Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Skip to Excursions

Main port photo for Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

The former capital of New Britain has a history of destruction and resurrection - the city rebuilt after a massive 1937 volcanic eruption only to be destroyed by Allied bombing in World War II. In 1994, the eruption of Mt. Tavurvur dropped hot ash and rock on Rabaul, leading to its partial abandonment. Since that cataclysm, the city has slowly returned to life - hotels have resumed operating, the market continues to trade, and the harbor remains one of the most impressive in the entire Pacific basin.

During World War II, Rabaul served as a forward operating base for the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy. Allied bombing forced the Japanese defenders underground, into a complex system of bunkers and tunnels on the Gazelle Peninsula.

Read more
  • Volcanic Observatory Volcanic Observatory

    Journey to Mt. Tovanumbatir to visit the Volcanological Observatory, which monitors 14 active and 23 dormant volcanoes in Papua New Guinea. Established after a 1937 eruption, the center offers breathtaking views of Simpson Harbor.

  • Kokopo War & Cultural Museum Kokopo War & Cultural Museum

    Take in Japanese vehicles, weapons, photos and WWII relics gathered during Japan's occupation of Rabaul from 1942 to 1945 at this engaging museum, which also features compelling aircraft wreckage discovered in the last 60 years.

  • Japanese Tunnels Japanese Tunnels

    During occupation, the Japanese built over 300 miles of tunnels to conceal ammunition, hospitals, pathways connecting barracks with Japanese headquarters and more. At the main tunnel, marvel at several rusty barges that still remain.

Categories:

Price Range (USD):

$0 to $500+

Duration (In Hours):

0 to 5+ hours

Wheelchair

Handicap Symbol

Activity Level:

Activity level - Easy
Activity level - Moderate
Activity level - Strenuous
Activity level filters are not available when accessible is selected
0 Excursions Found
  All prices are displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Special Child Pricing Available!

Children age 12 and younger, savings up to 50%. For actual pricing information, click on tour title or Reserve button.

loading
Updating excursion list.
Please wait...