Rabaul: Making of an Island Oasis
Rabaul is one of the rare places on earth that time left untouched. Most of the island remains undeveloped and many of the islands inhabitants still practice traditional village living and customs.
As one of the 600 islands that make up the pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, Rabaul offers unspoiled landscape, pristine white sandy beaches and a personal narrative that speaks not only of a dark hidden past, but of the creation itself.
Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry or dream? Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen but felt only by the heart.
Much like life, what is often seen doesn’t paint the whole picture. Rabaul is no exception. Mt. Tavurvur, Rabaul’s personal volcano, erupted in 1994 spewing huge amounts of smoke that covered Rabaul and surrounding areas in a black and brown ash destroying 80% of the buildings on the island. It’s most recent eruption came in 2014.
Once you dig through the volcanic ash, the true essence of the island begins to emerge.
Making an Island Oasis
Volcanic activity is a potent and sometimes deadly reminder of our plant’s dynamic ability to make new land. Even the remote island of Rabaul doesn’t seem to escape the fundamental principle: with destruction comes renewal and development.
Like the controlled burning of a forest, volcanic activity not only creates new land but can stimulate the germination of various desirable plants and trees. For better or worse, it also paves the way for human activity.
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea has deemed East New Britain, the providence of Rabaul, the fastest growing region in Papua New Guinea.
Escape to Paradise
From volatile volcanic activity to island paradise, Rabaul is in a transition and will be for some time. This is a place where you can witness both the beginning and ending of that transition and everything in between.
The islands greatest gift is a reminder that life is a paradoxical journey of destruction and creation. The lesson is and always has been the same: each journey we take in life is hard and confusing, but in the end you get places like Nusa Island.
Nusa Island was rated one of the 10 best beaches in the world. Idyllic white sandy beaches surround crystal clear beaches and coral encrusted lagoons.