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Cruises visiting Samarai Island & all Samarai Island cruises for  2020

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Samarai is a small island (800m by 400m) in the China Straits, just three kilometres from the mainland, off the SE tip of the Bird’s Tail Peninsula of New Guinea. Milne Bay lies a few kilometres to the north. The island is part of the Samarai Islands of the Louisiade Archipelago. Though such a small island, it was the former administrative capital of Milne Bay Province, and a significant trading port. The town was destroyed by the British during WWII fearing Japanese occupation. Though now rebuilt, much of the town shows signs of disrepair. Its population is around 450.

In the early 1900s it was a thriving colonial capital, and today the town's street-scape carries reminders of those bygone, halcyon days. The island was declared a National Historical Heritage Island by the government of Papua New Guinea in 2006. A pleasant stroll through the town can be taken past the wharf and the Trading Company opposite. You’ll find a memorial to Christopher Robinson, one-time administrator, who’s “aim was to make New Guinea a good place for white men”; also remains of the old hospital and a decaying Anglican Church.

From the SE high point at 37m one overlooks China Strait. In past times ships plying between Shanghai and Brisbane stopped at this deep water harbour. Apart from that, there’s not much. You may see a fiercely-contested cricket match on the sports ground. English is widely spoken throughout the province and you will enjoy getting to know the locals. Incidentally, Samarai is famous for having two species of bats.

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