WHERE TO DIVE IN PNG & BE­YOND

Deb­o­rah Dick­son-Smith pin­points some of the best dive sites in the Pa­cific, where you can see ev­ery­thing from war wrecks to manta rays and colour­ful corals.

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Abil­ity level: snorkellers. Stay: Tawali Leisure and Dive Re­sort is the only dive re­sort in Milne Bay. It is mod­ern, spa­cious and com­fort­able, with two dive boats and ac­cess to dozens of pris­tine sites. See tawali.com. All lev­els, in­clud­ing bar­rel sponges; at 10 me­tres hard and soft corals take over, play­ing host to reef sharks, trig­ger­fish, scor­pi­onfish and an­thias; at seven me­tres hawks­bill and green tur­tles of­ten ‘hang’ around, and large brain co­ral reach up to just un­der the sur­face where the crowds of reef fish make for a serene safety stop. Vis­i­bil­ity: +30m Depth: +20m Abil­ity level: Open Wa­ter (Deep Diver cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is rec­om­mended) Stay: Cy­clone Reef has three dis­tinct sites, and all can be dived from Tufi Dive Re­sort, on whose house reef you’ll find a host of man­darin fish. See tu­fidive.com.

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