Spirit of Niugini
The Spirit of Niugini operates out of Tawall Resort, Milne Bay. Alotau is the closest airport.
Guests will find complete facilities for serious and discerning divers ranging from a roomy dive deck to an easily accessible dive-platform. The Spirit of Niugini is the roomiest dive boat in PNG, with an indoor louge, a shaded outdoor area on the top deck and a sun deck. Amenities include fresh towels daily, coffee/tea making station, individually controlled air-conditioning in each cabin.
The vessel is crewed by experienced local staff and her operations managed by people with extensive experience in cruise ship and hotel management who are divers themselves.
Spirit of Niugini has accommodation for 16 passengers in 8 staterooms. Two double and two twin cabins on the main deck, and 4 twin cabins on the lower deck. All have en-suite toilets and showers. Doulbe cabins arefitted with standard queen -sized beds, and the twin cabins with single beds, and are carpeted and tastefully furnished. Facilities include reading lights, wardrobe, hair-dryer and plenty of storage space.
• The Dive-Deck:
The Dive-deck on Spirit of Niugini is thoughtfully laid out to provide spacious dressing and individual storage areas. The twin staircases that lead down to the diving platform are easy to negotiate and make your dive entry easy. At the end of each dive, divers are treated with hot towels. Four fresh water showers and a head are conveniently located on the dive deck and dive platform.
• Nitrox Capabilities: Nitrox, through a DNAx system (32% 02Mix), is available as an option to qualified divers.
Diving activities on board are supported by two electric Bauer air-compressors, a 4500-PSI air bank storage system and hyperfiltration system producing grade "D" breathing air with 4 fill hoses and two 4.70-meter R.I.Bs with 40 H.P outboards.
• Photographic Facilities:
Spirit of Niugini is excellent to underwater photographers and videographers.
Spirit of Niugni staff members are certified to carry out first-aid treatment and the vessel carries comprehensive first-aid facilities including DAN approved oxygen kits. SSB radio, cellular and satellite telephone systems ensure the vessel is in permanent contact with mainland emergency service.
Milne Bay diving video here.
8 nights (6.5 diving days) Southern Areas:
Day 1: Pick-up from Alotau airport and transfer to Tawali. Upon arrival board the Spirit of Niugini. Sail to East Cape islands 1 tank dive in the afternoon.
Day 2 & 3: Nuwakata Islands.8 dives then cruise overnight to the Conflicts Islands.
Day 4 & 5: Conflicts Islands. 8 dives then cruise overnight to Basilaki/Engineers Islands.
Day 6 to 8: Engineers/Basilaki Islands and Samarai Islands Area: 10 dives then head to Alotau over night on the boat.
Day 9: Disembark and transfer to the airport.
9 nights (7.5 diving days) Northern Areas:
Day 1: Pick-up from Alotau airport and transfer to Tawali, in the morning, upon arrival board the Spirit of Niugini. Cruise to East Cape islands 1 afternoon dive.
Day 2 & 3: Nuwakata Islands 8 dives, cruise to Wampas Island
Day 4 Wampas Island, 4 dives
Day 5 & 6: Observation Point to Esa’ala up to Wongs Dive Site, Ferguson Island. 8 dives
Day 7 & 8: Berthue, Twin Tower, to Lawadi down to Coral Garden. 8 dives.
Day 9 Sponge Heaven/ Wahoo point for 2 or 3 dives, then cruise and overnight at Alotau.
Day 10: Disembark and transfer to the airport.
Rates: per person sharing per night, based on two sharing
8-night cruise upper deck cabin (4) $3216 USD lower deck cabin (4) $2365 USD
9-night cruise upper deck cabin (4) $3620 USD lower deck cabin (4) $2662 USD
Includes: all meals on board, diving, dive guides, village visits, handline fishing when permitted, tea, coffee, water.
Full set of dive kit excluding computer: $50 USD per person per day
Full set of dive kit with computer: $61 USD per person per day
Alcoholic drinks from the bar on board.
Domestic airfares (approximately $260 to $280 USD return)