If you are looking for a ‘formal’ shopping experience (supermarkets and shopping malls) on these islands you are going to be disappointed. Your best chances of shopping are in the town centers like Rabaul, the capital of West New Britain and Kavieng, the capital of New Ireland. Kavieng is an idyllic sea port, the kind you might read about in a Somerset Maughum novel. The island contains a nine hole golf course, so if there is a golfer in you, you can try a hand or two here.
Other fun activities on the islands are scuba diving, bird watching, surfing, trekking, kayaking and more. The Islands are acclaimed worldwide for their diving spots. These are said to be some of the best in the world. Papua New Guinea is also home to more than 700 species of birds. You will find a large number of them on these islands. For bird watchers, the islands will be akin to a bird watcher’s paradise.
If you like fishing, there is good news for you. The waters around the islands are teeming with blue marlin, black marlin, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, skipjack and many other types of fishes. Consider chartering a boat to go fishing.