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Papua New Guinea is located in the coral triangle of marine biodiversity with the highest diversity of tropical fish and coral in the world.

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 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’ 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, sea grass beds, coral atolls and wrecks.

All dive operators offer dive instruction, scuba gear hire and a range of other services, with Nitrox offered by most operators.

Diving is possible all year round, the optimal season generally being from mid-April to mid-June and mid-September to mid-December.

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.

PNG has its own hyperbaric recompression facility located in Port Moresby. The facility is situated within a private hospital and is operated and maintained to international standards by Hyperbaric Health Australia.

General Information


  • Air Niugini
  • Airlines PNG


For international flights to/from PNG the standard allowance is 20kgs in Economy Class, 30kgs in Business Class.

Air Niugini allows an additional 15kgs for dive gear. Divers making same-day domestic connections or within 24hrs qualify for this extra allowance. For domestic flights the standard allowance is 16kgs.


A Bank South Pacific outlet is located within the International Arrivals area. Westpac, ANZ and other BSP branches are located in all main centres.

Capital City

Port Moresby

Climate & Temperature

The climate is tropical with varying wet and dry seasons across the country. Generally the wet season runs from December to March, with the dry season from May to October. In the coastal areas the average temperature range in the dry season is 24-29 °C and in the wet season is 29-33 °C. In the Highlands regions the temperatures range from 16-24 °C and 26-30 °C.

Country Name

PAPUA NEW GUINEA or simply PNG. It is politically incorrect to refer to the country as ‘Papua’ or as ‘New Guinea’ unless referring to specific geographic areas.

Dress Sense

For most occasions dress is informal though slippers and shorts are not allowed in most bars and restaurants.

Lightweight clothing is suitable in coastal areas but a sweater will be needed in the cooler Highlands areas. As a courtesy to local standards and customs visitors are asked to dress modestly.

E&S Fee

Environment & Safety fee, an industry support fee of US$4/A$5 per diver per day.

Electricity Supply

240 volts AC 50Hz using Australian-style plugs. 110 volt outlets are available for shavers and hair dryers.


Malaria is prevalent throughout the country. Visitors are advised to consult their physician about anti-malarial medications.


Visitors are strongly urged to purchase comprehensive dive and travel insurance.

International Access

Weekly flights to Port Moresby from Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo Narita, Honiara and Nadi. Daily flights to Port Moresby from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney.


Although PNG is host to one-third [700!] of the world’s languages, English is the language of education and business. Tok Pisin and Motu are also widely spoken.


6 million


To PNG: dial country code 675 + number
From PNG: dial 05 + country code + number
The B-Mobile GSM network is available in most major centres.


Time Zone

GMT plus 10 hours



Tourism Information

Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority

Transfer Desk

For visitors making a same-day connection to a domestic port the Transfer Desk is located within the Departure Hall at the International Terminal.


All dive operators provide airport transfers which are generally included in the tariff. Hotel courtesy buses and car rental services are available at airports in all major centres. Metered taxis are available in Port Moresby. your travel agent for any changes.


For most nationalities a 60-day tourist visa can be purchased on arrival at Port Moresby International Airport at a cost of K100. Check with your travel agent for the most up-to-date information.

Water Temperature & Visibility

26 °C along the edge of the Coral Sea and up to 31 °C in the Bismarck Sea. Visibility ranges from 50 to 150 feet.


Mainland Dive Resorts and Liveaboards – Port Moresby Tufi Milne Bay Madang

Loloata Island Resort

Loloata Island Resort is a privately owned, intimate resort nestled in Bootless Bay, 25 minutes from the international airport in Port Moresby. The resort offers superb diving and snorkelling and has a reputation for “away from it all” conferences, seminars and courses.

Instruction | Gear rental | Nitrox | 24 en-suite guest rooms | Full resort facilities | Land tours | Guest internet | English, Japanese

Tufi Dive Resort

Tufi Dive Resort is an up-market resort offering all air-conditioned bungalows, breathtaking sea and mountain views, western and local cuisine and fully serviced bar. The diving is spectacular, combining protected fjords, water seamounts, shallow reefs, hammerheads, mantas, wrecks and muck dives. The Tufi dock is a world-class muck dive.

