IntroductionThis dazzling, isolated and rarely visited region is made up of the eastern end of the New Guinea mainland and a series of islands, including Samarai Island and the Trobriand Islands, the D'Entrecasteaux Group (three islands), Goodenough Island (two high mountains and the town of Bolubolu), Fergusson Island (hot springs, geysers and extinct volcanoes), Woodlark Island (spectacular ebony carvings) and Normandy Island. Generally seen by boat trips of varying lengths, the islands offer excellent diving. The tiny island of Samarai, which lies at the southeast tip of Papua New Guinea, is a good place to begin: Take an Air Niugini flight from Port Moresby to Alotau, then a boat to Samarai. Although the ships are commercial, some have cabin accommodations (you must provide your own food for all of them). What you will see will be genuine, unspoiled and profoundly beautiful—a Milne Bay cruise is highly recommended for those who love the sea. If you don't spend your time on a boat, stay at least three nights on one or more islands to get a good feel for the people and area. 250 mi/400 km east of Port Moresby.
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