MUST SEE the crushed remains of Admiral Yamamoto's plane in Buin; he led the Japanese operation on Bougainville during WWII.
MUST DIVE the island's pristine reefs. Nearby Taiof island also has great snorkeling and fishing.
MUST BUY baskets and woven goods in Buka, northwest of Bougainville.
MUST STAY at Kuri Village Resort, on Buka, overlooking Buka Passage.
MUST TASTE the mud crab, a local delicacy. On Bougainville, village food is boiled or baked under hot rocks.
- PAPUA NEW GUINEA TOURISM PROMOTION AUTHORITY, 949-752-5440, WWW.PNGTOURISM.ORG.PG
- KURI VILLAGE RESORT, FROM $48, 011-675-973-9155