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Alotau, Papua New Guinea Cruise Port

Some of the most secluded islands in the world lie in the sea around Alotau, and the seas are just as teeming with life as the verdant hills surrounding the area's pristine white beaches. Despite being the capital of the Milne Bay province, the town is delightfully peaceful – looking down over the bay from the quiet northern hills. If it's a calming escape you're looking for, take a trip to Alotau and spend some time in the beautiful back of beyond.

Sightseeing in Alotau

Alotau has one of the most relaxed atmospheres of any town in Papua New Guinea, being something of a small coastal retreat all but cut off from the nation's capital. There's no shortage of things to see and do in the town, though:

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival

Stemming from an ancient native practice of ritual to satisfy the gods, Alotau has a rich tradition of creating beautifully painted canoes and tall, hourglass-shaped kundu drums. They have historically been an important part of daily life in Alotau and Milne Bay, but now the canoes and drums feature most prominently at the festival itself. For one weekend in November, the quiet town truly comes alive with visitors from all over Papua New Guinea – all bringing their own cultures and canoe traditions to this festival, as jubilant and colourful as it is fantastical.

Surrounding islands

Being surrounded by some of the most secluded and unspoiled islands on Earth, visitors to Alotau and Milne Bay might want to take boat trips out to see these fascinating paradise islands for themselves. Normanby, Goodenough and Fergusson are beautiful islands to visit by boat, and being all but uninhabited they're perfect places to spot some of the rare wildlife in this part of the world – or even just prime spots to lie back and relax on the beaches.

Milne Bay fishing

There's a great choice of fishing competitions around the Milne Bay area, and local professional associations can also provide visitors with advice on the local fishing. The annual Milne Bay Classic competition brings sports fishers flocking to Papua New Guinea, which is known for its giant marlin and wahoo species.

Shopping in Alotau

The market in town is quite close to the sea, and so the crabs and fish on offer couldn't be any fresher. Produce on the stalls includes greens and bananas, as well as yams, sweet potatoes and bananas. Look out too for the bright red teeth and lips of people chewing betel nut – a local favourite that also goes by the name of buai. Much like the natives of Burma, many people in Papua New Guinea chew it in huge quantities for its effects as a tobacco-like stimulant.

Eating Out in Alotau

Diners might want to try hotel dining in Alotau, where establishments are known for their friendly staff, great food and excellent service. Styles range from traditional table dining to barbecues on the lawns, and some offer more international cuisine too – giving diners a great choice of wines and fine food from the local area and further afield.

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1 Southern Cross Explorer - Sydney to Sydney - Oceania Cruises - Oceania Regatta

20 December 2017 - 34 nights

Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Kingfisher Bay (Fraser Island), Australia | Townsville | Cairns | Alotau | Port Moresby | Darwin | Komodo Island | Bali | Bali | Exmouth | Geraldton | Fremantle | Esperance, Australia | Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island) | Adelaide, Australia | Melbourne, Australia | Burnie | Eden | Sydney, Australia more

Includes free unlimited internet and your choice of $400pp to spend on-board or a free drinks package or 4 free shore excursions

Sydney SydneySydney

Brisbane BrisbaneBrisbane

Cairns CairnsCairns

Komodo, Indonesia Komodo, IndonesiaKomodo, Indonesia

Bali BaliBali

Fremantle FremantleFremantle

Esperance EsperanceEsperance

Melbourne MelbourneMelbourne

Fly Cruise £8349pp
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0808 202 6105
2 Storied treasures and Journeys (Cape Town to Rome) - Crystal Cruises - Crystal Symphony

07 January 2018 - 129 nights

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Enjoy $2,000pp to spend on-board, chauffeured private car transfers, excess luggage reimbursement of up to $500pp, exclusive gala event in Sydney and 2 shore side events

Cape Town Cape TownCape Town

Port Elizabeth Port ElizabethPort Elizabeth

Durban DurbanDurban

Broome BroomeBroome

Fremantle FremantleFremantle

Bunbury BunburyBunbury

Esperance EsperanceEsperance

Melbourne MelbourneMelbourne

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3 World cruise 2- Los Angeles to Rome - Crystal Cruises - Crystal Serenity

23 January 2018 - 112 nights

Los Angeles | Maui (Lahaina) | Honolulu | Pago Pago, American Samoa | Apia, Western Samoa | Suva | Mystery Island, Vanuatu | Noumea | Norfolk | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Hamilton Island, Whitsundays | Cairns | Cairns | Cooktown | Alotau | Kitava | Guadalcanal (Honiara) | Gizo | Rabaul | Rabaul | Boracay | Romblon Island, Philippines | Manila | Manila | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hanoi | Chan May | Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) | Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) | Sihanoukville | Singapore | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) | Phuket | Phuket | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin | Cochin | Mangalore | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Muscat | Muscat | Manama, Bahrain | Doha, Qatar | Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi | Dubai | Dubai | Dubai | Al Fujairah, UAE | Salalah | Aqaba | Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt | Jerusalem (Ashdod) | Sorrento/Capri | Rome (Civitavechhia) | Rome (Civitavechhia) more

Enjoy $2,000pp to spend on-board, chauffeured private car transfers, excess luggage reimbursement of up to $500pp, exclusive gala event in Sydney and 2 shore side events

Los Angeles Los AngelesLos Angeles

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Honolulu, Hawaii Honolulu, HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaii

Noumea NoumeaNoumea

Norfolk NorfolkNorfolk

Sydney SydneySydney

Hamilton Island Hamilton IslandHamilton Island

Cairns CairnsCairns

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4 Great Barrier Reef & Beyond(Sydney to Manila) - Crystal Cruises - Crystal Serenity

17 February 2018 - 23 nights

Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Hamilton Island, Whitsundays | Cairns | Cairns | Cooktown | Alotau | Kitava | Guadalcanal (Honiara) | Gizo | Rabaul | Rabaul | Boracay | Romblon Island, Philippines | Manila more

Enjoy all-inclusive ultra-luxury with complimentary gratuities, an evening of speciality restaurant dining, fine wines, Champagne, premium spirits and more

Sydney SydneySydney

Hamilton Island Hamilton IslandHamilton Island

Cairns CairnsCairns

Guadalcanal GuadalcanalGuadalcanal

Boracay, Philippines Boracay, PhilippinesBoracay, Philippines

Manila ManilaManila

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Cruise Only £6289pp
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5 Sydney to Sydney - Regent Seven Seas - Seven Seas Mariner

15 December 2018 - 36 nights

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Cairns CairnsCairns

Komodo, Indonesia Komodo, IndonesiaKomodo, Indonesia

Bali BaliBali

Broome BroomeBroome

Fremantle FremantleFremantle

Esperance EsperanceEsperance

Melbourne MelbourneMelbourne

Fly Cruise £22579pp
Cruise Only £20749pp
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0808 202 6105
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