Papua New Guinea (PNG) possesses some of the best dive spots in the world. About twice the amount of fish species as compared to the Red Sea, and roughly ten times as many species of corals are found here compared to the Caribbean. PNG has been rating constantly very highly with divers, as is shown by the many awards at international shows.
A very special characteristic for PNG's diving is the deep water which comes very close to the shore. Only a couple of feet away from the beaches are vertically dropping reef walls which reach down to 300 meters (1000 ft) or more. This can be found on most parts of the northern coastline and on the southern shores of New Ireland and New Hanover (Kavieng area) and in some areas of the Milne Bay. In the more sheltered bays delicate coral formations are spreading to enormous size, which cannot be found on barrier reefs. This is typical for Kimbe Bay in West New Britain.
Another distinguishing feature is the closeness of dive sites to the Islands. Short boat transfers and the additional benefit of the unique South Pacific atmosphere sets the diving in PNG ahead of other popular destinations in the South Pacific.