Introduction

East New Britain and in particular the Gazelle Peninsula is rich in history, culture, recreational opportunities, and environmental diversity.


History
Kokopo and Rabaul towns both have a remarkable history originating from the occupation by three colonial powers being Germany, Australia, and Japan. The administrative headquarters of these various colonial powers interchanged regularly between Rabaul and Kokopo. Reminders and remnants of these ruling powers are still obvious throughout the district with Bitapaka War Cemetary, the Kokopo War Museum, Admiral Yamamoto's Bunker and Japanese barge tunnels offering keen insights into days gone by.

We are in fact located on the site of the original Kokopo Hotel when it was under German administration. This hotel was called "Hotel Deutjcher Hof".



Culture
The culture of New Britain is diverse and unique. The area is populated by five ethnic groups being the Tolai, Baining, Pomio, Taulil and Sulka people. The customs and traditions of these groups is still evident today with the paying of bride price ceremonies, and breaking of TABU (shell money) still relevant in today's society. Big men who have won their prestige through wealth or military prowess and a male secret society play an important role in village life. Ceremonies feature leaf-draped, anonymous figures topped by masks referred to as the Tumbuan and DukDuk.


Recreational
East New Britain abounds with outdoor recreational opportunities. From fantastic fishing, snorkelling, and diving to trekking, mountain climbing and caving there is literally a limitless range of activities to keep you occupied. A helicopter ride over the area will give you an appreciation of the breathtaking nature of this land.


Environmental
Where else in the world could you get up close and personal with an active volcano. Rabaul is literally built on the crest of a dormant volcano with one of the deepest harbours in the world. In 1994, the active Mt Tavurvur erupted and still sends out shots of steam today. For bird watchers and nature lovers we have an abundance of bird life with one of our most well known, the Megapod birds, which lay their eggs in volcanic ash. Locals mine for these eggs by digging down through metres of ash to find them - a true test of resiliance and committment.


We offer a variety of tours which can be tailored to suit your interests. Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort has been in the business of tours for many years trading as Taklam Tours and has a sound reputation for delivering a quality product. We place a high priority on safety and will assess all conditions before undertaking an activity. Our tours include a tour guide and driver.

All tours are undertaken at the risk of the participant. We advise all visitors to take out their own travel insurance.

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