Tufi, located in the southeast of New Guinea, saw its share of
WWII fighting between the Japanese and Allied forces. Today, divers
can see the remnants of the area's battles below the surface.
For any military buffs looking to enjoy the more advanced diving
in Papua New Guinea, SS's Jacob wreck may just tickle your fancy.
The ship was taken out by Japanese bombers in 1943 as it
transported troops and weapons from Milne Bay to Oro Bay. The wreck
now lies below 40 metres, making it strictly an advanced dive, but
it is also one of the prettiest wrecks in the area.
Tufi is also known for dramatic underwater fjords offering
superb muck diving opportunities, while the offshore reefs house
the bigger fish...
To the east of New Guinea lies the Bismarck Archipelago. One of
the biggest islands in the archipelago, New Ireland, is a magnet
for advanced divers seeking thrilling currents. The island is
separated from neighbouring New Hanover Island by a narrow channel,
and it's here that you will find the Albatross Passage dive
On an incoming tide, Albatross Passage can feature an
interesting current making it among the more advanced diving in
Papua New Guinea. However, strong currents bring patrolling grey
reef sharks, devil rays, eagle rays and big dogtooth tuna to the
passage. The walls are also home to some cool macro critters,
including nudibranchs and leaf scorpionfish, but the current may
make it tricky to stop and admire them.
If you're looking for a deeper dive, the Deep Pete seaplane
wreck is a must-dive. The former Japanese WWII plane rests at 40
metres, hence the 'deep' epithet, and its coral-encrusted frame
offers unique photography opportunities.
Another island from the Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain's main
claim to diving fame lies in Kimbe Bay. This remote slice of
paradise is home to some of the most colourful soft coral
formations on the planet alongside a plethora of reef fish and
pelagics, including grey reef and whitetip reef sharks. However, if
you're looking for the best advanced diving in Papua New Guinea's
New Britain province, a liveaboard trip into the Bismarck Sea is
just the ticket.
Venturing into the Bismarck Sea allows you to discover the
delights of Fathers Reefs and the Witu Islands. These remote
regions are characterized by volcanic seamounts, coral-topped
pinnacles andnutrient-rich currents, providing all the right
ingredients for some seriously spectacular diving. If you can only
do two dives, the deep, natural archway at The Arch and Leslie's
Reef are not to be missed.
Leslie's Reef is known for its high chances of silvertip shark
encounters in the deep.A ridge begins at 24 metres, stretching away
from the main pinnacle, reaching down below 35 metresto where the
silvertips like to hang out...
If you're keen to experience the advanced diving in Papua New
Guinea, our team of dive travel experts are on hand to help put you
in the right place at the right time. Having dived extensively
throughout the region, we'll ensure you maximise your chances of
spotting your bucket-list macro critters or favourite