The beaches around Kokopo are nothing to write home about. If you’re after that perfect beach or a good snorkelling spot, it’s worth considering taking a day trip to the Duke of York Islands. The best place to soak up the atmosphere is the waterfront, where banana boats (speed boats) pull up on the east end of the beach and their drivers wait for a fare or go fishing. These boats come and go from all over the province, the Duke of Yorks and New Ireland.