Kavieng is the capital of the Papua New Guinean province of New Ireland. It is not a major tourist destination at all but has excellent diving for those willing to travel all this way! It has a stunning scenery above and below the water with contrasting low lying coral islands surrounded by golden beaches and pretty fringing reefs and mountainous islands which drop sharply into the sea. The numerous passages and islands between Kavieng and New Hanover make for some of the most pristine, diverse and exciting diving in Papua New Guinea.
Divers visiting Kavieng will not only experience close encounters with big pelagics in the current-swept passages, but can also enjoy the relaxing feeling of drifting along walls decorated with colourful corals and fans. For the wreck enthusiasts there are many World WarII wrecks (mostly seaplanes) which are scattered around Kavieng Harbour. And for those who are all into muck diving the Kavieng Harbour can also be very interesting! And for the wall diving fanatics the reefs drop precipitously, forming dramatic drop offs and offering exciting dives at passage entrances on the Southwest coast (Bismarck Sea). Currents can be strong here so good timing will be necessary to catch the incoming tides when all the fish are feeding and soft corals are on their best display.
How to get there
First you will have to get to Port Moresby (Airport Code POM) the capital of Papua New Guinea. There are direct flights to Port Moresby from Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns in Australia with Air Niugini www.airniugini.com.pg and Pacific Blue Virgin Airlines www.virginaustralia.com. Air Niugini www.airniugini.com.pg also offer direct flights from Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila and Honiara.
Where to stay
Lissenung Island Resort www.lissenungisland.com
Malagan Beach Hotel www.malaganpng.com
Nusa Island Retreat www.nusaislandretreat.com.pg
The Kavieng Village Resort www.facebook.com/KaviengVillageResort
Kavieng Nui Lodge www.kaviengniulodge.com
Bilas Budget Lodge www.bilasbudgetlodge.com
Venbert Cottages www.facebook.com/VenbertCottages
Where to dive
Lissenung Diving www.lissenungisland.com
Scuba Ventures Kavieng www.scubakavieng.com
Best time to travel
Pretty much all year around except maybe July/August as it can be a little windier and also January to March as this is the official wet season. But during the wet season this region usually gets fantastic visibility as the swell from the South Pacific pushes clear blue water from the deep in. At that time 40m+ visibility is pretty normal. The water temperature is always warm and rarely drops below 28°C. April to July and September to November have proven to provide good all round weather and dive conditions.