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PNG Master

Papua New Guinea liveaboard

Formally the MV Taka and now owned and operated by Master Liveaboards, the 30m steel hulled PNG Master was custom-designed for divers and accommodates 20 guests in 12 comfortable cabins.

The PNG Master offers itineraries which encompass some of the best diving in the Papua New Guinea, as well as itineraries in the Solomon Islands.

Papua New Guinea is home to some of the best and remote diving the South Pacific has to offer, with new marine species still being discovered here. Surrounded by the Bismarck, Coral and Solomon Seas, PNG has a stunning array of marine life from frogfish, seahorses and nudibranchs to hammerheads, whalesharks, pilot whales, dolphins and turtles, with barrier reefs, coral walls, fringing reefs and sea grass beds along with spectacular WWII wrecks, including ships, planes and submarines. 

To find out more about this area, visit Papau New Guinea page.

Getting 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.

M/Y PNG Master embarks and disembarks for cruises in either Tufi or Rabaul, which will require a domestic flight from Port Moresby. The flight to Tufi will take approximately 50 minutes and Rabaul approximately 1h 25m.  When you arrive at Tufi/Rabaul airport, you will be met by a representative from the Master fleet who will assist with your transfer to the boat. Embarkation time is 18:00pm; disembarkation at the end of the cruise will be at 09:00am.

Guide price: 7 nights Standard Milne Bay Itinerary from £2119 / 10 nights Standard from GBP £4022 per person.
Includes: Full board accommodation in a standard cabin, tea, coffee, water, fruit juice, soda, up to 4 dives daily, 10.4 litre cylinder with air fills, weights, weight belt, SMB, return transfers between the local airport and the liveaboard on days of embarkation and disembarkation

Not Included: International flights, overnight hotel stays, equipment hire, Nitrox, alcoholic drinks, on board merchandise, crew and dive guide gratuities, Marine Park & Port Fees (7 nights USD $224 / 10 nights USD $320 / 12 nights USD $384)

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Quick Guide: PNG Master

  • 30m length
  • Max 20 passengers
  • 12 cabins: 1 standard single, 2 standard twin, 3 classic twin, 2 classic double, 1 premium double 
  • Recommended diver level: Open Water Diver – no minimum number of dives required

Accommodation & Facilities

The PNG Master  has 12 comfortable cabins split into four categories over 2 decks.  All cabins have air conditioning, personal reading lights, towels, charging station and plenty of storage with hair dryers and iPod docking stations available on request.

The 4 standard single cabins and 2 standard twin cabins are located on the lower deck and have shared bathroom facilities.  The 2 classic double cabins, 3 classic twin cabins and 1 premium double cabin are all located on the upper deck and have en-suite bathrooms.

Between dives there is plenty of space to relax in the spacious lounge and dining area located on the main deck, with flat screen TV, DVD, library and dedicated Camera Area for the photographers on board. There is also a large sundeck with comfortable sunbeds, and a second deck which has a huge covered seating area where you can sit back and relax with a good book and cold beer.

The meals offered on board are hugely varied with something to suit every taste and dietary requirement!  Breakfast, lunch and evening meals are served in the comfortable and sociable dining area located on the main deck.  Soft drinks, tea, coffee and water are complimentary during your stay on board, and snacks are available throughout the day.

You can expect 4 fantastic dives a day, conditions permitting.  The expansive dive deck has personal dive stations for each diver with storage, 5 freshwater shower cubicles, rinse tanks for your equipment and toilets.  Diving is from the large dive platform making entry and exit very simple. The boat is also rebreather friendly and Nitrox is available.

Tufi – 7 night itinerary (Tufi – Tufi)
Tufi is known as the ‘Norway of the Pacific’ with spectacular fjords and scenery. Diving around Tufi includes Goodenough Island, Fergusson Island and Normanby Island, with a chance to see beautiful reefs as well as WWII wrecks. This 7 night liveaboard adventure allows up to 22 dives including several night dives (depending on conditions).

PNG hosts an astounding level of marine biodiversity: hammerhead and whale sharks, turtles and sea snakes, manta rays and macro critters. Dive sites range from coral gardens to WWII wrecks, a dream destination for the adventurous diver.

Tufi – 10 night itinerary (Tufi – Tufi)
Tufi is known as the ‘Norway of the Pacific’ with spectacular fjords and scenery. Diving around Tufi includes Goodenough Island, Fergusson Island and Normanby Island, with a chance to see beautiful reefs as well as WWII wrecks. This 10 night liveaboard adventure allows up to 30 dives including several night dives (depending on conditions).

Tufi is a quite remote area with spectacular offshore reefs, five to 10 nautical miles offshore, so remote that many sites remain unexplored, with exceedingly varied diving, including muck dives and drift dives, wreck dives, wall dives, shallow patch reefs and deep oceanic reefs. Hammerhead, whale sharks, pilot whales, dolphins, turtles, and sea snakes are regularly spotted here, and there is a host of weird and wonderful critters to be found on muck dives.

Solomons and PNG Navigator – 10 night itinerary (Munda – Rabaul)
Solomons and PNG Navigator is a pioneering itinerary that ventures along New Britain Island and the rarely visited Bougainville Island of PNG, crossing over to the north western reaches of the Solomon Islands, exploring areas that have rarely, if ever, been visited by divers before. This 10 night liveaboard adventure allows up to 30 dives including several night dives (depending on conditions), with huge marine diversity from coral covered reefs and steep walls to secretive critters and schools of pelagics.

Ready for your next adventure?

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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