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Papua New Guinea

Wild and remote with sensational diving
Located in the centre of the Coral Triangle, Papua New Guinea is a remote and relatively undiscovered destination offering incredible diving with pristine reefs, steep walls, World War II wrecks and a huge marine diversity from pygmy seahorses to hammerhead sharks!

In World War II, the Japanese captured much of New Guinea and many relics of the war now lie beneath the waves to make fascinating dives. One of the most popular areas to dive is Kavieng. This area is known for its channel dives, where the strong incoming currents act as magnets to schools of Trevally, Baracuda, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays and reef fish. The low lying islands clad in mangroves, provide havens for juvenile fish species and other exquisite macro critters.

As well as the fantastic diving, Papua New Guinea has much more to offer in wildlife and culture.  With the world’s third largest rainforest, you can find 38 of the world’s 43 birds of paradise, tree kangaroos, long-beaked echidnas, birdwing butterflies and thumbnail-sized frogs.  There are over 850 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, with 750 tribes who keep their cultural traditions alive in their Melanesian rituals in marriage, death, circumcision ceremonies and initiation rites.

How to get there
There are many ways to get to Papua New Guinea, but the most popular route is via Singapore with daily flights from most UK airports to Singapore with Singapore Airlines, and direct flights from Singapore to Port Moresby with Air Niugini every day except Sunday and Friday. Flight time to Singapore is approximately 13 hours with the onward flight to Port Moresby being approximately 6 hours 30 minutes.

Stay a bit longer
There are many options if wishing to extend your stay in Papua New Guinea. You can choose to go trekking in the rainforest, take a bird watching safari, surf on one of the many uncrowded surf breaks, take a kayak tour amongst the 600 islands or experience some of the oldest continuing culture on the planet with visits to remote villages.  Whatever you may fancy adding on to your Papua New Guinea trip we will be happy to guide you and to assist with your travel needs.

Quick Guide: Papua New Guinea

  • Location: North of Australia on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea
  • When to go: All year round (wettest Dec – Apr)
  • Average air temp: Tropical 30°C
  • Average water temp: 24°C – 29°C
  • Recommended diver level: PADI Advanced (or equivalent) with minimum 25 dives

 Liveaboard diving
 Resort Diving

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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010

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