Papua New Guinea sits completely within the Coral Triangle. Its tropical, crystal clear waters are abound with fish and coral not seen elsewhere on the planet!
PNG occupies the eastern portion of the island of New Guinea, the second largest island in the world. Situated directly north of Australia, it consists of a mainland with some 600 islands, of which New Britain, New Ireland and Bougainville are the largest.
PNG is recognised internationally as one of the best scuba diving 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 photographer’s paradise with many international award-winning photos being taken in PNG waters.
The country is surrounded by the Bismarck, Coral and Solomon Seas whose constant movements feed and enrich the marine environment. With 17,000 km of coastline and 45,000 sq kms of reef systems, divers can enjoy minimal contact with other dive groups. The immense diversity of sites include barrier reefs, coral walls, coral gardens, patch reefs, fringing reefs, wall and drift dives, sea grass beds, coral atolls and World War II wrecks.
Many dive operators offer dive instruction, scuba gear hire and a range of other services, including Nitrox.
Diving is possible all year round in Papua New Guinea, with different areas better than others depending on the time of year. Water temperature ranges from 26°C along the edge of the Coral Sea and up to 31°C in the Bismarck Sea, with visibility from 50 to 150 feet – dependent on wet season and local micro climate.
Papua New Guinea has its own hyperbaric recompression facility located in Port Moresby and is operated under Divers Alert Network (DAN) standards.