East New Britain Province

HOME OF TAVURVUR AND VULCAN

Baining Fire dancers

A fascinating World War II history coupled with the ever-present threat of two active, grumbling volcanos make East New Britain a favourite destination.

Be sure to enlist a guide to help you discover all the hidden charms of the Gazelle Peninsular. Take a tour of the war relics, barge tunnels and caverns on the road from Kokopo to Rabaul. Or visit the Duke of York Islands, 45 minutes from Kokopo by boat, where you can scuba dive, snorkel and picnic under the coconut trees overlooking aquamarine waters.

MUST SEE

  • Take a stroll through the Kokopo markets to see what’s in season and taste some local fare
  • Get up close and personal with an active volcano (Tavurvur) on the edge of Simpson Harbour
  • Observe the mesmerising dance rituals of the Baining Fire Dancers in the mountain forests

HOW TO GET THERE

Domestic flights arrive at Tokua Airport from Port Moresby daily. It’s a 10-minute drive to Kokopo. Cruise ships also dock here regularly.