B-25 wreck search and exploratory dive trip
Join the search for three missing WWII B25 bombers
Dive on a mixture of Japanese, US and Australian plane wrecks, two Japanese ship wrecks and a midget submarine
11-day/10-night, 23-dive trip New Ireland and New Hanover trip - 2985 euroa
30 August - 9th September 2016
In 1944 Kavieng, on the western tip of the island of New Ireland, was an important supply base for the Japanese military. One of the many American attacks took place on 15 February 1944, which resulted in major damage to Japanese installations. Unfortunately, the American Air Force also had some losses. On the night of February 15th, four B25s of the 345th Bomb Group went down around Kavieng. They were ‘Gremlins Holiday’, ’PissOnIt’, ‘Stubborn Hellion’, and an unnamed plane known as ‘Lt. Cavoli’s’ after its pilot.
For years the resort owners have researched the possible location of the wrecks and have narrowed the area down. With the assistance of modern sonar equipment we have a decent chance of locating the wreck and once found, dive on it!
We are planning to start by diving known wrecks in the Kavieng area for five mornings, followed by the wreck search every afternoon. The diving will be a mix of WWII wrecks as the area was an important float plane base for the Japanese, including a Japanese ‘Pete’ biplane, a Jake, and a Kate bomber. We will also spend at least a couple of dives watching the pelagic action on the walls and channels. Obviously, when we find something on our afternoon scanning runs, we will be jumping in to investigate.
To top it all off, we will stay for two nights at ‘Clem’s Place’ on Tunnung Island off the north coast of New Hanover and dive some fantastic sites up there. Weather depending, these may include Chapman’s Reef, the wreck of the ‘Sanko Maru’ with her accompanying Midget Submarine as well as a couple other shipwrecks from WWII including a Sub Chaser, all sunk by the 345th the day after the four B25s went down. Chapman’s is well known for its resident family of Giant Groupers and the ‘Sanko Maru’ is probably the most beautifully overgrown shipwreck in the Pacific.
The trip is scheduled to make attendance at the Goroko Highlands Show possible too.
· 8 nights’ accommodation in a double/twin room with private facilities at Lissenung Island Resort
· 2 nights’ accommodation in a double/twin room with share facilities at ‘Clem’s Place’ on Tunnung Island, New Hanover
. Return air fares between Port Moresby and Kavieng
· Return airport transfers
· Return boat transfers to Tunnung Island
· 23 dives (condtions permitting)
· Tanks, weights, dive guide, snacks onboard dive boat
· Extra shore diving on Lissenung’s house reef
Total cost per person in a double/twin room is €2985 euros, with a maximum of 6 divers. Single supplement at Lissenung 350 euros.
Day 1: Arrival at Kavieng and transfer to Lissenung Island and overnight at Lissenung Island Resort
Day 2: 2 boat dives on some of Lissenung's famous dive sites such as ‘Deep Pete’ Biplane and Japanese ‘Kate Bomber’.
Afternoon sonar search and afternoon wreck or reef dive. In the evenings at Lissenung Island shore diving possible. Overnight at Lissenung Island Resort.
Day 3: 2 morning boat dives on some of Lissenung's famous dive sites such as Albatross Passage, the B25 ‘Stubborn Hellion’, or one of the 'Jakes', with sonar search and afternoon dive and overnight at Lissenung Island Resort.
Day 4: 2 morning boat dives on some of Lissenung's famous dive sites such as the wreck of the ‘Tenryu Maru’ and a Japanese Jake with sonar search and afternoon dive on a Catalina PB-Y flying boat and overnight at Lissenung Island Resort.
Day 5: 2 morning boat dives on some of Lissenung's famous dive sites such as ‘Peter’s Patch’ and ‘Matrix’, sonar search and afternnon dive. Overnight at Lissenung Island Resort.
Day 6: 2 morning boat dives on some of Lissenung's famous dive sites such as ‘Helmut’s Reef’ or ‘Baudisson Bay’. Afternoon sonar search and/or afternoon dive and overnight at Lissenung Island Resort.
Day 7: Depart for northern New Hanover in the Pacific. The boat ride over will take approx. 2.5 hours.
2 boat dives around Three Islands Harbor where we will explore some rarely dived wrecks, including the ‘Sanko Maru’ with an accompanying and extremely rare Midget Submarine, both victims of the 345th Bomb Group on 16th February 1944. Overnight at ‘Clem’s Place’ on Tunnung Island.
Day 8: 2 boat dives at Chapman’s Reef off the western-most point of New Hanover. Please be aware that these dives might be in some very strong current. Overnight at ‘Clem’s Place’ on Tunnung Island.
Day 9: 2 boat dives around New Hanover, possibly the ‘Sanko Maru’ and the Subchaser #39 sunk by the B25s of 345th Bomb Group on February 16th 1944. In the afternoon, return to Lissenung Island Resort and overnight at Lissenung Island Resort.
Day 10: 2 dives on Lissenung’s reefs and wrecks. We can dive sites you haven’t seen yet (there are 40 in total) or revisit some favourites.
Day 11: Fly to Port Moresby. End of services.
This is a sample itinerary only and it is subject to change without notice, depending on weather conditions. Satellite phone, Oxygen and First Aid equipment and spare parts kit are on board the dive boat. Please note that the guest house visited might be quite basic. However, the experience you will gain during this trip will be very much worth the effort!
· Minimum group size 4 divers, maximum 6 divers
· Divers should hold a minimum of Advanced Open Water plus 50 dives, or Open Water plus 100 dives. Please present logbook for verification. The sites around New Hanover are virtually unexplored and subject to strong currents.
· Divers must hold dive accident insurance. We can organize this for you with DiveAssure or Dive Master.
· Divers have to pay an Environment & Safety Fee of K 12.00 / € 4.00 per person / dive day
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