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Papua New Guinea 2016

Kavieng - Papua New Guinea from 26th June to 2nd July 2016

7 days/ 6 nights ex Brisbane
Diver from $2645.00pp ($2395.00pp Dive Club Special!!)
Non-Diver  $2145.00pp 

Trip Includes:

  • Return flights ex. Brisbane to Kavieng, flying with Air Niugini

  • Return airport transfers in Kavieng

  • 6 nights twin share bungalow accommodation at Nusa Island Retreat

  • 8 boat dives including the use of tanks, weights and dive guide services
  • Australian Departure and applicable airline taxes (approx. $320.00, subject to change)
  • NOT INCLUDED: travel insurance, Visa fees, AUD 5.00/person/dive day - Environment and Safety Fee (to be paid at destination)

  • PLEASE NOTE: Minimum certification level required for this trip is Advanced Open Water Diver

  • Deposit Required: $500.00 to book your spot on this fantastic trip!  (Please note: prices are subject to change, so lock in your deposit)

Your own private paradise     

Kavieng is truly the ideal location to base your dive adventures from in Papua New Guinea as it offers easy access to some of the most popular dive sites in PNG.  With its pristine white sandy beaches adorned with coconuts palms,  this private paradise boasts the ultimate in relaxation.

Nusa Island Retreat has a style and charm that is a fresh and a welcome change from your conventional holiday destination. Located on the outer reaches of the Niugini Islands, New Ireland is considered one of the safest and most relaxed provinces with a welcoming and carefree Melanesian hospitality.  We are situated only a couple of minutes boat ride from the capital of Kavieng, making it perfectly positioned to the conveniences of town, yet far enough to be a World Away! Nusa Island Retreat is set on a sheltered white sandy point which offers safe swimming and encompassing views back across the aqua blues of Kavieng Harbour.  It exudes a relaxed and easy going feel from the moment you set foot on the beach and bury your toes in the sand.

Diving

Boat diving will give us access to some truly superb dive sites around the area.  I think you'll find there's something to suit everyone here with just about everything on offer from macro critters to ship wrecks and pelagics... and everything in between! 

Some of the most popular dive sites are:

Kavieng Harbour

Acts as a grave yard with many plane and ship wrecks, all within easy sport diving depths.  Many of these wrecks are remnants from WWII and if you take your time you'll find fantastic macro and critter diving in this sheltered area.

Southwest Coast - Kavieng

The reefs drop precipitously (down to 1000 meters plus,) forming dramatic drop offs at the entrance to passes between the Bismark Sea and the Pacific Ocean.  Currents can be strong and good timing is necessary to catch the incoming tide, when all the fish will be feeding and soft corals are on display.  Here you'll get to experience some spectacular big fish action.

Albatross Pass

At an incoming tide this narrow passage is like fish soup.  Eagle Rays, Mobula Rays, big Dogtooth Tunas, schools of Barracudas and Jacks, plenty of Grey Reef Sharks and loads of other fish can be seen here on almost every dive.  The wall itself is overgrown with big fan corals, black corals and sponges.  This is the home for small creature like Nudibranchs, Leaf Scorpion Fish and Pygmy Seahorse.  Definitely a must do for every visiting diver!

Echuca Patch and the Der Yang

Just 2km from the entrance to Kavieng Harbour, Echuca Patch is a magnificent dive site.  The sausage shaped reef rises from the white sand bottom at 50m to a peak 15m below the surface.  The reef slopes off at the sides and gradually descends along its length to 30m at its Northern end where the scuttle wreck of Der Yang lies perfectly on its side.  The water is usually very clear with at least 40m visibility on most occasions.  Two or three Queensland Groupers live around the wreck, and a school of Barracuda swirl above it while Trevally, Eagle Rays and Dogtooth Tuna parade around the reef.  At least 2 dives are necessary to cover this large area comfortably. 

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