Remote beauty that will stay close to your heart
Papua New Guinea sits at the very tip of the world, and bustling Alotau is perched at its very eastern edge, on the tail end of the islands that reach from southeast Asia into the Pacific. It’s the capital of Milne Bay Province, which itself is made up of some 160 named islands and 500 cayes and atolls sprinkled across more than 96,000 square miles of ocean. And the more than 1,000 cultural groups and 851 known languages give Papua New Guinea in general a startling amount of cultural diversity, among the most in the world. Here the ancient traditions and customs that charm visitors are very much a part of everyday life.
But this beautiful and remote paradise might be most widely known for its role in World War II history, most notably the Battle of Milne Bay which changed the course of the war. Visit numerous sites and memorials that tell this important part of history. Intriguing WWII wrecks, along with superb reefs, dramatic underwater drop-offs, and pristine surroundings, make this area home to some of the top scuba diving in the world. But above all, Alotau and the surrounding area is an area of uncommon beauty. Explore coastal villages and meet friendly locals, and hike the lush forest to its beautiful waterfall. Discover vibrant festivals and 'singsings' (cultural dances) and learn how meticulously crafted canoes and Kundu drums are widely used in traditional ceremonies and rituals practiced by Milne Bay people.
Set in lush foothills among stunning intact rainforest, brimming with ecological and marine biodiversity, surrounded by untouched wilderness. This is truly a place unlike any you’ve ever been. A culturally rich bucket list destination with, as the country’s tag line promises, “A million different journeys.” Indeed.