New Ireland

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New Ireland, with peaks reaching 4,900 ft/1,500 m, is divine. In the main town, Kavieng, be sure to see the Stone Grain Grinding Wheel (circa 1852) and the Museum of Manggan Carvings (ancient stone tools). Other attractions in the area include the Utu Village High School and the shark callers at Tabar and Kontu (the sharks really come!). We suggest that visitors snorkel the coral reefs on nearby New Sulaman and Edmago islands, lie on the spectacular white-sand beaches at Pini Passage (near Libba village) and visit World War II sites at Namatanai. Avoid going to New Ireland December-April, when it's hottest, most humid and rainy. The rest of the year is also hot, humid and rainy, but not as extreme. We spent five nights there and would gladly do it again. 550 mi/880 km northeast of Port Moresby.

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