Buka Is, Bouganville, Papua New Guinea

Buka is located on Buka island and is the provincial capital of the North Solomons Province. There is excellent fishing, snorkelling and swimming in the clear waters of the Buka Passage. Shops and services for the town are located along the main waterfront, including the market and water taxis.

Sohano Island is just a few minutes by boat from Buka, with its colonial buildings and manicured lawns and gardens. The steep cliffs provide fine views over Buka Passage and there are good swimming beaches. The volcanic island of Bougainville is covered in heavy jungle, and is home to one of the world's largest caves, Benua. The island's highest point is Mount Balbi (2685m), a dormant volcano.

Things to See and Do

* Sohana island
* Saturday market
* Buka waterfront area
* Snorkelling & swimming

Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
Language – English, Tok Pisin
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 675

Port Location – The wharf is centrally located on Buka’s waterfront.

Transport Links - Niugini can take you from Port Moresby to Buka three times a week aboard the swift and comfortable F28 jet services. Flights are scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with the aircraft returning the same days.

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