Why go to Alotau?
Alotau is the historic centre of Milne Bay and is home to the annual Kenu & Kundu Festival in November
Not many attractions to visit; snorkelling and swimming spots are not easily accessible
A relaxed port that offers an insight into Papua New Guinean culture
Alotau Cruise Port Facilities?
Although Alotau is a working port, the facilities are quite basic. However, there is an ATM and currency change facilities. There is a shelter from the sun near the bus transfer pickup area and an information kiosk, too.
Good to Know?
The weather in Alotau is very hot and humid, so it's advisable to take water, a hat and insect repellent. The port facilities are modest, however there are some shaded areas available to wait in before your transfer. For those who prefer to walk around on their own to explore, Alotau is a safe town and locals are very friendly. Visitors need to be sensitive to cultural differences, such as modesty, so longer skirts and pants are advised. On the other hand, traditional dress might seem confronting to visitors, so keep in mind that some costumes might be more revealing, but this is the norm in Alotau. Many locals - including children - chew betel nut which discolours teeth and gums, turning them reddish-brown.
On Foot: Alotau is a great town to explore on foot, however it can get very hot so you might not get too far. The streets are safe and there are footpaths to walk on. However, the infrastructure is not very modern and there is quite a lot of roadworks and construction around the town.
By bus/van: If you have organised a tour through your cruise line, then you will be transported via van. However, there are a variety of 'coaches' that are available, from basic mini-vans to public transport-sized buses.
By Taxi: Taxis are available and are reasonable. Negotiate a price before accepting a ride.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The kina is used in Alotau; however, some market stalls will accept Australian dollars. There's an ATM at the port and currency exchange facilities, however it would be best to have kina with you before arriving.