East New Britain Province
Beautiful Rabaul, half buried during the 1994 volcanic eruptions, is re-emerging as a tourist destination with a difference. There are few places where the dramatic consequences of the contrasting moods of nature can be experienced so intimately.
The drive from the airport, now located at Tokua about an hour from Rabaul, is along a narrow road winding its way around the glittering waters of the Gazelle Peninsula. Through the coconut trees villages of thatched huts surrounded by colourful flowerbeds and tropical fruit trees look out over calm waters. The Tolai children with their bleached hair and wide smiles stop their play to wave at passing traffic.
Across the Harbour is Tavurvur, bellowing great clouds of black-ash filled smoke, some days grumbling, other days bellowing. From this warm tropical lushness enter the now lunar-like landscape at the base of the volcano, Vulcan. Further on, pass through untouched suburban streets before turning into the main street of Mango Avenue. Amidst the tangled mass of rubble and ruins covered in layers of muddy volcanic ash, three former resort hotels have been resurrected and stand like oases amidst the desolation to welcome the awe-struck visitor.
The history of Rabaul is one of wreckage and regrowth. Modern historians will find a treasure trove of World War 2 relics, tunnels and caverns to explore within driving distance of Rabaul. Close to the now thriving centre of Kokopo, are the remnants of Gunantambu mansion, built in the 1880's by the legendary "Queen Emma'.
War wrecks also litter the surrounding reefs. The excellent visibility makes this an exciting dive spot all year round. Dive trips, day tours as well as charter boats for fishing can be organised through any of the hotels.
Forty five minutes by boat from Kokopo are the Duke of York Islands offering sport diving, snorkelling and picnics under the coconut trees. The lagoons around this historical group of islands provide all-weather canoeing, wind surfing and skiing and are a haven for visiting yachts.
There are daily Air Niugini flights to Rabaul.
|District||District Capital||LLG Name|
|Gazelle District||Kerevat||Central Gazelle Rural|
|Inland Baining Rural|
|Lassul Baining Rural|
|Kokopo District||Kokopo||Bitapaka Rural|
|Duke of York Rural|
|Pomio District||Pomio||Central-Inland Pomio Rural|
|East Pomio Rural|
|West Pomio-Mamusi Rural|
|Rabaul District||Rabaul||Balanataman Rural|
|Watom Island Rural|
Barike Land Guest House - 982 1034
Rabaul Travelodge 982 1111 firstname.lastname@example.org
Barike Land Guest House 982 1170
New Rabaul Guest House 982 1170
Ulatawa Plantation Guest House 982 1294
Kaivuna Resort Hotel 982 1766 email@example.com
Gazelle International Hotel - 982 5600
Kulau Beach Resort & Dive 982 7222 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vuvu Madiring Resort 982 7294
Seaview Beach Resort 982 8447 email@example.com
Ravalian Lodge 982 8690
Ulu Island Guest House 982 8697 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vavagil Guest House 982 8697 email@example.com
Village Haven Guest House 982 8697 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron's Apartments & Guest House 982 8743
Vavagil Guest House 982 8833 email@example.com
Taklam Lodge & Tours 982 8870 firstname.lastname@example.org
New Britain Lodge 982 9123 email@example.com
Queenemma Lodge 982 9206 firstname.lastname@example.org
Takubar Guest House 982 9545
Stay Kool Resort 982 9999 email@example.com
Kabaira Beach Hideaway / Kabaira Dive Rabaul 983 9266