Kavieng is a long narrow island which is about 90 minutes away from Port Moresby via plane. It is located at the northern point of New Ireland Province. During World War 2, Kavieng was at the frontier of southward advance of the Japanese and many of the towns of the island, industry and communications was ruined. The region is besieged with quiet reminders of those days passed away. Kavieng and the rest of the nearby areas offer a number of accommodations, exquisite beaches and great reef and shipwreck dive spots.
Kavieng is an island haven of clear rivers and springs, sandy white beaches and towering mountains which run the whole island’s extent. The road that links north and south Kavieng is made up of crushed coral. So it is easy to travel to the island by boat. Within the island’s northern and central area, fascinating Malangan Culture is sort of unique in the Pacific. Surfing, sorcery, shark calling and gourmet seafood such as reef-fish, coconut crabs, crayfish and uncontaminated shellfish turn out New Ireland Province and its coastal areas an escapist’s marvel.
Kavieng is famous for its current-swept channels that entice a variety of huge, pelagic fish activities. The general visibility of dive sites in Kavieng is regularly between 20 to 40 meters that has around 29°C of water temperature. Drift diving in spectacular Kavieng dive sites can be fun along the reef walls blanketed with seafans, sponges and vividly multihued hard corals. Along your dive, you will see the walls would drop away to interesting depths and give an ideal hiding place for little creatures such as nudibranchs and pygmy seahorses. Kavieng Harbor is home to numerous wrecks from World War 2 such as merchant ships from Japan and a lot of float aircrafts.
The following are the popular dive sites in Kavieng:
1. Wreck of the Der Yang. It is a Taiwanese fishing boat spoiled by the fishermen sometime in 1988. It lays starboard edge on top of the crest and is blanketed with colorful soft corals.
2. Albatross Passage. It is a narrow passage between Baudissin and New Ireland. From the time the tide hustles in and out, the channel sucks pelagics and reef fishes between and also into its narrow edges. Barracudas, tuna, reef sharks, rays, turtles, Spanish mackerel and big eye trevally are often seen at this dive site.
3. The Stubborn Hellion. It stands in 12 meters of water, near to Albatross Passage. This dive site is perfect for wreck diving buffs.
4. Echuca Patch. The huge coral edge surge to around 15 meters of the surface and inclines down to 50 meters in open water.