EAST NEW BRITAIN & TRIBES
When you arrive in Rabaul, East New Britain, you will be welcomed by your guide who will show you Mount Tavurvur—a volcanic first taste of this fascinating destination. Tour some key historical sites in the city, from Melanesian seafarers to Admiral Yamamoto’s bunker, building up a picture of the country’s patchwork past. Following this, meet your captain and crew and board your yacht. Enjoy dinner on deck after settling in.
Wake early and, accompanied by a local guide, cruise in a tender to a nearby bay for a morning swim with Pacific spinner dolphins. Return to your yacht for breakfast before spending the rest of the morning with local tribespeople, mastering the skill of spearfishing and maneuvering outrigger canoes. Climb a coconut tree to harvest coconuts, afterward using the fruit and its milk in a local delicacy served with leafy greens and barbecued fish.
Meet the Tokai tribe and witness their impressive initiation ritual. Snorkel over Japanese tanks sunk just 13ft beneath the waves.
Take a chopper into the interior until you arrive at the Baining Mountains. You and your family will take part in the Baining Fire Dance—an initiation ceremony for young men who dance in masks beside a raging fire. Return to your yacht exhilarated by your experience.
VOLCANO CLIMB & NAKANAI
The next morning, after a refreshing breakfast, embark on an ascent of Mount Tavurvur. At the top of this moonscape, you and your family will throw a customary sacrificial coconut into the bubbling lava in the crater.
Once you reach the foot of the volcano, you’ll join Matupit hunters digging for scrub fowl eggs buried in the sulphuric soil. Satiate your appetite with lunch alongside these locals, before catching your tender back to your yacht.
Take the helicopter next to the southern tip of New Ireland. You’ll explore the remains of the ill-fated 19th-century La Nouvelle France Marquis Del Rey settlement. The afternoon is spent exploring in tenders and fishing before rendezvousing with your yacht at a new anchorage.
Fly by helicopter to the forested Nakanai Mountains to discover the Mysterious Rivers of New Britain. In this barely explored region, see volcanoes spewing ash and waterfalls cascading from the sides of mountains. You’ll trek alongside the Pomio river until you arrive at the Blue Hole for a swim and a wild picnic lunch.
Discover volcanic crater lakes, learn about the island’s obsidian mines, and take a dip in the lakes’ ultra-blue waters. Pass over one of the world’s largest sinkholes as you fly back to your yacht. There’s a chance to go kitesurfing, kayaking, or jet skiing when you return. Local tribespeople will then arrive to teach you and your family how to perform in their Sing Sing, before you take part on the sun deck or on the beach.