Living in the tropics has its perks. Living in an un-commercialized tropical place is even better. Selfishly, sometimes I’m glad PNG is so far away from everything else. There are some incredible places here you can go and be away from it all. Doini Island is one such place.
Doini Island Plantation Resort
Since we live in Alotau, Milne Bay Province, PNG, it was easy for us to get to Doini Island. After 1.5 hours on a boat, we arrived at the beautiful white sandy beaches of Doini Island. The water is an incredible turquoise and the mountains around are breathtaking.
It didn’t take long for the staff at the resort to welcome us hospitably. They were in the water immediately, helping unload the 8 children and 6 adults we had onboard, as well as our cargo for the weekend.
There are very nice bungalows available, as well as a guesthouse. The bungalows are air conditioned and are right on the beach. Our whole crew slept in the guesthouse, a short walk from the beach. It was not air conditioned, though that wasn’t a bother for any of us since we don’t have AC in our homes, either. There were plenty of fans to keep us cool and enough beds for all of us.
The large veranda on the guesthouse was a great place for us to eat and hang out together as we enjoyed the incredible ocean view. The full kitchen was perfect for preparing our breakfasts and lunches. We treated ourselves to the restaurant for a delicious 3-course evening meal and were very impressed by the friendly hosts.
If you visit Doini Island, you will have plenty to keep you busy. Besides swimming and enjoying the beach, you can take an exciting trip to the Skull Caves or hike around the area. Deep sea fishing is another option. The courteous staff even guts the fish for you! We love to snorkel, but we didn’t get around to it this time. There is not much good snorkeling close to the resort. I’m sure you wouldn’t have to go too far to find a great snorkeling place, though.
Some of the prettiest seashells I have ever found are from Doini Island, so if you like to hunt for those, this is the place to be.
The resort is fairly new and they are still working on improving it. There is a tennis court and golf course in the works.
We had such a great weekend at Doini Island. Compared to so many beaches in the world, this place is isolated and seems untouched.
I definitely give it a thumbs up if you’re looking for a good place to vacation in PNG. The staff is very helpful and hospitable and there are plenty of activities for all ages. I could’ve done without the awful sand flies, but all of those itchy bites are definitely worth it. If you’re searching for a tropical, beautiful getaway, be sure to check out Doini Island Plantation Resort. No regrets here!