Witu Islands and Fathers Reef Dive Sites PNG
Witu and Fathers Reef areas in Papua New Guinea offer shark diving with dolphins and some unusual and strange critters on pristine coral reefs.
Witu Islands and Fathers Reef Dive Sites are renowned for the sizable pelagic life, strong currents and excellent visibility.
The Witu islands topography is drop-offs with submerged plateaus, and hard coral gardens provide exciting dive sites. There are some sheltered lagoons scattered around the islands ideal for snorkelling.
Located in the Northeast of Kimbe Bay you will find the Fathers Reefs. The reefs were formed from the sunken remains of an extinct volcano; dive sites offer vast amounts of marine life with fish and critters.
Both locations offer uncrowded dive sites with exciting finds and plenty of shark action for everyone on board to enjoy.
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The Witu Islands are a group of islands formed by volcanoes, these black sand islands are surrounded by deep water and are ideal for diving.
Witu Island is known as a volcanic caldera open on its southern section developing a spectacular lagoon.
This was a giant volcano where the crater is flooded and descends to 300m plus. The result of this on both land and sea topography is uniquely stunning. Marine life includes octopus, ribbon eels, mantis shrimp and anemonefish can be found along with mackerel, tuna and sharks. Various marine mammals such as pilot whales, dolphins and even orcas and sperm whales are seen fairly often.
Like the name suggests this site is a twin archway underwater that is covered in colourful sea fans, soft corals and feather stars. There are bumphead parrotfish that frequent the area, especially in the morning dives as they tend to sleep in the area. Snappers, batfish and sweetlips surround feather stars, whip corals, barrel sponges and tree corals.
Is a wall that has excellent visibility descending to a sandy bottom. Soft corals and anemones cover the surface and house a variety of fish including snappers and sweetlips.
An excellent macro site where seahorses, ghost pipefish, shrimp, anemonefish, and other critters reside. The black sand hides leaf fish and nudibranchs. At night the site offers many sightings of crustaceans including hermit crabs, moon snails and anemone crabs. Bigeye reef squid are typical around the lights of the boat.
A large coral bommie at 26m that then rises to 5m. At depth, grey reef sharks can be seen patrolling the area where black coral can be seen around the coral block. Damsels, snappers, surgeonfish and barracuda are at this site.
Dickie’s Long One
Is a wall dive dropping down to a sandy bottom with soft corals and barrel sponges, reef fish cover the area with snappers and sweetlips patrolling the wall.
A muck site with a black sandy bottom housing many critters. Sightings include leafy scorpionfish, saw blade shrimp, commensal shrimp, gobies and razor wrasse.
Look for ghost pipefish and pygmy seahorses and pipefish in the seagrass area.
Krakafat is similar topography to the other sites in the area with schools of batfish, barracuda and jacks, but the amount of them is much higher. There are great photo opportunities with soft corals, passing sharks and tuna.
Fathers Reef Highlights
Fathers Reef is a chain of reefs out in the open ocean with excellent marine life ideal for all levels of divers. Among other oceanic life dolphins to be found in father’s reef together with the shark species such as hammerhead and silvertips.
A seamount dive with everything from squat lobsters to big eye trevally and groupers found here.
A shark dive with silver tip, white tip and grey reef sharks all eagerly waiting to be fed. Joining them there are often red bass, bluefin trevally and massive Napoleon wrasse.
Is a shark dive, the whitetip reef sharks join divers and swim very close. Also participating in the feeding frenzy are free swimming moray eels, and a school of batfish are always around the mooring line.
Can be enjoyed either by day or at night, the site has many anemones and their respective clownfish. At night look for the photographic shrimp.
Is a deeper site reaching 40m where a decent line guides divers to the wall. The archway is long and narrow, and there is a small cave area that opens to the ocean above allowing light to filter in. The site has excellent coral coverage and many nudibranchs.
Jayne’s Gully features sheer walls descending to the depths, with colourful sponges and gorgonians amongst the crevices.Look out for hawksbill turtles in the area.
Papua New Guinea has many activities outside of scuba diving. There is a large bird population with excursions to enjoy the event, 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.