With its diverse coral reef systems, spectacular marine life and ancient ship and plane wrecks littering the ocean bed, the diving in this section of the Pacific is also hard to beat.
Milne Bay is a tranquil province on the far eastern end of Papua New Guinea, and is famous for its stunning scenery and spectacular diving, as well as its history. Milne Bay itself is more than 35km / 21miles long and over 15km / 9 miles wide, remaining largely untouched by mass tourism.
Over the centuries, Milne Bay has been frequented by all walks of life, including the likes of missionaries, miners, pearl traders, scientists, biologists, geologists, Japanese and American soldiers and warships and planes – making Milne Bay a fascinating area packed to the rafters with history.
Throughout Milne Bay, there are a total of 160 named islands, while 500 smaller cays and atolls are spread out over a vast area of ocean – making for a world-class diving and exceptional sailing experience with an almost unlimited choice of islands and surrounding coral reef to be explored. In many regions of Milne Bay these reefs are characterised by dramatic overhangs, clefts and steep drop-offs, allowing for a consistently exciting dive experience.
The coral reef systems in this region are among the most biodiverse in the world, so expect to see something new on nearly each and every dive!
The D’Entrecasteaux Islands is made up of three main islands; Goodenough, Fergusson and Normanby – the largest of the three. There are also a variety of smaller islands and reefs worth visiting, including Sanaroa and Dobu. The island of Dobu has long been studied by anthropologists due to its interesting mix of local island folk and cultures, while the island of Fergusson is home to a large, active volcano, known as Mount Vineuo which comes with bubbling mud pools, hot springs and sprouting geysers.
Samarai, a 59-acre island has seen much in its time, and as a major battle site during World War II, saw much destruction. This island has been declared a National Historical Heritage Island and is definitely worth exploring for its World War II wreckage sites and deep-seated history.
Known as the “Islands of Love”, the Trobriand Islands elude to romantic beaches that stretch out like lazy lovers. The friendly locals play a unique version of cricket here, so don’t be surprised if you’re asked to join a game!
The Woodlarks is a rather remote island group to the north of the province and is populated by the fascinating Melanesian people, known for their expert woodcarvings.