Papua New Guinea and your Rabaul Tour
Volcanoes, World War II sites, tropical setting, amazing diving, exploring islands, swimming with dolphins, beautiful nature… see it all when you travel to Rabaul and Kokopo.
Rabaul-Kokopo is located in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. It is a popular destination for the relaxing atmosphere, the volcanoes, World War II sites, the spectacular harbour, flora, fauna and other scenery. It is also a scuba diving and snorkeling paradise with numerous dive sites in the area. Enjoy Rabaul and experience this region as much or as little as you want.
Our Rabaul Tour provides you with a relaxing setting to then plan your activities based on your expectations – stay active or relax and be lazy.
Rabaul is a wonderful destination and offers something for even the most picky of travelers. Trust us and enjoy your trip to Rabaul and Kokopo!
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Day 1 Port Moresby – Rabaul/Kokopo
Welcome to Papua New Guinea, the Land of the Unexpected.
Arrive into Port Moresby, the capital of PNG and connect through to Rabaul. Arrive late afternoon and transfer to your hotel located in close proximity to the airport. Rabaul was the provincial capital and most important settlement in the province until it was destroyed in 1994 by falling ash from the great volcanic eruption. During the eruption, ash was spewed thousands of metres into the air and the subsequent rain of ash caused 80% of the buildings in Rabaul to collapse. After the eruption the capital was moved to Kokopo. Rabaul is continually threatened by volcanic activity with the town surrounded by six volcanoes. Check in and enjoy the tropical setting of your accommodation and the views on offer.
Day 2 Rabaul/Kokopo
Wake up to the amazing view of Mt. Tavurvur across the harbour and enjoy breakfast on the deck by the water. Today is a free day either to relax at the resort or to take part in some optional water activities.
Whilst in the area we highly recommend taking a boat cruise around the two harbours (Simpson & Matupit) nested within the Blanche Bay with close up views of Mt Turanguna (South Daughter), Mt Tavurvur (active volcano), and Mt Kombiu (Mother) – all volcanoes. You will have legends and myths told about how the harbour and the volcanoes came to form. The cruise continues out of Matupit Harbour, past Karavia Bay and then in toward the Simpson Harbour. You will see close up views of the dormant Vulcan volcano and the Dawapia rocks (“Beehives” as they are called these days), which are a pair of volcanic rocks emerging from the middle of the harbour. The cruise goes around the Beehives and ends back at the resort. Alternatively take a boat trip to Little Pidgeon Island, a little island located not far from the mainland offering amazing snorkelling and diving. The island has a white sandy beach compared to the gazelle coastline and the tropical setting is an experience to immerse yourself in. You will spend some time snorkeling in the tranquil waters, discovering the abundance of fish life and reef. Enjoy a packed lunch on the island, while sitting under the palm trees. On the way back there are opportunities to see passing school of fish, turtles and dolphins which are a common sight for curious onlookers. If there are dolphins present you may even get a chance to jump in for a swim with them – an unforgettable experience! There is also the opportunity to see a submerged Japanese Fighter plane from WWII while snorkelling. The return trip gives you a horizontal pictorial view of the coastline of the Kokopo Township. Rabaul-Kokopo offers fantastic diving opportunities: reefs, WWII wrecks, abundant fish life. If you are interested in diving this is a must-do activity. (B)
Note: it is highly recommended that activities be booked in advance.
