En Papua Nueva Guinea se ha llegado a escuchar la frase "aquí hay más peces que agua". Esto nos da una idea sobre la riqueza de sus aguas.
Los cruceros de submarinismo en Papúa Nueva Guinea ofrecen una oportunidad de alejarse de todo mientras explora remotos naufragios y arrecifes en este paraíso submarino. Esta región del Océano Pacífico tiene la fama de ofrecer una biodiversidad marina inmensa, y es el hogar de siete especies de tortuga marina, más de 2,000 peces diferentes y una gran cantidad de corales.
Mejores sitios para hacer submarinismo en Papúa Nueva Guinea
Isla New Britain es la isla más grande del Archipiélago Bismarck, y ofrece multitud de sitios de inmersión en sus safaris de buceo; desde manglares, lagunas y barreras de coral hasta muros de arrecifes que acaban en abismos.
Kimbe Bay, en la costa noroeste de New Britain, está rodeada de volcanes dormidos. Con coloridos corales y más de mil especies de peces, la docena de pequeñas islas y los arrecifes sumergidos la convierten en uno de los mejores sitios para bucear en Papúa Nueva Guinea.
Milne Bay se encuentra en el sudeste del continente de PNG. Bajo la superficie de esta bahía, atrapada entre el mar del Coral y el mar de Salomón, las aguas ricas en plancton albergan miríadas de criaturas marinas y una gran variedad de naufragios de importancia estratégica durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Uno de los mejores lugares para hacer un crucero en Papúa Nueva Guinea.
Cómo llegar a Papúa Nueva Guinea
El Aeropuerto Internacional de Jackson, justo a la salida de Puerto Moresby, es el principal punto de partida de la mayoría de embarcaciones de buceo de lujo en Papúa Nueva Guinea. Hay vuelos domésticos a New Britain, Alotau y Rabaul par que puedas emprender tu viaje de buceo en Papúa Nueva Guinea con facilidad.
Papúa Nueva Guinea - 5 cruceros de buceo
Únase al Solomons PNG Master para hacer un inolvidable safari de buceo. Explore los sitios prístinos y remotos de las Islas Salomón y PNG en donde encontrará pelágicos y vida macro en abundancia.
El MV Febrina es perfecto para pequeños grupos de buceadores que quieran explorar algunos de los mejores arrecifes del planeta, en Papúa Nueva Guinea. Cada una de las 7 cabinas tiene baño y AC
Con bonitas cabinas, el MV Chertan surca los prístinos arrecifes de Papúa Nueva Guinea, donde hasta 10 buceadores pueden ver la increíble vida marina incluyendo caballitos de mar y nudibranquiosChertan
Liveaboard Dive Trips In Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea diving is considered by many as a true underwater photographer's paradise, and liveaboards give divers the opportunity to check out a wonderful taster of remote reefs, coral walls, deep seamounts, and a variety of WWII wreck sites in comfort and safety.
Liveaboard.com hosts two distinct dive cruise experiences in Papua New Guinea, exploring either the varied locations around New Britain Island or diving the magnificent range of sites in Milne Bay. Both our liveaboards are on smaller, boutique motor yachts, 20-22m (66-73ft) in length, which caters to only 10 or 12 guests. Most of the diving tours last between 9 or 10 nights, although there are some shorter trips available during the winter months (July and August).
Throughout your PNG diving adventure, you will get to meet the friendly locals who paddle out in their outrigger canoes to trade fresh fruits and veg to visiting boats. If you want some more time with the natives, two itineraries aboard the MV Febrina in July also offer the chance to combine your dive liveaboard with the Rabaul Mask Festival, where you'll be entertained with traditional Papuan - Melanesian singing, dancing and elaborate bilas (traditional costumes).
Dive Sites & Areas of Papua New Guinea
New Britain Island is the largest island in Papua New Guinea's Bismarck Archipelago, offering liveaboards a multitude of varied dive sites, from the reef walls that drop off into the abyss and the towering seamounts of the north, to the mangroves, lagoons and barrier reefs along the southern coast.
Kimbe Bay, on the northwestern coast of New Britain, is surrounded by sleeping volcanoes. With quintessentially colourful corals and close to a thousand species of fish, the dozens of little islands and hundreds of submerged reefs make this one of those dive venues that most divers have on their bucket list.
Witu Islands were formed thousands of years ago by undersea volcanoes breaking through the surface of the ocean. Sitting to the northwest of Kimbe Bay, the black sand islands, surrounded by deep ocean depths, are ideal for diving by day or by night.
Fathers Reefs is a chain of offshore reefs to the northeast of the Kimbe Bay, surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. It’s distant location mean pristine reefs with dramatic formations that seem to attract a lot of pelagic activity.
