Blogs from Alotau, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, Oceania


Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Milne Bay » Alotau November 15th 2017

SERENDIPITY IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA I had a very pleasant one day lay-over in Manila between Palau and Papua New Guinea. My hotel, M Suites, was first rate; modern, clean, quiet, and inexpensive. After a restorative good night’s sleep, I saw an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist in Makati Medical Center and still had time to go to the local mall and buy a small rolling suitcase to carry my underwater camera, and I didn’t even feel rushed. I arrived at the clinic a little early and had a bagel and tea before finding my way to the room noted on my hospital form. I sat patiently as people arrived and entered adjacent doors. I might still be sitting there if not for a very nice man in a Security uniform who finally asked, “Who are ... read more

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Milne Bay » Alotau October 10th 2015

Generally we are early risers, and today was no different. This time, we saw land for the first time since leaving Morton Bay, Brisbane. Did we know what to expect? Were there any surprises? No and yes respectively. We did know that the eastern regions of PNG were lush, but we couldn't see that too clearly as sea fog and or low cloud hung around the hills. The locals later told us they were glad of our arrival as it brought the first rains of their wet season, so these silver clouds brought liquid gold to these folk. David and Mary and Marg and I went different directions in Alotau. Milne Bay province was involved in the real turning point of World War 2 (and more so at Rabaul later in the cruise) where the Imperial ... read more
I wept
The Alotau Tug

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Milne Bay » Alotau March 9th 2014

To even think about taking a holiday to Papua New Guinea you’d have to be out of your tiny mind. At least that was the word on the street before we left. In terms of potential for violence, the place is hardcore. Just last year, a group of foreign tourists were horrified when their party was ambushed and their guides hacked to death with machetes in front of their very eyes. And it’s not as if this is a new problem. Even the earliest explorers returned with tales of an exotic land stocked with Birds of Paradise, but inhabited by a bunch of warring cannibals and head-hunters who seldom gave a warm welcome. Back in the day round these parts, a man’s status was determined not by his bank balance or his choice of car, but ... read more
Mantis Shrimp
Plucky Little Crab
Sunset from the Restaurant

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Milne Bay » Alotau April 25th 2008

Well greetings from Alotau. This port was only 6 days long and so I desided that i would take the opertunity to take a few break days during this port. So we had 3 break days and 3 of my good friends and I went to a local resort for the days. It was so nice because when i was arranging this accomedation and what not, I was writting back and forth between the resort and me. I first mentioned to the lady about the doulos and the work we do. She replyed back to me and told me that of course everyone has heard of the Doulos and she was on it back in 1988 or somthing. Anyways she knew how we were missionarys and so she gave us a really amazing deal on this ... read more
Local Dance
Local shopping
Two friends.

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Milne Bay » Alotau March 29th 2008

There is something, shall we say, unnerving about being completely defenseless in a city more known for its violence, than its colorful mixture of native cultures. I guess that if you think about it, if you open the blender that is the city of Port Moresby, and you throw in a few thousand immigrants from some 800 distinctly different cultures, add a heaping portion of poverty, a good amount of disillusionment about jobs that dont exist, and top it all off with a tiny sprinkle of available land, its really no wonder that this city seems like a breeding ground for fear and violence. 3 weeks ago, knowing all this, my attorney and I were as game as ever to jump right in with both feet...and hopefully pull ourselves back out as soon as we possibly ... read more

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