One cannot talk about scuba diving without mentioning the diversity and exotic beauty of Milne Bay and Papua New Guinea. Located East of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea is made up of a series of islands and land masses sprawling between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean. Slightly larger than California, Papua New Guinea is home to bio-diverse wildlife and marine life, varying cultures and languages, and active volcanic activity.
While scuba diving in Papua New Guinea, most tourists to this area dip into Milne Bay for their underwater adventures. Milne Bay is a marine province that encompasses more than 600 islands and more than 48 language groups. The diverse islands and cultures of the area give visitors a unique diving experience unlike that of anywhere else in the world. Breathtaking reefs and formations, wrecks, and exotic marine life make up only a fraction of the ooh’s and aah’s to be found while scuba diving in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.
The marine life to be found in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea is so diverse that some species frequently seen on excursions in the area are new to science. This is because the numerous dive spots and rich underwater locations have made exploring every nook and cranny quite a challenge. In addition to rare marine-life finds, they will be thrilled by the abundance and variety of life to be found in Milne Bay. Beautiful species including the seahorse, Panda Clownfish, frogfish and several rare species of garden eel make Milne Bay one of the best scuba diving spots in the entire world.
In addition to abundant marine life, divers visiting Papua New Guinea will be thrilled to view several perfectly preserved wrecks lying on the ocean floor. Two of the most famous wrecks that are extremely popular among divers are the P38 Lightning, 90 feet submerged, and the B17 Blackjack, 145 feet submerged. The more popular of the two, the Blackjack, is considered to be one of the best wrecks in the world and is a favorite location. The story surrounding this wreck involves a heroic US pilot who put down his fuel-starved plane with text-book precision during stormy weather. There is hardly a mark on the plane indicating that there was a crash. In fact, if you didn’t know better, you could imagine that the plane could be easily started and flown away.
Another popular scuba diving activity in Papua New Guinea includes shark diving. Milne Bay is teeming with hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, pilot whales, orcas, marlin and eagle rays. Of course these sea monsters stick to their territory so you can avoid them easily by picking dive locations where they are not known to frequent. After all of this excitement, it can be hard to believe that Papua New Guinea still has more to offer. But once you dry off and pack away your dive gear, you will find that life on dry ground is just as diverse as the sea life surrounding this great nation.