Silversea Luxury Cruises To ALOTAU

ALOTAU

Alotau is the provincial capital of the Milne Bay Province located in the southeast bay of Papua New Guinea. The town and surrounding area has been an important staging ground during World War II and we will see remains and memorials dating back or referring to the war. On a tour of the town, visitors will appreciate lovely vistas of the bay and experience the markets, which are frequented not only by locals, but also by islanders selling their products or looking for produce to take back into Milne Bay. View more

Alotau is an important port facility for the islands and attracts many vendors of handicrafts from different islands.

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SINGAPORE To CAIRNS
  • Departure
    Jan 04 2022
  • Duration
    15 Days
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    Silver Shadow
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CAIRNS To SINGAPORE
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    Apr 20 2022
  • Duration
    16 Days
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    Silver Shadow
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Excursions in ALOTAU

Alotau Local Sights

Papua New Guinea is a very-low-income country with very basic infrastructure, and vastly different to the western culture mentality. Local conditions may be challenging; therefore, we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit unique and somewhat remote destinations. Coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. We thank you for your understanding.

Explore Alotau town, the capital of Milne Bay Province, in the south-east of Papua New Guinea.

Depart the pier and start your excursion with a scenic drive to the hill tops, stopping at the Top Town look out for lovely panoramic views of the bay. Learn about the Alotau Town history and significance of the Battle of Milne Bay in the world history.

Next, continue to a local secondary school for a guided tour and enjoy interaction with local children. Get an insight of a local life and watch some of the cultural demonstrations featuring traditional activities such as arts, crafts and face painting.

On the way back to the pier, visit the town centre and take a stroll through a local food market where your guide will introduce you to a huge variety of fresh local produce and crafts.

Driftwood Resort & Waga Waga Snorkel

Papua New Guinea is a very-low-income country with very basic infrastructure, and vastly different to the western culture mentality. Local conditions may be challenging; therefore, we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit unique and somewhat remote destinations. Coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. We thank you for your understanding.

Driftwood Resort is a little slice of paradise and the perfect location for your half day snorkelling excursion.


Depart the pier for a short transfer to the Driftwood Resort, a tropical hideaway lying off the eastern most tip of Papua New Guinea in Milne Bay Province. Set amongst stunning rainforest on the absolute water's edge, the resort creates the perfect place to relax and explore the natural beauty of Milne Bay.


Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a warm welcome and a drink of fresh young coconut kulau.


Embark on approximately 30-minutes boat ride to Waga Waga, where a coal carrier, Muscoota, had been partially sunk during World War II. Here, you will have opportunity to snorkel around the shipwreck that is now covered with rich marine life including diverse fish species and corals.


Afterwards, return to the resort for a fresh seafood lunch and some free time to explore the resort at your own leisure. Learn about the tropical plants and flowers and their use in traditional medicine as you walk around the gardens, relax and swim off the jetty before the return to the pier.

Meet the Family: Ahioma Traditional Cultural Experience

Papua New Guinea is a very-low-income country with very basic infrastructure, and vastly different to the western culture mentality. Local conditions may be challenging; therefore, we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit unique and somewhat remote destinations. Coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. We thank you for your understanding.

For a truly authentic Papua New Guinean experience visit rural Ahioma and meet the locals.


Depart the pier for a short scenic drive east along the picturesque coastline to Dodobana village, where you will be welcomed with a traditional welcome ceremony and experience the true Melanesian hospitality. Learn about traditional family activities such as cultural performances, traditional weaving techniques used for baskets and accessories. Take a walk through a traditional garden and observe traditional clay pot cooking the way their ancestors have been cooking for centuries


Next, take a short drive to the small seaside village of Gehi Gehi and learn traditional and modern ways of catching and smoking fish. Time permitting, take a quick swim in the warm tropical waters. Enjoy demonstrations of the many uses of the coconut palm in every day village life before returning to the pier.

Milne Bay Village Life

Papua New Guinea is a very-low-income country with very basic infrastructure, and vastly different to the western culture mentality. Local conditions may be challenging; therefore, we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit unique and somewhat remote destinations. Coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. We thank you for your understanding.

Discover what Papua New Guinea village life is like during this half-day excursion where you will taste traditional food and learn about world largest palm oil plantation and war canoes.

Depart the pier and drive into the heart of Huhu, the centre of the historic cannibalistic hinterland and the home of war canoes. As you journey through the region, hear about the history and culture of Tawala. Pass through one of the world's largest Palm Oil Plantations, spanning endless hectares, and learn about the plant itself.

Next, continue to Bibiko village, where you can see how western culture has influenced on a traditional way of life, and taste local dishes from clay pots, taro, banana, cassava and leafy green vegetables. Learn about war canoes and why this tradition has been so important to village life.

On your way back to the pier stop at Milne Bay War Memorial, constructed by Australian soldiers, and learn about the battle and its significant part during World War II.

The Battle of Milne Bay

Papua New Guinea is a very-low-income country with very basic infrastructure, and vastly different to the western culture mentality. Local conditions may be challenging; therefore, we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit unique and somewhat remote destinations. Coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. We thank you for your understanding.

Discover the history of Alotau and the legendary 'Battle of Milne Bay' during this informative two-hour excursion.


The Battle of Milne Bay also known as Operation RE or the Battle of Rabi, was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II between the Australian Army and Japanese invading forces from 25th of August to 7th of September 1942. Learn the facts and unwritten stories from the locals on this excursion.


Depart the pier for a short drive past the Corporal John French Memorial and learn about his role in the Battle of Milne Bay before you proceed for the panoramic views of the bay at Hiwehiwe Lookout. Get a bird's eye view of the Battle route and listen to the fascinating commentary and general overview of the Battle.


Afterwards, re-board your coach and continue with a drive past KB Mission - the site of the fiercest fighting. From KB Mission, make your way to the Turnbull War Memorial site at Kainko, the original No.3 airstrip during WWII and its memorial to Australia's Squadron Leader, Peter St George Turnbull, who was killed during the Battle of Milne Bay.


On you return journey back to the pier visit the shore-side World War II monument that symbolizes the bravery of those who gave their lives during the battle of Milne Bay.

Traditional Clay Pot Cooking Class

Papua New Guinea is a very-low-income country with very basic infrastructure, and vastly different to the western culture mentality. Local conditions may be challenging; therefore, we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit unique and somewhat remote destinations. Coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. We thank you for your understanding.

Experience an authentic insight of Alotau through a cooking master class of traditional clay pot.

Panoramic Views of Alotau, the Masurina Lodge, Hands-On Cooking Class

Depart the pier and drive though the township and up the hill for panoramic views of Alotau on your way onto the Masurina Lodge. The lodge is owned and run by the Abel family, whose longstanding ties date back to the late 1800's when the Pioneer missionary families came to Papua New Guinea to spread the gospel. Enjoy a welcome drink and head to the hotel kitchen "back of the house" for a cooking class, where the local chef will direct you through the preparation of the typical traditional clay pot. This is a hands-on experience so get ready to show off your skills.


World War II Private Exhibit, Lunch & Free Time

While the food is cooking head to the lodge's Conference Room for unique private World War II exhibition. Once lunch is ready, tuck into the delicious meal that you helped to prepare. After lunch, you will have some free time to enjoy the Masurina Lodge at your leisure. You can have a drink at the bar (at your own expense), take a swim or simply enjoy the sunshine.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for a brief transfer back to the pier. Should you wish to stay longer at the resort, there will be public shuttles available to take you back to the ship.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.