Getting there & away
If you’re lucky, you’ll share the fare with locals, but otherwise, a (very splashy) 50-minute trip to the Duke of York Islands from Rabaul costs K30, and the two-hour trip to the west coast of New Ireland costs K50. Only go on a calm day; there have been deaths in these waters when high seas have rolled banana boats.
Organised tours are the easiest and most convenient way of exploring the archipelago and, if you happen upon a nice group, make for a wonderful day. Check with Taklam Lodge.