Kavieng is noted throughout the world for its ancient Malagan culture, the highly decorated masks of which are collectors’ items, and the shark callers of Kontu.
New Ireland was occupied by the Japanese in WWII, evidence of which is present on land and sea – the waters around Kavieng are littered with wrecks. The scenery around Kavieng is one of contrasts: mountainous islands drop sharply into the sea; low lying coral islands are surrounded by beautiful beaches and fringing reefs.
The straits and channels between these islands with their huge movements of water create some really exciting diving. As well as the famous pelagic encounters, the lagoons and mangroves serve as nurseries for a huge variety of marine life.
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