WHY YOU SHOULD GO AND DIVE PAPUA NEW GUINEA?
The once in a life dive trip: PNG!
Papua New Guinea, a land that still hides many mysteries, one of the least visited and known regions of the planet, protected by a wild nature that hides incredible cultures. This country formed by the eastern half of the large island of Papua and by groups of small tropical islands is a country still virtually untouched and unexplored, on the edge of the modern world. One of the last frontiers for those who love nature and diving.
Spectacular jungle-covered landscapes, large mountains and active volcanoes, large rivers that flow slowly through the forest, unique flora and fauna, fantastic dives.
Diving in Papua New Guinea
The warm waters are rich in coral reefs that host a rich marine life, shipwrecks, planes, submarines, scattered throughout the region, witnesses of the violent battles of the Second World War, once instruments of death, which time and nature have transformed into sources of life, housed in the coral gardens that have grown on it.
Dive sites in Port Moresby
The capital overlooks a beautiful bay, often due to flight schedules, it is necessary to spend at least one night on arrival or departure.
The island of Loloata, which is located just 30 minutes by boat from Port Moresby, offers over 30 dive sites, walls, canyons, coral reefs and 3 wrecks. The dives are excellent, especially for the macro. Stay at the Loloata Resort.
Dive sites in Kimbe Bay
Kimbe Bay is located along the north coast of the New Britain region. In this area there is practically everything that is associated with marine life, Walindi offers some spectacular pinnacles for great dives, 190 coral reefs that host 70% of the coral species of the Indo Pacific. The diversity of marine habitats is striking, and offers the beauty of 900 species of fish. Killer whales, whales, dugongs, and dolphins along with nudibranchs, rare small crabs and critters, are present in these waters. Many shots of famous photographers were taken in Walindi. Kimbe Bay can be visited with a stay at the Walindi Resort, or with a cruise aboard Febrina.
Walindi Plantation Resort
The Walindi Plantation Resort was inaugurated way back in 1983, and has since been managed by the same family, now in its third generation. The resort has 20 rooms in two classes, bungalows, and plantation houses. The common area consists of a restaurant, lounge, bar and swimming pool, boutique and bookshop. The dives are made with boat excursions in the bay of Kimbe. Walindi is always active in the protection and conservation of the environment, educating the local population, and setting up fixed anchors for boats in all diving points.
The "old" Febrina, in service since 1991, is a traditional style boat, stable and with good sailing skills, famous among divers all over the world, especially among photographers. The master / owner has been on duty since the beginning of operations. The great experience and perfect knowledge of the region are a guarantee of successful cruises. The cabins are a mix of small singles, large singles, doubles and twin beds, all with private bathrooms and air conditioning. Febrina can accommodate 10-12 divers.
Oceania is a 27-meter catamaran, which entered service in 2019, Oceania has its base in the Bismarck sea. The cabins are 8 divided between double and twin beds. All with air conditioning and private bathroom, all cabins are located on the upper deck with sea view. A restaurant lounge is air conditioned and the sundeck forms the common areas.
In high season, September, October, November and April, May, June Febrina and Oceania operate cruises of 9-10 nights, between Kimbe Bay, Witu Island and Fathers Reef, in these months the climate is excellent, the water temperatures is around 28-30 degrees. During the months of June, July, August and December cruises last 8 nights.
Dive sites in Kavieng
Kavieng is located in the northern tip of the province of New Ireland, just two degrees below the equator. During the Second World War, the Japanese transformed Kavieng into one of the largest naval bases in the Pacific. Today, many wrecks, silent witnesses of history, can be visited. The main city, Nusa Harbor, is located in a spectacular position, mountainous islands rapidly sinking into the ocean, with small coral islands surrounded by reefs and golden beaches. Kavieng is famous for its pass, whose currents attract large pelagics. Visibility is often between 20 and 40 meters, current dives between deep walls covered with sponges, fans and colorful corals. Many wrecks can be visited in the bay of Kavieng.
A small resort of only 4 rooms in a small island of white sand, fringed with coconut palms, surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. The 4 bungalows, built with local material are scattered around the island for complete customer privacy during the stay. The diving day includes 2 or 3 daily dives, always by boat, the first two in the morning, return for lunch and third dive in the afternoon for those who want to do it. For those who make at least two daily boat dives, there are free dives on the house reef in the afternoon. The night, for a fee, are also done on the house reef. Lissenung is ideal for seeing the pelagic in the pass with strong currents, without forgetting the macro, which is however remarkable.
Dive sites in Tufi
Tufi, remote and unspoiled region on the tip of Cap Nelson, in the province of Gold. Tufi, which can be reached in an hour by plane from Port Moresby, is known as the "Scandinavia of the tropics" because of its deep fjords, not excavated by glaciations, but produced by ancient eruptions of three volcanoes. Tufi offers an impressive variety of marine life, and different types of diving, in the open sea, on wrecks or in fjords. For those who love macro; nudibranchs, mandarin fish, ghost needlefish, pygmy seahorses, crabs and other rare species. Pelagics, tuna, manta rays and turtles are often spotted. The absence of currents in the fjords, has allowed a spectacular growth of the corals, in a few minutes by boat you reach a barrier that sinks for 600 metres, with over 30 metres of visibility and abundant marine life; reef fish, barracuda, Spanish mackerel, tuna, white tip reef sharks, and black tip reef sharks, manta rays, sea eagles. Among the wrecks, ships, planes and tanks. Stay at the Tufi Resort
The Tufi Resort is located 250 km east of Port Moresby, on the tip of Cap Nelson, in an area of extremely beautiful fjords and coral reefs. The resort is located on a hill with 180 degree views of the tropical jungle-covered fjord. The rooms are equipped with bathroom, air conditioning, mosquito net, mini bar, hairdryer, tea and coffee machine, veranda overlooking the coral reef, or the fjord. The main building houses the reception, lounge, TV room and restaurant. Outside a panoramic terrace with barbecue, and the swimming pool. The menu is based on fish, vegetables and fruit, or grilled meat and fish. A good selection of Australian beers and wines available.
Dive sites in Milne Bay
Milne Bay is a large bay with a great variety of dive sites; muck diving, coral walls, pinnacles, coral gardens and WWII wrecks. The trip to Milne Bay can be arranged in a resort, or on a cruise.
The Tawali Resort is located in an isolated area in Milne Bay, between fishing villages, and accessible only by boat. The resort is decorated with Papuan art objects, such as totems and sculptures. Covered walkways connect the various bungalows, which have balconies overlooking the bay. The rooms are spacious with two queen size double beds, lounge, closet and desk. The private bathrooms are modern in style.
Getting to Tawali involves a flight from Port Moresby to Alotau, then 90 minutes by car along Milne Bay and finally 20 minutes by boat.
Entered into service in 1994, renovated in 2014, the Chertan is the only cruise boat operating in Milne Bay. 18 meters long, with only 5 cabins for up to 10 divers, room and lounge, Chertan Liveaboard offers unlimited diving.
The Chertan cruise director with 25 years of experience in the region is the best dive guide available on site and a guarantee of excellent dives; lots of macro but also pelagic, with visits to fishing villages in free time for a complete immersion in local culture. The base of Chertan is Alotau, the port where cruises begin and end.