Papua New Guinea (PNG) is most definitely a land of mystery. With it’s breathtaking landscapes, lost cultures, unexpected tropical jungles, high mountains, and sparkling waters, it’s certainly a sight to behold. A land of adventure both above and below the surface.
The waters surrounding PNG are exotic and still largely unexplored. The marine life is abundant and the wrecks are to be explored.
Papua New Guinea is an independent country, comprised of an island group situated to the north of Australia. Mainland Papua New Guinea is a large island consisting of Papua New Guinea to the east, and Irian Jaya to the west. Milne Bay Province takes in the land at the extreme eastern end of Papua New Guinea together with seven groups of islands, the Trobriand, Woodlark, Laughlan, Louisiade archipelago, the Conflict Group, the Samarai Group and the D’Entrecasteaux Group. The names come from a variety of explorers from as early as 1660 when D’Entrecasteaux sailed through and left his name behind.
Milne Bay Province contains a landscape of mountains, jungles, waterfalls, caves, hot springs, mud pools, and extinct volcanoes so visitors can enjoy a wide range of natural attractions in addition to some of the best diving available in Papua New Guinea. Surrounded by the Bismarck Sea, the Solomon Sea and the Coral Sea these waters bring diverse nutrients to feed the remarkable variety of marine life living in these waters.
The waters of Papua New Guinea are home to prolific and diverse marine creatures and corals. Pristine and colorful corals are home to a variety of fish, crustaceana nd invertebrate life. Many of the reefs have resident schools of barracuda, tuna and jacks. A range of shark species are regularly sighted, including hammerheads and silvertips, particularly at the outer reefs of Fathers and Witu.
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Visibility ranges from 80 to 150 ft., depending on the season, and water temperatures range between 85 and 90 F. Weather is tropical, with little seasonal variation.
PNG is a destination that offers year round diving. Papua New Guinea’s climate is generally warm with definite wet and dry seasons.
In the Milne Bay Province, the visibility increases substantially during the wet season due to the prevailing currents. While July and August are the wettest months, visibility remains high from June into October. The rain tends to fall mainly in the evenings and rarely disrupts daily activities.
November through May marks the drier season. Over this period visibility will drop, however a different variety of macro subjects seems to appear.
Water temperatures range from 84 degrees in the summer months to 77 degrees in the winter months. A light wetsuit is necessary, though some people choose more thermal protection (a 3mm suit) to ensure continued core temperature warmth throughout their visit.