Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Nestled in the East New Britain province, Rabaul is a gem amongst Papua New Guinea's enchanting offshore islands. This township basks in the dramatic backdrop of three imposing volcanoes, making it one of the most spectacular locations in Papua New Guinea.

Rabaul’s history is steeped in World War II lore, having been occupied by the Japanese during this tumultuous period. Today, the region serves as a scuba diving paradise, with Simpson Harbour housing an array of WWII wrecks waiting to be explored. The still-active Mt Tavurvur volcano occasionally graces spectators with a plume of smoke, offering a fantastic spectacle and a must-capture moment for your camera.

Simpson Harbour, a watery resting place for downed planes and sunken ships, has transformed into a sought-after scuba diving site. The Yamamoto Bunker stands as a silent testament to Japan's wartime presence. A short distance from Rabaul, the region's only observatory monitors volcanic activity. Perched atop a hill, it offers sweeping views of the ocean, the township, and the encircling volcanoes.

Historical Exploration

Follow the footsteps of history with an immersive tour visiting Rabaul's WWII sites.

Baining Fire Dance
Cloaked in the shadow of the Baining Mountains, you will experience this extraordinary sacred dance usually reserved for the most poignant of life’s milestones. Adorned in ornate, outsized masks, the dancers kick and leap across the flames to the sound of chanting and percussive drumbeats that reverberate across the island and through you.

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

Embark on an underwater adventure with snorkeling and scuba diving expeditions at Duke of York Island.

*Experiences subject to change