It really have been a beautiful year filled with smiles, joy , adventure , dolphins of course and much more .
We would like to say thank you for all our returning guest and new guest who are joining our Kokopo Beach Bungalows Resort growing family !
Thank you to all who stopped for short stay for day or two and to those who even stayed more than a month with us .
We value each one of you and hope you get a chance to visit us next year in 2020 and share with us more moments of joy , adventure, happiness .
Kokopo Beach Bungalows Resort team and Rabaul Dive Adventures Dive Team .
Artwork in the resort !
Papua New Guinea has a wonderfully rich cultural heritage and this certainly extends to its artwork. The diversity and vibrancy displayed in this area are quite astounding but that shouldn’t be a surprise when you consider there are over 700 different tribal groups throughout the country. Artworks range from beautifully carved wooden sculptures to imposing masks of all sizes as well as pottery and even face painting.
Some of this stunning artwork can be found on the property of Kokopo Beach Bungalows resort. Some is displayed in restaurant, reception and even room .
Homestay at magical Mioko Island
Stunning little village called Mioko located about an hour off the coast, at the Duke of York islands, where along the way dolphins can be spotted . a sea of dorsal fins, a seething mass of mammalian life. There could be more than 100 dolphins out there, some surfing the swell at the front of our boat, others leaping high into the air and crashing back into the ocean with a splash.
Here you can swimming in warm tropical waters, and feel of isolation from the real world, as hundreds of wild dolphins jump and play nearby.
This village is a window into another life. There are no hotels on Mioko Island . There's little to do but stroll around and observe the place, to sit with a group of women as they weave mats, to throw a footy around with some of the kids, to rest under a tree, and drink from fresh coconuts. Locals say hello as they walk past. Kids sit and poke each other and laugh. Few prepare fireplace for evening , and some offer boat rides in small banana boats to nearby islands to explore snorkelling, caves, fish farm and spot some more dolphins.
We offer beginner programs for brand new divers to see stunning reefs. And for holiday makers with little extra time on their hand we are able to go through Padi Open Water course and get you certified.
Christmas celebrations have started in Kokopo Beach Bungalows Resort !
Harbour Cruise with stops at Megapode, Beehives .
Megapode Birds bury their eggs in the soil, which may be warm volcanic sands, sun-heated beaches, or mounds of earth with decaying leaf litter, all of which generate heat that enhances incubation.
The two plugs that protrude on the left side of the harbour are known as Dawapia Rocks (also as the Beehives).
The Toli story on how they came to be is as The two rocks were two brothers who had gone out fishing; they had caught so many fish and did not want to share the catch with the other villagers, they decided to cook and eat all the fish before they went back to the village. They rowed to the other side of the bay and collected fire wood and banana leaves and cooked all the fish, ate till they were bursting at the sides , day was near so they starter to return to the village , having eaten so much they dozed off while still on their canoe .
The Ancestors on seeing the way they behaved being greedy and not sharing the fish with the Village turned them into Dawapia Rocks so as the villagers could enjoy the same fishing spot the two men had been fishing from. Protruding eerily from the centre of the bay are two strange looking rock formations named Dawapia Rocks (or the ‘Beehives’ to locals).
These rocks are erosion remnants of the original volcano and are revered by local people for their spiritual symbolism
Source of information : https://sites.google.com/site/simpsonhafen/home/dawapia-rocks
We offer shallow reef diving that would perfectly suit a photographer trying to maximise dive time or beginner that would like to observe fish at shallow depths with calm water. If you are looking for a little bit more adventure , then we offer great variety of dive sites right on the edge of the wall. Where there is always a high chance of seeing Trevelyan, tunas or sharks passing by. Top of the wall can be great sight for turtles cruising around. But that’s not all, of course Rabaul is famous for its wreck, so we do offer many wreck options in the area. We have even planes underwater that are accessible by someone who would like to snorkel just at 3 m depth. Most of the wreck starts between 13 to 17m depth.