Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea

Samarai is an island and former administrative capital in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Located off the south-eastern tip of New Guinea in the China Strait. The island is historically significant as the site of a trading port and stop-over between Australia and East Asia. Samarai town was established on the island and at its height was the second largest after Port Moresby in the Territory of Papua.

Samarai township was largely destroyed during World War II. The island was declared a National Historical Heritage Island by the government of Papua New Guinea in 2006. What remains is a quiet, pretty island with a small settlement, a few shops, a church, school and signs of a colonial past.

Things to See and Do

* Snorkelling & diving
* Beaches
* Views from hill behind Samarai town
* Island tour

Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
Language – English, Tok Pisin, Tawala, Suau,
Land Area – 240 km²
Population – 210,000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 675

Port Location – There is a wharf located in the Samarai Harbor.

Transport Links – Jackson's International Airport is the gateway of Papua New Guinea, situated about 8km away from the main town center of Port Moresby.

Daily flights are available from Port Moresby to Gurney airport at Alotau in Milne Bay Province. There are weekly flights from Popondetta to Alotau.

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