11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 28 dives in total)
The diving day aboard the Solomons PNG Master has a typical schedule as follows:
Light breakfast followed by a briefing and dive 1
Full breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3
Snack, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 4, where possible
North New Britain hits the best dive sites along the northern side of New Britain island, which is the southern edge of the Bismark Sea. This 10 night liveaboard adventure allows up to 30 dives including several night dives (depending on conditions).
Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands and Father's Reef are the most popular destinations for underwater photographers in PNG's New Britain province. Dive sites offer a huge variety; including the massive range of giant soft coral species, the abundance of barrel and elephant sponges and the prolific marine life. Coral can grow to enormous sizes in Kimbe Bay, because of its sheltered location. Sometimes plate corals even collapse under their own heavy weight as they tend to grow bigger than normally here. Whale, orca and dolphin encounters are not unusual in this area.
This is a chain of reefs out in the open ocean, northeast of Kimbe Bay. Silvertip, grey reef sharks and barracudas are some of the regular visitors to this site. The reef formation and invertebrate life here are fantastic. Diving is ideal for intermediate to advanced divers. As the reef tops are shallow, this is a great spot for snorkelers as well to enjoy the vibrant reefs. You can watch Ulawun, a sometimes-belching volcano, spew smoke during a spectacular sunrise. In the water, spinner dolphins come to play, and the reefs exude a boundless tangible energy.
There are many outstanding dive sites in Kimbe Bay. To be exact, there are more than 190 reefs. All dives in this part of the world are exceptionally good. Kimbe Bay highlights include scalloped hammerhead shark, grey reef shark, white-tip reef shark, barracuda and dolphin encounters. Moreover, Kimbe is celebrated for its colorful soft corals, fans and other wide-angle scenery.
Other top sites include a fully intact Japanese Zero fighter plane, and picturesque Restorf Island, where the scenery is equally good above and below the surface. A resident giant barracuda and some black tip reef sharks populate healthy reefs that have good split shot, wide angle, and macro opportunities.
A pretty, originally volcanic island group, that offers enormous variety in diving.
This island, about 60km northwest of Kimbe Bay, was a large volcano in the past. The crater is now flooded with water (approx. 300 meters deep) and makes for some great diving around the island that was created within the volcano's caldera. The land- and seascape are absolutely stunning!
You are in for big fish like barracudas, trevally, large dogtooth tuna, Spanish mackerel and sharks. It is famous for schooling fish and loads of soft corals as well as unusual critters. While less reliable than the reef dwellers, various marine mammals also make a regular appearance here, including pilot whales and several species of dolphin. To top it off, orcas and sperm whales occasionally make an appearance. Be always on the lookout for octopus, ribbon eels, mantis shrimp, and many a species of anemone fish.
Similar to other sites in the area there are schools of batfish, barracuda, and jacks. However, the quantity and density of the fish at Krakafat are unparalleled. Opportunities abound to get photos of soft corals with schooling fish in the background and photos of laid-back batfish. Keep your eyes out for reef cruising sharks and tunas.
This is a great macro site where you might find seahorses, ghost pipefish, shrimp, "nemo" fish, and an assortment of other critters.