Port of Call Information

Port of Call Information

Rabaul, Papau New Guinea

Average Yearly High Temperature in Fahrenheit (&degF)
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Rabaul was the capital of East New Britain province, on New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea, until 1994s volcanic eruption. The last eruption prompted the relocation of the provincial capital to Kokopo. It was given the name Rabaul, as this means mangrove in Kuanua and the town was built on a mangrove swamp. Britain was presented New Guinea from the German Empire after the First World War. Rabaul later became the capital of the Territory of New Guinea. Before World War II, Rabaul was being developed into a regional base. The war made a lasting impression on Rabaul. There is still much military debris in the harbor, and on the land and buried in the hills. Rabaul has first-class diving and snorkeling sites and a amazing harbor, and was slowly becoming a trendy tourist destination.

Things to Do

The main thing to do in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea is to go scuba diving. When you go scuba diving at the port of Rabaul you will see all sorts of ships from World War II. This part of the ocean was a main naval battle site and the shipwrecks are an interesting site.

Since this place is known for volcanoes you can go to the Rabaul Volcano Observatory and learn about all of the eruptions on the island. The Rabaul Volcano Observatory, established after the 1937 eruption at Rabaul, is responsible for monitoring the activity of the 14 active and 23 dormant volcanoes spread along three volcanic arcs throughout Papua New Guinea. More than 150 eruptions have been recorded in the last 200 years.