Tours & Activities
Our Land Tours will take you by bus to explore old Japanese barge tunnels, get up close and personal with our still active volcano, and contemplate the devastation which now describes the town of Rabaul. **Some sites may not be available to visit if conditions are unsafe.
Gazelle Peninsula Tour
Discover the history of East New Britain with our full day Gazelle Peninsula Tour. You will visit the Bitapaka War Cemetary which is the resting place of many allied servicemen. Then visit the Kokopo Museum which hosts an extensive range of war relics and reminders of the Japanese and German occupation of East New Britain. Continue on to visit the Japanese Barge tunnels which disguised the Japanese forces from allied detection. In Rabaul visit Admiral Yamamato's bunker, a key figure of the Japanese military, and the historical New Guinea Club. Then go up close to the volcano and hot springs to see the might of this magnificent natural phenomena. You will finish the tour with a visit to the Volcano Observatory and the Submarine base where you can snorkel in the crisp cold waters of the Pacific Ocean. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Take a half day tour to the Ramale Valley which was used as the hiding place for missionaries during WWII. These caves were dug by the German missionaries and used as hide-outs from the bombing raids. See the missionaries' attempts to disguise their living quarters by constructing a pipeline made from old drums which was meant to divert smoke from their cooking and throw the enemy off their scent. The Valley is quite steep and so a moderate level of fitness is required.
Rabaul is surrounded by 6 volcanoes. Mt Kombui or the "mother" as she is known provides the greatest challenge to climb. Mt Kombui is about 700m above sea level and is the highest mountain in East New Britain. The hike starts early through coconut plantations and is a steady slope of track with some steeper areas. From the summit, the panoramic view takes in the Duke of York Islands, the ghost town of Rabaul and the mouth of the active volcano, Mt Tavurvur. We recommend a high level of fitness.
If you are not feeling so adventourous you can take a half day tour of Kokopo town. This will include a visit to Bitapaka War Cemetary, the Kokopo war Museum, the old Tobera Airport, the town market, and include sampling of cacao and coconut both key products of the region. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Other available land tours are a village tour and bird watching which are organised on request.