Departing the wharf, take in the mesmerising north coast during this incredible half-day adventure that starts with a scenic trip through Rabaul, a township which was destroyed during a volcanic eruption in 1994.
Climb the slopes of Tovanumbatir, one of eight active vents in the Rabaul caldera, to reach the Volcanological Observatory, which closely monitors 14 active and 23 dormant volcanoes. Departing the Observatory, take in awe-inspiring views of Simpson Harbour and the island's mountainous skyline, as you make your way to a Tolai village whose inhabitants have adapted to life under an active volcano. Take the time to browse and perhaps purchase some of the crafts hand-created by the villagers. Next, head for Mount Tavurvur, which violently erupted in 1937 and 1994. It’s here you can witness the Hot Springs, a naturally-occurring phenomenon occurring when natural springs are heated to a boil by an underwater volcanic vent. As you depart the Hot Springs, you pass the old Rabaul Airport - destroyed by the 1994 volcanic eruption – and arrive at Air Wreck. View Japanese warplanes half-buried in ash, a testament to the power of the eruption. Then sit back and relax as you take in the picturesque journey back to port.
There will be many opportunities to take snaps for your holiday album.
Please note that the geothermal pools are naturally heated to a boil and under no circumstance should be attempted to be touched. Please follow instructions by your guide at all times. Guides are not professionally trained and may be shy, but they possess local knowledge.
Tour itinerary order may vary from group to group. Tour transportation is not equipped with air-conditioning or public address systems. Local roads may be unpaved, bumpy and dusty; passengers with back conditions should take this into consideration.
To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, SPF30+ (or higher factor) sunscreen and bottled water.