Destination Overview:
The Independent State of Papua New Guinea still remains one of the least explored countries in the world. It is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, directly north of Australia. It consists of the eastern half of the island of New Guinea (the western half belonging to Indonesia), as well as a number of offshore islands. Jacksons International Airport is located in the capital city of Port Moresby. Port Moresby is 18 hours ahead of Los Angeles and 15 hours ahead of New York.

Diving Details:
Papua New Guinea is part of the Coral Triangle, which as a whole harbors 75 percent of all known coral species, more than half of the world’s reefs, 40 percent of the world’s coral reef fish species, and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle. Papua New Guinea is surrounded by the waters of the Bismarck, Coral and Solomon Seas which offer an incredible diversity of dive sites. Explore barrier reefs, walls, coral gardens, patch reefs, fringing reefs, sea grass beds, coral atolls and wrecks. We promise you won’t be bored….

Insider Information:
Papua New Guinea is a cultural treasure. More than 850 tribes can be found in remote villages throughout the country. These tribes passionately maintain their individual heritage through their art, songs, dances, and ceremonies. Many of these tribes welcome visitors with performances and demonstrations. Be sure to take advantage of this rich experience!

Dive Operators

Dive Sites


image Lissenung Island Resort
image Loloata Island Resort
image Tawali Resort
image Tufi Dive Resort
image Walindi Plantation Resort


Non-Diving Activities

  • Go snorkeling…many dive sites also set the stage for world-class snorkeling
  • Relax on a private, remote beach
  • Observe the activity of Tavurvur Volcano in Rabaul, East New Britain
  • Trek through The Highlands around the city of Mt. Hagen
  • See the dramatic Wasi Falls (Southern Highlands)
  • Explore the waterways of the Sepik River
  • Visit a traditional village
  • Whitewater raft down the Mendi River (Southern Highlands) or Wahgi River (Eastern Highlands)
  • Climb Mt. Wilhelm
  • Visit the Baiyer River Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the largest population of birds of paradise in the world! (Western Highlands)
  • Spot a cuscus, a native marsupial
  • Hike the Kokoda Trail (Port Moresby)
  • Visit the museum & bustling street market of Madang
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Frequently Asked Questions

Travelers must possess a passport valid for at least six months past the date of entry, an onward/return airline ticket, and proof of sufficient funds. A 60-day tourist visa can be obtained upon arrival at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby.

In case of emergency, the U.S. Embassy is located on Douglas Street, adjacent to the Bank of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby
Tel: 675-321-1455
After hours: 675-601-9689
Fax: 675-321-1593
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1492, Port Moresby, NCD 121, Papua New Guinea

For legal reasons, we cannot make official recommendations regarding shots or immunizations. Please consult with your physician or visit for more information.

240 volts. Some hotels use 110 volts as well. We recommend carrying your own adaptor or converter.

Please check with the airlines you are flying with for international and domestic luggage requirements and restrictions. On Air Niugini, the normal luggage limit is 20kgs/44lbs (international) and 16kgs/35lbs (domestic). Scuba divers, however, are allowed to carry an extra 15kgs/35lbs. Cabin baggage is limited to 5kgs/11lbs per person. Air Niugini honours the international allowance for international passengers in direct transit on same day to a domestic port in PNG. Travel must be exclusively on Air Niugini to be entitled to this special baggage allowance.

Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby will be your main point of entry. It is located 7 miles from the city. Direct flights from Australia, the Solomon Islands, Singapore, and the Philippines are serviced by PNG’s international carrier, Air Niugini.

Air Niugini uses 767’s, Fokker F100s, and Fokker F28s.

The 767’s have 2-3-2 seating configurations. The Fokker F100s & F28s have 2-3 seating configurations.

Loloata Island Resort – Look for the Loloata Island Resort courtesy van that will be parked in the arrival area of Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby. It is a 20 minute drive from the airport to the resort.
Star Dancer and MV Febrina – From Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby, you will take a flight to either Hoskins airport (HKN)/Walindi Resort or Rabaul airport (RAB). An air-conditioned bus will then transfer guests to either the Walindi wharf or Rabaul’s commercial dock.
Telita – From Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby, you will take a 50 minute domestic flight on Air Niugini to Gurney Airport. Air Niugini flies to Gurney Airport twice every Friday. A shuttle will transfer you from Gurney Airport to Alotau where the Telita is docked. The drive from the airport to Alotau is 20 minutes.
Tawali Resort – From Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby, you will take a 50 minute domestic flight on Air Niugini to Gurney Airport. Air Niugini flies to Gurney Airport twice every Friday. You will then be shuttled by bus and boat to Tawali Resort. The land and boat trip will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Walindi Resort – From Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby, you’ll take a domestic flight via Air Niugini to Hoskins Airport in Kimbe. The Walindi air-conditioned mini buses will pick up guests and shuttle them to the resort. The land trip will take 1 hour.
Lissenung Island Resort – From Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby, you’ll take a 1 hour and 30 minute domestic flight to Kavieng followed by a 20 minute boat ride to the resort.
Tufi Dive Resort – From Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby, you will board a 55 minute Air Niugini flight to Tufi. The resort is a 3 minute walk from the airport. No need for transfers. Tropic Air also offers private chartered flights for 9 people.

Loloata – wrecks, hard and soft corals, abundant reef fishes, excellent muck dives, excellent underwater photography, occasional sharks and rays
Tufi – hammerhead sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, barracuda, occasional dugongs, wrecks, muck diving, nudibranchs, mandarin fish, pygmy seahorses, hard and soft corals
Milne Bay – soft corals, crinoids, large pelagics including manta rays, hammerheads, and occasional whale sharks, muck diving, underwater macro photography
Kimbe Bay – soft corals, muck diving, sharks
Kavieng – muck diving, wrecks, drift dives, hard and soft corals, large pelagics including sharks, rays, barracudas, and tuna
Madang – drop offs, drift dives, intact wrecks, large pelagics, soft corals

While the water can get warm enough to go without, we recommend divers wear a 3mm wetsuit for protection.

Loloata – Distance from the resort to the dive sites ranges from less than a mile to 21 miles. Most of the dive sites are within 4 miles.
Lissenung – 20 to 30 minute boat rides
Walindi Resort – The nearest dive site is 5 minutes away, the furthest is 75 minutes away.
Liveaboards – Enjoy the luxury of cruising around in your own floating hotel that brings you directly to the dive sites.

Loloata Island Resort – Boat departs the jetty at 8am for 2 morning dives and returns to the resort at noon for lunch. Boat departs again at 2pm for one afternoon dive and returns to the resort around 4:30pm. Night dives are also offered upon request.
Walindi Dive Resort – Divers head out at 9am for a two-tank dive and return around 4pm. Lunch is served between dives on one of the deserted islands. A third dive can be pre-arranged at the resort.
Lissenung – Divers head out at 9am for 2 dives and return for lunch at 1pm. Leave for your third dive at 2:30pm. Dinner at 7pm followed by a night dive at 8pm makes for a full day.

Airport departure tax (usually included in airfare), marine park fees, dive equipment rental

E-tickets and vouchers are sent approximately 3 weeks prior to your departure.