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- 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 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Arami made us feel welcome from the start, and her confidence and personality was very refreshing. The tours with Alotau Tours with Ben was very rewarding, informative, and opended my eyes to how other people live and appreciate what I have. I highly recommend the Tours with Ben and ask for Arami or she is also known as Rami.Written 5 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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