One of Mother Nature’s greatest displays would have to be an erupting volcano. As hot lava, rock and ash spew violently from these rumbling mountains, we are reminded of her immense power – a natural occurrence which has the magnificent ability to simultaneously create and destroy. Yet, as curious humans with absolutely no control over these ferocious beasts, we are continually drawn to them. And while you wouldn’t want to be climbing a volcanic mountain when she blows, nothing screams adventure more than tackling a volcano that lies dormant. Papua New Guinea (PNG) is home to the greatest number of active volcanoes in the South West Pacific, stretching in an arc from the north coast through to Bougainville Island in the east. For the ultimate adrenalin junkie, you cannot go past a trip to Mt Tavurvur in Rabaul. Technically speaking, Tavurvur is not actually a volcano but rather a cone formed by vents of the Rabaul Volcano. Rabaul volcano is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire which accounts for two-thirds of the earth’s 1300 visible volcanoes. Rabaul harbour and town is made up of a complex of various volcanoes, some of which are thousands of years old. The 8 x14km Rabaul caldera was formed some 1600 years ago with a tremendous explosion that created the Gazelle Peninsula. When the sea broke through the crater wall it created one of the world’s deepest and most sheltered harbours that played a significant role in WWII.