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Top Choice Cultural in Alotau

Milne Bay Canoe & Kundu Festival

One of Papua's cultural highlights comprises dozens of canoes, some with 40-plus warriors, adorned in traditional dress and paddling to the beat of island drums, leaving a powerful impression. The dance performances…
Top Choice International in Alotau

Jeff's Bar & Grill

Jeff's is where it's at, particularly on weekends, when well-heeled locals haunt the bar decked out with indigenous artefacts. Have your meal cooked in front of you at the excellent Teppanyaki Bar (bring three frien…
Top Choice International in Alotau

Napatana Bar

Beautifully decorated with a war canoe in the rafters and Sepik carvings, Napatana Bar is the place to rub shoulders with expats and nationals alike. The menu swings from lunchtime fish and chips and hamburgers to s…
International in Alotau

By the Bay Restaurant

The International Hotel's restaurant serves a consistently tasty, surprisingly inexpensive and eclectic mix of dishes, from lobster thermidor and seafood linguine to some genuine Indian flavours (the fish Chettinhad…
Market in Alotau

Alotau Town Market

Alotau's biggest market is a hive of activity, bustling with vendors of fresh produce and fish. Higglers from nearby villages sit among mounds of yams and taro, while by far the most popular item for sale is the bet…
Cafeteria in Alotau

Malabu Cafe

Inside the Masurina Business Centre, this kai bar has affiliations with Butia Lodge on the Trobriand Islands and serves an assortment of grilled chicken, lamb stew and insalubrious-looking sausages.
Bar in Alotau

The Jetty

The Jetty is built on a wharf next to the Alotau International Hotel.
Monument in Alotau

Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial has a detailed description of the Battle of Milne Bay in which joint Australian and Papuan forces pushed back and defeated the Japanese. There's a service here on 26 August every year, co…
Memorial in Alotau

Turnbull Memorial

Roughly halfway between Gurney Airport and Alotau, the Turnbull Memorial marks the site of one of the wartime airstrips and commemorates the death of Australia's Squadron Leader Peter St George Turnbull, killed duri…
Landmark in Alotau

Sanderson Harbour

The harbour is the most colourful part of town and it’s worth exploring. There are one-man canoes, brightly painted island boats, work tugs and passenger dinghies, as well as a couple of wrecks protruding from the w…