Foreign currency can be exchanged at the two banks located in town: Bank South Pacific (BSP) and Westpac. These banks accept mostly Australian and American Dollars so most businesses in town will accept these currencies. However, if you intend on traveling into the rural areas it is advisable that you change your money into PNG kina (PGK) to avoid inconvenience.
Only good quality notes (must not be torn nor damaged) are accepted. Coins will not be accepted nor exchanged.
Port Moresby International Airport (Jacksons Airport) has a money exchange booth in the arrival and boarding lounges and POST PNG in Alotau Town sets up a money exchange booth at the Alotau Cruise Port Terminal each time a cruise ship calls in. Another independent money exchange company also operates on the cruise ships arriving in Alotau Town.
We encourage visitors to pay for services using notes, as local banks and shops will not accept nor exchange coins. If at all possible, please pay for services or make donations using PNG kina (PGK) in the rural areas as people there do not have easy access to money exchange services.
Bank locations are indicated on the Alotau Tourist Map