Virtually guaranteed are schools of barracuda, trevally, sweetlips, with new sites being discovered regularly. Tufi offers a very tranquil setting with casual atmosphere and friendly people. Tufi also offers great snorkelling excursions along with outrigger safaris, bird watching, sea kayaking, fishing, village visits, trekking, pristine beaches, cultural demonstrations or simply relaxing by the pool. Something for everyone.

Tufi is the only fjord location in Papua New Guinea offering unspoilt marine life, rainforest biodiversity, and eco-friendly initiatives with the local community. Tufi’s Port Moresby office provides the service of meet and greets on guests’ arrival. Tufi Port Moresby office can also arrange local hotels, domestic airline tickets and private plane charters.

Instruction | Gear rental | 17 en-suite guest rooms | Full resort facilities | Pool | Spa | Land tours | English, Japanese

Tawali Resort

Tucked away only accessible by boat, sits what may be Papua New Guinea’s best kept scuba diving secret. Tawali Resort is built on a limestone bluff overlooking the ocean and offers travellers a unique location to dive, relax and enjoy the unspoiled wonders of Milne Bay. Tawali is a full service all-inclusive dive resort that is located in the heart of the best diving Milne Bay has to offer. Guests can enjoy guided tours through neighbouring villages or visit ancient skull caves or hike to waterfalls. Learn what it really means to step back in time where the worries of the world fade and the magic of nature unfolds. Tawali is home port to two live-aboards MV Chertan and Spirit of Niugini.

Instruction | Gear rental | Nitrox | 14 en-suite guest rooms | Full resort facilities | Guest internet | Land tours | English

Niugini Dive Adventures

NDA is solely owned and operated by MTS to provide P.A.D.I. services to guests at the Madang Resort, Kalibobo, Malagan and aboard the Sepik Spirit. NDA operate the Aqua Venture, the Madang Reef Explorer and several smaller vessels for diving in Madang and from zodiacs aboard the Kalibobo Spirit. In addition to diving, snorkeling excursions, harbor cruises and hire of sailing catamaran, kayaks and cycles are available.

Game Fishing can also be arranged with advance notice.

Instruction | Gear rental | Full resort facilities | Land tours | Pool | English, Japanese

The Dive Centre

Located at the Airways Hotel close to the international Airport, no time is lost travelling on domestic flights to remote locations. The Dive Centre is the only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in PNG, denoting excellence in diver training at all levels from beginner to instructor. We are Papua New Guinea’s specialist for dive training. Our experienced and caring staff conduct all academic and confined water training using luxurious Airways Hotel facilities.

Solatai is our purpose-built snorkel and dive boat that transports guests comfortably to the Papuan Barrier Reef. Solatai is equipped with facilities for added comfort of the guest. As one of only 18 passengers each and every guest can be assured of individual attention from the knowledgeable staff who conduct guided diving tours with the safety only possible with years of experience in the local area. We have 25 permanent moorings within Bootless Bay-Tahira area and offer superb coral formations, abundant colourful marine life and wreck diving.

Specialist activities:

  1. Nautilus Dive: Available Dec-May, 3days notice required / Great photo Opportunity!
  2. Camping Trip: 1 night /6dive Program / Available Nov-June / Visit untamed dive sites east of our usual range / Camp area near a village
  3. Canoe Sailing: Sail on a modern version of the traditional outrigger canoe
  4. Town tour: Experience unique culture in Port Moresby

Instruction | Gear rental, sales & service | Nitrox | English, Japanese

MV Chertan

Welcome to some of the finest scuba diving experiences in New Guinea, and some of the best opportunities to discover nature’s most unusual creatures. Join us aboard the lluxury dive vessel M.V. Chertan, captained by Rob van der Loos and his experienced, capable crew.

Your Host: Milne Bay Marine Charters of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea

Gear rental | Nitrox | English | 10 passengers

Chertan is a purpose built liveaboard dive boat with a length of 60 feet and a massive beam of over 21 feet. Dual ladders with a large dive platform make diving from the vessel easy.

The vessel is often anchored in flat calm waters while being visited by locals in their dugout canoes who bring fresh produce to the boat as well as shells and artifacts for the guests to purchase.

Upstairs are the dining and lounge areas. Both below decks and upstairs has been out fitted using PNG rosewood, giving the vessel a solid timber feeling.

Blue ribbon eels can be found in Milne Bay in very shallow water.

