Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Australasia and the Pacific Diving Holidays: An Overview

A collection of islands ranging in size from continentally colossal Australia to pinpricks in the vast Pacific Ocean, and land masses of all shapes and sizes in between. No other region on earth is so intrinsically defined by the ocean that surrounds it.

Neill and Louisa are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The wrecks of Chuuk Lagoon offer the best wreck diving anywhere in the world.
  • You can't get better than Papua New Guinea for a culture and diving combo.
  • Fiji is home to probably the friendliest people on Earth. And the best soft coral!
  • The coral gardens at Lizard Island in Australia are some of the best we have ever seen.
  • If you like sharks and current, the Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa is hard to beat.
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Our Guide to Diving Holidays in Australasia and the Pacific Islands

Of the constituent countries, Australia and New Zealand have a particular affinity for UK-based travellers, many of whom might have visited before, complete with a backpack and boundless energy on a year-off. The last decade has seen a sudden influx of sophisticated new hotels and lodges and while these may not work on a backpack budget, they fit the bill perfectly for the more discerning traveller.

Further east still, Fiji and French Polynesia are close to the perfect desert island destinations, complete with white sand beaches, lush mountainous interiors and crystal clear waters. The problem? The sheer logistics of getting there, and a huge choice of accommodation to wade through to find the place that's right for you. Find the right place though, and the trip will be well worth the effort.

This is a region near the top of every diver's hitlist whether it be for the sharks of Bora Bora and Rangiroa, the coral of the outer Great Barrier Reef or the wrecks of Chuuk Lagoon. Here at Original Diving we have travelled the region extensively to find the very best places to stay where you can get to experience the wonders of this far away part of the world both above and below the waves.


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Picture of stunning soft coral in Fiji

Diving the Great White Wall in the Somosomo Straight in Fiji and then returning to the out-and-out luxury of Laucala Island Resort. Heaven.

Neill, Original Diver

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Top picks for Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Australia

Australia

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Australia offers great diving. As well as the Great Barrier Reef there are the wonders of Lord Howe Island and Ningaloo Reef.

Where to go

Australia
Fiji

Fiji

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Stunning soft corals, great marine life, beautiful beaches and the 'friendliest people on Earth'. What's not to like about Fiji.

Where to go

Fiji
Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef

Australia

Ningaloo Reef, off the coast of Western Australia, is one of the few places on earth that at the right time of year you are guaranteed encounters with Whale Sharks.

Where to go

Ningaloo Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Australia

Lizard Island, in our opinion the best place from which to dive the Great Barrier Reef, is situated at the northern end of the Reef, is home to little more than a Marine Research Station, a luxury hotel, pristine beaches, and a population of large lizards.

Where to go

Great Barrier Reef
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

Australia

Home to the southernmost coral reef in the world, this little known island is a hidden gem.

Where to go

Lord Howe Island
Vanua Levu

Vanua Levu

Fiji

The remote dive sites of Vanua Levu offer something for all divers. Namena Marine reserve for diving and stunning hotels for sleeping!

Where to go

Vanua Levu
Taveuni

Taveuni

Fiji

Soft coral capital of the world and offering so much more, this is a must visit. The Great White Wall is worth the trip on its own!

Where to go

Taveuni
Beqa Lagoon

Beqa Lagoon

Fiji

Beqa Lagoon is famous for its shark diving and the quality of the soft corals. Add in a lovely private island resort and you are on to a winner.

Where to go

Beqa Lagoon
Bligh Water

Bligh Water

Fiji

Bligh Water is the body of water sitting between the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. It's home to ripping currents, amazing coral and fish life and some beautiful resorts.

Where to go

Bligh Water
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

This is one of the last few genuine frontier areas left on the planet. Mention Papua New Guinea and people will probably have visions of cannibals marauding through the jungle. Well, nowadays, the only headhunters you’re likely to come across are Australian recruitment consultants on holiday, but they – and you – would be among the first people to explore what is a truly original destination.

Where to go

Papua New Guinea
Picture of beautiful aerial shot of Palau

Palau

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Located midway between the Philippines and Guam in the western part of the Caroline Islands (this eastern part is known as Micronesia), the nation's claim to fame is now its world-class diving...

Where to go

Palau
Micronesia

Micronesia

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is made up of four states from West to East: Yap, Chuuk (previously known as Truk), Pohnpei and Kosrae. Theses states make up approximately 607 islands (only 65 are inhabited) spread over 2,500km just north of the equator in the Western Pacific.

Where to go

Micronesia
Picture of sunset in Rangiora

Rangiroa

French Polynesia

Rangiroa, at the heart of the Tuamoto archipelago, is the second largest atoll in the world. Only an hour's flight away from Tahiti, it is home to some world-class diving.

Where to go

Rangiroa
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Milne Bay

Papua New Guinea

Milne Bay is where diving started in Papua New Guinea. It is home to world-class reefs, macro and muck diving and is a highlight of any diving trip to Papua New Guinea.

