For me this was the highlight of the entire cruise. The raw, dangerous, ominous prescience of the volcanic mountains and hills surrounding what is left of Rabaul are a constant reminder of the power of nature. I couldn’t get enough photos nor could I capture the shear power of the landscape accurately with the photos I took, but love these photos very much. Another very small village and friendly locals, but always those mountains and steam vents everywhere. Again, we preferred just to walk from the Ship and mingle but many passengers told us the excursion to the volcano museum and lookout was worth every cent so may be we missed out by not doing this.
Interesting town - old town destroyed by the volcano and the new town thriving further up the coast - again grab a tour bus (ours we found off the boat) and head off to explore, guides are knowledgeable.
Visited: Dec 16, 2018
I suggest a tour of the volcano here.Plenty of tour guides outsìde port.They do have shops here and roads and atm and they accept Aussie dollar but kina preffered
Local driver. 3 hours for 30 US each to see hot springs, Yamamoto’s headquarters, local museum, government seismic headquarters, Japanese barges
Visited: Aug 14, 2019
Well worth a look a bit of shopping and markets
Visited: Sep 06, 2015
Rabaul is not a very clean port, and many tours were cancelled because of very poor weather conditions in the week before we arrived, and causing much damage to their roads. The locals love dressing up their kids here in all their tribal attire, and they cannot hide their poverty, which showed in the eagerness to be off service. We enjoyed getting photos of these locals, and tipping them for posing for the camera.
Visited: Apr 03, 2017
Our excursion to the war cemeteries was excellent - roads were interesting?
Visited: Aug 28, 2019
Not much to Rabaul,but loved the day we spent at a resort on our own
Visited: Jan 12, 2020
Same as previous comment. Weather was a factor.
Visited: Jan 20, 2017
The roads were terrible and the shire excursion should have left earlier because of this. Enjoyed the excursion to the war cemetery, tunnels, queen Emma's steps and museum. It was a long way so more time would have been great. Didn’t get a chance to look around in Rabaul.
Visited: Jan 12, 2020
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