Like most of the best dive sites in the country,
New Ireland is a far-flung destination roughly a two-hour
flight away from Port Moresby (the capital city). The main draw
here is diving, with divers journeying here for the chance to dive
among large groups of reef sharks.
New Ireland's reputation for sharks and pelagics is thanks to
the nutrient rich currents weaving in and around the area's
numerous islands, making it a hotbed for black-tip, white-sip,
silvertip and grey reefsharks, as well as tuna, Spanish mackerel
This region may not be the most obvious choice for a luxury
diving holiday, due to the lack of five-star resorts, however, what
you will find is high quality accommodation, such as the
Lissengung Island Resort, a stone's throw from the area's best
Tufi is our top choice for a combination of luxury diving in
Papua New Guinea and experiencing the country's rich culture. We're
big fans of the
Tufi Dive Resort, which, despite its name, can organise a whole
range of above-water activities including touring the local
village, beach picnics and hiking.
Beneath the water, Tufi has over 15 dive sites, ranging from
rich inner reefs to interesting muck sites, to outer reefs. Of
these, Mulloway and Cyclone Wall are a couple of must-dives when
you're in the area. Cyclone Wall is a beautiful coral wall, whereas
Mulloway, a steep drop-off, is renowned for sharks and
Last but not least, you have the marvellous Kimbe Bay, one of
the most spectacular places to dive in Papua New Guinea. Kimbe Bay
is renowned in the marine biology community for its impressive
levels of marine biodiversity (which includes 400 species of coral,
860 species of reef fish and 10 species of cetaceans), all within
an area the same size as California.
With countless sites each as beautiful as the last, choosing
where to dive in Kimbe Bay can be a challenge, luckily, Kimbe Bay
and the rest of New Britain is best experienced via liveaboard,
like the MV FeBrina, where your locally-trained diver
guides will know the best spots in the area.
Nevertheless, some of our favourite dive sites in Kimbe Bay are
'The Zero', a Japanese Aircraft wreck surrounded by rich coral
bommies, and South Ema, a gorgeous swim-through studded with soft
corals, sea fans and rope sponges.
There's no doubt that luxury diving in Papua New Guinea is a
dream holiday for most people. If you're thinking about making the
dream a reality, our expert team can help you create a
itinerary to suit your needs.