Getting Around

Water taxis (banana boats) are the way to get around the Buka passage area (K2). PMVs (Land Cruiser troop carriers) ferry people down the coast road of Bougainville from Kokopau to Arawa (K50, 3½ hours) and on to Buin (K120, five hours). You have to go to Kokopau across the passage and then book a seat by 9am, even though the vehicles leave at 11am or noon (no services on Sunday).