Esa'ala District consists of two large islands called Fergusson Island and Normanby Island, with smaller surrounding islands like Dobu and Sanaroa islands. These islands were geologically exhumed due to regional tectonic activity and are known for their bubbling hot springs, dormant volcanic structures, treks, and some of the most unique cultures and vibrant people in Milne Bay Province. The District is home to the endemic Goldie's Bird of Paradise, one of many flora and fauna that are found only in the province.
The headquarters of Esa'ala District, home to about 60,000 people, is Esa'ala Station on Normanby Island, accessible by sea via the Dawson Strait between Fergusson and Normanby islands.
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.
The D'Entrecasteaux Islands are only accessible by sea (speedboat or larger local boats) from Alotau Town at present. There is a small airstrip at Miadeba on Normanby Island near Esa'ala, but it is not operational at present.
Please engage with any tour operators or accommodation providers from Esa'ala District on our Tourism Services Directory to get the best advice on how to make the trip to your preferred location.