Kavieng is located on the northern tip of the New Ireland. With only one or two flights arriving every day, it is not a major tourist destination. However, with excellent diving, sailing, fishing and surfing it can offer a rewarding visit for those with the time, and money, to seek it out. Visible from Kavieng are the many islands lying between New Ireland and New Hanover.
On January 21, 1942, Kavieng was bombed by Japanese forces. The Japanese invaded and occupied the island. By the time the Allies retook the island in 1945, Kavieng had been almost completely destroyed.Today Kavieng is New Ireland's export port for copra and other products and is home to a thriving tourism industry.
As a result of the Japanese occupation and subsequent Allied invasion there are several relics from WWII in the town.
Surfing. The northern end of mainland New Ireland around Kavieng is a popular surfing area, with North Pacific Ocean swells between November and April. PNG surf tourism promoters have entered into partnership with local land and reef owners to develop "surf management plans." These provide resource owners with income from the surfers and limit the number of surfers at one time.
Wreck in Kavieng Harbor
Diving. Most of the islands between Kavieng and New Hanover to the north are fringed with reefs. Numerous currents bring in nutrients for the sea life. Several dive companies operate from the town, and organize dives both to natural sites and wrecks dating from World War II. Dive organizers include:
Kavieng Hotel, . The town's main hotel, for visiting business people and tourists.edit
Lissenung Island Resort, P.O.Box 536, ☎ 675-7234 5834 (email@example.com), . On a very small island, 20 minutes by boat from Kavieng, the resort offers attractive accommodation and diving.edit
Nusa Island Retreat, PO Box 305, ☎ (675) 984 2247 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (675) 984 2404), . On an island five minutes from Kavieng, this resort offers traditional-style bungalows, including some built over the sea.edit
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