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The Islands of Papua New Guinea are divided into four Groups:


A distant island group to the northwest of the mainland, Manus Island can be reached by air or coastal cargo ship. For enthusiastic scuba divers, this island group is hailed as having some of the best diving in the world with visibility up to 100 metres or more. Giant Orca whales swim off the Wuvalu Islands where the sea abounds in turtles, dugongs and other marine mammals. As well, relics of sunken ships and aeroplanes are scattered throughout the coastal beaches.

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Manus Island has vast tracts of forests in the central range and the dancing by the locals is erotic and majestic, depicting a life of openness and joy.

The former Australian base on Manus Island with the airstrip
made of compacted coral in the foreground. To the right are the
former living quarters of the garrison, in the background are the
former workshops and administrative quarters. Recently, these
facilities have been utilized to house refugees as part of the
Australian Government "Pacific's solution", 2001-2002.

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Rabaul in East New Britain has an ancient gigantic volcano crater and provides the perfect circle of Simpson Harbour. Prior to the volcanic eruption the town of Rabaul retained an air of somnolent tranquillity. Life is slow as one meanders along the roads that lead to the various plantations that dot the coastline.                        

The fertile volcanic soil proves ideal for growing anything in this tropical haven, so it is not uncommon to see giant red paw paws, long mangoes and Asian fruits like rambutan. Rabaul boasts the nation's best market with abundant garden food, and turquoise waters beckon the visitor to explore the ocean, while various boat charters are available for hire.

The volcanic eruption that destroyed Rabaul in 1994 also buried forever the graves of scores of Japanese war criminals executed for mistreating or murdering allied soldiers and civilians. The exact location of their graves has never been revealed and now will most likely never be known.

Click here for Rabaul and World War II

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A line divides East from West New Britain, yet they share the same turquoise ocean dotted with reef-fringed atolls, magnificent rainforests plunging into white sandy beaches and lush plantations which hug the coastline

In West New Britain, you can follow the road to Williams Peninsular and find bubbling hot thermal springs and mud-holes.   On the inland lake, fishing expeditions are led to catch fresh water barramundi and bass.


This is an island paradise of white sandy beaches, clear springs and rivers and soaring mountains that run the entire length of the island. A road links north to south and is made from crushed coral. Travel is easier by boat and the interesting Malangan culture in the northern and central part of the island is unique within the Pacific.

Sorcery, shark calling, surfing and gourmet seafood including coconut crabs, crayfish, reef-fish and unpolluted shellfish make New Ireland and its outer island an escapist dream.


This province comprises both Buka Island and Bougainville Island, as well as hundreds of smaller islets, cays and atolls. Boating enthusiasts find this a marine wonderland with untouched reefs to explore and and everlasting supply of reef fish and shellfish.

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Buka Island is accessible by boat and plane from Rabaul and has a small guest lodge in town. Walkiong through village tracks and plantation roads is the best way to discover the flora.

Traditionally, visitors to Buka Island had their feet washed before they stepped onto the shores by village maidens who greeted them with bowls of flowers and scented water. It was believed that by washing the feet, evil and spiritual pollution was prevented from entering the sacred land.


With its magnificent beach front location and views to the Rabaul's volcanoes, Kalau Lodge Beach Resort is located only twelve minutes drive from Rabaul along the beautiful North Coast road.

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Accommodation comprised deluxe two bedroom apartments, with full facilities, kitchens and laundries, and one bedroom serviced beach cottages. Both the apartments and the beach cottages have colour television and telephone.


The resort also has a licensed restaurant and, for entertainment, there is a regular cultural performance. To take full advantage of the water front location, there are wind surfers, aqua bikes and a ski boat. Fishing trips are a major attraction as is the scuba diving, for which there is a full PADI scuba facility on site providing equipment rental. There are more than thirty different sites from WW2 wrecks to virgin reef and magnificent wall dives.

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For More Information Contact:


P.O. Box 65
Rabaul ENBP
Telephone: +675 9827222
Facsimile: +675 9827226


Just minutes from the centre of town you could be thousands of miles away from civilisation as the Malagan Beach Resort is indeed a secluded hideaway situated on a picturesque beach at the entrance of stunning Kavieng Harbour. Using local timber only, the resort had been constructed in the tradition f the local Kavieng people. The sixteen deluxe air-conditioned suites are tastefully furnished and include facilities such as colour satellite television, bathroom and verandah.

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The centre complex provides and excellent seafood restaurant, lounge, cocktail bar and air-conditioned conference room to accommodate up to fifty people.

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An abundance of colourful marine life populates the idyllic waters, with hundreds of coral atolls, reefs and cays to entice diving enthusiasts. Exploring the archipelago of New Ireland from Kavieng is an event not to be missed. With sweeping crystal waters and an unhurried pace, Malagan Beach Resort is definitely an alluring destination.

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For More Information Contact:


P.O. Box 238
Telephone: +675 9842344
Facsimile: +675 9841452
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Jane Resture
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