South of New Ireland, and stretching down to the Solomon Islands, Bougainville will become a major stop over for yachts coming from the Solomon Is. Much of Bougainville remains in recovery mode due to the Civil War that took place from 1988 to 1998. The people are at peace now and are extremely welcoming to any tourism type of activity. The indigenous people are very warm and genuine, more closely related to the Solomon Islanders. There are so many picture perfect anchorages, great diving with many WWII wrecks. Heading inland the terrain is extraordinary with limestone caves, sink holes and volcanic peaks, much to be explored.