Samarai-Murua District derives its name from Samarai and Woodlark islands, the latter also called Murua or Muyuw traditionally. Made up of four large volcanic island groups and 30 smaller coral islands spread over an oceanic area of approximately 100,000 square kilometres, this island District has breathtaking beaches and stunning coral reef systems that make it a must-see destination for maritime tourists.
There are over 60,000 people living in Samarai-Murua District, which is the largest district in Milne Bay Province by virtue of its large maritime area spanning Woodlark Island, Misima Island, Rossel and Sudest islands, the Louisiade Archipelago, the Engineer Group of islands, and Bwana Bwana Group (in which Samarai Island is situated). The Louisiade Archipelago contains the Conflict Islands owned by British-Australian billionaire Ian Gowrie-Smith.
The headquarters for Samarai-Murua District is Bwagaoia Station on Misima Island.
The large expanse of ocean in this District has resulted in some very diverse cultures spanning a host of islands and atolls, with different language groups and dialects. You will find a huge array of marine activities, as well as trekking, cultural events, festivals, or just spend some time fishing and watch amazing sunsets. Cruise ships currently visit Doini Island and the Conflict Islands.