10 Nights / 34 Dives. Wrecks, Reef and Open Ocean in the northern Reaches
This trip is about diversity! If you want it all - wrecks, reefs, big pinnacles combined with the small stuff - then this is the itinerary for you. You will start and finish your liveaboard in Kaveing, on the northern tip of New Ireland. We will cruise east and circumnavigate New Hanover island exploring the rich diving in the area.
We want to ensure you experience the best diving available in Papua New Guinea. As such, we customize our itinerary each week to ensure you experience the best visibility, water conditions, wildlife, dive sites and weather available. Below is a sample of what you might expect on your adventure. Specific dive sites are always chosen with conditions, visibility and guest safety in mind. If you have specific dive site/local requests - be sure to let us know and we will do our utmost to include them.
We recommend that you book your international flight to and from Port Moresby International Airport (POM). From Port Moresby, it is a short domestic flight to Kavieng. Ideally, you would arrive at Papua New Guinea one day in advance of your cruise departure so you can start your diving holidays well rested.
As the sun sets, you’ll board Taka to begin your epic diving adventure. Meet the crew, mingle with guests and settle into your cabin as you cruise overnight to the Destination, the first stop on your dive odyssey.
Two pinnacles form the passage which is home to some very large pelagic species. The deeper pinnacle is covered in soft corals such as sea whips, gorgonians fans and magnificent black coral trees. A large number of eagle rays are often seen playing on the reef walls of the passage. With the movement of the tides makes for some magnificent wildlife displays.
Chapman’s Reef - Ao Island
This reef is an incredible drop-off with huge schools of barracudas, tunas, sharks and Queensland groupers. There can be strong currents, but visibility is usually very good.
Three Island Harbour
Kavieng used to be a major Japanese naval base during WWII. After US bombing of this base in 1944, a convoy of Japanese vessels coming to the rescue was also attacked. They managed to destroy 3 ships: Sanku Maru, a Type C midget submarine, and Subchaser # 39.
Sanku Maru is resting on her starboard side in 22 metres of water, less than 50 apart from the midget submarine. The Subchaser lies nearby, between 2-14 metres depth. All wrecks are fully overgrown with corals and house plenty of marine life.
The islands of Tsalui, Tsoilaunung and Selapiu will be visited, which are so infrequently visited that there is an interesting exploratory side to the diving here.
Kavieng has a huge variety of marine life. There are fantastic pristine coral gardens, sponges, many different species of nudibranchs and tropical fish. This is a great place for "macro" diving and to see big pelagic species at some of the signature dive sites. When the currents are strong, eagle rays, mobula rays, big dogtooth tunas, barracudas, plenty of grey reef sharks and loads of other fish can be seen here. Divers should be more experienced in general and like to dive in currents in order to do and enjoy those exciting dives. There are also some great World War II wrecks in the harbour, such as the wreck of an Aichi E13 “Jake” floatplane. The Japanese used this seaplane for reconnaissance purposes.
Minutes away from Kavieng on the West Coast Albatross Channel; a narrow passage between two islands. A ridge runs across the mouth of the passage at 30 feet. Diving from the top of the ridge down to a sandy plateau at 27-43m (80-130 ft) where numerous pelagic congregate in the channel and a large number of grey reef sharks cruise along the mouth. Mantas and mobula rays are frequent visitors. On top of this is a magnificent wall of soft coral. Average visibility is around 30-35 metres (100 ft). Look in the soft corals for leaf scorpionfish and pygmy seahorses.
After a light breakfast, you will off board in time for your flights or to continue on the rest of your journey.
We'll miss you on board Taka but we know you will already be planning your next visit back to us.