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West New Britain

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Introduction

New Britain is the largest island in Papua New Guinea's Bismarck Archipelago, separated from the mainland by the Dampier and Vitiaz Straits and from New Ireland by St. George's Channel.

New Britain's main town, Rabaul, was the main base for the Japanese during their occupation in World War Two and fascinating relics from this turbulent era are everywhere.

Rabaul was also one of Papua New Guinea's most attractive towns until 1994 when it was devastated by the explosions of the Tuvurver and Vulcan volcanoes; it was tragically destroyed and is now all but deserted.

Most surviving residents moved a short way along the coast to Kokopo, which enjoys impressive views of Blanche Bay and distant tropical islands and volcanoes.

Special offers in West New Britain

Raja Ampat Explorer

16-day stay & cruise from £15,695 pp incl. flights

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offer

Special fly-cruise fares

This exploratory cruise showcases the best of Indonesia’s West Papua – a frontier archipelago of paradise islands. You’ll enjoy fine dining and included excursions throughout, from truly world-class snorkelling and diving to jungle treks, gourmet beach picnics and fishing trips in hidden lagoons.

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Top itineraries in West New Britain

Raja Ampat Explorer

16-day stay & cruise from £15,695 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Special fly-cruise fares

This exploratory cruise showcases the best of Indonesia’s West Papua – a frontier archipelago of paradise islands. You’ll enjoy fine dining and included excursions throughout, from truly world-class snorkelling and diving to jungle treks, gourmet beach picnics and fishing trips in hidden lagoons.

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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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