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Drifting On A Headwind

By Jim Harlan

Adventures in travel!

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Experts in travel to remote corners of the world

PNG Land Based Diving Resorts

> South Pacific > Papua New Guinea

Features: Truly the last diving frontier, Papua New Guinea offers unexplored world class diving. Exquisite reef structure with soft and hard corals and an amazing collection of marine species make this an incredible setting for diving.

Every exotic tropical fish swims here, including schools of manta rays, killer whales, dolphins and sharks. The collection of nudibranchs and small marine life is unparalleled. Visibility is excellent and the diving opportunities are unlimited.

Generally there are three areas for diving in Papua New Guinea: Milne Bay, Kimbe Bay/New Britain and Madang. Milne Bay diving is done exclusively on live-aboard dive boats and offers unspoiled reef diving at its finest with excellent opportunities to see large marine animals.

Kimbe Bay/ New Britain Island offers land based operators as well as live-aboards. In addition to exquisite reef structure, this area is home many varieties of whales and other large pelagics. Madang boasts 600 varieties of nudibranchs in its lagoon and is home to manta rays, dolphins, many varieties of sharks and beautiful coral reefs.

Tufi Dive Resort

On the northeastern coast of Papua New Guinea, Tufi Dive Resort is perched on the slopes of Mount Trafalgar overlooking an enclosed picturesque fjord in the rain forest. The fjord opens onto pristine blue tropical waters of the Oro Province and Cape Nelson with uncharted reefs, underwater WWII dive sites and stunning marine biodiversity.

Tufi Dive Resort is built in traditional style and accommodates up to 24 guests comfortably. The new colonial style resort building houses a dining room, lounge, bar, reception, library, office and laundry. Built from timber to harmonize with the tropical surroundings, it features traditional woven mat walls blended with walnut feature panels. Wide spacious verandahs overlook the sea and fjords, and scattered throughout the complex are many exquisite artifacts and traditional costumes from all over PNG. The units have polished timber floors and are traditionally lined. All have screens, AC, hot water, ensuites, bar fridge, coffee and tea making facilities are available. Most units have verandas overlooking the fjord or Coral sea.

Milne Bay – Tawali Resort

Milne Bay Province is located at the extreme eastern end of mainland Papua New Guinea. More than 435 islands (among which are the Trobriand Islands) give this area many miles of coastline. The diving is outstanding. Dugouts, skull caves and thermal springs, wrecks and whales and the rare dugongs, plunging coral drop-offs and spiraling volcanic mountains all add to the experience and variety of Milne Bay.

Tawali is located in a secluded area of Milne Bay amongst local fishing villages and accessible only by boat. Built on a limestone bluff eighty feet above the water, was constructed by local craftsmen.

Carved totems and woodwork with local Milne Bay cultural designs are found throughout the resort. Covered walkways connect guest bungalows, which are complete with private balconies overlooking Hoia Bay.

The air-conditioned bungalows are spacious with two queen beds and rosewood interiors that include desks, closets and lounge areas. Each room has a personal safe and coffee making facilities. Bathrooms are modern, completely tiled and have solar heated water.

Diving at Tawali Resort ranges from coastal day dives — offering the best Milne Bay muck diving as well as wonderful walls with an abundance of soft corals, large sea fans, anemones with clown fish and large pelagic, such as hammerheads and whale sharks. Outer reef dives in Milne Bay offer divers a chance to dive on beautiful pinnacles with abundant and varied marine life as well as walls with anemones, sea fans, sharks and other large pelagics.

New Britain — Kimbe Bay

New Britain is Papua New Guinea’s largest island. Considered to have some of the wildest diving, this area is home to Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, Orcas, Melonhead Whales and Humpback Whales, just to name a few. In the northeast corner of New Britain Island lies Rabaul, famous for its active volcanoes and some of the finest wreck diving in the Pacific.

New Britain — Walindi Plantation Resort

Walindi Plantation Resort, located on the north coast of New Britain in Kimbe Bay, is a famous dive resort offering the world’s best land based diving. Facilities include 68 rooms, ranging from luxurious waterfront bungalows to suites to inexpensive garden rooms, all with air-conditioning, television, telephone and private facilities. All meals are included and served in a garden setting.

Walindi Plantation Resort is the home to Walindi Diving and the home port for the MV FeBrina. Walindi Diving is a shore based diving operation accommodating up to 28 divers in three boats. These boats operate daily and run within 20 nautical miles of Walindi Plantation Resort offering a choice of two or three dives per day.


A very popular location for diving and snorkeling, Madang Province consists of reef fringed lowlands backed by rugged mountains and offshore volcanic islands. The Madang area has beautiful reefs with an abundance of marine life, soft and hard corals, shipwrecks and dramatic drop offs. Game fishing is also popular since coastal currents carry sailfish, tuna, barracuda, marlin, yellow fin and wahoo.

Madang Resort Hotel

The Madang Resort Hotel, which overlooks Madang Harbour, is set among five acres of exotically landscaped grounds where guests are surrounded by native and hybrid orchids, palms and native flora as well as exotic caged birds. The hotel has apartment suites, waterfront bungalows, standard hotel rooms, a swimming pool and restaurant.

Madang — Malolo Plantation Lodge

Located in a picturesque seaside setting, Malolo Plantation Lodge looks out over the Bismark Sea with the active volcano of KarKar on the horizon. Slightly less than one hour’s drive north of Madang, this former coconut plantation invites relaxation with its expansive lawns and gardens which extend down to the waterfront. Malolo Plantation Lodge is known for personalized service.

The lodge operates scuba dive programs for beginning and experienced divers. Guests may dive Madang’s spectacular reefs, wrecks and corals which are home to soldier fish, angelfish and snapper or they can take a current dive and swim with barracuda. The “Hole in the Wall” has a protected lagoon for the less experienced diver and the entrance to “Dedo’s Drop-off” challenges the experienced diver.

The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.