District headquarters: Esa'ala
Number of LLGs: 3 - West Fergusson Rural,
Dobu Rural, Duau Rural
Number of wards: 88
Esa’ala District covers the two largest islands of the
d’Entrecasteaux Group, Fergusson and Normanby, as well as
the smaller Dobu, Sanaroa, Waiope and Neumara islands.
Sources of income are limited in this island district, with low to
very low incomes earned from the sale of fish, food, betel nut,
cocoa and copra. Agriculture is predominantly low intensity,
mixed staple cultivation of root crops and coconut with some
production of betel nut for sale in markets in Alotau.