MV Golden Dawn

The 80-foot MV Golden Dawn operates in many different regions of PNG – from the most northern islands of Wuvulu, Ninigo and Hermits, to the most southern of atolls, Eastern Fields. The vessel has the advantage of offering the best diving conditions possible choosing each regions premium season. Her sophisticated stabilizer system and size allow her the most comfort for a maximum group of ten divers. Being owner-operated ensures 100% commitment to service. Also available are re-breathers and nitrox diving, adding further quality to your diving experience.

Gear rental | Nitrox | English | 10 passengers

MY Star Dancer

Every Star Dancer voyage is an exciting new experience. Your Star Dancer itinerary features an exploration of the best diving in the Milne Bay area. Star Dancer is a luxurious 120 ft custom built vessel, with 8 ensuite air conditioned cabins. The vessel is ideal for divers with ample room on the dive deck, a dedicated camera area and a water level duckboard for easy access to and from the water. Experienced and knowledgeable crew will assist with every aspect of your dive vacation.

Gear rental | Nitrox | English | 16 passengers

ISLAND RESORTS :: New Britain New Ireland

Walindi Plantation Resort

Voted ‘best diving from a resort anywhere in the world’. Walindi Resort is also the home port to two of PNG’s premier live-aboard dive boats, MV FeBrina and MV Star Dancer, both of which operate around New Britain and New Ireland. Walindi is an intimate dive resort situated on the shores of Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain.

Accommodation at Walindi consists of comfortable bure-style bungalows spread along the beach front and surrounded by rainforest gardens. A name synonymous with the very best in diving, Walindi is the gateway to the splendours of Kimbe Bay and further afield. A boutique resort catering to divers, Walindi offers unparalleled diving to all, from the professional underwater photographer to the recreational sports diver – crystal blue waters, towering volcanic sea mounts, luxuriant coral gardens, muck diving and more. The bewildering variety of choices in dive sites is surpassed only by the kaleidoscope of colours and diversity of fish life.

Instruction – Gear rental – Nitrox – 12 bungalows & 4 plantation house rooms, all en-suite – Full resort facilities – Broadband internet – Pool – Land tours – English, Japanese

Lissenung Island Resort

Picture a small and private tropical island with a white sandy beach, tall palm trees, beautiful flowers, magnificent sunsets and traditional bungalows, surrounded by some of the world’s best coral reefs. Lissenung Island Resort has it all: Pelagic fish action, currents, wall and muck diving, wrecks and beautiful reefs. This small and private resort is located off Kavieng in New Ireland Province, only 2 degrees south of the equator. The water temperature ranges from 82 – 86 °F / 28 – 31 °C all year round. Enjoy world-class diving with the only dedicated dive resort and longest established operator in the area from this beautiful resort.

The four spread-out bungalows house seven double/twin and single rooms. Six of the rooms have private facilities, for the remaining room, the share bathrooms are only a short stroll away. Meals are served in the Haus Win, the large main building, and it is here where fresh food including crabs, lobster and fish as well as cold drinks await the divers after an exciting day of diving.

Our diving consists mainly of reef dives, beautiful overgrown walls and sheer drop-offs, but there are also a few wrecks and some great muck diving (little critter diving) around Kavieng. The boat departs at 9am for two dives in the morning and returns to the island for lunch. In the afternoon, guests can either do another boat dive, relax or do a shore dive on our house reef, which is free of charge until 6pm. So far, at least 175 different fish species have been confirmed on this reef, which makes the free shore diving a nice little added bonus! With a maximum of 14 guests, personal service is guaranteed and a visit to Lissenung Island Resort is truly exclusive!

Instruction – Gear rental – 7 rooms, 6 with en-suite – Full resort facilities – FREE Wifi in all rooms – Land tours – English, German, Dutch, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French

Lissenung Island Resort – The best little dive resort in the South Pacific!

The four bungalows are spread out over the island, giving the guests plenty of privacy. Three of the four bungalows house two double or twin rooms. The last bungalow is a one-room bungalow.

The beautiful breeze that reaches every corner of the island ensures that no air-conditioning is necessary.

We guard our house reef well and the surrounding fishermen know it, so they don’t come to fish on “our” reef. The result? A very well stocked reef, with at least 175 different species of fish! And it’s not a matter of one fish per species, but loads of them!

Scuba Ventures Kavieng

Big to small, wrecks, caves and walls we dive them all.

