Papua New Guinea means wildlife; spectacular scuba diving, rain-forest mountaintops, stone-age villages, and of course scuba diving or snorkeling in one of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs among the rich waters of these stunning destination.
Papua New Guinea diving offers divers the exceptional chance to really get away from it all, as you explore the stunning array of remote wrecks and reefs of this undersea paradise. Papua New Guinea , as it is often known, is made up of more than 600 volcanic, jungle-clad islands and scattered coral-fringed atolls amid the crystal waters of The Coral Triangle. It is home to six of the world's seven marine turtle species, more than 2,000 species of colourful reef fish and an astounding number of vibrant corals.
Sailing from Walindi, or Rabaul Harbor, some of our Private Charter Yachts, Liveaboards and Cabin Charter Yachts will take you to the unique dive sites scattered around New Britain Island. Dive cruises along the northern coast take in some of the incredible dive sites of Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands and Father's Reefs in search of tropical fish and tiny invertebrates in the coral gardens set among the black volcanic sand, or to swim with the likes of barracudas, and silvertip and grey reef sharks circling the seamounts that dramatically rise almost to the surface out of the ocean depths. On most days you are likely to be the only divers around.
New Britain Island is the largest island in Papua New Guinea's Bismarck Archipelago, offering liveaboards a multitude of varied dive sites, from the reef walls that drop off into the abyss and the towering seamounts of the north, to the mangroves, lagoons and barrier reefs along the southern coast.
Kimbe Bay, on the northwestern coast of New Britain, is surrounded by sleeping volcanoes. With quintessentially colourful corals and close to a thousand species of fish, the dozens of little islands and hundreds of submerged reefs make this one of those dive venues that most divers have on their bucket list.
Witu Islands were formed thousands of years ago by undersea volcanoes breaking through the surface of the ocean. Sitting to the northwest of Kimbe Bay, the black sand islands, surrounded by deep ocean depths, are ideal for diving by day or by night.
Fathers Reefs is a chain of offshore reefs to the northeast of the Kimbe Bay, surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. It’s distant location mean pristine reefs with dramatic formations that seem to attract a lot of pelagic activity.
Milne Bay sits as far southeast as you can go on the Papua New Guinea mainland. Below the surface of this sheltered, deep-water bay, caught between the Coral and Solomon Seas, are plankton rich waters hosting a myriad of sea creatures, as well as a variety of wrecks that contest to the area's strategic importance during the Second World War.
May to November are the most popular months for diving in Papua New Guinea, but with a warm to hot and humid climate throughout the year and water temperatures ranging from 24-29 degrees Celsius there is no bad time to dive Papua New Guinea, and little need for much neoprene. Most likely due to being out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the visibility throughout the diving is generally excellent, but can range from 15 - 45 meters (50 - 150 feet) depending on when and where you are.
The diving is accessible to all levels of certified divers from Open Water upwards (there's no minimum number of logged dives required), but to get the most out of your Papua New Guinea diving experience, an Advanced Open Water certification is recommend, so that you'll feel completely comfortable at all the dive sites.
As the seasons change, and along with them the weather and diving conditions, some Charter Yachts relocate their dive tours to check out the ocean delights of the reefs that fringe the idyllic white sand beaches of New Britain's southern coast, not to mention the possibility of a dugong siting The small town of Alotau, at the southeastern tip of mainland Papua New Guinea, is the jumping off point for our live aboard charter yachts to discover the huge variety of wonders of Milne Bay.
World War II wrecks, coral-wrapped walls where the lucky are sometimes visited by Mantas, and muck diving for seahorses and bizarre critters, is enough to keep even the most seasoned diver happy for longer than your Papua New Guinea trip lasts.
Papua New Guinea diving is considered by many as a true underwater photographer's paradise, and liveaboards give divers the opportunity to check out a wonderful taster of remote reefs, coral walls, deep seamounts, and a variety of WWII wreck sites in comfort and safety.
Throughout your Papua New Guinea yacht charter vactions you will get to meet the friendly locals who paddle out in their outrigger canoes to trade fresh fruits and veg to visiting boats.
In July you have the chance to combine your holidays with the Rabaul Mask Festival, where you'll be entertained with traditional Papuan - Melanesian singing, dancing and elaborate bilas (traditional costumes).
We offer in Papua New Guinea private charters on traditional luxury Phinisi Schooner yachts and smaller Motor Yachts, 20-22m (66-73ft) in length, which caters to only 10 or 12 guests.
Each yacht charter vacation is different and customized to best fit with your interests.