There's a solar eclipse on May 10 that covers part of Papua New Guinea. There are four feasible options to see it, as far as I can tell from the path.

  • Alotau, on the east of Papua New Guinea.
  • Normanby Island
  • Muyua Island
  • or possibly, Vurango Island in the Solomon Islands

I'm trying to establish which would be the least effort to get to. My friend in Port Moresby tells me that I'd likely need a boat to get to Normanby. I figure I'd ask here. Which of these is the most accessible location, in terms of cash spent? (I don't mind any form of transportation, although I hesitate to hitch in this territory). As you can tell, I know very little about the region.

  • I've been to PNG a number of times but never to the Solomons. Re. PNG, it's a beautiful but dangerous place. That being said, I managed to spend a weekend at Loloata where everything was brilliant - a little primitive, but it was fine. As it's a little island, it has dark skies and could be a great place to watch the eclipse. – David DelMonte Jan 13 '13 at 13:03
  • That depends of course on where you start the travel. – gerrit Jan 13 '13 at 15:31
  • @gerrit, from outside PNG. – Mark Mayo Jan 13 '13 at 17:45
  • @DavidDelMonte Thanks, but I don't believe this is actually an answer. Lolota isn't any of the places I've mentioned. In addition, a quick check shows it isn't in the path for the eclipse either. I've moved your answer to a comment instead. – Mark Mayo Jan 13 '13 at 17:46

So after talking to a friend in Port Moresby, it appears that:

  • Alotau has daily flights from Port Moresby with Air Niugini or Airlines PNG
  • Normandy Island, he reckons you may have to charter a boat from Alotau which defeats the point of accessibility
  • Solomon Islands also fly from Port Moresby with Air Niugini.

Conclusion: Alotau appears to be the one to go for, in terms of both accessibility and price.

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