Papua New Guinea -- a diver's paradise

The coastline of Papua New Guinea is home to some of the world's most spectacular diving  opportunies and is becoming a ‘must-do’ among the international diving community who describe it as an 'underwater photographer's paradise', Many international award-winning photos were taken in PNG waters.

It’s no wonder that an increasing interest in Papua New Guinea as a dive destination was shown at BOOT 2013 in Dusseldorf, Germany last month –the world’s largest consumer show for recreational diving,

You can dive all year round in PNG, with the high season generally from May to November. The average water temperature varies from 25C along the edge of the Coral Sea to 29C in the Bismarck Sea

Experts say that the oceans surrounding Papua New Guinea have up to twice as many marine species as the waters of the Red Sea and up to five times as many as the Caribbean.

Divers visiting PNG enjoy a huge diversity of dive sites, including barrier reefs, coral walls (drop off), and coral gardens, patch reefs, fringing reefs, sea grass beds, coral atolls, and wreck dive sites.

The wreck diving sites of Papua New Guinea provide a collection of ships, aircraft and submarine wrecks from World War Two.

Dive operators in PNG offer both land-based and live-aboard dive tours. Land tours usually consist of a day tour with up to three dives, whilst popular live-aboard tours can take 7-10 days, with up to five dives a day.

Most land-based operators offer resort-type dive courses and have fully equipped dive shops with diving and snorkelling equipment available for hire. 

The PNG dive products at BOOT in Germany this year were Lissenung Island Resort, Walindi Resort and MV FeBrina – all located in remotest parts of the country;

Lissenung Island Resort, which opened in 1996, is a 20-minute boat ride from Kavieng, the capital of New Ireland Province. You cannot get much more remote than that. The small resort offers seven ocean-front rooms ; 

To get to to Walindi Resort and MV FeBrina means a short flight from Port Moresby to Hoskins airport in West New Britain Towering mountain ranges divide the main island of New Britain, and the deeper valleys remained isolated from any form of civilization until early in the last century. 

While Walindi Resort has much to offer tourist of all types, the primary attraction for visitors to the resort and MV FeBrina is the spectacular diving, pristine reefs and amazing marine life.  

Get a feel for PNG diving here with a video from the Tufi Dive Resort, as well Tufi is a remote, pristine region located at the tip of Cape Nelson in Oro Province. The resort perched on the slopes of Mt Trafalgar, is surrounded by lush, tropical rainforest and overlooking a picturesque fjord. 

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