PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S UNDERWATER WORLD is truly spectacular, world-renowned and PNG has long been a sought-after and exclusive dive destination. The surrounding seas and their reefs are widely recognized as having the greatest marine diversity in the world, almost completely free from the negative impacts of commercial exploitation reefs are in pristine condition, alive and teeming with all forms of marine life.
Most dive operators cater for all levels of experience and most have dive gear and other equipment for hire. Waters are warm (25 to 30 degrees) so wetsuits are not a necessity.
With a stunning array of virgin reefs, idyllic islands and the clear, pristine waters of the Pacific, Madang Resort Hotel is ideal for divers. Hundreds of species of fish, cephalopods, pelagic, turtles, colourful coral reefs and wrecks, plant life, and a dazzling display of the spectacular sea life that the Pacific has to offer - this is what awaits you in the waters surrounding Madang.
A wholly owned MTS subsidiary, Niugini Diving Adventures (NDA), based at the Madang Resort provides dive instruction and excursions in Madang and extended live-aboard charters aboard the luxurious Kalibobo Spirit. It is a fully accredited PADI Dive Centre and agents for Apollo Dive gear in PNG.
NDA operate several day dive boats including the Aqua Venture, a 36' Bertram the Madang Reef Explorer, a 10m cat as well as several banana boats that can provide local and offshore diving direct from the Madang Resort Marina.
With our extensive local knowledge NDA operates daily dive excursions to some of the best and least known dive sites in the region. Modern, fully maintained dive equipment is available for hire and in addition there is a fully stocked Apollo Dive Shop.
Walindi Plantation Resort is in Kimbe Bay- 40 minutes drive from the Hoskins Airport on the North Side of New Britain Island. The diving is world renowned and many award winning photographs have been taken here. The resort's guest book reads like the "Who's Who" in the world of diving and underwater photography and it has been voted as the "Best Diving Resort" anywhere in the world!! Aside from the jaw-dropping diving, the resort itself is amazing and the staff and their hospitality will ensure your stay is memorable.
With Walindi Resort as her home port, MV FeBrina has evolved into a boutique Liveaboard dive vessel, providing a unique diving experience in the bountiful waters of West New Britain.
MV FeBrina is 73 feet of liveaboard comfort and convenience. She is a stable and extremely seaworthy motor vessel, well set out and catering for serious divers and photographers who want a total PNG dive experience. MV FeBrina has accommodation for 12 passengers in 7 air-conditioned cabins. Air-conditioning units are all individual split system units, controlled from your cabin. Each cabin has a plentiful supply of towels, with used towels being collected daily for laundering (unless requested otherwise). The cabins have been custom built to include plenty of storage area and make maximum use of space available. Bathroom facilities all have regular flush toilets. Currently three of the cabins have ensuite facilities and they are situated at the forward section of the lower deck.
MV FeBrina dives the areas of Kimbe Bay, the surrounding waters along the northern coast of New Britain such as the Witu Islands to the north west and Fathers Reefs to the north east, the channels between New Hanover and New Ireland (Kavieng area), Rabaul and South Coast New Britain. For selected departures, MV FeBrina also travels to other dive areas in Papua New Guinea.
The areas FeBrina dives are home to prolific and diverse marine creatures and corals. Each area has it's speciality, and as most of our cruises cover at least two and often more destinations, we can offer many different types of diving in the one voyage. Most diving is from FeBrina's very well laid out dive deck, with easy access via the water level dive platform.
The Tufi region is the undiscovered Mecca for diving enthusiasts. Blessed with unequalled marine diversity, an unspoilt pristine environment, and untouched WWII historical dive sites, Tufi is the ultimate dive destination. Just a short flight due east of the PNG capital, Port Moresby, discover majestic fjords, the beauty of the reef and rainforest, and the unique unexplored diving opportunities of the Solomon Sea.
Tufi offers a wide variety of diving experiences. From diving the fiords to unchartered reefs and WW2 wrecks. Constant visibility of 30 metres plus and water temperatures of 26°C to 29°C all year round.
Dive the fjords, experience our unique macro world and check out the WW2 PT boat wrecks. Day or night, a wide variety of gobie, nudibranchs, Mandarin Fish, Ghost Pipe Fish, Pigmy Seahorse and a plethora of other fascinating creatures. A wonderful array of sponge and shelf corals that line the walls of the tropical rainforest fiord, a truly different dive environment.
The outer reef experience is unsurpassed with a choice of dozens of world-class dive sites. Moor onto a few of our favourites, Cyclone Cay, Black Rocks, Stewarts Reef and Shark Tip.
Dive the famous Dutch cargo ship the "S Jacob" or Blackjack - an intact B17 bomber - as specialty charter dives. Spectacular marine life in abundance: schooling barracuda and reef fish, hammerheads, reef sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, grouper and cruising palegic as well as soft and hard corals. A pristine environment unspoiled.
The fjords are excellent for macro diving with gobies, nudibranch, shrimps and clams. These animals can be seen by diving, but conditions are also ideal for snorkelling.
Because there is very little current movement in the fjords, many sponges and coral species grow prolifically and there are some very large sponges and shelf corals that are not common on the outer reefs.
5-10 nautical miles offshore lies a string of reefs - 'bommies' that come up from a staggering depth of up to 600 m to a nice safety-stop level of 7-5 m below the surface. The outer reef experience is unsurpassed with visibility exceeding 30m all year round and water temperature from 26-29°C.
The diving from Tawali resort is both amazing and convenient with the best diving of Milne Bay just minutes away. The 3-tank dive and House Reef Night Dive offers divers a chance to dive on beautiful pinnacles with abundant and varied marine life as well as walls with anemones, sea fans, sharks and other large pelagics. All dives are within a 25 to 40 minute boat ride from Tawali and include three tank dives with lunch served on the boat or on nearby islands where guests can explore on their own. Diving is done from the comfort of a 60 foot West Coaster "Explorer" with a maximum of 20 divers.
Tawali is the home base for the MV Chertan Live Aboard. Board the Chertan for diving more remote locations.
For the ultimate dive experience, combine your land-based Tawali adventure with a trip aboard the MV Chertan. The Chertan is a 60 foot live aboard under the operation of Rob Van der Loos who has been diving the waters of Milne Bay for over 25 years. The Chertan will take divers to exotic locations that few divers ever get to experience. Sleeping 12 passengers with a minimum load of 6 the Chertan leaves from the wharf at Tawali either before or after your land based visit. The Chertan has been operating in PNG for over 15 years and has a comfortable salon and covered top deck. Rooms are air-conditioned and there are two bathrooms with showers on the main deck. There is plenty of room for camera work with a large table on the top deck and a two-tiered camera table on the main deck.
Our itineraries are all about adventure, challenge and discovery in conditions that few have experienced. From dugouts to dugongs, from plunging coral drop-offs to towering volcanic mountains, skull caves and thermal springs, from hammerhead sharks to manta rays, the region is truly unique.
She has accommodation for10 persons in 5 twin share air-conditioned cabins with 2 bathrooms on the top deck. Rate is currently US$285 per person per night share cabin accommodation, and includes all meals, unlimited diving, return transfers from Gumey Airport.