Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a land of breathtaking landscapes and amazing creatures both above and below the water’s surface. It’s an adventurer’s playground with thick tropical jungles, high mountain ranges and spectacular scuba diving.
Located in the Asia Pacific region’s Coral Triangle, surrounding by the Bismarck, Coral and Solomon Seas, PNG has a stunning array of marine species just waiting to be discovered. With barrier reefs, coral walls, fringing reefs and sea grass beds along with spectacular World War II wrecks, scuba diving in PNG reveals treats around every corner.
Dive from a shore-based operation or a liveaboard to explore just some of the 52,000 square km of reef systems.
You can dive Papua New Guinea year-round, but conditions change based on which sea you are diving.
Generally, the South Pacific and Coral Sea rea great from December to April, while the Solomon Sea is fantastic during every month of the year.
The Bismarck Sea is best dived from May to November, but it does get a bit windy in August. As a final note, September is manta season in Milne Bay.
Water temperatures range from 77-86°F (25-30°C) throughout the country, and visibility usually ranges from 66-130ft (20-40m) unless you are diving at muck diving sites or sites near mangrove swamps.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Fly to Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby directly from Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Bali, or Japan. Land transport infrastructure isn't widely available so you will have to take connecting flights on local carriers like Air Niugini to other destinations in Papua New Guinea.