Rabaul Tours

Rabaul Papua New Guinea.

A destination like no other.

Formerly referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ Rabaul Papua New Guinea is like nowhere else in Asia Pacific. A still active volcano stands sentinel at one of the most scenically beautiful harbours on earth. Rabaul possesses a unique atmosphere. Much of the town still lies eerily under fallen ash from the last major eruption yet in the eastern precinct modern-day life flourishes around the port of Simpson Harbour.

Rabaul today is becoming a very popular destination for visiting cruise-liners. The key attraction lies in the unique blend of present-day beauty and former disaster and upheaval. The stunning scenery is best viewed from viewpoints atop Namanula and Observatory Hills but a visit to the Duke of York Islands is a must too. There are often dolphins frolicking in Simpson Harbour and even magnificent diving opportunities.

History buffs are also sure to be fascinated by the vast amount of World War II history left behind after the Japanese occupation. Close to 600kms of tunnels were constructed during this time some of which can still be explored today and relics abound in situ such as gun emplacements and fallen aircraft. The Kokopo War Museum is also a must.

South Sea Horizons have a headquaters here and are the experts in Rabaul. Learn more about our range of Rabaul Tours below.

RABAUL BICYCLE TOUR

Pedal at a peaceful pace to markets, peace memorials and historical sites as you discover Rabaul along the harbour.

Itinerary

Duration: 3 Hours

Your Itinerary Highlights:

  • Rabaul Harbour – enjoy one of the most untouched beautiful harbours at your own pace
  • Rabaul Market – relocated after the eruption to cater for the remaining population in Rabaul. This market is a true example of a Papuan market which supplies the community
  • Japanese Peace Memorial – the main Japanese memorial is a testament to the forgiveness of the local people
  • Yamamoto Bunker – Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto commanded the entire Pacific campaign for the Japanese from this bunker including orchestrating the bombing of Pearl Harbour.
  • Bicycle ride – soak in the fresh ocean air as you leisurely cycle along Rabaul Harbour

RABAUL EXPERIENCE TOUR

Enjoy a true Rabaul experience from the Volcano to weaving a basket.

Itinerary

Duration: 3 Hours

Your Itinerary Highlights:

  • Volcano Cruise – Discover the Volcano with unique ocean access to its base, where you will enjoy the sites not accessible by any other way.
  • Basket Weaving on Matupit Island – Be dropped off at Matupit Island which is under under the shadow of the volcano, it is under here we witness traditional basket weaving display by the local island inhabitants.
  • Traditional food cooked on the fire in the customary way for guest to sample.

HELICOPTER TOUR OF RABAUL HARBOUR & VOLCANO

The Sky will literally be your limit when you savour the fantastic views of Rabaul Harbour and Volcanoes that surround it

Itinerary

Duration: 3 Hours

Your Helicopter Ride Highlights:

  • Matupit Island – the island in the shadow of the live Tavurvur volcano.
  • Tavurvur Volcano  – One of the few live Volcanoes which still puff’s to this day.
  • The Gazelle Peninsula – The Rabaul Caldera is at the tip of this peninsular as it extends showcasing the fertile landscape.
  • Rabaul Harbour – view one of the most beautiful untouched harbours in the world by air.

Historical Rabaul and Kokopo by coach

Rabaul is rich in war history from World War I and II and we include the major sites on this historical tour by bus coach.

Itinerary

Duration: 3 Hours

Includes major sites of WW1 and WWII –  The first Australian loss of lives in both wars was in Rabaul.

  • Japanese Underground Hospital – This underground hospital was set up during WWII by the Japanese with a system of tunnels , pulleys, a kitchen, quarters and camp area and a reminder of the causalities of war.
  • Japanese Submarine base – The Japanese Submarine base set up by Admiral Yamamoto in WWII to shelter the soldiers and submarines from air bombing raids.
  • Rabaul hotel – one of the only standing buildings after the last Volcanic eruption in 1994, It has hosted visitors since 1952 including Prime Ministers, sports starts and HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York.
  • Rabaul School – we visit a Rabaul school where you willget to see the beaming smiles of these inquisitive children as education is not compulsory in Papua New Guinea.
  • Yamamoto bunker – Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto commanded the entire Pacific campaign for the Japanese from this bunker including orchestrating  the bombing of Pearl Harbour.
  • Bitapaka War Cemetery  – Is a grave reminder of the sacrifice of war with over 1600 burial sites with 500 unidentified. Lest We Forget.

Let’s Go Fishing in Rabaul

Experience a true fishing experience in the abundant Rabaul harbour where the mackerel are jumping on this day fishing tour.

Itinerary

Duration: 3 Hours

Your Itinerary Highlights:

  • Rabaul harbour Cruise.
  • All fishing equipment included – rods, nets, bait.
  • Local knowledge on where the best fishing spots are.
  • FISH!!!
  • All fish caught will be donated to local hospital or if time, we can cook it on the beach in a traditional style.

Dolphin Watch & Snorkelling

Watch the majestic dolphins swim in their natural habitat, then snorkel with the local fish.

Itinerary

Duration: 5 Hours

Your Itinerary Highlights:

  • Cruise past volcano.
  • Find our resident Spinner Dolphins.
  • Tow line behind boat amongst he dolphins ( Depending on weather and current safety).
  • Snorkell at Pigeon Island.

Matupit Island Tour

Travel to the lava landscaped Matupit island, populated by 300 people on this full day excursion and immersion with the friendly islanders.

Itinerary

Duration: Full Day

Your Itinerary Highlights:

  • Matupit Islander greeting with frangipani leis.
  • Village tour of schools, church and craft market.
  • Witness the way of life of the islanders – collecting Megapode eggs & fishing.
  • Traditional lunch cooked on the beach by the friendly islanders.
  • Experience the lava landscape of the island.

Duke of York Islands Overnight Homestay Stay & Tour

Experience something truly unique in this overnight homestay on one of the Duke of York islands.

Itinerary

Duration: Overnight

Your Itinerary Highlights:

  • Cruise arounds the Duke of York Islands.
  • A chance to view Dolphins, dugongs and local fishing canoes as we navigate through this small archipelago of crystal clear waters, white beaches and lush forest.
  • Barbeque Lunch cooked on the beach of fresh seafood caught in the waters surrounding you.
  • Overnight Homestay and islander hospitality on Mioko Island with traditional weaving, cooking and fishing.
  • Witness a traditional sing-sing – a gathering of local tribes for a cultural performance and dance.
  • Exploration of Mioko island village and community.
  • Return to Rabaul for village basket and mat weaving.

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