Day 3 Rabaul/Kokopo – Mt. Tavurvur trek & Rabaul sights
Rabaul is surrounded by six volcanoes and the tour today will bring you up-close with the liveliest of them all – Mt. Tavurvur. With its most recent eruption being only a few years back (2014) this volcano is far from dormant and trekking to the rim carries risk and adventure. Departing the hotel early to avoid the heat the trek will take approx. 2 hours return (time may vary due to fitness levels). Enjoy the views and a short rest before heading back down the hill. Good footwear should be worn and plenty of water taken on the trek. Continue on a discovery tour of Rabaul learning about some of its history and the military occupations. WWII highlights of the morning include a visit to the site of a crashed WWII Japanese Betty Bomber, General Yamamoto’s Bunker, the Rabaul Museum, tunnels dug by Japanese forces to house their hideouts, barge tunnels to hide their barges and an old British floating crane. Rabaul and its surroundings have remnants of WWII, which this tour will reveal. Continue up to the Volcano Observatory for a panoramic view of Rabaul and the Simpson Harbour. Retrn to your hotel mid-afternoon and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the beach, snorkelling on the house reef or by the pool. (B,L)
Note: trekking Mt. Tavurvur or any other volcano in the Rabaul area carries risk. Each person trekking does so at their own risk. Prior to commencing the trek the guides will contact the Volcano Observatory to get a report on the state of the volcanoes in the area. Another trek may be recommended should conditions be deemed too risky.
Day 4 – 6 Rabaul/Kokopo
Free days to relax and and/ or enjoy optional activities. Activities include swimming with the dolphins, island visits, Kokopo Markets, scuba diving or village tours. (B)
Day 7 Rabaul
Very early wake up. Transfer to Rabaul Airport for your AM flight to Port Moresby. Tour ends in Port Moresby. (B)
- Rapopo Plantation Resort, 6 nights total
- Meals as per program (B,L,D)
- Airport transfers to/ from Tokua Airport, Kokopo
- Tours and activities as per program incl. site fees:
- Rabaul Land Tour
- Tavurvur Trek incl. guides
- Land transfers
- Sightseeing with local experienced guide(s).
- No Limit Adventures arrangement and coordination
- International and domestic flights
- Pre/ post tour accommodation
- Optional activities, not stipulated in the program
- Meals and beverages not included in the program
- Costs of personal nature
- Scuba diving
- Personal Travel insurance
- Accommodation is subject to change pending availability. No reservations have been made and rooms are not being held.
- The above itinerary takes you into some very remote and isolated regions of Papua New Guinea. Although all arrangements are made to ensure the safety and smooth running of the tour clients travel at their own risk. No Limit Adventures takes no responsibility for any losses, accidents, injury or any other personal misfortune, which may occur during the duration of the tour.
- The above itinerary is subject to change at any time, including during the duration of the tour. Possible causes for change are unpredictable forces such as weather, local issues such as land disputes, political unrest and the like. No Limit Adventures takes no responsibility for such changes, but will attempt – where possible – to offer an alternative route to make up for any losses.
- No Limit Adventures takes no responsibility in any delays that may lead to missed flights. In any such case the clients will be able to claim any losses through their personal travel insurance.
- Recommended dive level is min. OWD.
- Alcohol: bottles of strong alcohol such as vodka, whisky etc. are difficult to purchase. We recommend buying your own duty-free. Beers, wine and spirits are available at most bars.
- Visas to Papua New Guinea are required and, in some cases – depending on nationality, can be obtained upon arrival (VOA). Each participant is responsible for checking his/her visa requirements and application.
- Comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended including evacuation cover.
- Participants are advised to be in reasonable physical condition when traveling to Papua New Guinea.
- There is a certain level of patience required for PNG, as everything happens at a slow pace and is not always based on the time of day, the time on your ticket, or arranged meeting.
- Each participant will be obliged to sign a legal liability disclaimer prior to commencing the tour
By paying a deposit the participants confirm they understand the risks involved.
Payment terms and cancellation policy:
- 30% deposit required at the time of booking (if more than 31 days out from tour commencement)
- Full payment required no later than 42 days prior to tour commencement
- Cancellations made inside 30 days of tour commencement will incur a 100% cancellation fee
- Cancellations made 31 – 60 days of travel will incur a 50% cancellation fee
- Cancellations made 61 – 90 days of travel will incur a 20% cancellation fee
- No refunds in case of no shows
Price AUD$2490 pp based on 2 persons traveling together (Twin/ double share)
Single supp.: AUD$990
(Prices are subject to change & pending availability | Prices valid until March 31 2020)