Hoskins is a small township that serves as the major airport for West New Britain. The region exemplifies the remoteness of Papua New Guinea because it remains, today, still relatively untouched. Visitors to West New Britain can explore, trek, birdwatch, dive, snorkel and fish.
Things to see and do
With 18 endemic species of birds found around Stetin Bay alone, birdwatchers are in for a treat. The months of June, July and August are best for birdwatching in the region as this is the mating season for the bird of paradise in West New Britain. Ask at either Liamo Reef Resort or Walindi Plantation Resort for assistance with employing a local bird guide.
There are two very interesting plane wrecks in Talasea on West New Britain that are still lying where they landed during World War II. The wrecks are located within about 50 metres of each other and offer an insight into the hardships endured by fighting forces. The B25, which was employed to attack Japanese ships in Rabaul Harbour, was force landed after being hit by enemy forces on the portside wing.
For divers, there are many great options available around Kimbe, and tours can be organised via Liamo Reef Resort or Walindi Plantation Resort. The area features an abundance of sites, many of which are too deep to get to for the average diver. The most accessible wreck is Zero, which is located within proximity to Walindi.
If you’re a serious fisher, then contact Liamo Reef Resort and organise a four or five day stopover at Baia Fishing Lodge on the north coast. Baia is the place where you can take bass fishing to a professional level and is famous throughout the world for the sport. Baia also offers birdwatching, kayaking and other activities, so a visit is definitely worthwhile.
Other attractions worth checking out
- The Garu Hot River