Spirit of Niugini Southern Islands 9-night escorted special, 18 to 27 September, 2017
9 nights (7.5 diving days) Southern Islands:
A nine-night trip escorted by Papua New Guinea dive addict Christopher Bartlett, with over 600 dives in-country in 6 years. This trip combines perfectly with the amazing GOroka Festival from the 14th to 17th September so you can experience the best of PNG above and below the waterline. Christopher is a widely published photojournalist and gives free coaching during the trips, to any experience level. There is also free yoga daily on the sundeck. This is a special itinerary combining the southern islands of Milne Bay with the iconic sites just north of our departure/arrival point.
This itinerary has an excellent combination of pelagic dive sites with schooling barracudas, jacks, reef sharks, surgeonfish, batfish and more; amazing corals, both soft and hard, untouched by bleaching (see video here, shot in September 2016); fantastic macro with more cool critters than I can list here, including bargibanti and denise pygmy seahorses, wunderpus, mimic octopus, numerous frogfish species, lacy scorpionfish (Rhinopias aphanes), shrimps galore, and also the famous "walking" epaulette sharks (Milne Bay and Papuan); and manta cleaning stations. We will also have a couple of trips ashore.
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 Observation point over night.
Day 9: Diving at Observation Point, Deacons, and Lawadi. Overnight cruise back to Tawali.
Day 10: Disembark and transfer to the airport.
3 maindeck cabins at $3920 per person sharing including fuel surcharge, reef and safety fees, and domestic flights
single occupancy $4458
3 lower deck cabins at $2995 per person sharing including fuel surcharge, reef and safety fees, and domestic flights
single occupancy $3364
4-night festival pre-trip extensions from $950 including domestic flights
Boat details and gallery here
Milne Bay diving video here