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Dive Review of Tufi Dive in
Papua New Guinea

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Robert and Laura Mosqueda, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6379
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Little Cayman, Indonesia (Lembeh, Bunaken, Wakatobi, Komodo),
Sea of Cortez, Cozumel, Loreto, Socorro Islands, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
the dive briefing specified max depth and time. There was flexibility such
that if something exciting was lower than planned and/or took longer than
planned the dive guides were acommodating.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The acommodations were really nice for us. Others had rooms that were not
so nice (bad smell and/or poor drainage). Staff and food were great. Boats
were ok... not too comfortable, but most of the trips were less than 60
minutes from shore. Gorgeous location. Spectacular reefs with incredible
density of fish life. Most of the fish in the small to medium size range.
Occasional cuttlefish, turtle and occasional shark, usually white-tip. Most
of the dives were on large pinnacles so the navigation was easy. Dive
guides were friendly and acommodating but not knowledgeable about the sea
life. (note to management: buy a fish id book!). Safety stops were easy and
relaxing, usually at the top of a pinnacle. Twighlight/night dive at the
pier revealed amazing life amongst the debris: mandarin fish, many types of
lion fish, bobtail squid, Expect the unexpected when it comes to air
transport! Our plans went awry due to an airline crash and the resort
arranged for charter flight for us; the resort staff were incredibly nice,
helpful, and acommodating. For commercial flights, be sure to respect
weight limits for luggage. If you were on an international flight to get
there, Air Niugini is a bit more liberal. Before you leave, print out the
weight restrictions and present the paperwork at the counter if they try to
charge you extra. Enjoy the food and the friendly animals (wallaby,
hornbill, and couscous). There's been a change of managment in the past
year or so. The new managers are very nice and acommodating but are also
focused on transforming the resort into a meeting destination so there was
lots of building going on. 
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