Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

Kavieng is the capital of the Papua New Guinean province of New Ireland and the largest town on the island of the same name. The town is located at Balgai Bay, on the northern tip of the island. Kavieng is the main port for New Ireland, and is both a trading and tourist destination. Several dive companies operate from the town, as the area is known for its diving, both for natural sites and wrecks dating from the Second World War. There are several plane and ship wrecks in Kavieng Harbour itself, as well as several more nearby.

Kavieng has a large, beautiful harbour and is a popular destination for game fishing enthusiasts. Attractions include the waterfront area, the weekly market and historical points of interest along Kavieng's Harbour Drive. A couple of kilometres out of Kavieng, along the Buluminski Highway, a little pathway leads off the road to a limestone cave filed with crystal clear water. At Utu village, the high school has a small museum with exhibitions of Malagan carvings - carved totem-like polls used in initiation ceremonies and rituals; ancient stone tools and vessels and a shark catching propeller.

Things to See and Do

* Kavieng Market
* Colonial Club
* Beaches
* Waterfront area
* Scuba diving

Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
Language – English, Tok Pisin
Population –12,000 approx
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 port is located on the outskirts of the town of Kavieng.

Transport Links - The town is serviced by Kavieng Airport. Air Niugini and other third level airlines provide flights to Kavieng from Port Moresby. They also provide connections to Kavieng from other centres in PNG

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