PNG deploys troops to violence-plagued Alotau

The capital of Milne Bay province has been plagued by a series of unrest related to exchanges over the past two years between a criminal gang led by prison escapee Tommy Baker and police forces in their attempts to capture him and his followers.

The latest violence saw Alotau town become the scene of a gun battle last week between security forces and the Tommy Baker gang, as well as the burning down of a police barracks.

Alotau: Top things to do

Most of these will be cultural activities and will come all in a day on the day.

However, if you are planning to have more fun in the days leading up to this big day or the days after, why not choose the peaceful town of Alotau and its outer lying islands and atolls.