Our introduction to PNG was Alotau. It was a steamy hot day even though the start of spring. We walked to the markets which were very basic. Locals who we spoke to were friendly but you could see others were still wary about visitors.
Interesting to say the least. Felt sorry for the poor locals who were overrun with ship passengers. Lots of local wares on sale at the markets. I was surprised that all our items were allowed back into Australia. We bough woven fans here as so hot. Later in the day we were back on the ship when the natives started to fight each other. The captain blew his horn and all remaining crew and passengers hot tailed it back to the tenders and back to the ship.
We were so impressed with the private tour we arranged that got us to see so much of this area. Volcanoes, war memorials, museums, barge tunnels etc. We had a nice clean air-con mini bus with about 10 people. Other tours booked though the ship were not air-con'd.
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