Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Loloata Island in
Papua New Guinea

Loloata Island, Jul, 2005,

by Jill Rain, WA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 1843.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This place is quite under-rated as a dive destination. Everything I'd read described it as a stopover or alternative to staying in Port Moresby, which it can be. I chose to go there after booking a liveaboard knowing it would be crazy to go all the way to PNG just for a week, looking for another place in the country where there might be some diving. But Loloata is good enough to be a dive destination in itself.
The muck diving is excellent, as has been reported elsewhere, and conveniently close to the resort: pipefish, nudibranchs, flatworms, shrimp/gobies, crabs, cuttlefish, blennies, etc. The wonderful surprise was the diving farther out, 15-40 minute boat ride; sites ranging from good to excellent; bommies, walls and wrecks. Great diversity and abundance of reef species (butterfly fish, anemones/fish, angelf,parrotf, surgeonf, triggerf, filef, snapper, eels, jacks, sweetlips etc, even some sharks) and several sightings during the week there of pygmy seahorse, lacy scorpionfish (both varieties), frogfish, leafy scorpionfish. The wrecks, mostly fishing trawlers, are shallow enough (less than 100') to have plentiful coral growth (hard, soft, seafans) and associated populations such as lionfish, sweepers, anthias, crabs, seahorses, scorpionfish, shrimp, plus large groupers, triggerfish and barracuda around.
The dive operation is top-notch in every way: handling equipment, divemasters and crew above and below surface (briefings, finding and pointing out things) helpful and competent at all times. They will run a boat out for even one diver. Rates are good. Three dives a day if you want and a night dive if requested.
The resort has a relaxing and homey atmosphere, and has everything you need: 24-hour power, good plumbing, A/C, good food, a genuinely friendly and always helpful staff. Each duplex bungalow has a large deck overlooking the water and the mainland beyond, which you can enjoy (no bugs). Interesting assortment of wildlife on the grounds. Altogether, a great land-based dive destination, convenient to Port Moresby and modestly priced in comparison to other places in this part of the world.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp 81-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 15-80 Ft/ 5-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
Was this report helpful to you?
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 150 dive reviews of Papua New Guinea and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that scuba dive. Want biodiversity, critters, tribal villages, birds of paradise? We specialize in Papua New Guinea.
Best of PNG
Best of PNG
The PNG diving and land tour specialists. No-one knows PNG above and below better. Resorts, liveaboards, festivals, villages, flight deals.

Want to assemble your own collection of Papua New Guinea reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home

Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2022 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.09 seconds