Milne Bay sits as far southeast as you can go on the PNG mainland. Below the surface of this sheltered, deep-water bay, caught between the Coral and Solomon Seas, are plankton rich waters hosting a myriad of sea creatures, as well as a variety of wrecks that contest to the area's strategic importance during the Second World War.
When To Go
May to November are the most popular months for diving in PNG, but with a warm to hot and humid climate throughout the year and water temperatures ranging from 24-29 degrees Celsius (75-84 Fahrenheit), there is no bad time to dive Papua New Guinea, and little need for much neoprene. Most likely due to being out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the visibility throughout the local liveaboard diving is generally excellent, but can range from 15 - 45 meters (50 - 150 feet) depending on when and where you are.
Tips For Travellers
Pack light if you are flying on smaller flights within Papua New Guinea to the port of departure of your liveaboard, as baggage allowance on domestic flights in PNG can be as little as 10-16kg (22-35lbs) for a checked bag. Remember to pack your most important dive gear in your carry on bag, such as your dive computer and regulator, and if you have a DIN reg, it's best to take your own adaptor just to be sure.
Electricity is 240V/50hz like in Australia and New Zealand and plugs are also like theirs, but some liveaboard boats are fitted with both 110V and 220V outlets for recharging batteries on board. If in doubt bring a travel adaptor or two, to keep all your diving gadgets charged up for that whaleshark or hammerhead encounter.
Papua New Guinea is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or 14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States, and they do not set their clocks forward and back for daylight savings (it's not observed).
Although English is spoken in Papua New Guinea, the locals speak more than 800 languages, in addition to many minor dialects. The most common tongue you'll hear during your trip is pidgin (Tok Pisin), so it can be handy to learn a few basic words or phrases, if nothing else, as a sign of respect.
The local money is the PNG Kina. You'll be able to change money when you arrive at Jackson's International Airport when you arrive, where they'll have the exchange rate listed. A lot of places, including some liveaboards, will also accept travellers' cheques and international credit cards, but check with the boat you are cruising on.
Be aware that there is a 10% tax charged at hotels, restaurants and bars, but it is usually already included in published prices.
How To Get There & Ports Of Departure
Jackson's International Airport, just outside Port Moresby, is the official gateway into Papua New Guinea and is also where you'll hop aboard your puddle jumper, domestic flight to either New Britain, Alotau or Rabaul, to climb aboard your liveaboard.
The island of New Britain is just a 90-minute flight from Port Moresby, and then you'll have a 45-minute drive from the airport in Hoskins to the picturesque and intimate Walindi Plantation Resort on the shores of Kimbe Bay to begin your liveaboard diving adventure.
For diving cruises of Milne Bay, your departure point is the provincial capital, Alotau, built on the hillsides of the northern shore. The good news is that it’s only a short 50-minute hop on the local flights from Port Moresby to this prospering market town, where many boats of all kinds depart from colourful Sanderson Harbour.
A few of the Papua New Guinea diving liveaboards set sail from Rabaul, on the northeast tip of New Britain. An hour and a half flight, followed by a 60-minute drive, with stunning views out over the Pacific, will bring you to the bay that was formed naturally thousands of years ago when the cone of a volcano partially collapsed into the sea. On some nights you will be able to see the glowing lava of active volcanoes in the distance.
A Papua New Guinea liveaboard trip may not be for the most budget-minded diver - ranging in price from US$295-$405 per person/day - but the incredible variety of diving environments, abundance of pristine corals and sea life both big and small, mean it is more than worth every penny and should be among all our "must see" dive destinations.
Divers will be asked to pay environmental reef and hyperbaric chamber fees, but you should check with each liveaboard boat whether this is payable in advance or on arrival.
The diving is accessible to all levels of certified divers from Open Water upwards (there's no minimum number of logged dives required), but to get the most out of your Papua New Guinea diving experience, an Advanced Open Water certification is recommend, so that you'll feel completely comfortable at all the dive sites.
Generally, no special visa is needed to travel to PNG. For people from many countries of the world, such as Britain or the U.S., all you need to get to PNG is a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you will arrive, and a return ticket to leave the country. Outside of that, you'll get given a 60-day tourist visa when you land at the airport in Port Moresby. But, just in case things change, you can check the latest visa information before you go at www.immigration.gov.pg
In general, you won't need any vaccinations for your trip, but Malaria is around, so it's definitely worth packing some strong insect repellent, especially if you plan to combine your diving liveaboard with exploring some of the islands. It's always best to check with your doctor before you travel for their up-to-date recommendations on vaccinations or other preventative measures, and don't forget your medical certification card if you are travelling from a country that has yellow fever or cholera.