Kavieng offers some truly remarkable diving, all within one degree south of the equator and between the open South Pacific Ocean and Bismarck Sea, creating an underwater wonderland. The location has numerous tiny islands. Kavieng has a huge variety of marine life, fantastic pristine coral gardens and many tropical fish, as well as the plane and ship wrecks within easy diving depth.Kavieng is known for its current swept passages, rich aquatic life and big Pelagic action, but also has a wide variety of different dives to choose from: plunging walls and precipitous drop offs, patch reefs, fringing reefs, macro dives, muck dives and WWII wrecks. Recent exploration has uncovered a new Japanese plane wreck, 2 ship wrecks, a barge carrying WW II equipment and a more recent fishing vessel . What ever your diving interest it’s here in Kavieng.
Planet Channel & Eagle Ray Pass
One of the most fantastic areas for diving near Kavieng. This site has a truly remarkable variety and concentration of flora and fauna. Part of this passage is also called Eagle Ray Pass – with strong currents running through this narrow channel, eagle rays are almost guaranteed.
This spot is like a big amphitheatre and a truly spectacular dive. Its narrow channel sucks pelagics and reef fish into its narrow flanks. Bigeye trevally, Spanish mackerel, tuna, barracuda, reef sharks, turtles and rays are often spotted here as are pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs. The wall is overgrown with big fans, black and colourful soft corals. A number of dives are possible in this area.
Aka Deep Pete, this dive site is a total of three Japanese reconnaissance planes. Little critters as well as schools of batfish, barracudas, jacks, soldier fish and snapper ensure that this dive (at depth of 40m) is one not to be forgotten.
Ecucha Patch & the Der Yang
Der Yang EchucaA large coral ridge rising to within 15m from the surface and sloping down to 50m in open water, close to Nusa Island. A Taiwanese fishing vessel, the Der Yang, scuttled by fisheries in 1988, rests on her starboard side on top of the ridge covered in colourful soft corals, makes for an interesting dive.
An eroded limestone formation close to Nusa, Caverns and overhangs covered in soft yellow corals. Sleeping white tip reef sharks, lobsters and Queensland groupers are often found here.
B25 Mitchell Bomber
This plane lies in 12m of water in the mangroves close to Albatross Channel. Badly damaged and broken up, it lies on a silty bottom.
3 X Japanese Aichi E13A type Zero “Jake”
Mitsubishi F1M Type Zero “Pete” BI-Plane
4 WWII aircraft lying in Kavieng Harbour, a must for aircraft enthusiasts.
Big fish diving is possible on any of several patch reefs just outside the entrance to the main shipping channel into Kavieng, but watch out for strong currents. Helmuts Reef lies in the middle, sloping down to about 50m, and here Gorgonian fans, Jacks, and Reef sharks are abundant. Peter’s Patch is another reef in the strait that has a mixture of plate corals, sea fans and whips on the slopes. Golden cowries have been spotted at this site.
This dive is made on the Southern point of Lemus Island. Fantastic Hard Coral Gardens in the shallows and Gorgonian fan covered ridges at 20-30m where pelagics congregate when a current is present. A Very pleasant drift dive.
One of the best Macro dives that Kavieng has to offer. Hard Corals, sand and sea grass beds are waiting to be explored. Nudibranchs, shells, elusive frog fish and ghost pipe fish have been seen here.
2 Unidentified Japanese WWII wrecks & a more recent fishing boat wreck
Recent exploration has resulted in the exciting discovery of 3 as yet unidentified ship wrecks in Kavieng Harbour. These wrecks are now home to interesting marine life and shoals of Pelagic & Reef fish. Not to be missed by the wreck enthusiasts.
Best time to Dive
With warm tropical waters throughout the year, Kavieng offers diving all year with the best diving conditions during April to June and Sept to early December.
Kavieng is located directly north of Australia on the northern tip of Paupa New Guinea.
Fly into Port Morsby and then take a flight to Kavieng (approx. 90 min).
We can arrange a taxi/shuttle/boat transfer to the resort.
Choose between resort accommodation or explore the waters of Kavieng via a Liveaboard cruise. These options offer all the comforts while vacationing in a tropical paradise.
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