Focused on small group diving, Scuba Ventures provides a world class diving adventure with quality guidance during your personalized tour of the many reefs and wrecks found in the area.

Scuba Ventures, the only dedicated owner operated shore based operation in Kavieng town is centrally located to all accommodation facilities. Dorian and Cara continue to discover and explore new dive sites, working with the local New Irelanders to locate World War II wrecks and establish exclusive fresh water cave diving in New Ireland.

Whatever your interest or level of experience, Dorian and Cara can tailor your diving to give you the holiday experience of a lifetime. Discover More in Kavieng with Scuba Ventures.

Instruction – Gear rental & sales – Nitrox – Cave diving for suitably qualified – Guest Internet – Land tours – English, Afrikaans, limited Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

MV FeBrina

FeBrina cruises from Walindi, the world renowned dive resort located on the North Coast of New Britain. Walindi, with its fern draped bungalows nestled amongst beach front rain forest, is a perfect home base from which to begin and end your FeBrina dive trip. Diving Kimbe Bay and all the offshore reefs outside the Bay including the Witu Islands and North Coast “Fathers” reefs, FeBrina is your sea borne platform that provides easy access to spectacular dive areas, offering 5 dives per day. Some of those reefs are rarely visited by divers or photographers. They are remote with superb visibility and prolific fish life.

Gear rental – Nitrox – English – 12 passengers

MY Star Dancer

Every Star Dancer voyage is an exciting new experience. Star Dancer tours Northern New Britain accessing Witu Islands to the north west and Fathers Reefs to the north east with special itineraries from Kimbe Bay to Rabaul. Star Dancer is a luxurious 120 ft custom built vessel, with 8 ensuite airconditioned cabins. The vessel is ideal for divers with ample room on the dive deck, a dedicated camera area and a water level duckboard for easy access to and from the water. Experienced and knowledgeable crew will assist with every aspect of your dive vacation.

Gear rental – Nitrox – English – 16 passengers

Dive Adventures

Dive Adventures was established in 1986 and has been Australia’s leading dive travel specialist for more than 20 years, with offices located in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

The staff offer a wealth of knowledge and diving experience throughout The South Pacific, Australia & Asia. We’re different, we’ve dived and experienced the world, and we care about our clients. So if you would like to plan your next diving adventure, we can organise travel for individuals as well as large groups to any destination of your choice. Why not come and talk to the professionals at Dive Adventures, your diving holiday specialists!

Dive Adventures is Australia’s leading dive travel agency, providing Australian scuba divers with memorable scuba diving holidays for over 20 years.

Dive Worldwide

We are unique to the UK dive market in offering remote and far-flung destinations with liveaboards, resorts, and dive centres the world over. At Dive Worldwide we really do have the ultimate diving collection. Africa, South America or the islands of the South Pacific are high up our list and each of us at Dive has our favourites which we would be delighted to talk you through.

Our friendly and highly professional team of dive enthusiasts will help you create the itinerary of a lifetime. Whether you are looking for a small group departure or a tailor-made holiday we will provide you with an unforgettable dive experience.

Here you will find deep or shallow reefs, coral walls, sheer drops, atolls, passages, lagoons and an incredible number of wrecks. Boats, planes, submarines – many from WWII – these casualties of the past have been transformed into living coral reefs, home to a unique diversity of species.

Diversion Dive Travel

Diversion Dive Travel is the leading online travel specialist for diving vacations in the Western Pacific region including Papua New Guinea, Australia, Micronesia, South East Asia, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. This region covers some of the most pristine marine environments on the planet. As a fully licensed international travel agency, Diversion Dive Travel helps you discover these wonders.

PNG is a dream of divers. Crystal clear waters, “paradise islands”, and mountain ridges covered with thick rainforests or spectacular volcanoes provide an exclusive setting for one of the best dive vacations

Eco Adventures Worldwide

Your gateway to a special selection of scuba dive travel packages to the wonderland of Asia. We offer high quality diving packages featuring only the best dive resorts and liveaboards to Thailand, Indonesia, Borneo, The Philippines, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea & Christmas Island. These resorts and floating homes provide every facility imaginable for a great diving experience..

ScubaAsia is the dive division of Eco Adventures Worldwide, a boutique 11-year old company & a fully-licenced Travel Agency based in Singapore

Papua New Guinea is recognised 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.

