South New Britain
10 Nights / 34 Dives. Critter diving in unexplored PNG.
The southern coast of New Britain is a relatively unexplored area. Diving here concerns mostly gorgeous and easy reef diving with the real feature being critter spotting in the sand and muck. Departure is from Rabaul near the Tavurvur volcano where you may see house-sized rocks getting thrown into the air surrounded by lots of ash everywhere.
What makes the south coast special is a fairly unique combination of circumstances. The very deep waters of the Solomon’s Trench approach close to the coastline, causing the strong coastal currents to mix with the up-swells of cool water from the Trench. This produces an optimum blending mechanism that helps to feed the ecosystem and nourish the reefs.
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 Rabaul (RAB). 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 south coast and the first stop on your dive odyssey.
Coral bommies and white sand slopes with a great assortment of nudibranchs and flatworms, soft coral cowries, squat lobsters, pipefish, upside-down jellyfish, as well as a myriad of small crabs and shrimp plus a couple of octopus and cuttlefish.
Very little is known about diving here, which is the best and most exciting part of this itinerary for the adventurous diver. Let’s explore!
Mainly dives on a silty sand slope, where you can see ornate ghost pipefish everywhere. This area is also great for critters as we see snake eels, dragonets, pipe fish, frogfish, orangutan crabs, blue boxer shrimp, quill worms, flatheads, sting fish, wasp fish, file clams, mantis shrimps, cuttlefish, ribbon eels, twin spot gobies, sea moths, ghost pipefish, plus lots of unusual nudibranchs including giant melibe. If you get tired of the muck, there are several gorgeous walls where eagle rays, sharks, bumphead parrotfish, barracuda, are often grouping.
There are mostly like some exploratory dives to seaplane wrecks as Linden Harbour housed an air naval base.
Another remote and undiscovered diving area. Most likely, you will find hard coral walls and slopes. Chance of spotting big wahoos, turtles, cuttlefish, longnose hawk fish, squat lobsters, jaw fish, batfish, flying gurnards, eels, porcelain crabs, clownfish, nudibranchs, and more ghost pipefish.
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