Rabaul (Photo:Grey82/Shutterstock)
Rabaul (Photo:Grey82/Shutterstock)
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Port of Rabaul

Rabaul is an enthralling port for many reasons. There is copious war history from both world wars and a big angry volcano that has a habit of burying the old town under a thick layer of ash every few years. Once the capital of East New Britain, the administrative centre has now moved to Kokopo, the location of a new airport.

Kokopo is often used as a turnaround port or for expedition vessels, due to the availability of air links and the all-weather tarmac strip.

Shore Excursions

About Rabaul


War history buffs will find some interesting relics in Rabaul, which can be seen via organized tour or independently


There's an active volcano here, which is almost always a threat to the town

Bottom Line

Whether you're exploring the remains of a Japanese bomber or watching fire dancers, you're up for cultural experience

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Port Facilities

Most times ships will dock at the wharf in the old town of Rabaul, where passengers may be confronted with the devastation caused by several volcanoes, the last of which almost finished off the town in 1994. The nearby market has been partly restored, and many of the WWII-era buildings are still in place, as they were designed to withstand the fierce Allied bombing while the town was occupied by the Japanese from 1942-45.