M/Y Kalibobo Spirit

Gear rental – 16 passengers – English, Japanese. Join us on the luxurious 30m Kalibobo Spirit where shipboard life is relaxed, informal and sociable. Travel to all local dive destinations in and around Madang including Karkar and Bagabag Islands and beyond. Special invitational cruises operate further afield escorted by Bob Halstead.

Melanesian Adventure Tours

We are a general sales and booking agent for luxury, midrange, budget and backpacker accommodation, domestic air tickets, vehicle hire, guide services, all range of tour products, such as cultural, bird watching, surfing, scuba diving, fishing, cultural shows and festivals, trekking war memorial tours and more. We also assist in visa matters IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA and net working with other other operators in Papua New Guinea, Melanesian countries and the pacific, with international travel agents and wholesalers. We are a Cruiseship and luxury yacht agent. We work with clients from traditional market sources such Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe incl. Scandinavian countries and Russia.

Nusa Island Retreat

Nusa Island Retreat is set on an idyllic island point, surrounded by white sandy beaches and safe swimming lagoons. The retreat is low impact and eco-sensitive. Accommodation is in the form of traditional island style bungalows which are situated both over, and on the water’s edge – the Outlook, simply stunning !

We are conveniently located across the harbour from Kavieng Township – one of the many small islands situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Bismarck Sea. Its waters are rich in aquatic life and boast spectacular reefs systems that are highly acclaimed throughout the international diving community. Add to that, un-crowded diving, warm water and the remote and relaxed South Pacific atmosphere and you have an awesome dive location.

Nusa Island arranges numerous other activities from kayaking, fishing, sailing, surfing, cycling, island and mainland sightseeing tours. Extended trips can also be arranged

Simple yet Extraordinary – Nusa is the perfect place to do as little or as much as you like!

Niugini Holidays

Hello and thank you for visiting New Guinea Holidays. Take a look around our website. You’ll find interesting things to see and do on every page. If you like what you see, contact us to arrange an unforgettable Papua New Guinea adventure

With offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Port Moresby, Niugini Holidays have extensive experience in arranging travel to Papua New Guinea. The specialist staff are dedicated exclusively to the promotion of PNG and can organise almost anything, from a relaxing beach holiday, to an intensive special interest program.

Pacific Travel House

Pacific Travel House is situated in Germany and the organiser for holidays to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, Hawaii, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea. Our strength lies in the individually prepared itineraries and the introduction of various destination suggestions. Our staff have travelled extensively to the destinations that we offer and we can provide first-hand experience. We look forward to welcoming you as our future client and to looking after you with all your travel wishes.

PNG Japan

PNG Japan Ltd is inbound tour operator based in Port Moresby and specialized in PNG particularly Diving. We can book Accommodation / Diving / Cruise / Transfer etc.. within almost all the destination in PNG, and take care of the clients while in PNG. The main office is located in Gateway Hotel, 2 minutes by courtesy bus from Port Moresby’s International Airport. Apart from Diving, we organize Town Tour / Trekking / Birdwatching etc… and also sell various artefacts / souvenirs of PNG at very affordable price.

Papua New Guinea Expeditions

Why watch the Discovery Channel when you can live it?

Rapopo Plantation Resort

Rapopo Plantation Resort is situated 10 minutes from Tokua airport and 10 minutes from Kokopo township. Nestled amongst a working plantation, we are located right on the beach. All rooms have sea views, deluxe, with private facilities and air-conditioning

To experience the local diving, unrivalled in the Southern Hemisphere, Rapopo Plantation Resort’s internationally qualified scuba diver experts, can escort you on an introductory resort dive or teach you to become a SSI diver.

Rapopo Plantation Resort – Beneath the warm, crystal waters, is a treasure of marine life, schools of brilliant tropical fish, coral and rare shells. And the tropical waters of Simpson Harbour belie the eerie war museum on the ocean bed – some 65 Japanese warships sunk by allied bombing in World War II. A must for scuba divers!

Trans Niugini Tours

Trans Niugini Tours is Papua New Guinea’s leading inbound tour operator. Trans Niugini Tours owns and operates a number of award-winning Wilderness Lodges in Papua New Guinea.

In addition, Trans Niugini Tours owns and operates mini-coaches in Port Moresby, the Highlands and Madang. In the Sepik and Western Province, we own and operate boats on the Sepik, Karawari and Bensbach Rivers. We also have our own aircraft which service these Lodges.

