Dive Centre: Rapopo Plantation Resort, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Rabaul Kokopo Dive, operating from Rapopo Plantation Resort, offer dive trips to the surrounding wrecks and pristine reefs as well as snorkelling tours

Overview

Rabaul Kokopo Dive, operating from Rapopo Plantation Resort – situated on an old coconut plantation, offer dive trips to the surrounding wrecks and reefs as well as snorkelling tours and other reef activities. They also offer the complete range of PADI dive training.

Rapopo Plantation Resort is located on the waterfront overlooking Simpson Harbour and ancient volcanoes. You can enjoy beautiful views of Pigeon Island and see active volcanoes in the distance. Sunsets are particularly spectacular.

Accommodation & Facilities

The resort is built around the original residence of the plantation manager, with very well preserved colonial architecture. It features a beautiful large swimming pool with sun lounges for guests to relax and unwind after a long day’s diving. The resort also has a private beach with direct access to Simpson Harbour and is situated amongst lush tropical landscaped gardens.

Rapopo Plantation Resort features various room categories: Garden & Bayside Deluxe rooms, Premier Harbour rooms and Premier Executive Suites. All rooms are air-conditioned and have private bathroom facilities.

The Plantation Veranda Restaurant and Bar overlooks the bay and offers some fantastic dining options, the local seafood being highly recommended.

Indicative Pricing for Rapopo Plantation Resort 2018

7 nights Executive Suite (twin) with 10 divesAUD2505
7 nights Garden Bayside Room (single) with 10 divesAUD2820.50
7 nights Premier Poolside Room (twin) with 10 divesAUD2120.50
7 nights Garden Bayside Room (twin) with 10 divesAUD2239.50
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Included: accommodation, daily hot breakfast, return airport transfers from/to Tokua Airport (Rabaul), free WiFi, 5 dive days with 2 dives each day (10 dives), tanks, weights, boat, dive guide, air fills, 1 complimentary shore, reef or wreck dive
The per person pricing above is indicative only: we show 7 night with 10/12 dive packages at high-end and lower-end rooms (singles & doubles) for the purposes of comparison. We can give you a price (and availability) for any combination of nights/dives you wish to undertake, which will include any discounts due to you as part of that package, and any exclusions, or items payable at the resort. Use the [Enquiry & Booking] button to give us your exact requirements and we'll give you the best deal we can.

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Other Activities

If you are not exploring the underwater relics of Japanese warships lying silently in the waters of Simpson Harbour, you can snorkel from Rapopo’s private beach, take a helicopter flight to Pigeon Island or just laze around the pool.

Several local tours are available from the resort. You can visit Bitapaka War Cemetery, General Yamamoto’s Bunker, Japanese Tunnels and do a volcano tour to Mt Vulcan and Mt Tavurvur. Tavurvur, across the bay from the resort, is an active volcano continues to erupt periodically.

Staying Connected

Rapopo Plantation Resort has reliable mobile phone reception. Prepaid local SIM cards are available and Common areas have WiFi.

Facilities

Training School Type: PADI Nitrox Fill:
Air Fill
Number of Guides 4
Gear Hire
Number of Boats 1
Gear Sales
Number of Dive Sites 25
Gear Servicing
Accommodation

Location

Rapopo Plantation Resort is located between Kokopo and Tokua Airport. It is situated on an old coconut plantation. It is only a 5-minute drive to Kokopo town and 10 minutes to the airport in Tokua. The resort is located on the waterfront overlooking Simpson Harbour and ancient volcanoes.

What to expect

Established in 2016, Rabaul Kokopo Dive conveniently operates out of the beautiful, waterfront Rapopo Plantation Resort in the East New Britain Province. They operate dive trips to the surrounding wrecks and reefs as well as snorkelling tours and other reef activities. They also offer the complete range of PADI dive training.

Dive Boats

They currently (Aug 2016) have 3 vessels and looking to purchase a 4th:

  • 12m Westcoaster Fitted with VHF Radio, Life Rafts, Extinguishers, Life Jackets, Marine First Aid Kit, Defibrillator and Oxy-Viva that can accommodate 12 divers.
  • 8m Panga with Centre Console fitted out for Diving and Fishing, Handheld VHF Radio and First Aid Kit. It accommodates 8 x Snorkelers or 4 x Divers.
  • 5.5m AVON RHIB used for Dolphin Swim, Snorkelling, Diving and Tender Work, Handheld VHF Radio and First Aid Kit. It accommodates 8 x Divers or 8 x Snorkelers or 8 x Dolphin Swim pax.

Dive area

The waters of East New Britain, with its numerous wrecks and countless reefs, boasts a diverse assortment of fascinating underwater wonders. The countless pristine reefs and historical WWII wrecks with excellent visibility and a large array of pelagic and critters; provide amazing underwater sightings and extraordinary photo opportunities. (Not to mention the added attraction of diving near an active volcano).

Rabaul was the place for wreck diving in PNG before three of the volcanoes which surround the caldera erupted simultaneously in September 1994. In three days the thriving town of Rabaul was completely covered in ash and destroyed.

Life has returned to Rabaul, although there is still plenty of evidence of the devastation caused by the eruptions and the volcanic ash which blanketed the harbour area of town.

The wrecks in the harbour were covered under tons of ash. Today there are again a couple of very good wreck dives and divers have discovered the beautiful reefs around Rabaul as world-class dive spots, both for Macro diving and for the variety of fish life. Kabaira’s reefs have never been affected by the volcano. They have hardly ever been visited by divers and offer some of the most pristine diving opportunities in PNG.

We think…

Rapopo Plantation Resort is a stunning place to unwind and relax and to enjoy some fabulous diving East New Britain is famous for.

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