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  • katrina
    Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
    I was at this Museum a couple of weeks ago on a cruise to PNG. It is two minutes’ walk from the Port Gate. Turn right and cross the road. It is in the compound of the Government Building and has colorful murals on the wall. It cost 10 kina ($4.50 au) to go in. The museum is run by volunteers and has a nice collection of carved wooden statues, photos and written accounts of the local history of WW2 and an exhibition of different types of canoe’s. There is also a small gift shop and a visitor’s book to sign.
    Written 21 October 2022
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  • SPYC
    Hastings, New Zealand677 contributions
    Port is reasonably close to the town. we walked the 1 1/2 km (1 mile) along the foreshore to the Memorial Park. Just past the memorial, at the water's edge are a set of boards with pictures explaining some of the things that went on during WW11 here. I found it interesting. Not a lot to do here, but the people are friendly. It was very hot when we were there, take a drink.
    Written 8 January 2023
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  • Davy1950inv
    Inverness, UK149 contributions
    The memorial park is well kept and and it proudly reminds us of the part played by heroic British and Australian troops during WW2.
    Written 31 July 2019
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  • SPYC
    Hastings, New Zealand677 contributions
    I particularly enjoyed the boards beyond the Memorial itself by the waters edge, as They explain what went on during WW11 around this area
    Written 8 January 2023
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  • Sir Humphrey Blunt
    Alotau, Papua New Guinea35 contributions
    As a regular visitor to Alotau it has been a long time since I thought about dining at the Masurina Lodge . Not any more .

    Enter through a fairly innocuous door to the Dining Room and a new world opened up . A beautiful well designed restaurant appeared . A superb little venue with two teppanyaki tables on the side , a well provisioned buffet , with crabs and craytails , and soft serve ice cream and the ubiquitous tagalog lemon iced tea for only $20.00 . A philipino chef keeps the place ticking over from a modern well equipped kitchen downstairs which has to be one of the best in the South Pacific .

    Jeff's Bar and Grill is definitely on the agenda for future visits . And a great spot to drop in for breakfast or lunch for all those visitors off the cruise ships where the friendly staff will make you feel right at home . And if you want to delve deeper they even host local cooking classes for visitors off the regular cruise ships .

    The buffet was amazing , and I am told the steaks are just as good . Drop into this little jewel in Alotau . Food is great , staff are wonderful and the prices are more than reasonable .
    Written 14 March 2017
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  • Rav4Toyota
    Kangaroo Flat, Australia22 contributions
    If your heading to PNG especially visiting Alatou, booking a tour with Shanniah at Reef Resorts is a must. We had the most memorable day ever on this cruise ship stop and left with wonderful memories. This is not just a tour it’s sharing and experiencing the real life of families and children for a short time.
    My one tip, if your bringing gifts for the school make sure you get your immigration form and clearance done. I left mine too late and couldn’t take what I had bought for the kids. A lady on our trip took frisbees and the kids were so excited at this simple gift. We experienced Shanniah’s wonderful family and they shared their life with us from tribal dance to
    Knocking coconuts down from the trees. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.
    Written 6 March 2020
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  • Malcolm B
    Papamoa, New Zealand46 contributions
    Prior to departing on a cruise to Papua New Guinea we searched trip adivsor for suitable tours from Alotau and decided on Alotau Land Tours due to the exceptional review. We were not dissapointed.
    Contacted Cathy by email to book a tour and Cathy promptly replied with all of the information about the tour etc. So easy.
    Before the cruise left Brisbane there was a change of arrival date at Alotau and while we were on the cruise there was further change to the date we were to arrive. .It was no problem to change the date.
    We were met at the wharf by a beaming Wilma as promised. Wilma was a great tour guide, knowledgeable and very friendly and nothing was a problem.
    The tour was not hurried and gave us a great insight into the general life in Alotau.
    Started off visiting the hospital which was quite an eye opener. Then off to the markets where locals were selling their fruit, vege and fish.
    Next was the school where we were greeted by the children. Everything was basic with not power or windows They didnt have much time to prepare for us due to the last minute change in our ports of call but they gave us a memorable greeting. Cathy had sent us some suggestions of thinks that we might like to bring for the school so we had brought 2 big bags of school supplies which were greatfully received.
    Then off to a hilltop village. Had to walk up a track and over a stream where locals were washing their cloths to get to the village. A great experience .
    Lastly off to another small village where we given a presentation on how they make cloth out of the bark of trees.
    Overall it was an excellent tour which exceeded our expectations.
    Many thanks to Wilma, the driver and her helper.
    Written 6 March 2020
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  • ITRT
    Virginia38,004 contributions
    Alotau Sojourn with Alotau Tours and was great. When the owner and guide is local, you know you are going to get a tour that comes from their pride and love of their country. The full-day tour included lunch and cost 170 AUD per adult. Our journey began with a visit to Gopaia Cultural Village where we saw demonstrations of coconut husking, sago flour making, and cooking. Next stops were the Japanese landing site and John French Memorial which were important events in Alotua during World War II. We spent some time at an elementary school and were able to observe a class in session. The children were happy to see us and show off some of their schoolwork. Following a buffet lunch at the Hiwehiwe Lodge, we visited the Battle of Milne Bay Sanderson Bay Memorial honoring the allied forces. The views from the lodge are to die for. The food was good and plentiful. Next, we saw where the Japanese were forced to retreat at the Turnbull Field Memorial WWII strip no. 3 and the allied base at Gurney Airport. Our tour ended with a visit to the local food, arts, and craft markets. We were pleased with the tour and commentary provided by Ben, owner.
    Written 25 January 2023
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  • Jeffery
    London, UK7 contributions
    Shane Holland is an amazing guide I had a great experience ,we did the look out,craft market and drove to a beautiful local village, skull caving and also stopped at tip of png (East cape ) .Its an experience i will never forget .
    Written 9 December 2019
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  • simply-peregrinating
    Waddington, UK2,758 contributions
    A group of us off our cruise ship approached Jenny of Kwalia Adventures at the port and asked if she could put a tour together for us. We told her what we wanted to see and do and on the spot she tailormade their East Coast Tour to our requirements. Jenny spoke excellent English which made her informative commentary easy to listen to and understand as she pointed things out along the way. She was most approachable and answered the many questions about PNG that we asked her. The driver was good throughout making the drive comfortable and enjoyable. The day of our visit was a Sunday which meant that everything was closed but this did not detract from our tour. We visited an area where a group of people dressed up in traditional costumes and showed us many of their traditional skills and crafts which are slowly starting to die out. The people came across as genuinely friendly and keen to show us things. Next we went to see a skull cave where we were met by a small boy who showed us into the cave, as we left we were greeted by a lovely lady who apologised because she was not there to meet us as she had been in church. After looking at an area where there had been some tribal fighting in the past we went to a beach, as we wanted time for swimming, this was by a family house, where we were made to feel very welcome. On our return to Alotau Jenny took us to a viewpoint for magnificent views of the area.
    Written 17 October 2020
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  • Bryce
    New Zealand8 contributions
    Mike has a 6th sense for when it comes to fishing! The best captain and guide to have on a boat. All the suggests he made and spots that he took us resulted in some great catches!

