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The new title does not detract from the majestic beauty of this historic volcano town. Rabaul town itself is situated within a caldera and surrounded by active and inactive volcanoes. Active Mt Tavurvur in Rabaul now has the status of the longest erupting volcano known to man.

Evidence of previous occupation of Rabaul by Germans, Australians, Chinese , Japanese and Malays exist in many forms while the local indigenous inhabitants defiantly exist alongside elements of a powerful, unpredictable Mother Nature.
Rabaul harbour exudes an allure unparalleled with other harbours. Observatory hill and Namanula hill deliver excellent vantage points for photographers whose creativity and imagination are whetted by an inspiring environment.
The Rabaul market presents an array of exotic, fresh food and a variety of local artefacts to generate the visitors’ abilities to bargain and barter.

South Sea Horizons have available for you “Our traveller”, a list of travel information and recommendations for “Destination Rabaul.”

 

Date Activity Inclussions
1st June

 

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Arrive
Welcome to Papua New Guinea! Arrive at Rabaul Airport (aka Tokua Airport) and be transferred to your hotel (please provide your flight details no less than 14 days in advance).
Rabaul’s apt nickname ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ was replaced with ‘Pompeii of the Pacific’ after the Tarvurvur volcano erupted in 1994 and devastated the town. Despite this loss, Rabaul is still an alluring destination of beauty and depth.
·       You will meet your group and leader for a welcome meeting at 6.30 pm in the reception area of the hotel.
·       You will also learn a bit about the history of Rabaul from the hotel owner.
·       Enjoy a welcome drink at the bar and an optional dinner tonight.
Meet and greet meal
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt) Rabaul Hotel

 

2nd June

Rabaul Mask Festival Rabaul Mask Festival

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Baii Billage Kinavai

·       Depart the hotel at 4.30 am. This morning you will experience the Kinavai ceremony, a re-enactment of the landing of the Tolai People into Rabaul.
·       The canoes paddle across the water at the break of dawn and you can hear the canoes and the chants long before you see them. The stillness of the morning air coupled with the chanting makes this a riveting spectacle
Afternoon tour – Old Rabaul Town
·       Your tour of the area this afternoon includes a trip to the Rabaul Markets. Make sure you have some small denominations of PNG Kina (5–10 kina notes) so you can pick up some trinkets here and try some local fruits or snacks.
·       You will also visit Yamamoto’s Bunker to learn more about the genius behind Japan’s early WWII naval successes.
·       Then, across the street, check out the remains of the Old Niugini Club and gain some insight into what Rabaul was like both pre- and post-eruption, and pre-independence.
·       Continue to the Japanese Submarine Base, then make a stop at the Volcano Observatory for a look out over Old Rabaul – a great photo opportunity.
·       Also see the Japanese tunnels and barge tunnels at Karavia Bay. Take a walk through this maze which goes around 20 metres underground and consists of three stories, a kitchen and many escape routes. Lunch today will be at a hotel in Rabaul.
·       In the evening, enjoy some free time to relax back at your hotel.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt) Rabaul Hotel
Meals
1 breakfast, 1 lunch
       Included Activities
·       Rabaul – Old Niugini Club
·       Rabaul – Japanese Submarine Base & Tunnels
·       Rabaul – Rabaul Markets
·       Rabaul – Yamamoto’s Bunker
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Matupit Island
Located directly across the bay from the currently active Tavurvur volcano, Matupit Island boasts a population of 200–300, many of whom have resettled throughout the province following the 1994 eruptions.
·       On arrival you will be greeted by the islanders with frangipani leis (garlands) and be taken through the village, stopping by the locals schools, church and craft market.
·       You will have the opportunity to make purchases and participate in traditional crafts and activities.
·       You’ll get a sense of how the local inhabitants survive on a day-to-day basis by seeing how important fishing and the collection of Megapode eggs are to the local economy (another major revenue stream is the coconut).
·       You might find your own Megapode egg – or buy one from the local villagers – to take back to the hotel and have it cooked for your breakfast.
·       Lunch today will be a traditional one, cooked right on the beach by your local friends. In the evening, return to Kokopo and check into the Rapopo Plantation Resort – your base until the end of the trip.
Notes: The walk across the lava landscape today can be quite challenging, as the surface is uneven and slippery. Be sure to wear strong and sturdy footwear.
Included Activities
  • Matupit Island – Day trip
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt) Rabaul Hotel
Meals
Breakfast
Duke of york islands Photos By Mike Geisel

