Papua New Guinea is truly off the beaten path! At the heart of the Coral triangle, dive on colorful coral reefs in pristine seas. The Bismarck Sea is considered one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth. Get ready to dive over some of the healthiest coral formations on the planet, see schools of pelagic fish and an incredible macro life. Silvertip, reef and hammerheads sharks, pilot whales, resident pods of dolphins, sperm whales, and even orcas are all frequently sighted.
This dive operator - a pioneer in PNG dive tourism - created "Mahonia Na Dari" or "Guardian of the Sea" NGO along with The Nature Conservancy in 1997, touching thousands of students, teachers, and local communities.
Who Is It For?
For divers of all levels who have been everywhere else on the planet.
The Signature Itinerary (9 and 10 nights) covers the three most popular diving areas of Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands, and Fathers Reefs
The Mid Year Itinerary is shorter (8 nights) and covers Kimbe Bay and either Fathers Reefs or Witu Islands
8, 9, or 10 nights in shared sleeping quarters
4 to 5 guided dives a day
Transfers from/to the closest airport on day of departure and disembarkation. Airport will vary depending on itinerary
All meals, plus - depending on chosen itinerary - the last dinner at Walindi Resort
Light laundry daily
What's not included?
Environmental and safety fees
Fuel surcharges if applicable
Nitrox fills: $210 (about ... EUR) for the 7 or 8-night trip, and $270 (about ... EUR) for the 9 or 10-night trip
Flights or hotels before/after the cruise
Papua New Guinea holds five percent of the world’s biodiversity, with more than 800 species of coral, 600 species of fish, 20,000 plant species, and 750 species of birds
Papua New Guinea will triple the Bismarck Sea Marine Protected Area by 2021, reaching 7,500 square kilometers
The Bismarck Sea supports one of the most diverse and healthy ecosystems on the planet, with stunning formations of hard coral, plenty of gorgonian fans and sea whips, beautiful coral bommies, hundreds of fish species, and an incredible macro life
Plenty of macro and big life, ideal for photographers and thrill-seekers:
Nudibranch, crustaceans, and invertebrates
Pelagic fish: barracudas, tunas, jacks, and trevally
Sharks and rays: silvertip, reef, hammerheads, eagle rays
Pilot whales, sperm whales, dolphins
Various turtle species
Whale sharks in season
Occasional sightings of orcas
Season: Year-long, with different itineraries depending on the month of the year. Peak season is from mid-September, October, and November, along with April, May, and June
Currents: None to mild
Visibility:30 to 50 m (98 to 164 ft)
Water Temperature:28° to 31°C (82° to 88°F)
Depth: Deep and shallow dives
The sites will depend on the time of the year and local conditions, with various itinerary throughout these areas:
Kimbe Bay: Offers stunning reef formations with sea mounts, falls covered with healthy corals, and beautiful coral gardens. This area is where the famous intact Japanese Zero fighter is
Witu Islands: North West of Kimbe Bay, with some black sand bays, offering both an intense pelagic life and lots of critters
Fathers Reefs: Offshore reefs with an intense pelagic life, plenty of swim-throughs, and beautiful coral formations
Rabaul: A macro photographer paradise with plenty to see: the rare mandarin fish, harlequin shrimp, ghost pipefish, and nudibranchs
Milne Bay An area that will please all types of divers, with drop-offs, wall dives, swim-throughs, and overhangs, some drift dives and also some sandy bottom dives and muck dives
New catamaran boat from the pioneers of diving in Papua New Guinea, operating there since 1983
Courses available on board: Ask us
Languages spoken: English, Tok Pisin, and Hiri Motu
Maximum number of divers per guide: 4
Equipment Recommended: 3 mm wetsuit
Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote
Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Port Moresby
Visas, Flights, and More!
To be able to enter Papua New Guinea, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival, you'll need a return ticket within 30 days, and you'll have to pay for a visa on arrival - around $30 (about ... EUR)
Some citizens may have to apply for an e-visa before arrival, please check the current visa policy that applies for your country