Diving in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is located in the coral triangle, the centre of marine biodiversity which has the highest diversity of tropical fish and coral in the world.  The waters of New Britain are home to prolific and diverse marine life and reef structures.  Pristine and colourful corals are home to a variety of fish, crustacean and invertebrate life and many of the reefs have resident schools of barracuda, tuna and jacks.  A range of shark species are regularly sighted, including hammerheads and silvertips, particularly on the offshore reefs.  A resident pod of dolphins frequently entertains divers.

The occasional sightings of orca, pilot whales, whale sharks and other marine life passing through Kimbe Bay and West New Britain waters always delight both guests and staff.

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South Coast

The reefs in the Gasmata and Lindenhaven areas on the Southern Coastline of New Britain are little visited reefs featuring "critter diving".  MV FeBrina dives in this area for limited departures, operation out of Rabaul.

Weather Patterns

Diving is generally good in Kimbe Bay in all months of the year.  Some months are considered to have "peak" diving conditions and can vary between the different areas.  For more detail visit our Diving pages.

Dive Area Maps

Maps of the Kimbe Bay dive sites, and the general diving areas for MV FeBrina itineraries are included here.

For more information on specific dive sites or diving areas visit our Diving pages.


MV FeBrina visits Rabaul mid year to co-incide with the Rabaul Mask Festival in July.

Rabaul is also the starting and finish port for MV Febrina South Coast New Britain itineraries.

The reefs are pristine and offer what I assume is diving as it was 100 years ago. The bonus was Orcas on the last day, something that I will not soon forget.

Travellin-Tireman, Canada (Trip Advisor - June 2014)

The coral reefs of Kimbe Bay take me back forty years, to a time when corals grew in lush profusion, untroubled by the problems that beset them today. I am hard pressed to think of anywhere on earth that has this combination of vibrant health, diversity and beauty.

Prof Charles Veron (Former Chief Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science)

Walindi is a beautiful hotel in a gloriously tropical surrounding. The diving is absolutely top class and worth the effort getting there.

Jason R., Trip Advisor - July 2014

Febrina is one of those rare nuggets of authenticity in a growing sea of fabrications.

Michael D. Crane AICP, Crane Associates Inc, Vermont - July 2015