East New Britain Province is a tropical paradise of lush secondary rainforest vegetation common to the wet tropical lowlands. Rabaul was the provincial capital and most important settlement in East New Britain province until it was destroyed in 1994 by falling ash of a volcanic eruption. After the eruption the capital was moved to Kokopo, about 20 kilometres away.
Rabaul was the headquarters of German New Guinea until captured by the British Commonwealth during World War I, when it became the capital of the Australian mandated Territory of New Guinea until 1937. During World War II it was captured by the Japanese in 1942, and it became the main base of Japanese military and naval activity in the South Pacific. East New Britain has a fascinating World War 2 history and visitors can explore Japanese caved systems, barged tunnels, aircraft wrecks and submarines. It is truly an amazing place that has so much diversity and beauty to offer.
The drive from the airport, now located at Tokua about an hour from Rabaul, is along a narrow road winding its way around the glittering waters of the Gazelle Peninsula. Through the coconut trees, villages of thatched huts surrounded by colourful flowerbeds and tropical fruit trees, look out over calm waters.
The waters in the region are rich in diversity. Along the peninsula, the beaches are black sand, however, an hour away is Pigeon Island, with its golden sand and coral reefs, perfect for a swim, snorkel or picnic lunch. Along the way, you can swim or chase the pods of dolphins, or even drop in a line and trawl for some mackeral or tuna.
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