Kokopo is an opportunistic town. It has literally risen from ashes. Kokopo started to develop just after Rabaul was flattened by the volcanic eruptions of 1994. While you can sense a palpable helplessness in Rabaul, Kokopo feels more optimistic. The town emanates a sense of confidence and pride. But it lacks Rabaul’s mysterious aura.

Kokopo is serviceable, with a range of well organised accommodation options, banks, government services and lots of businesses, but there are no big-ticket sights.

If you come from mainland PNG, Kokopo is a good base to set your body clock to island time, get your bearings and make the most of the infrastructure before heading out to rougher areas found in the New Guinea islands.