Simpson Harbour offers several first-class wreck dives, while the reefs off the western tip of Gazelle Peninsula are totally unspoiled and full of healthy hard and soft corals, sponges, gorgonians and a dizzying array of tropical fish: a perfect combination. For diving and snorkeling contact Kabaira Dive in Kokopo.

For land lubbers, there are various hiking options around Rabaul.

Sleeping & Eating

This is ground zero; staying here rather than Kokopo gives you that ‘I was there’ feeling. That said, services are limited, with dining fairly limited to the Rabaul Hotel, the market, or the food shops and kai bars facing the market.