- The term Muck Diving was coined here due to some of the best Macro in the world including Nudibranchs and Pygmy Seahorses
- This country is as famous for spectacular diving as it is for amazing cultures with over 800 languages spoken!
- It is believed there are hundreds of species yet to be discovered here both on land and in the sea.
The answer is: Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is internationally recognized as one of the best dive locations in the world. Many international award-winning photos have been taken in this underwater paradise. Located in the coral triangle of marine biodiversity, Papua New Guinea has the highest diversity of tropical fish and coral in the world. With 16 dive operators offering land-based and live-aboard diving along 17,000km of coastline and 45,000 sq kms of reef systems, divers can enjoy minimal contact with other dive groups. The huge diversity of sites include barrier reefs, coral walls, coral gardens, patch reefs, fringing reefs, sea grass beds, coral atolls and wrecks.
Papua New Guinea has its own hyperbaric recompression facility located in Port Moresby. The facility is situated within a private hospital offering full in-patient treatment, and is operated to international standards by hyperbaric Health Australia.
Discover our waters
Diving in Papua New Guinea is available year round through resorts, dive centers & live aboards with prices to suit all budgets. Operators provide resort courses, fully equipped dive shops, well maintained gear for hire and several have facilities such as Nitrox, rebreathers and E6 camera processing. With all operators focusing on personal attention in a relaxing environment an excellent quality of dive service can be expected on any dive vacation.
Dive Seasons April June & September December is optimal
Water Temperatures 78 88 degrees depending on location
Visibility 50 150 Feet
Health Hyperbaric chamber available in Port Moresby
Choose your environment
The immense diversity of dive sites includes barrier reefs, coral walls, fringing reefs, sea grass beds and coral atolls. Spectacular wreck diving demonstrates untouched collections of ships and aircrafts from WWII and the diverse marine life they attract. With 10,000 miles of coastline and 1,500 cubic feet of reef systems, visitors can enjoy private dive experiences and minimal contact with other divers.
While the reefs teem with life they are extremely fragile so preservation of the marine environment is emphasized with the ethos 'look but don't touch'. Visitors quickly experience the importance of the oceans to local communities and are able to contribute to the management of the dive industry and the underwater world with a nominal Environment & Safety Fee that is collected by operators for each dive day.