Bat Cave

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Location: Milne Bay, Alotau, Yane Yanene village. Most south-eastern tip of PNG, 300 km east of Port Moresby.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: none
Guided tours:
Address: Milne Bay Tourism, Masurina Business Centre (Ground Floor), PO Box 337, Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, Tel: 675-6411503, Fax: 675-6410132. E-mail: contact
Milne Bay Magic Tours, PO Box 615, Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, Tel: 675-6410711, Fax: 675-6410712. E-mail: contact
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The Damawewe or Bat Cave is home to a huge bat colony, nine different species of bats were found here. But there are also other interesting troglobites living in the cave, feeding on the bat guano, e.g. several kinds of spiders and cockroaches. During World War II the villagers of nearby town Yane Yanene used this cave as a shelter.

This cave is not developed, but rather easy to visit. It is part of an ecotourism trip of Milne Bay Tourism. The half day trip takes three hours and includes an escorted vehicle ride, trekking and the cave trekking tour. Medium physical fitness, good shoes and old clothes are recommended.