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Papua New Guinea

Overview:

Papua New Guinea possesses some of the best dive spots in the world and many divers are aware of that now. Deep or shallow reefs, coral walls, sheer drops, barrier reefs, atolls, passages, lagoons and wrecks (many of them WWII wrecks), all with a unique variety of species, are found throughout the region.

PNG has about twice the amount of fish species as compared to the Red Sea, and roughly ten times as many species of corals are found here compared to the Caribbean.

What to see:
  • Milne Bay
  • Kimbe Bay
  • PNG lies within the Ring of Fire (the great chain of volcanos and calderas that circles the Pacific Plate), an area which offers the most species of marine life in the world.
Need to know:
  • Certification or vaccination against yellow fever or cholera is requiring for travelers over one year of age coming from or through infected areas.
  • Malaria is the only serious health risk (see link below for further information)
  • To assist with the continuing development of the dive industry in PNG, all divers are asked to pay an Environment & Safety Fee. The fee is US$3 or A$4 per diver and is paid direct to the dive operator for each day of diving. It is used to maintain the recompression facility and assist with the ongoing conservation efforts.
Useful stuff:
Language: Melanesian & English
Currency: Kina & US$
Time: GMT +10
Climate: Tropical
Natural hazards: Earthquakes, Tsunamis & Volcanoes
Diving season: Year round
July – Oct 27C/ 80F
Air temperature: 26 - 30C
Hyperbaric chambers: Port Moresby Medical Services

South Pacific - Papua New Guinea: Latest User Reviews

Kabaira Dive Rabaul: PNG Surprise  Kabaira Dive , Papua New Guinea 4 Star Rating Added: 16th March 2009 by ValDesJ
Settled amongst a tropical garden setting with its own beachfront, Kabaira Dive Resort caters for individuals and small groups. This is a place to come and relax and unwind, to take in the ambience, it is not a place to come if you like commercialism. It truly is a small...
Bootless Bay diving  The Dive Centre, Airways Hotel, Papua New Guinea 5 Star Rating Added: 19th September 2008 by pmartyn
I live in Port Moresby and dive with The Dive Centre most weekends. From the beginning they make you feel welcome and look after you. The marine life in Bootless Bay is abundant and there are a large number of reef sites plus a number of purpose sunk dive wrecks....
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