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Rabaul is a town located on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. It is the provincial capital of East New Britain and the largest settlement in the province. The town is situated on the Gazelle Peninsula, on the northern tip of the island, and is surrounded by the Simpson Harbour.

Rabaul was once the administrative centre of German New Guinea and the capital of the Territory of New Guinea. During World War II, it was occupied by Japanese forces and became a major base for the Imperial Japanese Navy. After the war, it was the site of the Australian administration of the Territory of New Guinea until 1975.

Rabaul is a popular tourist destination, known for its natural beauty, its volcanic landscape, and its historical sites. The town is home to the Rabaul Volcano, which is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is also home to the Tavurvur and Vulcan volcanoes, which are both part of the Rabaul caldera.

Rabaul is also home to several important historical sites. The Rabaul Museum houses a collection of artifacts and photographs from World War II, including Japanese and Australian military artifacts. The Rabaul War Cemetery is the final resting place of many Japanese and Australian soldiers who died during the war. The Rabaul Memorial Park is a memorial to the Australian troops who were killed in the Battle of Rabaul in 1942.

Rabaul is a vibrant and colourful town, and its people are friendly and welcoming. The town is a great place to explore, with its historical sites, its natural beauty, and its vibrant culture. It is a great destination for anyone looking for a unique and unforgettable experience.

Excursion tips for a day in Rabaul

As a tourist in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, there are many exciting activities to enjoy in a day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Visit the Rabaul Museum, which offers insight into the city’s history and culture.
2. Take a tour of the Rabaul Volcano Observatory, which offers spectacular views of the active volcano.
3. Explore the Rabaul Town Market, where you can find local produce and crafts.
4. Take a boat tour of the harbor and nearby islands.
5. Visit the Tavurvur Volcano and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
6. Go diving or snorkeling in the coral reefs of the Bismarck Sea.
7. Hike through the lush rainforest of the Kokopo Nature Reserve.
8. Visit the Japanese War Memorial, which honors the soldiers who fought in World War II.
9. Enjoy the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in Rabaul.
10. Shop for souvenirs and gifts at the local stores.

Experience Rabaul with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Rabaul. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Rabaul

Rabaul in Papua New Guinea experiences a tropical climate with hot, humid weather year-round. The wet season occurs from November to April, with temperatures ranging from 24-31°C and high humidity. The dry season runs from May to October, with temperatures ranging from 25-32°C and low humidity. The hottest months tend to be from January to March, while the coolest months occur from June to August. The average annual rainfall in Rabaul is around 3,000mm.

Cruise weather for Rabaul

Our weather forecast for Rabaul helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 29.7 °C
min: 26 °C
23.8 m/s
32.4 m/s
52.8 %
24.0 m
75.5 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 29.4 °C
min: 26.3 °C
28.8 m/s
34.2 m/s
20.5 %
24.1 m
76.5 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 29.3 °C
min: 25.8 °C
18.4 m/s
22.7 m/s
82.0 %
24.1 m
77.8 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 29.1 °C
min: 26 °C
21.2 m/s
23.0 m/s
42.1 %
20.2 m
77.8 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 26.7 °C
min: 24.7 °C
17.8 m/s
23.5 m/s
89.9 %
13.7 m
86.1 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 27.2 °C
min: 24.1 °C
38.5 m/s
47.2 m/s
100.0 %
19.9 m
82.4 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 25.7 °C
38.2 m/s
50.4 m/s
74.3 %
23.9 m
76.8 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 28.5 °C
min: 26.1 °C
41.0 m/s
49.7 m/s
84.4 %
24.1 m
78.0 %
1,011 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 25.9 °C
26.3 m/s
43.7 m/s
64.7 %
24.0 m
79.6 %
1,010 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 29.6 °C
min: 26.1 °C
24.8 m/s
38.5 m/s
87.6 %
23.8 m
77.3 %
1,009 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 24.9 °C
18.7 m/s
26.5 m/s
65.5 %
17.0 m
82.6 %
1,008 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 26.5 °C
min: 24.5 °C
8.5 m/s
8.6 m/s
97.0 %
18.4 m
87.2 %
1,009 hPa
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 26.4 °C
min: 24.3 °C
9.7 m/s
10.4 m/s
92.1 %
21.3 m
83.1 %
1,010 hPa

Cruises to Rabaul

Would you like to travel to Rabaul on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Rabaul.

Scheduled ship calls in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 31st 2024 Saturday, 31st of Aug. 2024 Seabourn Pursuit 07:00 am 11:00 pm
Sep. 21st 2024 Saturday, 21st of Sep. 2024 Silver Cloud Expedition 08:30 am 11:00 pm
Nov. 30th 2024 Saturday, 30th of Nov. 2024 Carnival Luminosa 08:00 am 04:00 pm
Jan. 14th 2025 Tuesday, 14th of Jan. 2025 MS Noordam 08:00 am 03:00 pm
Mar. 6th 2025 Thursday, 6th of Mar. 2025 LE JACQUES CARTIER 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 23rd 2025 Sunday, 23rd of Mar. 2025 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 29th 2025 Thursday, 29th of May 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 05:30 pm 12:00 am
May 30th 2025 Friday, 30th of May 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 05:00 pm
Sep. 19th 2025 Friday, 19th of Sep. 2025 Seabourn Pursuit 01:30 pm 11:30 pm
Sep. 20th 2025 Saturday, 20th of Sep. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 08:30 am 11:30 pm
Nov. 29th 2025 Saturday, 29th of Nov. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 08:00 am 04:00 pm
Feb. 1st 2026 Sunday, 1st of Feb. 2026 Costa Deliziosa 08:00 am 04:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Feb. 3rd 2026 Tuesday, 3rd of Feb. 2026 MS Zaandam 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 24th 2026 Tuesday, 24th of Feb. 2026 Coral Princess 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Mar. 30th 2026 Monday, 30th of Mar. 2026 Grand Princess 07:00 am 04:00 pm

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