Alotau (Photo:Wayne Via/Shutterstock)
Alotau (Photo:Wayne Via/Shutterstock)
3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

Roderick Eime
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Alotau

This major Milne Bay port has come alive in recent years, thanks mainly to attention from Australia's P&O Cruises, which has worked hard with local authorities to bring it up to standard for its large ships.

Alotau is the location for the spectacular annual Kenu and Kundu (canoe and drum) Festival, which completely takes over the town. Held in November, it's quite a carnival. A song and dance festival is also held whenever a P&O cruise ship visits; tickets are sold to attend. Canoe rides are offered from the shore and markets sell Papua New Guinea-themed shirts and local handicrafts.

Occasionally, Alotau is used as a turnaround port for smaller ships and expedition vessels because of flights available from the WWII-era Gurney Airfield.

Shore Excursions

About Alotau


Alotau is the historic centre of Milne Bay and is home to the annual Kenu & Kundu Festival in November


Aside from a few historic sights and markets, there isn't much to see

Bottom Line

Alotau has worked hard to bring itself up to cruise standards; small expedition ships use it as a turnaround port

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Port Facilities

There is a bank (with ATM), post office, supermarket and a pub, which serves food.