Alotau is a sleepy little town built on the hillsides of the northern shore of Milne Bay. It became the provincial capital in 1968 when administrators were moved from overcrowded Samarai Island.
Alotau and the coastal strip either side played a pivotal role in the WWII Battle of Milne Bay and there are several memorials and relics here. The market, harbour and a lookout near the hospital might soak up some time, after which you can just soak up the atmosphere in what is one of the most laid-back, secure and enjoyable towns in the country. Spend a night drinking with locals, nationals and expats alike, and you’ll soon know what’s going on and who’s going where.
Last updated: Mar 2, 2009
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