We had planned to skip Rabaul due to some bad reports regarding theft and armed robberies, but we thought it might be too interesting to miss. The entrance to the harbor is beautiful as you pass a string of volcanoes. There are 4 active volcanoes here with one having blown up in the mid 90's and devastating the town, covering it with ash. Most of the residents moved down to Kokopo but are now starting to rebuild villages up on the hills above the original Rabaul.
The area around Rabaul has many WWII sights including Admiral Yamamoto's bunker which had a map on the ceiling of the planned world domination by the Japanese. We found old barge tunnels where the Japanese pulled their barges out of the water on rails and hid them from their enemy as well as a hospital which was carved out of the limestone hills.