Dive Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea or PNG has been known as “underwater photographer’s paradise” along with several award-winning photographs being captured in Papua New Guinea. PNG is directly located at the eastern half or the rocky tropical island within New Guinea, the second largest island in the whole world. It lies directly at the northern part of Australia which consists of a mainland with a few 600 islands. A few of such islands are volcanic that have remarkable mountain ranges, and almost all are somewhat emergent.
The Papua and the New Guinea were once two different islands. The northern part of New Guinea coast was called German New Guinea when it was come into the hands of German. In the late 1899, the imperial government of German presumed direct jurisdiction of the area due to the copra trading in the New Guinea islands.
In 1884, the Papua was called by its name when there was a proclamation wit British colony over the southern part of New Guinea coast as well as to its nearby islands. The colony was called British New Guinea which was taken over outright sometime in 1888. Papua and New Guinea were restored and finally Papua New Guinea was born after so many settlements sometime in 145-46 the time when Japan surrendered during World War II.
PNG is internationally recognized as a home to a few most impressive diving sites in the world. The coast of PNG is profusely gifted with amazing coral reefs that brings worldwide repute for scuba diving enthusiasts.
Almost 85% of the main island is covered with tropical rainforest that have different vegetation species from Asia and Australia. PNG Islands home as well to an astonishing species of outlandish birds and blessed with several kinds of orchids that any other tropical islands.
Since PNG has 17,000 kilometers of shoreline and reef systems are about 45,000 sq. kilometers, divers may enjoy minimal contact with other divers. The vast range of diving sites comprise coral gardens, coral walls, sea grass beds, barrier reefs, fringing reefs, patch reefs, coral islets and wreckages. Some of the best adventures that can be done in PNG are trekking and hiking, fishing, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, cruising, bird watching, tours and cultural events all year round.
Best Time to Dive
PNG is situated just at the southern part of equator, thus it is a tropical country. The wet season is between December and March, even if the country experiences periodic precipitation all year round. The dry season is between April and November. Generally, the weather in PNG is good all year round, thus there’s no better or best time to dive here.
Getting There and Around
Getting there in PNG is very straightforward. If by air, the official gateway to PNG is via Jackson’s International Airport, located around 8 kilometers from the Port Moresby, the main town center. Once arriving visitors have cleared in Customs, they must go straight towards the Domestic Transfers Counters at the International Check-In Counters for an onward boarding pass towards their destinations. From there, visitors will be given tips and directions to get around the islands.
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)