In terms of adventure, diving in Papua New Guinea is hard to beat. This is frontier territory, far from the crowds and with truly exceptional diving on offer. We love diving in Papua New Guinea for the diversity it offers; it’s all here – from stunning fringing reefs to sea mounts, wrecks to abundant marine life. For this safari we’ve chosen two of the country’s premier dive destinations – firstly Tufi off the north coast of the mainland and then on to New Britain Island and Kimbe Bay.
A trip to Papua New Guinea would not be complete without some time on land to experience the rich culture this country has maintained. the tour incorporates some time to explore both the highlights of above and below the surface.
This tour is fully guided by a member of the Dive Safari Asia team.
We begin our diving in Papua New Guinea from the Tufi Resort. It’s not accessible by road- to say this area is remote is surely an understatement. Perched on the flanking slopes of Mount Trafalgar and overlooking a network of interconnecting fjords this is the perfect base from which to enjoy the wealth of diving this region has to offer.
There’s two distinctive areas for diving at Tufi – firstly the outer reefs which feature sea mounts, walls and pinnacles, these sites tend to benefit from having excellent visibility. Sharks, rays, big schools of jacks are the order of the day alongside some of the richest and healthiest reefs found anywhere in the world.
In contrast the sites closer to home and set amongst the backdrop of the fjords are the muck and critter dives including Tufi’s wharf which offers the opportunity to encounter plenty of weird and wonderful marine life including nudibranchs, frogfish and ghost pipefish.
From Tufi there is an excellent land tour which will be enjoyed on our final day. We’ll be collected from the resort by local tribesman and spend the day in a local village and experience a ‘sing sing’ celebration as a welcome.
From Tufi we travel north to New Britain and our next base which is Walindi Resort. Set in a tropical forest of age old trees with hanging vines and lush foliage, Walindi provides access to incredible reef diving opportunities and plenty of big fish to match. Kimbe Bay plays host to a dizzyingly rich variety of marine life large and small Orcas make for relatively regular sightings whilst transferring to dive sites, as do dolphins in large numbers. Grey reef sharks are regular visitors along with many different types of rays, in addition the critter life is rich and varied.
On our final day at Walindi there will be a chance to venture in-land to relax in the hot springs of the nearby volcanic mountains. This tour combines the pleasure of diving in Papua New Guinea , enjoying unspoiled sites, with the chance to experience some of the topside beauty and culture.
Enquiry for Papua New Guinea Safari | May 2017
Phone: 0117 369 0443
Canningford House, 38 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6BX