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Dive Review of The Conflict Islands in
Papua New Guinea/The Conflict Islands

The Conflict Islands: "Amazing diving in the Conflict Islands, PNG", Sep, 2019,

by Terry Smith, VIC, AU ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 11286 has 2 Helpful votes.

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The Conflict Islands Panasesa Global location Beluga Corals Coral Garden Drop off
Diver on Coral Garden Barracuda at Irai point The Undersea Explorer Resort Bungalow
Baby Turtles

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments The diving around the Conflict Islands, Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea is AMAZING!

Located in the pristine waters of The Coral Sea, the Conflict Islands comprise of 21 untouched islands, boasting the most extensive biodiversity & coral reef in the world. With a third of the world’s species of marine fish, the Conflict Islands are home to everything from the tiny ghost pipefish to huge manta rays & tiger sharks. Among the group of islands that surround a spectacular lagoon is Irai Island. This island was found "second-best coral in the world" with the greatest number of species noted in a single dive. This has led to the consideration for a World Heritage Marine Site!

The steppingstone to the Conflict Islands and the Milne Bay area is Alotau. This bustling township is around 1.15hr flight from Port Moresby. The flight takes you up & over a mountain range so can be susceptible to bouts of bad weather, so delays are possible. Upon arrival into Alotau, the airport is small but clean with an area for taxis and transporters. If you're staying at a hotel on the first night, make sure you have let them know what flight you're arriving on so they can meet you. Each hotel has a free transfer service. I visited several hotels when I was in Alotau and I must recommend the Masurina Lodge. Its located up on the hill but the rooms are clean and modern with great security. There is the Alotau International Hotel located on the waterfront but at the time of my visit, it was looking a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites The Conflict Islands   The Conflict Islands

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Egypt, French Polynesia, Thailand, Australia, Tahiti, PNG
Closest Airport Alotau Getting There By direct flight from the International Airport of Port Moresby

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 24-27°C / 75-81°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15-40 M / 49-131 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Diving within your certificating agency limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments If using the Undersea Explorer as a base there is ample space for camera equipment. With freshwater rinse tanks on the back-dive deck and an area inside for uploading & charging, underwater ph ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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