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Alotau is the capital of Milne Bay Provincemarker, a province of Papua New Guineamarker. It is located on the northern shore of Milne Bay.

The town is located within the area in which the invading Japanese army suffered their first land defeat in the Pacific War in 1942, before the Kokoda Track battle. A memorial park at the old battle site commemorates the event.

Alotau became the provincial capital in 1969 after it was shifted from Samaraimarker.

There is a road from Ulumani to Alotau which passes the local Gurney Airportmarker is named after squadron leader Charles Raymond Gurney of the RAAF, who was killed in the area in 1942. The airport is 12 km from the town.

Alotau is the gateway to the Milne Bay Province which contains some of the most remote island communities in the world. Renowned for its friendly people and amazing tropical islands, it is a very well kept secret and sees very few tourists each year. The whole of Milne bay offers some of the worlds best scuba diving and coral reef experiences.

Alotau itself is a busy regional "Outpost"-like town. Most facilities are available here although it can be sporadic at times.


Phones (Land lines) here are not always available. Mobile is available in the Alotau township, but as of Late 2007, nowhere else. International roaming MAY be possible, enquire with your phone company at home.


The local post office can send and receive mail (And faxes) for you. You will need to provide your own envelopes.


Westpac (With ATM) Not 24hr accessBank of South Pacific (With 2 ATM's) Not 24hr access


A small internet cafe is working now with a fairly reliable (Dial up) connection.

Web sites from Alotau and the Milne Bay region

WildPNG conducts guided adventures starting in Alotau

WildPNG - Papua New Guinea guided tours

Local accommodation

Masurina Lodge



Alotau International Hotel

Papua New Guinea tourism association

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