Duke of york islands Photos By Mike Geisel

Duke of york islands Photos By Mike Geisel

Duke of york islands Photos By Mike Geisel

Duke of york islands Photos By Mike Geisel

Duke of york islands Photos By Mike Geisel

Duke of york islands Photos By Mike Geisel

Duke of york islands Photos By Mike Geisel

4th June 2017

Duke of York Islands
 
·       Marvel at the force of Mother Nature from the base of an active volcano. From here you will be picked up by your vessel and transported to Duke of York Islands. You’ll need good walking shoes or waterproof sandals today, as there will be some uneven surfaces.
·       While each island around East New Britain has its own personality and story, The Duke of York Islands is where you’ll experience the real PNG.
·       Cruise around the islands and hear some of the local history while taking in the wonderful array of colours in this small archipelago.
·       Keep an eye out for dolphins, dugong (sea cows with forked tails) and local fishing canoes. The waters around here are crystal-clear blue lagoons, the beaches are white, and the vegetation is lush – it’s a real slice of paradise.
·       Your tour today includes a barbecue lunch cooked on the beach of one of the islands. Afterwards there will be plenty of time to relax, unwind and enjoy the hospitality of the local Duke of York Islanders.
·       You will stop on Mioko Island and learn more about traditional weaving, cooking and fishing. Enjoy a traditional sing-sing (a gathering of tribes for cultural performance) and an overnight stay in the village.
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Accommodation
DOY Homestay (1 nt)
Meals
Breakfast
      Included Activities
Duke of York Islands – Mioko Island tour & sing sing
Accommodation
Homestay (1 nt)
Meals
5th June 2017
·       The village rises early so we will be up at 6am for a morning walk to explore the village community before breakfast.
·       After breakfast before heading back to Rabaul for our land tour guests will have the opportunity to watch some village crafts like basket and mat weaving.
·       Departure for Rabaul before lunch.
We will then Transfer to our Hotel at in Kokopo.

 

Accommodation
KVR
(1 nt)

 

6th June 2017

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Kokopo
Today you will travel to see the sights around Kokopo. Your tour of the area will include a visit to the Bitapaka War Cemetery, where the first Australians who fought here during the first and second World Wars have been laid to rest. Hear about the 2nd/22nd Battalion and the interesting war history of Rabaul – namely the Battle of Rabaul, also known by the Japanese as Operation R.
You will also visit the Blue Lagoon where you can see some Japanese barge tunnels. These tunnels were built by the Japanese to conceal their barges and to protect them from the bombing raids of the Allies in World War II.
We will then continue to another Tribe called the Sulka
Included Activities
  • Kokopo – Blue Lagoon
  • Kokopo – Bitapaka War Cemetery
  • An underground Japanese Hospital
7th June 2017

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 Your tour of the area this afternoon includes a trip to the Kokopo Markets. Make sure you have some small denominations of PNG Kina (5–10 kina notes) so you can pick up some trinkets here and try some local fruits or snacks.
·       We will then make our way down to the Kokopo War Museum where we will look over some of the cultural exhibits as well the left over war relics of the two wars in Rabaul.
We will then retire back to the hotel for a late lunch and a rest before this evenings performances.
After an early optional dinner you will head up to Kainagunan or Gaulim Village in the Bainings area (approximately 50 minutes from the hotel). Watch as the men from the Bainings clans immerse themselves in flames and escape unscathed. The Bainings are one of few cultures in PNG that doesn’t use the Kundu drum; they use bamboo instead. This exhilarating ritual is not performed anywhere else in the world. On Day 5 you are free to enjoy the festivities at your own pace.
Included Activities
  • Rabaul – Bainings Fire Dance
  • Kokopo Museum
  • Kokopo Markets
8th June 2017

 

This morning our tour ends. We will most probably catching an early morning transfer out to the airport where we will connecting with an early flight to Port Moresby and then out to our various destinations around the world.