Tufi's top-side scenery of verdant fjord-like rias may remind
you of Norway, but rest assured, the water here is warmer and the
marine life decidedly more tropical. During WWII, Tufi served as a
US military base, where they built patrol torpedo boats (PT boats)
and launched air raids in search of Japanese ships in the region.
Tufi Jetty, situated at the edge of the town's main fjord, serves
as a gateway for divers seeking a glimpse of the past, revealing
the remains of two PT boats that were sunk during a 1942 air raid.
As you explore the seabed, you will also find a Land Rover and
scattered ammunition before ascending to complete your safety stop
in a macro wonderland.
The Tufi region is also a great launchpad to dive two more of
Papua New Guinea's WWII maritime relics: the S Jacob naval ship and
the remains of a B17 bomber, known as Blackjack. Both sites can
reach depths of almost 50 metres, making them suitable for
experienced divers looking to explore the best deep water diving in
Papua New Guinea. While the wrecks provide ample depth, there are
also several seamounts scattered among Tufi's offshore reefs, where
you can explore greater depths in the company of passing pelagics,
including the occasional great hammerhead shark.
Journeying north from Tufi, you'll traverse the Solomon Sea en
route to the island of New Britain. For those looking for the best
deep water diving in Papua New Guinea, your adventure begins in
Kimbe Bay, where you can embark on a luxury liveaboard bound for
the Witu Islands and Father's Reef out in the Bismarck Sea.
The Witu Islands offer a mix of black-sand bays and offshore
seamounts, with Goru Arches and Dickies Knob being two of the most
famous sites. Both sites offer ample opportunity to explore the
depths and, with a bit of luck, come face-to-face with reef sharks.
For those heading to Father's Reef in search of the best deep water
diving in Papua New Guinea, Shaggy's Reef and Jayne's Gulley are
New Ireland, a long and thin island located to the east of New
Britain, has plenty to offer those seeking out the best deep water
diving in Papua New Guinea. Kavieng is the province's capital and
the main port of entry to New Ireland, be that by air or by sea.
When departing from the harbour and heading north, you set a course
into the Pacific Ocean, while a southward turn directs you toward
the Bismarck Sea. This strategic location bore witness to WWII
action, and deep divers can explore wartime wrecks as well as
vibrant reef awash with colourful corals and marine life.
During WWII, Allied troops devised a system of codenames for
Japanese planes, with 'Pete' assigned to one class of plane. The
wreckage of a 'Deep Pete' plane lies a short distance from Kavieng
Harbour, resting at a maximum depth of 40 metres (hence the name).
For those who prefer reefs to wrecks, Albatross Passage is a deep
dive where you can encounter grey reef, whitetip and blacktip
sharks. Albatross Passage also has a huge array of macro critters.
As you ascend towards the end of the dive, keep an eye out for
nudibranchs, leaf scorpionfish, mandarinfish and the cryptic ghost
pipefish, artfully blending in with its host feather star.
Our team of dive travel specialists has extensively explored
both the Papuan mainland and its surrounding islands. We've tracked
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to help you get the most from your adventure to discover the best
deep water diving in Papua New Guinea.