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Dive Review of Tufi Dive in
Papua New Guinea/Tufi

Tufi Dive: "Nice Resort; Good Diving; Great Staff", Apr, 2018,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 84 reports with 49 Helpful votes). Report 10251 has 4 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Spent 10 nights with 9 days of diving at the Tufi Resort. This resort can be a bit of a challenge to get to due to the rather limited flights from Port Moresby. PNG Air flies to Tufi only 3 days per week and if it is raining at Tufi, flights are often cancelled due to the unpaved airstrip.

The resort is quite spacious and comfortable. The managers, Brian and Roya (sp?), make one feel quite welcome. I had a deluxe room overlooking the bay. It had a queen and a single bed. I used the single bed for the camera table. The room had plenty of electrical outlets and storage space. It was a short walk to the main lodge that included a bar and dining area. Meals were also served on a veranda, weather permitting. The bar had a limited but adequate choice of adult beverages. Breakfast was basically and cold continental. A made-to-order breakfast could be had for an additional charge. Lunch was buffet and dinner was either buffet or plated. The food was plentiful and generally quite tasty with a nice variety. The soups were quite good.

The dive operation was down the hill from the main resort so a truck ride was provided mornings and afternoons. The diving consisted of a 2-tank AM trip and a 1-tank dive after lunch. In the morning, we usually dived the outer reefs; about 10 miles and a 40-minute boat ride away. These reefs provided the best diving with schools of bigeye and yellowtail barracuda. The tops of the bommies were covered with an abundance of smaller reef fish. We also encountered an occasional shark --- white-tip, grey reef and hammerhead. The visibility on these reefs is quire good. The reefs are mostly hard corals that appear quite healthy. There were a couple of days that choppy seas with high swells limited us to one dive or no dives on the outer reefs.

When the outer reefs were not accessible or most often for the PM dive, we dived the local sites in the “fjords”. Here the visibility is much less (30’- 45’) with different marine life mainly smaller critters such as nudibranchs, crabs, shrimp and anemonefish.

The dive team was quite friendly and helpful always ready to assist. Andrew, Diaz, Glenn, Wesley and Manuel did a great job.

The biggest negative about this trip was the air travel within PNG. It can be unreliable and expensive (excess baggage fees). However, the folks at the resort are great and the diving is worth the hassle. I will give serious consideration to returning.
Websites Tufi Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorro, Fiji, Solomons, GBR, Vanuatu,
PNG, Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Kosrae
Closest Airport Tufi has an airstrip Getting There Must go thru POM with flights only 3 days per week

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No Deco
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments The resort has no separate camera room. Carried camera to/from dive boat daily. Rinse tank on dive boat was mostly inadequate. Rinsed camera at dive shop with fresh water hose. Resort provided daily transportation to/from dive shop due rather steep hill with uneven surface.
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