Welcome to Kwato Island
The Reverend Charles Abel and his wife, Beatrice, founded a nonhierarchical church in 1891. Even though they ‘belted’ the Bible pretty hard, it wasn’t until the 1930s that the last of the nearby cannibal tribes was ‘saved’.
If you follow the old tree-lined road up until it clears the forest, you’ll come to the stonewalled Abel Church that was built in 1937 from materials brought from Scotland, but topped with a traditional Papuan thatched roof.
In the shadow of a rain tree, the two Kwato Island Bungalows, fully equipped and with private sun decks, are the island's only lodgings; book them through Masurina in Alotau.
Ask around Samarai Island Wharf for a boatman to take you across.