Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Papua New Guinea


Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Papua New Guinea

Scuba diving information in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is one of the most exciting, remote and adventurous places on the planet. It is located in the coral triangle of marine biodiversity with the highest diversity of tropical fish and coral in the world. PNG is recognized internationally as one of the best dive locations in the world with twice as many marine species as the waters of the Red Sea and up to ten times as many as the Caribbean. It has become known as an “underwater photographers’ paradise”. The country is surrounded by the Bismarck, Coral and Solomon Seas whose constant movements feed and enrich the marine environment. The immense diversity of sites includes the possibility for muck, wall, reef, drift and wreck diving. A very special characteristic for PNG's diving is the deep water which comes very close to the shore. Only a couple of meters away from the beaches are vertically dropping reef walls which reach down to 300 meters or more. The fjords are excellent for macro diving with gobies, nudibranch, shrimps and clams. Because there is very little current movement in the fjords, many sponges and coral species grow prolifically, many of which not common on the outer reefs. Through all the magnificent underwater scenery you’ll find plenty of fish like playful clownfish, tropical reef fish, turtles, schools of barracudas, sharks and a few grey whales. Kimbe Bay, Milne Bay, Tufi, Port Moresby, Eastern Fields and Madang are among the very best dive sites in PNG, but there are countless others. For divers seeking adventure there are hundreds of wrecks from large airplanes to submarines, many from WWII, scattered around the islands and in excellent conditions. There are many dive resorts on the islands offering day trips as well as liveaboard options. Diving is possible all year round, the optimal season generally being from April to June and September to December. Water temperatures range from 26 to 31°C, with visibility from 15 to 46 meters. Most dive operators promote the use of moorings on regularly dived sites and divers are encouraged to look, but not touch.

Geography and climate

Papua New Guinea is an island nation of over 600 islands that lies in the South Pacific, 160km north of Australia. Papua New Guinea has a tropical climate, though in the highlands temperatures are distinctly cool. The wet season runs from about December to March due to the northwest monsoon. The tropical cyclone season in Papua New Guinea normally runs from November to May. There are a number of active volcanoes, and eruptions are frequent, so earthquakes are relatively common, sometimes accompanied by tsunamis. Average water temperatures are 25 to 30°C.

Entry requirements

To enter Papua New Guinea, a passport and visa are required. It is strongly advised that all visitors obtain a visa prior to arrival. For more informations, please contact your travel agent or Papua New Guinea's Embassy in your home country.

Health and safety

Vaccination against diphtheria, hepatitis A, malaria, rabies, tetanus, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are recommended. There are widespread cholera outbreaks in some places of Papua New Guinea. HIV/AIDS's rate of infection is increasing. For more informations, consult your doctor before traveling. There is some risk to your security in Papua New Guinea due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest and caution is advised.

Time zone

UTC+10

Communications

PNG has a good telephone system in all the main towns. However, in remote areas communication is by two-way radio. Coverage for mobile phones is limited and Internet services tend to be slow and sometimes unreliable.

Power and Electricity

240V/50Hz Australian plug.

Other Informations

PNG has its own hyperbaric recompression facility located in Port Moresby.

Scuba Diving locations in Papua New Guinea

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Papua New Guinea? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Papua New Guinea, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Papua New Guinea

Which locations in Papua New Guinea have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Papua New Guinea and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Papua New Guinea

Which marine species can I observe in Papua New Guinea? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Papua New Guinea

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Papua New Guinea? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Papua New Guinea.

Scuba Diving centers in Papua New Guinea

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Papua New Guinea? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Papua New Guinea. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

There are no diving centers available

Liveaboards in Papua New Guinea

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Papua New Guinea? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Papua New Guinea. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Papua New Guinea

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Papua New Guinea? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Papua New Guinea. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available