Turnbull War Memorial Park
Traditional dances and canoe races
A laid back town on the southern coast of Papua Nuova Guinea

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At the Foot of the Milne Bay Hills

The capital of Milne Bay Province, Alotau is the easternmost town in Papua New Guinea, close to the volcanic D'Entrecasteaux islands in the Solomon Sea.

Alotau’s recent past is inextricably linked to fighting between the Australian and Japanese during the Second World War, and it is still possible to see the battlefields and memorials like the Turnbull War Memorial Park or the stele dedicated to fallen Australian soldiers. 
On leaving your MSC cruise ship, you will discover that Alotau is just a small town situated at the foot of lush green hills, with less than 20,000 inhabitants. You will have the opportunity to take a trip up into the hills, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the town and the immense Bay that gave its name to the province. The houses are low with tin roofs and the sand is dark because of its volcanic origin.  
The Massime Museum and the Cultural Centre house exhibitions dedicated to 400 years of Alotau’s history. During your MSC cruise you can enter in contact with the local population, visiting the places that are part of their daily lives and enjoying performances of traditional dances to the rhythm of Kundu drums or watching canoe races.
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    Discovering The Coral Triangle
    Discovering The Coral Triangle

    An MSC World Cruise will take you to Papua New Guinea, large parts of which are still unexplored, at the southern tip of the so-called Coral Triangle, the name given to all the land between Southeast Asia and Australia.

    Most of Papua New Guinea is mountainous and still covered by forests. Its largest city and the capital, Port Moresby, has just less than half a million inhabitants and half of the country’s population, just eight million people, is under 20 years old. In the inland regions there are communities that have no contact with modern civilisation and they rarely come into contact with the rest of the world. 
    The Papuan Peninsula extends towards Australia, remaining within the equatorial region, and is home to an impressive number of plant and animal species. Papua New Guinea is one of the few regions in the world where new species are still being discovered, despite the fact that the land is only protected by a few local national parks and reserves. 
    The natural wonders of this country include Tavurvur, an active stratovolcano on the shores of the Bismarck sea, the Trobriand Islands, Normanby Island with its marine protected areas, and the area of Cape Nelson, which has a unique topography similar to that of the Norwegian fjords.