War and Colonial History Tour


Soak up Papua New Guinea’s remarkable beauty and turbulent history on this amazing tour. Beginning with a picturesque drive along Kokopo Road, discover the base of Mt. Vulcan, whose 1994 eruption destroyed the township of Rabaul. At your first stop, take a moment to admire the remarkable engineering feat of the fortified Japanese barge tunnels, part of over 300 miles of underground pathways designed to conceal munitions stores, hospitals and more. Next, head for the Kokopo War & Cultural Museum to view an intriguing and impressive collection of Japanese WWII relics, vehicles, weapons, historical photos and artefacts, gathered during Japan's occupation of Rabaul. Also see compelling aircraft fuselage gathered during the last 60 years, including the painted nosecone of an American B-17 bomber. Before heading back to the ship, take a moment to reflect at your last stop - the Bita Paka War Cemetery. Home to over one thousand graves for Allied and Australian soldiers who died defending Rabaul from the Japanese during WWII, it’s an insightful conclusion to the tour.
  • Tour Code

    RAB005

  • Location

    Rabaul

  • Activity Types

    Sightseeing / City Tour

  • Experience Types

    Sightseeing

  • Duration

    3.75 hours

  • Fitness Level

    Low

  • Price

    Adult from $139.99
    Children (12 & under) from $129.99


There will be many opportunities to take snaps for your holiday album.

Refreshments

Tour itinerary order may vary from group to group. Tour transportation is not equipped with air-conditioning or public address systems. Guides are not professionally trained and may be shy, but they possess local knowledge. 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.

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Papua New Guinea is a very diverse country with an amazing 800 different languages, culture and traditions. Rabaul people are known for rich cultural heritage endowed in the spiritual realm of their ancestors and passed down from generations. A culture driven by ancestral spirits portrayed by ritual, melody, chants, rhythm and movement. Unite with the people of Rabaul to celebrate a unique and fascinating culture. Board the bus at the pier for a 10 minute transfer to Maltech School Grounds host venue for the Cultural Show. Arrive to a traditional welcome, and receive a traditional basket which has traditional shell money that you can use to purchase assorted items such as soft drinks and local fruits at designated shell money area.