Witu Islands are formerly called as French Islands and can be oftentimes called as Vitu Islands. These islands are a small group of volcanic reef-ringed islands situated within the archipelago of Bismarck, Papua New Guinea within the Southwest Pacific. Witu Islands generally consists of four main islands such as Garove, Narage, Unea and Mundua. The largest islands of Witu are Garove and Unea. The group of Witu Islands is the main copra trading of Papua New Guinea. Witu or Vitu Islands are situated around 60 kilometers to 115 kilometers northwest from the point of the huge Willaumez cape of New Britain.
The group is a volcanic caldera open to the south area developing a breathtaking lagoon that provides stunning snorkeling and diving experiences and enjoy other water activities such as village visitations, swimming, historical artifacts, and glass bottom boat tour.
Garove Island. Garove, being the largest, you can expect to catch a glimpse of big fishes such as trevally, barracudas, Spanish mackerel, large dogtooth tuna and sharks. Garove comprises 13 kilometers in wide which rises to 368 meters above sea level. It is still a volcanic island despite no records has been found for eruptions. It has a diverse shoreline that has sandy beaches, low cliffs, rocky inclines, and vegetated inclines which go down to the shore directly.
Unea Island. The Unea Island offers a verdant ecosystem for tourists, along with exceptional historical discoveries, which includes distinctive carved stone heads, and a beguiling natural ecosystem.
Mundua Islands. You will find 4 primary islands – Mundua, Wingoru, Vambu and Undaga – placed within a linear group of some 10 kilometer long; a number of smaller isles and developing boulders are situated to the north area of the group. Several little sunk and part-developing reefs are situated along the coast. The main island of Mundua, to the east has dimensions of 5.75 kilometer long with usual widths of about 1 kilometer. The islands are steep-sided, mountainous and substantially forested with fringing reefs as well as shallow reef settings observed all over their shorelines.
Narage Island. This tropical isle takes the appearance of a tiny cone – Narage is actually a stratovolcano, lastly active for the period of the Pleistocene – that climbs up towards a level of 307 meter above sea. These days, hot springs are the only indications of volcanic activity located on the south coast. A fringing reef encloses this tropical isle far away of 200 meters to 400 meters, surrounding a narrow lagoon. In the area of Narage are a variety of small reefs, all of these are sunken, which includes a series of reefs that reaches up to the southwest for approximately 12 kilometers.
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- 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)