Rabaul, half buried during the 1994 volcanic eruptions, is re-emerging as a tourist destination with a difference. There are few places where the dramatic consequences of the contrasting moods of nature can be experienced so intimately.
The drive from the airport at Tokua, about an hour from Rabaul, is along a narrow road winding its way around the Gazelle Peninsula. Across the Harbour is Tavurvur, occasionally belching great clouds of black smoke. Further on pass through untouched suburban streets before turning into the main street of Mango Avenue. Amidst the tangled mass of rubble and ruins covered in layers of muddy volcanic ash, three former resort hotels have been resurrected and stand like oases amidst the desolation to welcome the awe-struck visitor.
Hamamas Hotel is located in a large garden area in the central district of Rabaul, close to the main sea port, the local market, regional hospital and coconut processing area.
Situated in the middle of Rabaul's caldera wall, the Hamamas
Hotel offers both budget and first class accommodation with 37 rooms and one
suite, all tastefully furnished with cool tropical decor and featuring air-conditioning,
refrigerator, colour TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
'Hamamas' means happy in Pidgin
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