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Budget hotels & hostels
Alotau International Hotel
For size and facilities these rooms, each with a balcony and bay view, are pretty good. They are, however, more comfortable than characterful. Babysitters can be arranged, and there’s internet access (per hour K20)...
Located on a volcanic mountain overlooking Milne Bay, Tawali Resort features a private beach, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar. Each bungalow features a large private balcony overlooking the bay...
Napatana is the pick of Alotau’s accommodation, and has ‘flashpacker’ rooms with private bathroom, cable TV, porch and tea-/coffee-making facilities. The bungalows are even more comfortable, with private balconies and crisp, clean bedding...
Kokoda Mountain View Lodge
There are a couple of resthouses in Kokoda and all of them allow you to pitch your tent on their camping grounds. The Kokoda Mountain View Lodge, which is behind the trade store that sells beer (you'll soon find it), has a couple of local-style huts...
The Bolubolu Guesthouse includes meals.
Opposite the cricket field (to the west), big-smiling widow Cindy and her daughter Janet have opened their home to visitors. The small house has two bedrooms, sleeps three or four, and is the heart of her extended family’s compound...
Galahi Village Stay
Galahi Island, just off Sariba Island has seen a small trickle of travellers who visit the pretty seaside village here...
The large, ageing rooms and apartments are comfortable enough and have a distinct feel of Australia c 1973. Some of the apartments sleep five and are ideal for families...
Burex Traditional Style Rooms
You can arrange village stays yourself by speaking with the chief of the village that you'd like to stay. Friendly Emanuel Tosieru runs three traditional-style rooms on stilts at Kaibola Beach...
There is a guesthouse at Bunama village that provides dinghies and canoe trips to the reefs that surround the village.
Birdwing Butterfly Lodge
Friendly place, 1.5km northeast of town on the road to Gona, with clean rooms with fridge and TV. Meals are extra, though there’s a kitchen for guests.
Part of the Coral Sea chain, this is the best hotel in town but easily the worst in the chain...
Village Birth Attendant Centre
It would be difficult to find more basic accommodation than these five single rooms that are a five-minute walk from Losuia. All rooms are ultrabasic and, without a fan, can be pretty warm. On the plus side, your money supports the whole community...
About 2.5km along the road to Popondetta is Rusty's Place, run by Russell Eroro and his extended family. It's a friendly place, the food is good and there's a small stoa (store)...
Beto Transit House
This well-worn place has extremely basic rooms (think thin mattresses and small, inadequate fans) with shared bathrooms, but it’s a familial and popular place with locals. Guest kitchen.
Located near the airport, on either side of an abandoned WWII-era airstrip, Butia lodge offers the cleanest and most comfortable accommodation on the island...
Fledgling operators, Camillus Aisi Koae and Michael Koae both indicated to us that they would happily provide homestays and three meals in Siria village. Conditions are very basic without either electricity or running water...
This boutique hotel was still being built when we visited but will be opened soon. Five minutes from town, and having its own wharf and game-fishing boats, Driftwood aims to cater to anglers keen to hook into some of the bay's marlin and sailfish...
Grace Eroro’S Guesthouse
About 2.5km along the road to Popondetta is Grace’s place, run by the big-hearted Grace Eroro. Grace welcomes travellers and was in the process of constructing an eight-room bunkhouse when we passed through...
Expect a warm welcome, but cold water. The budget rooms are in a self-contained house while the other rooms are larger, lighter and airier, but still fairly basic. A toast-and-tea breakfast and airport transfers are included in the tariff...
Standing on a coral reef, it offers great access to impressive sites for snorkelling and bird-watching.
Salamo United Church Women's Guesthouse
The Salamo United Church Women's Guesthouse has been renovated recently. If they don't know you're coming, bring some supplies. Boats cross the beautiful Dobu Passage between Esa'ala and Salamo daily.
Tufi Village Guesthouses
There are village guesthouses that dot the coastline either side of Tufi and you could spend weeks wending your way along the coast in this way. The accommodation is basic, with mosquito nets and local food (the seafood is tasty)...
The best option in Popondetta has tidy guestrooms, excellent local information (including nearby village stays) and decent meals. It’s a 10-minute walk from town but PMVs will sometimes drop you here if you ask...