Bougainville is located to the North East of Papua New Guinea. Although considered an Autonomous Region it has strong ties to Papua New Guinea. The region has suffered through a traumatic past. The locals and their economy are recovering from a ten year civil uprising which ended in 1998. Now the region is looking towards tourism and hoping that it will help get their people and economy back on track. Bougainville is blessed with incredible natural beauty and absolutely stunning landscapes, coupled with a warm and friendly people who want nothing more than to put their past behind them.