Where to go

Milne Bay
New Britain

New Britain

Papua New Guinea

Within the coral triangle, the centre of marine biodiversity which has the highest diversity of tropical fish and coral in the world, are the waters of New Britain. Diverse and colourful corals are home to a variety of marine creatures including fish, crustaceans and invertebrates.

Where to go

New Britain
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Tufi

Papua New Guinea

Tufi is home to stunning offshore reefs (where you may find an albino hammerhead) and wonderful cultural activities. It should be near the top of any Papua New Guinea dive itinerary.

Where to go

Tufi
Picture of a beautiful beach in Chuuk

Chuuk Lagoon

Micronesia

The best wreck diving in the world. Full. Stop.

Where to go

Chuuk Lagoon
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Lizard Island Resort

Great Barrier Reef

The Lizard Island Resort is the only place to stay to experience the magnificent coral and dive sites of this stretch of the Great Barrier Reef.

Where to stay

Lizard Island Resort
Capella Lodge

Capella Lodge

Lord Howe Island

The place to stay on Lord Howe Island is Capella Lodge. It is a hotel of the highest standard and a very special place to spend a few days.

Where to stay

Capella Lodge
Jean Michel Cousteau Resort

Jean Michel Cousteau Resort

Vanua Levu

The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji is a simple and beautiful resort with serious eco-credentials, amazing family facilities, and access to some world-class diving.

Where to stay

Jean Michel Cousteau Resort
Laucala Island

Laucala Island

Taveuni

The Laucala Island Resort in Fiji is without a doubt one of the world’s top island resorts and once there it is easy to see why. It is very, very special.

Where to stay

Laucala Island
Royal Davui Island Resort

Royal Davui Island Resort

Beqa Lagoon

Located south of Vitu Levu, Royal Davui Island Resort provides a great base from which to explore the famous surrounding waters of Beqa Lagoon. The private island is 10 acres of tropical lush landscape lapped by crystal clear turquoise waters.

Where to stay

Royal Davui Island Resort
Wakaya Club

Wakaya Club

Bligh Water

The Wakaya Club & Spa is arguably one of the best "dive resorts" in the world! It isn’t of course a dive resort at all but all your diving is included.

Where to stay

Wakaya Club
Picture of the water villas at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Bora Bora

Hotel Bora Bora has finally caved in to her need for some major surgery and is closed indefinitely. So, in a fortuitous and timely manner, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has picked up the banner as the island’s top resort and opened about the most inclusive and extensive hotel you could imagine, and in a magical position.

Where to stay

Four Seasons Bora Bora
Picture of Hotel Kia Ora

Hotel Kia Ora

Rangiroa

Only five minutes by boat from the airport lies the newly refurbished, indeed substantially rebuilt Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa; a hotel of a quality to rival the top resorts in better known islands of French Polynesia such as Bora Bora. It is located on the atoll’s northern portion in a vast coconut plantation and is the only hotel on the island making it very private.

Where to stay

Hotel Kia Ora
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Tawali Resort

Milne Bay

Located on a volcanic bluff overlooking the clear protected waters of Milne Bay and accessible only by boat, the Tawali Resort offers a unique location in which to relax and enjoy the wonders of Milne Bay diving.

Where to stay

Tawali Resort
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Walindi Plantation Resort

New Britain

Around the waters of West New Britain lie some of the very best diving that Papua New Guinea has to be offer; home to some of the most pristine coral on the planet. And the Walindi Plantation Resort is the best place to see it from.

Where to stay

Walindi Plantation Resort
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MV FeBrina

New Britain

The MV FeBrina liveaboard dive boat allows you to experience those remote and incredible dive spots of New Britain in great comfort.

Where to stay

MV FeBrina
Picture of the sunset at Lissenung Island Resort

Lissenung Island Resort

New Ireland

The island province of New Ireland in the far north of Papua New Guinea is a two-hour flight from Port Moresby. From the provincial capital of Kavieng where you land, it is a ten minute drive and a further 20-minutes by speedboat to the private island retreat that is Lissenung Island Resort; a small and intimate island resort surrounded by beautiful white sand and turquoise blue seas.

Where to stay

Lissenung Island Resort
Picture of the sunset over Tufi Dive Resort

Tufi Dive Resort

Tufi

Located in Oro Province in the south east of mainland of Papua New Guinea, the Tufi Dive Resort is a small, remote resort of just 25 rooms that has much to offer both divers and non-divers alike.

Where to stay

Tufi Dive Resort
Picture of the Palau Aggressor II

Palau Aggressor II

Palau

The Palau Aggressor II, a 100ft catamaran, can take up to 18 passengers on a spectacular diving experience in Palau. The excellent crew will go the extra mile to ensure you have the best time onboard this Palau liveaboard dive boat.

Where to stay

Palau Aggressor II
Picture of coral diving off The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Chuuk Lagoon

The best way to experience Chuuk Lagoon is by liveaboard, and The Odyssey is the finest liveaboard in the area.

Where to stay

The Odyssey

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