Buka Island is the second largest of the Solomon Islands and lies at the northern end of that chain, in southwestern Pacific. It is separated from Bougainville Island by the Buka Passage. It is part of Papua New Guinea. The island was occupied by Japan during World War II and although the island was straffed and bombed by allied airforces, allied armies never fought in Buka.
The main town in the island and the present-day capital of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville is located at Buka Passage, and is formally known as Ieta. There are other settlements in nearby Kubu and Hutjena. The east coast of this relatively flat island is the windward side for most of the year, and is characterised by a coastal cliff that rises close to the ocean, leaving only a narrow and often rocky beach. A coral reef rings the entire island, it is narrow on the east coast, which is battered by oceanic winds and large waves; it spreads out.
There are no cruises currently listed for this port of call.