missionary Society, and the early administration of Papua. A great trip on 4WD, you will love the scenery along the way and don’t miss the sunset from the south coast of Alotau District! 

Top Activities

District: Alotau (Town)

Popular Destinations - Alotau Market Source: Sight Seeing Places

Alotau Market

Top Activities

Visit the new Alotau Market, one of the best in the country, and taste some local food, pick up a nice basket with beda, and say tinani or eawedo to your friends!

Popular Destinations - Tours

Local Tours

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Our local tours are very popular with visitors and tourists, especially our cruise tourists. Please see our Tourism Services Directory to contact a tour guide to give you an amazing itinerary to explore Alotau and surrounds, and beyond!

Popular Destinations - Diving Source: Tawali Resort

Diving

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Some of the best diving and snorkeling you will experience are only a few hours away from Alotau Town. Check out Tawali Leisure & Dive Resort for diving, snorkel the HMS Muscoota wreck at Wagawaga Village, or swim at Killerton Island near Divinai Village along the newly-sealed East Cape Highway.

Iconic Attractions

District: Alotau (Town)

Iconic Attractions - Turnbull WW2 Memorial Source: Trip Advisor

Turnbull WW2 Memorial

Iconic Attractions

Named after Captain Peter St George Bruce Turnbull (DFC), an Australian fighter ace from WW2, this is the best-kept WW2 memorial in the province situated on private land. Located between Alotau Town and Gurney Airport, it is about 5-10 minutes’ drive either way. Most tour operators in Alotau have Turnbull WW2 Memorial on their itinerary. 

The site is located where the Turnbull Airfield used to be in WW2 during the Battle of Milne Bay

Iconic Attractions - Alotau WW2 Town Memorial Source: Flickr

Alotau WW2 Town Memorial

Iconic Attractions

Centrally-located in Alotau Town, near the Alotau International International Hotel and opposite the Milne Bay Tourism Bureau office, this sea-side memorial is beautiful and solemn in the mornings. It is highly accessible and is the venue of most WW1 and WW2 memorial day observances. Talk to your tour operator for a stop-over on your way east or west.

Dogura Anglican Cathedral

Iconic Attractions

The Right Reverend Henry Newton built the Dogura Cathedral, completed in 1939 and dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul by Bishop Strong. It is located in beautiful Dogura, overlooking the sea. Dogura is 50 kilometres northwest of Alotau Town and can only be accessed by air and sea, as there are currently no road links.

B-17F Black Jack Wreck

Iconic Attractions

The famous WW2 Black Jack plane wreck is considered by many to be the best marine aircraft wreck in Papua New Guinea. Situated offshore near Boga Boga, Cape Vogel, the relic is very popular with divers and marine tour operators. Read more about the Black Jack here

Ancient Skull Caves

Iconic Attractions

In ancient times, burial rites included the emplacement of the skulls of dead relatives in skull caves that are owned by certain clans. Our tour operators have skull cave visits on most of their itineraries. Contact an operator in our Tourism Directory to visit one soon!

Cultural Tours

Iconic Attractions

Our tour operators have cultural tours on most of their itineraries. Visit a local village, taste some local food, watch traditional dances and demonstrations, and immerse yourself in the magic of Milne Bay hospitality. Contact our tour operators in our Tourism Directory to book a tour!

Popular Events

District: Alotau (Town)

The National Kenu & Kundu Festival

6-8 November 2020

Featuring the very unique canoe cultures, feasting practices, and traditional dances of Milne Bay Province.

Huhu War Canoe Festival

24-25 October 2020

Showcasing the fascinating culture of the War Canoes unique to Milne Bay Province.

BouFest

28-30 August 2020

A fundraising event for the Bou Resources Development Cooperative Society Ltd.

Dinibon Mini Show

1 September 2020

Celebrating the culture of the local people of Weraura and surrounding villages.

John Schlitt (Petra) Live in Alotau!

14 December 2019

The Action-Team led by Mr. Ania Petilani is continuing their annual gospel concerts in Alotau. In 2019, the A-Team is bringing world-famous gospel musician John Schlitt, formerly the singer for US gospel band “Petra”. Live in Alotau on 14 December 2019!

Huhu War Canoe Festival

24-25 October 2020

Showcasing the fascinating culture of the War Canoes unique to Milne Bay Province.

BouFest

28-30 August 2020

A fundraising event for the Bou Resources Development Cooperative Society Ltd.

The National Kenu & Kundu Festival

Deferred to 2021

Featuring the very unique canoe cultures, feasting practices, and traditional dances of Milne Bay Province.

Women Weavers of Milne Bay

10-11 June 2020

The only event of its kind in the province showcasing the diverse forms of weaving and contemporary fashion!

Dinibon Mini Show

1 September 2020

Celebrating the culture of the local people of Weraura and surrounding villages.

John Schlitt (Petra) Live in Alotau!

August 2020 - TBC

The Action-Team led by Mr. Ania Petilani is continuing their annual gospel concerts in Alotau. In August 2020, the A-Team brings John Schlitt, former singer for the world-famous US gospel band “Petra”. Live in Alotau!

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Top Natural Wonders

District: Alotau (Town)

Gama Waterfalls

Top Natural Wonders

This iconic waterfall is near Alotau Town and can be accessed by a 10 minutes’ drive and a 1-2 hours hike through virgin rainforest. The waterfall can be seen from the air as you fly in to land at Gurney Airport in Alotau. Ask our local tour operators for a tour soon!

Beautiful Sunsets

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There’s nothing like watching the sun set in the western part of Milne Bay as you sip on a beer, listen to music, or just enjoy the serene sounds of dusk. You can get great sunset views from any of our hotels and resorts, a friend’s balcony, or from a village.

Natural Wonders - Killerton IslandSource: Google Maps

Killerton / Keleton (Harowani) Island

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Visit the Killerton Islands and experience the natural beauty, clear blue waters, visit the ruins of a church, and see the graves of South Sea Islander missionaries from times past. Just 30 minutes east of Alotau Town, please ask our local tour operators for a visit soon!

Natural Wonders - East Cape Moonrise/Sunrise Source: Sioni Sioni - MBTB

East Cape Moonrise / Sunrise

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There is nothing like watching a moonrise or sunrise on the easternmost tip of the Papua New Guinea mainland! You just have to be there to feel the magic!

How to Get There

You can fly to Alotau from Port Moresby via Air Niugini and PNG Air. Both airlines operate daily flights (twice on Fridays) from Jacksons International Airport (POM) in Port Moresby to Gurney Airport (GUR), about 20 minutes from Alotau Town, the gateway to the rest of Milne Bay Province.

From Alotau Town, you can fly to Misima Island (Bwagaoia) and the Trobriand Islands (Losuia) via PNG Air. These flights are not frequent so please check the PNG Air online schedule

For other destinations within Alotau District, you can go by road or by sea. 

Please engage with any tour operators or accommodation providers from Alotau District on our Tourism Services Directory to get the best advice on how to make the trip to your preferred location.