At each of Trans Niugini Tours wilderness lodges are comprehensive cultural and ecological touring programs, which take you on a journey to unique cultures, over rugged landscapes and through amazing ecosystems. With over thirty years of operating in Papua New Guinea, you can be assured of a consistently high standard of service while with Trans Niugini Tours.

The unit of currency is the Kina which is divided into 100 Toea. Most major currencies and credit cards are accepted by resorts, on live-aboard vessels and by other leading suppliers.


Brief History

Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern portion of the island of New Guinea, the second largest island in the world. The country consists of a mainland with some 600 islands, of which New Britain, New Ireland and Bougainville are the largest.

The late 19th century was still the era of colonisation and by the onset of the First World War the country was already divided into two: British Papua with their headquarters in Port Moresby, and German New Guinea based in Rabaul. Two years after the War saw a civilian administration set up to govern the Australian Territory of Papua and the United Nations Trust Territory of New Guinea. New developments, expansion and investment over the next twenty years improved the social and economic standing of the native population.

In 1973 self -government was attained, then on 16 September 1975 Papua New Guinea became an independent state. Adopting the Westminster form of government, PNG is a member of the British Commonwealth with strong ties to Australia. The economy is based largely on resources such as gold, copper, oil, gas, copra, timber, palm oil, fisheries, tea, coffee and increasingly, tourism.

Annual Cultural Events

  • Goroka Coffee Festival – May
  • Tufi Cultural Show – June
  • Rabaul Mask Festival – July
  • Mt Hagen Show – August
  • Goroka Show – September
  • Morobe Show – October
  • Milne Bay Canoe Festival – November

The dates vary each year so check.


PNG Dive Tourism History

Over the years independent dive operators have promoted Papua New Guinea’s dive tourism industry. In time, with the number of dive operations increasing, there arose a need for a central body, not only to co-ordinate industry activities, but also to act as a lobby group for operators’ concerns.


In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Development Program and the Seacology Foundation, two hydraulic drill rigs, a jackhammer and mooring pins were purchased. Purpose: to install permanent environmental moorings on all dive sites in Papua New Guinea. The moorings serve to eliminate damage caused by boat anchors on reefs. A hole is drilled into hard coral then a stainless steel pin is cemented into the hole. A chain with a float is then attached to the pin, allowing boats to tie onto the chain without dropping anchors.

Other facets of this program include awareness at primary and secondary schools, as well as joint efforts with non-governmental organisations concerned with marine conservation. As the need for more moorings continues to grow, Diversion Dive Travel, through the Coral Reef Alliance funding program, sponsored a second jackhammer.

Dive Operators are ever conscious of the need to protect the marine environment and all operators exercise a very strict ‘look but don’t touch’ policy. The Environmental Mooring Program is an on-going project. The Environment & Safety Fee (E&S Fee) helps to maintain our efforts to protect the unique marine biodiversity of Papua New Guinea.


The Environment & Safety Fee has been established for two primary purposes:

  • To ensure the continued availability of a hyperbaric recompression facility, help fund operating costs, training programs and to treat divers in Papua New Guinea.
  • To sustain and expand the capacity of the PNG Divers Association to participate in a range of programs and activities in support of ensuring implementation of the Environmental Code of Ethics, and the protection and management of Papua New Guinea’s unique marine bio-diversity.

Hyperbaric Health Australia (HHA) operates a Twin Lock unit to international guidelines. This facility is centrally located at Port Moresby Medical Services, with easy access to the country’s major dive locations. Port Moresby Medical Services is a private hospital with in-patient facilities for continuous patient care. Port Moresby Medical Services also operates a medevac service ensuring prompt delivery of injured divers for immediate hyperbaric treatment. Evacuation with nursing support for injured diver stabilization and oxygen therapy is arranged using pressurized jet aircraft. As well as PNG, Hyperbaric Health operates chambers in Australia and other locations throughout the Pacific and Asia.

In the event of a diving accident patients are accepted for treatment and HHA takes responsibility for insurance billing instead of charging directly at the facility. In the absence of any insurance coverage, the patient will be required to provide a guarantee of payment for services, prior to any treatment being conducted.

PNGDA & HHA do not meet evacuation costs, which can be high. For this reason it is strongly recommended that divers in Papua New Guinea hold full medical and evacuation insurance.

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