Scuba Diving Vacations In Papua New Guinea

Scuba diving vacations Papua New Guinea will mesmerize you.  An underwater landscape that is home to twice as many species of fish as the Red Sea and ten times as many species of coral as the Caribbean, scuba diving PNG (as the locals call it) is a breathtaking adventure that encompasses beauty, serenity and allure of its pristine islands.

Scuba diving Papua New Guinea is reputed to be spectacular, and there is bountiful reason. A converging zone for the Bismark, Coral and Solomon Seas, the constantly moving turbulence of a trifecta of oceanic water gives stage to a rich and nutrient-filled marine feeding environment. This prosperous feeding area gives sustenance to all forms of species, from tiny nudibranchs to the massive polka dotted friendly giants of the sea, the whale sharks. This converging of three water systems provides an excellent opportunity for all levels of diver to enjoy a rainbow of incredible sea life viewing.

The deep waters of Papua New Guinea boast vertically dropping reef walls which reach down to 1,000 feet or more, giving a thriving living condition for coral gardens, patch and fringing reefs, sea grass beds and coral atolls. This can be found on most parts of the northern coastline, on the southern shores of New Hanover and New Ireland and in some areas of the Milne Bay. In the more sheltered bays delicate coral formations are spreading to enormous size, which cannot be found on barrier reefs. This is typical for Kimbe Bay in West New Britain.

Papua New Guinea dive packages give chance to see hundreds of wrecks, many of them from World War II, that are scattered across the seabed. Boats, planes, barges and submarines, some of them still in excellent condition and easily accessible from the coast, have been transformed into living coral reefs. Rabaul, Kavieng, Loloata Island Resort (Port Moresby) and Madang are good places to go for wreck diving.

Another fantastic destination is the Eastern Fields which is 170 km southwest of Port Moresby. Located between Papua New Guinea and Australia, the Eastern Fields are a truly untouched part of the Coral Sea. Home to over 2,000 species of fish, it is truly a diver`s dream come true. The colors are vivid. The schools of thousands of pelagics are awe inspiring. The reef fish prolific and the water crystal clear. There are walls, slopes, cracks, crevices, shoals, swim-throughs, arches – you name it, Papua diving will reveal it.

Papua New Guinea is a photographer’s dream, both underwater and on land. That’s why a PNG diving vacation should include shore excursions from your Papua New Guinea live-aboard or PNG dive resort. This land of contrasts has much to offer the adventure traveler – trekking, mountain climbing, white-water rafting, canoe trips, a spectacular display of flora and fauna, a wealth of World War II relics, a unique cultural exchange and perhaps the world’s finest scuba diving.

Scuba Dive Asia represents the finest diving resorts and live-aboard accommodations in Papua New Guinea and will make sure you will have an unforgettable experience here. Contact us now to learn about our scuba diving vacations Papua New Guinea opportunities and how we can help you have a Papua New Guinea diving vacation that surpasses your dreams.

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Visa may be issued on arrival at Port Moresby for stay up to 30 days. The passport must have at least 6 months remaining validity and must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay. All visitors must have an outward ticket and sufficient funds to facilitate duration of stay. 2 empty pages for Papua New Guinea visa stamp. All visitors must have an outward ticket and sufficient funds to facilitate duration of stay.
The official language is English, which is widely used in business and government circles. Pidgin English and Hiri Motu are more commonly used (an estimated 742 other languages and dialects are also spoken).
GMT +10
The official currency is the Kina, or PGK. Exchange facilities are available through trade banks. American Express is the most widely accepted credit card; MasterCard and Visa are often accepted as well. Most shops and hotels accept traveler’s cheques. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, traveller's are advised to take traveler’s cheques in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Australian Dollars.
Hot, tropical climate at sea level, cooling towards the highlands which also cause climatic variation from one area to another, affecting the southeast trade winds and the northwest monsoons. The majority of the rain falls between December and March due to the northwest monsoon, although Port Moresby enjoys a dry season at this time.
Health services in Papua New Guinea are by no means up to western standards, although there are hospitals in all major towns. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age arriving within 10 days of leaving infected areas. Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please check with your embassy or consulate, as well as with a knowledgeable doctor, for detailed information on current health issues.
240 volts AC, 50Hz. Australian-style three-pin plugs are in use. Some hotels provide 110-volt outlets in guest-rooms. Please make sure you bring universal adapter with you if necessary.
An airport tax of K30 (approximately 12 US$) is levied on international flights (usually included in the price of a ticket). Children under two years of age and passengers not leaving the airport are exempt.

Where Is Papua New Guinea?

Water temperature
27 to 30 °C / 82 - 87 °F

18 to 30 meters+ / 60 to 100ft+

Skin / 3mm / 5mm

Best time to travel
Year round (January to March rainy season)

Recommended dive sites
Kavieng: Albatross Pass
Milne Bay: Dinah's Beach
Kimbe Bay: Susan's Shoal
Solomon Sea: Veale Reef

Above water activities
Skull Caves in Milne Bay, Sepik River cruise, Hot River trip in New Britain, Papua art in Port Moresby, bird watching