Scuba Diving Papua New Guinea
Diving Papua New Guinea articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent
Diving Papua New Guinea Overview
Some of the world's finest diving is in this land just north of Australia -- PNG as it is often known.. While there are several PNG dive resorts with excellent diving, it's a dream destination for liveaboards; PNG has several well-regarded diving liveaboards to choose from.. Unique critters abound. Muck diving is great for macro photographers and there are plenty of sites with big fish, big coral and brilliant coral. It's also a naturalist's paradise with beautiful topography: volcanoes, steaming jungles, butterfl ies as big as birds and walking-stick insects a foot long, and splendid Birds of Paradise. Most rain comes in heavy afternoon downpours. Take a week to stay in fine lodges like Karawari or Tari to visit indigenous, still primitive cultures, among the most interesting on the planet. Port Moresby is an unsafe city, although the big hotels are fine, as is a cab trip to the superb giant crafts market. Loloata Island Resort, a diver's alternative, is 25 minutes from the airport and they'll arrange round-trip transportation. Malaria prophylaxis is still essential. English gets you by everywhere.
Papua New Guinea Seasonal Dive Planner
PNG's weather is dependent on local topography. Heat and humidity
are reasonable considerations. Only in the Highlands does it get cool at night.
The driest time of year is May through October, but it rains considerably even
then. During the rest of the year, plankton blooms are more common. Although Walindi
Plantation Resort accommodates guests year-round, January, February, and March
are the wettest months. Some boats beat the rainy weather by moving to the other
side of the mountains at Kandrian, miraculously transporting to a dry climate.
It's a bit of a steam for the crew, but for guests, it's a quick flight over the
mountains by small plane. The water temperature is a wonderfully warm 84 degrees,
and the nights are T-shirt comfortable. The heaviest rains occur in the Rabaul
area between January and April.
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Diving Papua New Guinea Feature Articles and Reader Reports
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Diving Papua New Guinea Articles - Land Based
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|Tufi Dive Resort, Papua New Guinea, everything’s nice - - during the wet season, that is, 1/10|
|One of PNG’s Last Great Cultural Events, 1/10|
|Kiribati, Yeah; Kri, Nay, important updates for dive travelers, 5/06|
|Tawali Resort, PNG, 3/05|
|Haus Poroman Lodge, Mt. Hagen, PNG, 4/03|
|PNG Choices, 10/98|
|While in PNG, Forget Port Moresby, a diver’s alternative, 10/98|
|Worldwide Diving, With an IRS Subsidy, Barracuda watching in PNG, 2/98||
Diving Papua New Guinea Articles - Liveaboards
|Walindi Plantation and MV FeBrina, PNG, machetes, bare butts and cannibals are part of the package, 10/12|
|Bonaire, Fiji, Galapagos, Roatan, great examples of customer service - - and one resort to avoid, 9/11|
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|Tawali and Spirit of Niugini, Papua New Guinea, choose the liveaboard over the resort, 3/09|
|The Finest Dive Boat in Papua New Guinea? Not Yet, 8/08|
|Star Dancer, Paradise Sport, — pick a ship: two top PNG live-aboards, 3/05|
|Paradise Sport, 3/05|
|Star Dancer, Papua New Guinea, quarter inch critters, thirty foot monsters, 4/03|
|Papua New Guinea Liveaboard Options, 4/03|
|Mike Ball's New Paradise Sport, Checking out the Muck in New Guinea, 10/98|
|The Telita and PNG, The saga of Bob Halstead’s pioneer boat, 1/98|
|The Chertan in PNG, 11/95|
|Papua New Guinea, 5/95|
|Golden Dawn, Coral Sea, 3/95|
Papua New Guinea Dive Reviews
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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Papua New Guinea
The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the
world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com;
just follow the links. -- BD
Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael
What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.
Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.
Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach
Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.
Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and we'll get a cut of the proceeds to continue our reef-protection efforts.
Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach
At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches. Order through us, get Amazon.com's best price and a good hunk of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.
Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef
by Neville Coleman.
2900 reefs in 220,000 square miles, the enormous Great Barrier Reef has incredible
dives -- and some very ordinary ones. If you're contemplating a trip, Neville
Coleman's Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea will help you
ensure you pick the best. This 176 page book, with good maps and scores of colorful
photos, describes the significant sites, the topography and the critters, then
rates and ranks them so you can pick the best. Don't even consider a trip to Australia
without consulting this. $24.95
Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide
by Gerald R. Allen, Roger Steene.
I was trying to pack
light for a change. Surely the Solomon Sea would have good identification books
aboard. Not so; the only book on the boat belonged to a fellow passenger. It was
one that I had not seen before, the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide,
by two of the best fish guys around, Gerry Allen and Roger Steene. The problem
was this fellow passenger kept it in a plastic baggie most of the trip and I had
to beg to see it. Great book, good traveling size, and it covers everything from
fish, shells, marine plants, mammals, corals, and invertebrates to sea birds and
more. Now I've got my own, and it won't do you any good to beg me to borrow it.
This is one of two books that I will not travel to the Pacific without. Good for
travel to the Red Sea, East Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Andaman Sea,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii,
it has 1,800 color illustrations in a 6x8 1/2 paperback format with 378 pages.
You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's
Book Picks section.