"Rabaul...ShipWreck Divers' Paradise!" Rabaul by jadedmuse

Rabaul Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 135 photos

Located in the eastern province of the island of New Britain, Rabaul is perhaps best known for the role it played during WWII, when Japanese soldiers stole ashore and stashed grenades and artillery in small caves near the shoreline. It was in fact the WWII headquarters for the Japanese fleet in the Pacific.

To the scuba diving enthusiast, Rabaul is a fascinating trip through the underwater world of WWII shipwrecks - some of the best in the South Pacific. The harbor is literally proliferate with sunken wrecks and reefs resulting from the wartime casualties.

To nature lovers, Rabaul represents a captivating island full of volcanic temptations (last eruption was in 1994) and ecological wonders.

Whether you're a nature lover, a dive fanatic, a historian or a military enthusiast, this smaller island off the main coast of PNG offers something for everyone and should NOT be missed when visiting this part of the world.


For more info/photos on Rabaul, please see this section's Travel Tips


And if you haven't seen it yet, please visit my intro page under Papua New Guinea

  • Intro Updated Jul 19, 2004
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    The area must hold such beauty and especially underwater. You did a great job of taking the pictures, and the arial photo is from the airplane?

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Along with Truk, Rabaul is going to be part of the WWII journeys we make. Thanks for the dive tips.

  • garradunga's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    28/9/07 The Kaivuna Hotel certainly no longer looks likke your photo. As the volcano has been throwing out ash the Hotel has become totally run down as has the neaerby Travelodge. For good food and service try he Hotel Rabaul if you must stay in Rabaul.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2005 at 9:36 AM

    A beautiful page on this wonderful place! I'm glad to see that it seems to have weathered the 1994 volcanic eruption quite nicely and also that the old Kaivuna Hotel is still kicking!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2004 at 6:53 PM

    like Cat said, and its so close to NZ

  • catalysta's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2004 at 5:33 PM

    Okay, you've convinced me - I've gotta get over there, You're right, I'd love it!

  • dvideira's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2004 at 10:33 PM

    No need the underwater pics.... your descriptions makes our minds work and that is fine... like reading a book.... just let the imagination make its part. Did I ask if I did say thanks ???? lol

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2004 at 10:30 AM

    Everyone misses the fact you were here pre-digital! Just think of diving with one of those little Canon 5 meg things fitting inside a casing only costing $200 instead of ..... Nice tips for New Britain. The wreck diving here has got to come close to Truk.

  • quartinb's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2004 at 6:22 PM

    no underwater pics..?i'll follow yur papua new guinea pages anyway,..see ya!

  • Sharon's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2004 at 10:53 AM

    And with all those Cameras you're threatening me you still miss an Underwater one !!! Pity we cant see some of your Underwater experiences But still nice info which i certainly haven't known about !


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