Kabaira Beach Hideaway

Top choice in New Britain

This laid-back resort on the waterfront radiates a ramshackle air, and combines friendly informality and a picturesque setting. Lodgers can stay in one of four simple all-wood rooms with shared bathrooms or in one of the roomier bungalows, each with a private bathroom. There’s excellent kayaking, swimming and snorkelling on the house reef and the homestyle cooking receives high marks.

A host of activities can be arranged, including diving with the associated Kabaira Dive in Kokopo, plus Robinson Crusoe–style picnics (or overnights) on nearby islands. It’s about 60 minutes from Rabaul on PMV 5 (infrequent especially on Sundays), though you may have to transfer at Basis. From Kokopo take PMV 4 to Keravat and change to PMV 5 to Kabaira. Airport transfers are K50 one way. Free laundry. Reserve ahead.