Milne Bay and Tufi Dive Sites PNG
Milne Bay and Tufi offer excellent biodiversity underwater and provide some of the best sites when enjoying Papua New Guinea liveaboard cruise.
Milne Bay is both a province and an actual sheltered bay. During World War II, it was a major Allied air force base. The bay was involved in a significant battle in 1942.
Tufi has rainforest bordering the fjord-like dive sites housing unusual critters. Only included in a few trips per year on the liveaboards, Tufi is remote and unexplored. The area has 25 reefs as well as the fjords that can also be dived.
Milne Bay and Tufi dive sites both require a local one hour flight from the capital of Port Moresby.
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Milne Bay has plankton rick waters with a large variety of marine life and wrecks.
Tufi offers incredible marine diversity and a range of dive encounters such as fjord, wreck, muck and reef diving.
Milne Bay Highlights
The Flying Fortress Bomber
A B17 plane called ‘Blackjack” that had an emergency landing close to the beach in 1943. She is very well preserved, her cockpit has all the gears, switches and controls intact and the gun at the rear turret which can still be raised. She is at 40m of depth with a shallower reef.
A wall that is descending to 60m, there is a coral garden in the shallower area. It is a place for frogfish, mantis shrimp, turtles and a dugong lives here that is occasionally seen by divers. At night the flashlight fish are present as well as Spanish dancers.
A site with many baitfish that bring predators to feed such as tuna and mackerel. A sloping reef to 30m that has garden eels in the sand, anemones with clownfish, and barramundi cod hiding under the corals.
The wreck is a four-masted vessel that was launched in 1888, covered in soft corals and sponges the wreck is home to woebegone sharks. The bow is out of the water and the rudder at 24m, the hold still contains coal sowing the vessel history as a refuelling barge.
There are a reef shelf and wall that goes down to 40m, the coral blocks or bommies rise from depth in the area between the two. Sea fans, plate coral and staghorn fields house humbug fish and sweetlips. The soft corals are home to nudibranchs, flatworms and gobies.
Has a shelf at 3-10 metres dropping to a sheer wall over 100 metres. The site has frequent sightings of manta rays, hammerheads with occasional whale sharks or minke whales. Barracuda and many reef fish patrol the area of the steep walls which has seen an orca on one occasion.
The S Jacob
The Wreck of the S Jacob sits at 60m of depths only accessible to advanced deep divers. Here giant groupers, whale sharks, hammerheads and manta rays can be seen. Schooling barracuda, eagle rays and reef sharks can also be seen. Amazing marine life makes this wreck fantastic along with the coral both hard and soft.
This sheer wall site starting at 7m and defending to over 40m, its covered in hard and soft corals with song life. Nudibranchs and other macro life are abundant as are hawksbill and green turtles.
One of the best sites in Tufi, usually there is strong current which brings in the action. Rays, reef sharks and hammerhead sharks are visitors to the area. The reef drops off to over 200m with plankton brought in by the currents.
Papua New Guinea has many activities outside of scuba diving. There is a large bird population with excursions to enjoy viewing them, volcanic springs and red mud, for a natural spa treatment. Local village visits for cultural activities and purchasing souvenirs.
Marine Park and Conservation in Papua New Guinea
In 1993, Papua New Guinea joined the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which is a legally binding international treaty under which all 193 parties agreed to protect 10% of marine eco-regions worldwide in a network of marine protected areas.