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Introducing Samarai Island

Samarai is a speck of an island at the southern tip of the Milne Bay mainland. Just 24 hectares in the China Strait, Samarai has seen better times. In its colonial heyday it was said to be one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific, and although no one is saying that now, it’s still an intriguing place. It’s much like an overgrown and untended garden that still retains a legacy of its former, ordered beauty. The island predates Port Moresby and was the provincial headquarters until 1968, when local government realised it had outgrown the tiny island and left for greener pastures. Two years later the international wharf closed and the town’s been going to seed ever since.