    Mike helped us with everything along the way. Very professional when it comes to his work and fishing but a great laugh and some amazing fishing stories during the down time!

    If you want to catch some big fish, Mike is your man!
    Written 13 April 2020
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  • Stay45813319688
    Alotau, Papua New Guinea1 contribution
    Excellent condition 175hp 26fter speed boat, experienced and helpful crew. Pickup from main town Alotau at Waterfront Lodge jetty for an amazing 4 hour trip through the China Strait stopping over scenic, untouched beautiful white sandy islands in the Milne Bay Province. A must tour if you plan to visit this part of the world. Thank you Alpha Blue!
    Written 28 May 2019
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  • Irene (iFotoTravel) Isaacson
    Buddina, Australia2,131 contributions
    This was one of the onshore activities offered by our P&O cruise when visiting Alotau. It was the only full-day excursion possible.

    It took an hour by a small bus/coach to drive to the jetty to board a large dive boat to access the Tavali Dive Resort which was about an hour away.

    The boat trip was quite nice as we got to see some of the coastline of Milne Bay. Once we arrived at the jetty of the Dive resort, we snorkeled the small bay next to the jetty as the reef was just there, on the shore virtually.

    The coral was quite pretty with a few fish, including small clownfish. The water was crystal clear and warm.

    After an hour of snorkeling, we had a tour of the resort itself including some of the rooms, and then were offered a smorgasbord lunch. The lunch deck was picturesque with lovely views to the ocean through the tropical landscape.

    After we set off again by boat, another 20 mins along the coast to alight by dinghy to the shore where Skull Cave was in the sandstone cliff rock, about 50m from the shore. A few locals were there and had set up some small stalls to sell their wares. Unfortunately, not many of us had local (kina) currency with us to offer them.

    The cave was quite amazing, full of human skulls dating back to WWII. We were offered to touch them and pick them up to pose for photos, but I just felt this was a little too familiar and irreverent. But it was worth visiting and listening to the story behind the cave.

    All in all, it was a full day, and an enjoyable one. The staff at the resort were very friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

    Apparently the diving around there is quite good, with WWII wrecks, some pelagic fish/sharks and at times manta rays and whale sharks. But the resort is not particularly cheap to stay at and being remote, access is by flying into Alotau and then by boat.
    Written 15 March 2020
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