Veale's Reef, Tufi
Veale's Reef is one of the area's signature dive sites. It's a
fantastic choice for drift diving in Papua New Guinea, with the
best of both worlds - stunning coral reefs and shark encounters.
Divers drift along the steep coral wall, enjoying visibility of up
to 40 metres, floating by schools of barracuda, snappers and
Spanish mackerel. Reef shark sightings are common, and
occasionally, divers will be lucky enough to spot a hammerhead
passing by. The reef top is blanketed in plate and staghorn corals,
which can be seen during the safety stop.
Albatross Passage, New Ireland
Albatross Passage is easily one of the best dive sites in New
Ireland and a must-visit when drift diving in Papua New Guinea. The
narrow channel, which lies between the tip of New Ireland and Manne
Island, has strong currents, so dives need to be scheduled
according to the tides. On a typical dive, expect to see a large
variety of fish such as dogtooth tuna, barracuda, eagle rays,
mobula rays and grey reef sharks. The site also has a stunning
coral wall, which is decorated with gorgonian sea fans, sponges,
and soft and hard corals.
When it comes to drift diving in
Papua New Guinea, it's quality over quantity. However, with so
many other fantastic dive spots in the country, you could easily
dive every day of the week. Our expert team can help you put
together a once-in-a-lifetime itinerary filled with fantastic drift
dives and more.